We are all connected

by JoslynChase, March 21, 2019 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 […]

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, […]

Choice reveals the character

I’ve been perusing YouTube a lot this week, gathering research material for the book I’m currently writing. As I watch the videos, I’ve noticed a lot of thumbnails along the right side of my screen that claim they can determine my personality by the colors or pictures I choose out of a lineup. I don’t […]

4 Unexpected Benefits from reading thrillers

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading, Suspense, Thrill

You may think you’re reading just for enjoyment, and reading a good thriller should be a satisfying entertainment experience. But you’re getting a whole lot more out of it than you might think. For the quick version, click on the square above to watch the 2-minute movie I created. Then, for more detail, read the […]

Are you feeling it?

Why do we spend time reading a book or watching a movie? Why do we invest ourselves in a good story? The reasons tie into the same motivations that spur us to eat, build a shelter over our heads, and make babies. Survival—and because it feels good. In fact, these survival tactics feel good to […]

My love affair with suspense

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

Suspense and I, we go way back. I’ve been in love with suspense fiction for as long as I can remember. I learned to read at age four, but I recall afternoon naptimes before that when my mother would fall asleep with the storybook in her lap, freeing me to peruse the bookshelves at my […]

Guess what happened to me on the way to the grocery store?

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading, Teaching

Okay, so I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic, I’ll admit it. Since I was kid, I loved telling stories, and everything is fodder for my story mill. I remember returning from a trip to southern California when I was 14. Our family went out to dinner and I entertained the entire restaurant with […]

My latest story is up for a Reader’s Choice award, and I’m asking for your help.

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Teaching

  Here’s the teaser… Locked inside the cold, metal walls of an abandoned warehouse, Homicide Detective, Adam Carson, wakes up on the wrong side of a gun. In the course of a morning, his wife leaves him, an assailant abducts him, and the unknown person  behind the gun treats him to breakfast. One that wreaks […]

Frightfully fantastic, full of fun, and far beyond fundamental

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Publishing, Travel, Writing

Remember that moment in Star Wars when the Millennium Falcon suddenly goes into hyperdrive? Fantastic enough to be hurtling through space, but lightspeed acceleration bumped it up into a whole new, epic dimension. Translated into writing terms, that’s what I just experienced over the last eight days. I was lucky enough to be included in […]

Back from the coast and boy, oh boy!!

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

What a marvelous experience. I went to learn a lot about writing mysteries and thrillers—and I did. I went to meet a lot of great writers and benefit from their experience—and I did. I went to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone and grow, as a writer—and did I ever! Learning at the feet of […]