Seems a bit early in the day, to think about what is the definition of a Master Storyteller, considering i am such a wide eyed novice. But how many novices would attempt to answer this question, i ask myself. And just for that it may be of interest.
To begin with there is no definition in my head, but these are some pointers that come to mind.
One is a Master in my eyes when:
1.She has laughed and cried and had aha moments with a thousand stories, practised them, told them and directly touched at least a thousand people deeply with her telling and yet when the next story presents itself, she welcome it with all the enthusiasm, joy and gratitude that she felt for her first story.
2. Amongst other masters, she is not intimidated, she knows she is home.
3. When she sees the inexperienced fumble and feel their way through a story tentatively, her heart pours out its blessings in abundance, that their telling may be touched by the magic, that she knows hers is.
4. When her association with the word brings glory to the title and it ceases to be the other way round.
5. When all this is true and yet she knows, that the story is the master, and the master has but bestowed its grace on her.