today's assignment was to explain the meaning behind my blog's name. Well... I started this blog while I was in grad school and it was my husband's idea. I had actually forgotten that until i went back and looked at my first post again. I intended it to be a way to keep in touch with my family and let them know what I was doing, and to kind of reflect on what I was doing in Grad school. In my first post I liken myself to a wallflower at the dance.
That's the story... but there's more. I realized after a couple posts that I had completely stolen the name of my blog from Dr. Joseph Sobol's book, "The Storyteller's Journey" about the process that brings storytellers to the art form. He interviewed a bunch of storytellers and then found connections to the heroes journey in their stories... it's actually a good book to read if you're wanting to become an artist.
So what does the name mean to me now? In a lot of ways, it means the same thing it meant then: this is a record of the process of becoming a storyteller. I was called to an adventure, and maybe I'm spending some time in the belly of the whale right now, but it's all part of a journey. Even the frustrating parts where I don't actually get to spend much time telling stories to anyone but my children.