Story triggers a time machine

by JoslynChase in Learning, Story Power, Storytelling, Travel

What if I told you there is such a thing as a time machine and that story is what fuels it? Stick with me for a few moments and I’ll explain what I mean. Remember story problems in math class? Some students love them, and some hate them, but either way they are an important […]

Pressing Reset in the Wenatchee National Forest

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Travel

If you’ve ever had an experience that allows you to step back from your daily rush of tasks, unplug, and look at the world through new eyes, you’ll understand how much I appreciated the few days I spent this week at Camp Prime Time. Camp Prime Time is a jewel of a place, tucked into […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Reading thrillers can bring you multiple unexpected benefits! When you crack open a thriller, you have a fair idea of what you’re […]

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 […]