All in Do It Yourself

How It Feels to Make Things

Why I like to DIY. | When I am making something [...] I feel like what I imagine a scientist must feel like when she is conducting an experiment. Meticulous, step-by-step movements. Occasional 'what the hell is going on?' moments when the results aren’t what you expected. Plenty of mistakes. Plenty of redirections. And an end result that tells me something about myself.

8 Ways to Be a Better Storyteller

In hearing and performing stories for eight years now, I’ve learned a whole lot. Especially with company like Deena Nyer Mendlowitz of This Improvised Life, Dana Norris of Story Club and Dionne Atchison who slays any gig she gets. In watching and performing with these Cleveland-based queens of storytelling, they’ve taught me that the best stories are the brave ones. That sometimes the most trivial stories get the biggest reception. And that just because there’s a celebrity in your story, doesn’t make that ish good.