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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

A Tall Tar Heel Tale

Posted July 26, 2007 7:25 a.m. EDT

Storytelling week continues. So far we have concentrated on real life dramas such as getting hit by an airplane, struck by a car, falling down a man hole, getting kicked off a train or losing your captain on a sailboat.

Are you up for creating a Tall Tar Heel Tale together? I did this once during a creative writing class at UNC. I wasn't very good at it but it was a lot of fun. Here's the way it works. One person begins a story with a sentence or two. The next person adds to the story.

Here are the guidelines. We will begin in the mountains of North Carolina and end the story in Manteo. We will mention as many North Carolina places as possible during our journey. We will weave together all of the elements of good storytelling: drama, suspense, conflict, controversy, humor and heroism. We will keep it clean but fun. We will work as a team trying to make good transitions. Each poster should limit his/her contribution to a thought or two at a time but feel free to return as many times as you'd like to add more to the story and keep the plot progressing. Please don't be shy. There is no right or wrong way to do this.

I'll start it off.

"The story begins on the banks of the Cullasaja River. There was lemonade on the lawn and laughter in the air."