Thursday, June 16, 2011

Communique from Camelot, in the Bluegrass couontry of Kentucky

Communique from Camelot.
In the Bluegrass country of Kentucky
where Paschal the rascal
Spellbinder storyteller kives
with his bride of 42 years:

Greetings to friends
Re update on my book
Storytelling: Mystery, Power and Genius
How Storytelling Nurtures he Human Spirit.

We have two proposals submitted to
two promising choice publishers.
(Following their guidelines,
and one states the wait is 5 months)
and two letters of inquiry.

What has been helpful is to rework the
proposal according to different suggested
and required guidelines.
This has made the proposal much stronger.
In one case a review of related and possibly competing books
was required, which enabled me to define 12 ways my
book is different from any other. Twelve.

I am hoping to have a response by my birthday, July 12.
And to be busy this summer and early fall completing the
proposed chapters and research.

It is not simply enough to write a good book.
Harry Potter was turned down by all publishers on
both sides of the Atlantic until a little known publisher,
Scholastic Press took a chance on it.
They are one of my choices.

So, friends who got this far,
send ESP vibes of "YES" to Scholastic Press and August House
re Pascal's book on storytelling.

Warmly, to all my friends,

June 16

Friday, June 03, 2011

How my new book is differetn from related and possibily competing book son storytelling.

Compared with related and possibly competing books on storytelling, my book
storytelling, Mystery, Power and Genius
(now being completed):
1. Is experiential, that I (now being c0ompleted):, it emerges from the experience of storytelling with literally thousands of children and adults in many venues and in several disciplines.
2. Illustrates the theme of the power of story by the narrative of one life journey (the author’s_
3. Demonstrates how storytelling shaped human nature and modern civilization down through the ages, from prehistory and antiquity to modern times.
4. Integrates the two great stories about Who we are” from Evolution and Revelation.
5. Explains repeatedly how storytelling nurtured and nurture ((with children) the human spirit.
6. Shows how the power of religious story has shaped civilization, from a non-ideaoological interfaith point of view
7. Uses storytelling practice with many examples to continually inform the explanations.
8. Brings into focus the cognitive science of the brain already hardwired for story with educational applications.
9. Explains the urgent need of children for oral storytelling.
10. Is a comprehensive integrated Guide emerging from cross-disciplinary experience, with examples of diverse applications and original stories. It Is comprehensive enough to serve as a basic resource for the new college courses emerging addressing "The Power of Story.:
11. Uses the actual experience of a variety of storytellers to illustrate the art and the craft of storytelling, in their own words.
12. Employs research on attitudes toward storytelling to demonstrate the changes in a school environment after the addition of a program of oral storytelling.

June 3, 2011