The spark that lights the torch

by JoslynChase, May 13, 2019 in Reading, Story Power, Suspense, Travel, Writing

Probably the question authors hear most from inquisitive readers is, “Where do you get your ideas?” And of course the quantity and variety of answers rivals the stars in the sky—the possibilities are endless. I write suspense fiction—mysteries, thrillers, capers, heists, and so on—which almost always involve a crime of some kind. May I suggest […]

The enduring legend of The Lost Dutchman

by JoslynChase in Learning, Thrill, Travel, Writing

It has all the elements that go into a fascinating mystery—lost treasure, unexplained death, and a cast of interesting characters. I’ve spent the last couple of days immersed in an exploration of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine—tucked somewhere amid the Superstition Mountains in southern Arizona—and lived to tell about it. Mine was a virtual exploration—research for […]

Spring has put me in a rhyming mood

by JoslynChase in Reading, Storytelling, Suspense, Writing

It’s Spring, and Spring has truly sprung Don’t believe me? Ask my lungs Their wheeze and gasp is problematic It doesn’t pay to be asthmatic   And yet, my lack of air must not Unseat me from my writing spot I’ve words to craft and tales to tell And so, my friends, I’ll bear it […]

We are all connected

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading

I attended a lovely memorial service last Sunday for a friend who recently passed away. It was marvelous to hear friends and family share memories of how this man had touched their lives. The room was spread with wonderful photographs, keepsakes, and items of significance that stood as a record, in part, of a life […]

How to use the power of storytelling in your life

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power, Storytelling

If you’ve been following this blog at all, you know I’m a big believer in the power of story. It’s a major focus of my work and my website and a fascinating topic in its own right—one I’m always interesting in exploring further. So when I came across this Ted Talk entitled, “The Magical Science […]

What’s black and white and shed all over?

by JoslynChase in New Release, Teaching, Travel

I’m not talking about a newspaper, an embarrassed zebra, or an ailing balance sheet. If you’re wondering why I’ve twisted an old joke to use as a title for this month’s post about my adventures as a writer, I hope you’ll hang around to read the story and enjoy the punchline. I’m happy for this […]

The Sights and Sounds of Story

by JoslynChase in Audiobooks, Free Stuff, Video Trailers

When you go to the movie theater, do you enjoy watching the trailers that come before the featured film? Do you watch the sample snippet that triggers at the top of the screen when you visit Netflix? How about at the music store? Do you slip on the headphones and listen to what’s on offer? […]

Getting serious about my series

by JoslynChase in Free Stuff, Reading, Writing

I just finished a five-day marathon of writing short stories for a Series workshop I attended. I had a great time and learned so much, plus I produced three new short stories that tie into some of the serieses (I understand this IS a word)  I’ve started. These companion short stories are a great way […]

Conflict: Who needs it?

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Story Power

It’s a fact few of us like to acknowledge, but we all need conflict. Conflict is what drives us to grow and change. It’s what shapes us and points us to the destiny we choose for ourselves according to how we handle that conflict. It’s hard and it hurts and nobody likes going through it, […]

Merry Christmas from me and Rachmaninoff

by JoslynChase in Audiobooks

I hope your holiday season has been merry and bright with every expectation of a fantastic new year just around the corner.  I so appreciate those of you who read and enjoy my books and my heart swells with gratitude toward those who take the time to leave reviews on Amazon or Goodreads. God bless […]