Jul 19

Going to Readings; Eric May features July 22nd at City Lit Books

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I don’t know if he would remember this, but I first met Eric May, after a Story Week event. We rode down an elevator together and I listened intently as he spoke about a student’s recent work. Later he featured on an early podcast for us.

We run into each other fairly often, at readings and various events. This city is full of my favorite people, and he fits right into the great stuff going on in Chicago.

“How is your new show going?” He asked me at the Printer’s Row Lit festival.

“Awesome, but it’s hard to explain. You should come and see what we are doing. It’s sort of next level. If you liked the community aspect of the Story Luck show, it’s like that times ten.”

He came, and told two off the cuff tales about last month’s theme, “I’ve never met you, but I think you’re great!” That theme and other’s stories sparked for him, “I’ve never met you, but I bet you know where you’re going,” and, “I’ve never met you, but you look like X famous person!”

“It doesn’t matter what I’m dressed like, or how big a scowl I’m wearing, I’ve just got a look that says to people, He’s friendly and knows where he’s going, we should ask him for directions.” (Not a direct quote.)

Now, because I love Natalia Nebel, I knew he was going to be featuring in January 2015 at Sunday Salon Chicago. But that’s way too far away. I wanted to see him do a proper reading. His book, Bedrock Faith, had just been published to rave reviews and great sales.

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Jul 15

July 2014 Podcast is up

A Month Of… I’ve never met you, but you’re great! A particularly upbeat podcast. Our rapid fire storytelling series continues to move at pace. We offer stories about compliments, both giving and receiving. A reminder, all our podcasts can be found here. And we will be meeting on July 20th to bonfire our sentimentality away. …

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Jul 12

I’ve Never Met You: The Soap Opera aka Host MIA

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A couple of years ago, I decided to do divorce, new job, and moving, all at the same time. I did surprisingly well, or at least it seems that way in retrospect. So, naturally, I had the confidence to approach more stressors without fear of losing it. The story below is about being absolutely open to meeting new people, trusting, falling hard, and picking up the pieces.

My stressors of choice this time were moving, job changes, and house guests. The biggest difference to this cocktail was that I am in a happy relationship for this one– to be honest, I think this makes things harder. Divorce was hard, but the only person I had to worry about was myself in that situation. In addition to a partner, I also have a lot more friends than I did last time. I am always concerned with other people’s feelings, so this magnified my issues ten fold.

Moving, job changes, and house guests– NBD, right?

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Jul 10

A Month Of… Moving On

“Burn or destroy something that has sentimental value to you.” The audience was a little dark. Two votes, dark. Awesome food. Great Stories. Pictures and podcast forthcoming. Tomorrow, you’re likely to get an email kicking off the discussion of the group task. I’ll probably help out with that, but I’m also going solo this month. …

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Jul 09

Pride and Prejudice: The Art of Compliments

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Giving compliments is something that has always come easily to me. There are so many lovely people in this world and I’ve always had the bravado to tell people how wonderful they are. Taking compliments however, is certainly not my forte and I think that is the case for many people, these days. Self deprecation …

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Jul 07

#11: Compliments

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From Storyluck Chicago, it’s A Month Of… I’ve Never Met you, But You’re Great. Today’s write-up comes in three acts. Act I, Complimentary Pride, when a concerted effort by A Month Of organizers and audience members take compliments to the streets during the 2014 Chicago Pride Parade. Act II, Hugs So Good They Should Be …

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Jul 07

Do Talk to Strangers

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It’s difficult to find a context in which I can compliment strangers and they are okay with it. This is not the fault of the strangers. This is because I am a tall white dude, and compliments from tall white dudes historically come with ulterior motives. Generally, people who I compliment assume I want something …

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Jul 04

Its Back! Robot Apocalypse: Journey to the End of the Night

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Is there a need to fear an Apocalypse if we all end up being immortal robots? RAJEN, asks you to explore the city, but it also gets you to question what it means to be human. Story Luck is inviting you! and all your friends in and around Chicago to participate in Robot Apocalypse: Journey …

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Jul 01

Keep Up With Us by Subscribing to Our Email Newsletter

As a nonprofit, Storyluck.org relies on the support of our dedicated community members that participate in and work to further our storytelling mission. The best way for us to update these valued members on upcoming shows, new posts, and prize giveaways is through our email newsletter. If you don’t already receive the newsletter and want …

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Jun 30

A Month Of… I Don’t Know You, but You’re Great!

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Come to our next Show! A Month Of…Storytelling Stage 773 1225 West Belmont Ave Wed. July 9th 7:30 Food 8:00 Stories $10 or free with a shared dish or story posted here. Facebook invite. After each A Month Of… the audience chooses a theme for the next show. And all month long the audience and …

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