Enough about me…let’s talk about you!

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading, Thrill, Writing

I’m so glad you’re sharing my adventure. I’m very grateful to my readers and all of you who support me as I learn and grow as a writer. I love the whole creative process–from idea to outline to first draft to polishing to…everything that comes after that. Which is why I’m on this adventure. I […]

It’s all about the payoff, baby!

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Thrill, Writing

 Have you ever been left hanging—with the expectation that something is going to happen—and then it never does? Irritating, isn’t it? My husband has a habit of beginning a sentence, leading me a ways down a conversational path, and then suspending me over a cliff, waiting for him to finish the question or the point […]

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Writing

I’m embracing this sentiment expressed by H.G. Wells, as it seems I’m getting knocked down hard over and over in recent months. When I was in college, I became very ill and went to the doctor. He said I had a bad case of tonsillitis and needed my tonsils removed, but that my wisdom teeth […]

The secret solution to life problems

by JoslynChase in General, Learning, Teaching

Problems are a part of life…sigh Have you ever got chewing gum stuck in your hair? Or tried to get your dog to swallow a pill? How about cake layers or slices of bread that keep sliding apart? These are pesky problems, but have I got a solution for you! Before we go there, though, […]

Washington welcomes me home

by JoslynChase in Free Stuff, Learning, Publishing, Reading

It’s lovely to see friends again, and to be closer to family. On the downside, the house needs so much work it feels like there can never be enough time or money in the world to see this one through to a happy ending. On the upside, I’ve been able to resume work on my […]

For the thrill of it

by JoslynChase in Reading, Thrill

Everyone loves a great story. Done right, a story pulls us in and envelops us in a different world. It feels good to get lost there for a time, savoring the experience of something both novel and relatable, suspended in the thrill, caught in the wonderful grip of story. Those of us who love mystery, […]

Why do we get so wrapped up in a really great story?

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading

We crave Story. We need it, we live for it. Recent research suggests that our brains are literally hardwired to process story in a way that is vital to our well-being. Story, in its fundamental form, is no less than a tool for survival. Lisa Cron, in her book, Wired for Story, writes that Story acts like […]

My Adventure…My First Guest Post!

by JoslynChase in Learning, Travel, Writing

I’m excited to announce I’m contributing a guest post on another author’s blog! Amber Meyer produces The Write Destination blog, a site dedicated to the art of writing. Amber is working on a novella called Puppy Love, slated to come out early in 2017. I’ve been lucky enough to do some advance reading on that, […]

Story…what’s it all about?

by JoslynChase in Free Stuff, Learning

Let’s be clear we’re talking about Story, here, with a capital S. Story is more than just a construct of events; it’s a concept that powers our lives. Most of us go through our days unaware of the huge role and impact that it packs, but our brains are programmed to think in terms of […]

My Adventure…and you’re invited

by JoslynChase in Free Stuff, Learning, Publishing, Writing

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” These words were expressed by a woman whose trials and challenges went far beyond anything I will ever experience, yet the truth of them touches my life just as vigorously as it touched hers. Helen Keller understood this. She lived her life as an adventure, and she […]