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Who is the Storyteller?

Welcome to the blog of Eleanor Tomczyk, which features the musings of an engagingly funny, African-American, baby-boomer, and ex-Evangelical—who survived the Kool-Aid and became a humorist storyteller.  The author is still trying to figure out how she got here and where she needs to go before she dies.

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ELEANOR L. TOMCZYK, AUTHOR

The storyteller finally discovered that becoming a writer just might get her there—wherever there is.  At the age of 60, the wife, mother, singer, actress, motivational speaker, and award-winning voice-over talent set out to reinvent herself, and she hasn’t stopped since.  Eleanor lives in the South with her amazing husand of 37 years and has published two books with a third due out in 2017:  Monsters’ Throwdown (2013) and Fleeing Oz  (2015), and The Fetus Chronicles: Podcasts from My Miseducated Self (2017).   Monsters’ Throwdown is a rousing no-nonsense memoir and brilliantly humorous tale of survival under duress.  It’s about a petunia blossoming in an onion patch.  Historical and social topics touched on are far-reaching, from women’s and civil rights, to the hippie culture and commune living.  The story is universally appealing, crossing the boundaries of race, gender, and age.  But even after all is said and done, Monsters’ Throwdown is a beautiful love story.

Fleeing Oz is the journey of the author from her early days as an African-American girl living on a cult-like communal farm with a bunch of white kids, to her final escape from organized religion right before Barack Obama’s election in 2008. The story is told with grace.  Far from cruel or mocking, Tomczyk resists the temptation to do unto others as they have done unto her, choosing instead to use humor where others might use hate.

An edgy coming-of-age tale about a baby boomer who wants to follow God without getting crushed by God’s people in the process, Fleeing Oz will cause anyone who’s every struggled with faith, doubt, and disillusionment to stand up and say “amen.”

This hilarious, irreverent, and brutally honest book tells the author’s story of faith, doubt, and disbelief—and how she walked away from church without turning her back on God.  Although a stand-alone memoir, Fleeing Oz is part two of a trilogy and picks up where Monsters’ Throwdown leaves off.  The third part of the trilogy, The Fetus Chronicles: Podcasts from My Miseducated Self is due out in April 2017.

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Author’s website: www.eleanortomczyk.com

 

40 responses to “Who is the Storyteller?

  1. Maggie Ingram

    June 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I loved your first blog. Kept me laughing throughout!!! Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. Can’t wait for the next blog. Loved all the gorgeous pictures as well.

    Maggie

     
  2. Jean Wittersheim

    June 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    So funny, so interesting, so enlightening. Absolutely loved every last word! Can’t wait for your next installment…..

     
  3. Amy C.

    June 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Eleanor – You don’t know me but I am a friend of your daughter’s. She told me about your blog and I couldn’t resist. I must tell you that I when I read it (sitting in my cube at work) I was laughing outloud with tears streaming down my face. Needless to say some of my co-workers asked what was so amusing so I shared your blog with them. Great job! Keep the posts coming!

     
  4. Carrie Kimple

    June 29, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I love you! Can’t wait to read more and more and more & 🙂

     
  5. Ellen

    June 30, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Eleanor. So good to read your prose. Looking forward to more.

     
  6. Schroeder Stribling

    July 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Eleanor – I am so proud to know you and so excited about your writing! It is a thrill to read this new on-line venue for you. Congratulations and I can’t wait to read more!

    And – THANK YOU – on behalf of all the women of N Street Village, for offering all women the beautiful benefit of your wisdom, humor and inspiration!

     
  7. notquiteold

    September 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Storyteller. Thanks for checking out my blog. You ask how I found you. Like you, I have been seeking out over-40 blogs. There are some younger women I just love (like The Sassy Curmudgeon at http://volcanicensemble.blogspot.com/ – who is hysterical if somewhat obscene) – but I can relate much better to women who are not talking about their courses this semester or the last crazy party. I just search through tags, and then also look at blogrolls and comments on sites that relate. See my own blogroll – I’ve made some great “mature” friends. I found you by checking out the tag “Aging”.

     
    • etomczyk

      September 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Nancy. I just checked out Sassy Curmudgeon. You’re right — she’s a hoot! Thanks for letting me know that those tag things work. I just started using those and only have about three on each post. I think I’ll increase my use of them. Cheers!

       
  8. myartfullife

    September 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

    So terrific to make your acquaintance. Totally L-O-V-E the name of your blog, and everything inside. And of course I am tickled pink that you landed over at My Artful Life and took the time to comment. Yay! A new pal in the blogosphere. Signing up for your posts.

     
    • etomczyk

      September 23, 2011 at 2:58 am

      Oh yes, I do love your post! How I would have loved your shop if I had had the good fortune to be introduced to it before it closed. Me and all the other Celiac lady storytellers dream of places like the delightful one you built. Thanks so much for stopping by and signing up for my stories. I am a pal of yours, indeed.

       
  9. You As A Machine

    September 30, 2011 at 4:16 am

    I first came across your blog via a Freshly Pressed comment…all praise FP!!
    I totally love your storytelling, energy and humour. As a result I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. No doubt many of these have come your way already! In any case, Congratulations!

     
    • etomczyk

      September 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Thank you. I really appreciate that you took the time to add me to your list of blogs you’d recommend. That was very kind. Cheers!

       
  10. Travel Spirit

    October 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Eleanor,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog…I’m out of town in school right now, but what I was able to read of your blog is so funny…you’re a wonderful writer!

    Sherry

     
    • etomczyk

      October 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Travel Spirit for taking the time out of your busy schedule and stopping by my blog, as well. I appreciate your comment and when you get some free time, come back again. Cheers!

       
  11. etomczyk

    October 15, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Neal. What a lovely comment. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. May I ask how you heard about it?

    Thanks also regarding the screenplay writing inquiry. Unfortunately, screenplay writing is not my strong suit, although I am honored that you asked. Please stop by and read some of the other stories. I post every Thursday night.

    Cheers!

     
  12. ellielawson

    October 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

    so happy to have chanced upon you… : )

     
    • etomczyk

      October 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Karyn: I’m on the road this week and just pulled up your blog on my iPhone and saw that I had been “Flamingoed” and the lovely comments your wrote about me. You made me blush! Thank you so much. I’ll check out the details of all this once I land on home turf. I do have a housekeeping question for you: how do I “link” a word in my blog? For instance, when you typed the name of my blog, how did you form a link to it? As you can tell, I’m still trying to work my way around the technology of blogland. Take care.

       
  13. evasantiago310

    November 4, 2011 at 5:37 am

    What a great blog! I just got myself kicked out of a church because I dared to question some of the goings on in that place. At the core of my expulsion from this church was a culture clash between the pastor and I. Apparently he, a male Latino, has a problem with me, a very out spoken Latina who will stand on her faith and convictions no matter what. Reading your blog really made me feel good because I am a staunch believer in being myself; yet another strike against me with this pastor who just kicked me out. I will be back to read some more! 🙂 When you get a chance, please check out my blog. 🙂

     
    • etomczyk

      November 4, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Eva. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it. I did stop by your blog and enjoyed reading a couple of your posts. I especially like the artwork. All the best to you in your journey. Cheers!

       
  14. kvetchmom

    November 29, 2011 at 1:30 am

    You had me at “bitch zap!” I love the way you look at life. Can’t wait to read more about you. All best!

     
    • etomczyk

      November 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Kvetchmom! Your blog is quite the “bitch zap” in and of itself. I love your honesty and your sense of humor. Keep it coming. Cheers!

       
  15. societyred

    December 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Eleanor,
    Thank you for your encouraging comment. I’m relatively new to the blogworld and I have to say it is an exciting venue to participate in. I appreciate your input and look forward to more of your work.
    Regarding Seattle, it does rain a lot here. This time of year I drive to work in the dark and then back home in the dark as well. It makes me a little crazy. Your best bet for good weather would be sometime in the middle of July to the end of August…but there’s no guarantees. If you do find yourself here when it’s nice you will be impressed with the beauty. Even so, I prefer Maui :). Thanks again! Your blog rocks!

     
  16. Sunshine

    December 16, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Hey Eleanor!

    I’m sure someone has left this for you but I wanted to thank you for your great posts so . . .
    You have been nominated for the Versatile Award!
    Thanks!!!
    http://wp.me/p1RzUf-n1

     
    • etomczyk

      December 16, 2011 at 2:46 am

      Thank you so much Sunshine. I appreciate your support and the award. Warm Regards!

       
  17. composerinthegarden

    December 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Eleanor, I just nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award and put a link to your blog on my latest post. Please feel free to respond as you choose, especially since you are “on a break” but I did want to do you the honor 🙂 – Lynn

     
    • etomczyk

      December 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Lynn: You are so kind. Thanks you so much. I left you a note on your blog as well. Hope your holidays are going well. All the best. Eleanor

       
  18. Andrew

    May 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    The first two sentences of this page beat 90% of the “about” pages I read. “baby-boomer radical, ex-tongues-speaking Evangelical, born-again liberal storyteller” is going to be my intro if I ever walk onto a stage to accept something.

     
    • etomczyk

      May 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Hi Andrew — welcome to my blog. I just got back from your place and enjoyed it very much. A comic book maker, huh? How fun!

      Thanks for commenting on my “About” page. Have you ever read more adjectives describing a person? I think I got a little carried away. Thanks for stopping by and do come back again, you hear! Cheers!

       
  19. etomczyk

    June 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Frank: I’m so jealous! Are you and Mrs. A. going to attend? I just got back from Ohio (Cleveland; visiting my mentor). If I were anywhere near Cinci during this concert series, I’d be there with bells on. If you attend, let me know how it went. Thanks for sharing. ET

     
  20. cyclingrandma

    November 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Hi, Checked out your blog thanks to Dawn at Talesfromthemotherland- we’re part of the “look” challenge.
    Good luck with your book! Great to meet another “older” blogger.

     
    • etomczyk

      November 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Lisa. Glad to meet a “mature” blogger, as well. Take care.

       
  21. queenshaven

    November 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Hi, Loving the blog it is refreshing. I am really enjoying your post and can not wait to read more.

     
  22. TheGirl

    May 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I like reading your stories!

     
  23. windhound

    August 22, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Great writing and perfectly chosen illustrations.

     
  24. Let's CUT the Crap!

    October 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I l.i.k.e. your STYLE. I’ll be back.

     
    • etomczyk

      October 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Cookiecrumbles. Come back anytime!

       
  25. One Blue Sky

    June 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hi what a great blog, so inspirational and uplifting. I’m really glad I chanced upon you.

     
    • etomczyk

      June 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks Lucas. So glad you stopped by. Appreciate it!

       

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