I used to think that storytelling was limited to tribal or folklore-ish stories ... the moon and the fox becoming fast friends while the snake pissed off everyone.
Then about eight years ago, during a hellish commute, I stumbled across The Moth on KUOW.
When I discovered I could attend a Moth StorySLAM in person and put my name in the hat to win a spot on the stage: oh! I had found my tribe.
But I spent at least six months fretting, reviewing each month's theme and thinking "man, I got nothing!"
Until one day ... the them was "accidents." Shazam!
But for my first Moth story tell, I had to pick my 'favorite' car accident. I did not win first place that night, but I met a dear friend, Allison, which is better than any old prize.