WRITING IS EDITING, DIRECTING IS EDITING, ACTING IS EDITING, LIVING IS EDITING… WHAT WE END UP CARING ABOUT THE MOST DEPENDS UPON WHAT YOU LEAVE OUT, OR WHAT YOU PUT IT NEXT TO, AND HOW LONG IT TAKES US TO READ THE EMOTION.

WRITING IS EDITING, DIRECTING IS EDITING, ACTING IS EDITING, LIVING IS EDITING… WHAT WE END UP CARING ABOUT THE MOST DEPENDS UPON WHAT YOU LEAVE OUT, OR WHAT YOU PUT IT NEXT TO, AND HOW LONG IT TAKES US TO READ THE EMOTION.

All you need to be a good storyteller is some facility for spoken and written language, and an unusual talent for reading the signs.
- Billy Marshall Stoneking

All you need to be a good storyteller is some facility for spoken and written language, and an unusual talent for reading the signs.

- Billy Marshall Stoneking

Abbott, his government, and many others living in Australia are a spiritually impoverished mob. It is one of the grand ironies that a person with the mentality of the prime minister is established as minister for Aboriginal Affairs without having the least regard for the most important insight and sustaining values of the original Australians, the world’s most instinctive and ancient ecologists. The hidden message of ecology is that living systems - referred to by the Pintupi, Arrente, Pitjantjatjarra and other tribal peoples of Australia as ‘the Land’ - is that the Land has rights, and if human beings abuse or ignore the rights of the Land, then the Land will insist upon them.
— Billy Marshall Stoneking
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I hate to be the one to break the news, not that it should be news, but predictability breeds predictability. You can’t plan for surprise, or freshness, or originality. You can’t consciously choose those things either. The choice is not to be or not to be; the choice is to dance or not to dance. The best choices are those that arrive effortlessly through the natural movement of characters motivated by needs and fears, they are made by the story, by its music, atonal though it may be. What the story shows us, and what it goads us towards, is openness, effortlessness, spontaneity. It is never the story that resists these impulses, only ourselves, clutched by an unmanaged fear that were we free enough to let the story become whatever it might be, it would expose something better left hidden, thus opening us to attack or derision. It is a prospect many find too painful to even contemplate, and so they make story into a fortress instead of an escape plan.

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For the trivia buffs. Fanta was actually invented in Nazi Germany by the German Coca Cola bottling company. Due to the trade embargo, there was no shipping between Nazi Germany and the United States which meant the German bottling plant could no longer get Coca Cola syrup. So they used whey (a cheese by-product) and apple fibre from cider presses instead.

For the trivia buffs. Fanta was actually invented in Nazi Germany by the German Coca Cola bottling company. Due to the trade embargo, there was no shipping between Nazi Germany and the United States which meant the German bottling plant could no longer get Coca Cola syrup. So they used whey (a cheese by-product) and apple fibre from cider presses instead.

For us to care about what is happening in a story, the characters in the story have to care. There are no exceptions, except in the event of a character ‘acting’ like they don’t care, which is caring.

Billy Marshall Stoneking

ENTER THE DRAMA

why so many people?

(for nanao)

in the island of dreams

most of the lights 

congregate

round the shore - as if

there was comfort

in both ocean

& being together.

A story is an eco-system populated by characters, actions and natural forces. All you can do - as a storyteller - is become mindful of their workings, and to respect and allow the energies that are at work in the system (story) to express themselves without unnatural interference or manipulation. The manipulation of any eco-system for what reason - no matter how noble or well-intentioned - ultimately weakens or subverts other parts of the system, thus undermining the story.

Billy Marshall Stoneking

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