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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meet your co-host: The Multicolored Lady

Hi, my name is Csenge, and I am a storyteller.
No, really, I do that for a living.

I have been blogging for 8 years now. I started my first blog when I came to the USA as an international student (I a originally from Hungary) and I needed a way to keep all my friends and family updated without writing billions of emails. I soon started a parallel blog in English, to keep my new American friends updated - and it the rest is history. Currently I have three regular blogs; two of them in English, and both participating in the A to Z Challenge because I am a chronic overachiever that way.
This is my fourth year in the challenge. Last year I was a minion on Team Damyanti, and this year I am a co-host. I am exactly this much excited about it:

On The Multicolored Diary I blog about storytelling, and my storytelling-related adventures: Gigs, conferences, festivals, new folktale collections and storytelling CDs I enjoy, things like that. For the past two years I had folktale-related themes (Weird Princesses and Tales with Colors). This year I am doing my most ambitious theme yet, but in order to find out what it is, you'll have to wait for the Theme Reveal Blogfest! (or better yet, participate!)

On MopDog, I blog about Hungarian weirdness, such as the cartoons of my childhood, strange Hungarian proverbs, and Aggressive Piglet jokes. Last year I barely made it through the alphabet, but this year I am all prepared, and even have a theme! Again, you'll find out later.

Apart from blogging and telling stories, I am also an author. My first book in English is a collection of 55 folktales that feature superpowers (pretty much anything from Invisibility to Sonic Blast). It is titled Tales of Superhuman Powers, and I wrote it as a resource for storytellers and teachers who want to get students interested in traditional stories. Also, because I love superpowers. I'm a nerd and a gamer, I should have said that up front.

Oh, and you can also follow me on Twitter, where I most tweet about storytelling, epics, books, and TV shows.

And now, for some of the questions you submitted:

Do you remember your dreams? (from Susan Scott)
Yep, I usually do. I am also pretty good at lucid dreaming (being aware that I am in a dream without waking up). Dreams are stories, and they don't always make sense, but I like them anyway :)

Which do you prefer, horses, dogs, cats, lizards? (also from Susan)
Dogs. Definitely, 100%. I'm a huge dog person. I have an English Sheepdog called Elderberry. I also love puli dogs (hence my second blog) and Irish wolfhounds.

Johnny Depp or Robert Downey Jr., and why? (from Barbara in Caneyhead)
RDJ. Because Iron Man.

Have you ever dressed up in some costume and ran into Walmart wearing it? (from Naila Moon)
Heck yes. I am in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) which means that when I need to shop during an event, I run in and out of all kinds of stores wearing historical garb (either 16th century Italian, or 2nd century Sarmatian, depending on the day). I love the looks I get :)

Happy A to Z everyone! I'm looking forward to visiting with you in April :)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A nerd and a gamer! You rock. Glad you are on the co-host team now.

Jemima Pett said...

Hi Csenge, you crazy Hungarian lady! It was a delight and a pleasure to work with you last year, and I wish you success and a great time in your Co-hosting this year! Happy A2Z :)

Ann Bennett said...

Your blogs sound great. I'm checking them out.

betty said...

You have interesting blogs; will check them out!! Glad to read more about you :)


Michelle Wallace said...

I love anything that has to do with 'multi-colored' concepts!
I enjoyed your multi-colored theme last year!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

I am glad too! I'm really excited about it :) And yeah, being a nerd is one of the reasons I loved regularly visiting the Gaming blogs during the challenge...

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Aw, thank you! :) I hope you'll like my theme this year as well!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Aww! Thank you! It was great working with you too!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

I hope you'll like them! :) I am doing a theme on both this year, and I am already having great fun scheduling posts.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Glad to be here :) I hope you'll find thing you like on my blogs! :)

Debbie D. said...

Nice to meet you and I'm looking forward to your A-Z posts. I do remember reading some of them last year.

Arlee Bird said...

Blogging 8 years! You are a real veteran of blogging. Glad you are part of the A to Z Team.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

Anonymous said...

Hello! I remember reading your blog during the challenge and enjoyed your posts.

Doreen McGettigan said...

Its very nice to meet you. I look forward to your theme revwal!

Doreen McGettigan said...

Sorry reveal....darn phone.

Pearson Report said...

Hi! I just tweeted a link to this post - insightful and delightful.
Thanks for sharing… have fun co-hosting.

Cheers, Jenny
2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

I am glad too! :) And yeah, looks like it's been 8 years already... I still feel like a newbie!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Thank you! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed my posts! I hope you'll like this year's lineup too!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Thank you! :) I can barely contain my excitement about this year's themes. It will be great fun.

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Thank you! I am already having a lot of fun as part of the team. :) A to Z is the best!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Nice to meet you too! :)

Bushman said...

Nice to meet ya!
I'll be over soon to check out your blogs. As a fellow dog lover, I have to tell you I love the name Elderberry.

2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador

Donna McDine said...

Very interesting! I find it hard to keep up with one blog, let alone three. You go girl!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

So cool to get to know you a little! Thanks for bringing some color to the Challenge.
Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Nicole said...

It's cool that your a professional storyteller. I didn't even know that a career such as storytelling (like, live storytelling in front of a group of people) even existed outside of, say, tour guides at museums, historical sites and the like. Needless to say, that has to be one of the most interesting jobs ever. Nice to learn a little more about you.


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