Weird & Wacky News Items Make Fodder for The Pen

by JoslynChase in Storytelling, Travel, Writing

I love writing. And I believe the stories I write are suspenseful, entertaining, and emotionally engaging. But let’s face it, sometimes it takes a bizarre premise or opening paragraph to grab us as readers and pull us into a story. Weird and wacky news items make good fodder for the pen. I am always on […]

My mysterious rendezvous with Murder Ink

by JoslynChase in Learning, Mystery, Storytelling

Years ago, at a Friends of the Library sale, I came across a thick book entitled, Murder Ink: The Mystery Reader’s Companion, by Dilys Winn. Of course, it became mine in a matter of seconds and I’ve spent fun times and magical moments with the book ever since. Murder Ink is not really the kind […]

I’m excited to share Prague with you

by JoslynChase in Storytelling, Travel

Over Labor Day weekend, my husband and I visited one of our favorite cities, and I’m excited to share Prague with you now. It was one of those magical journeys when everything seems to go right. We lucked into a great deal at a hotel right on the Old Town side of the Charles Bridge. […]

How body language works in a story

by JoslynChase in Reading, Storytelling

As a reader, you pick up on all sorts of tiny cues that add to, or detract from, the story. When a book pulls you in, grabbing your attention, compelling you to turn the pages, many elements are orchestrating to achieve that effect. When a book fails to capture your interest, some of those elements […]

The Voice & The Power of Story

by JoslynChase in Storytelling, Travel

A couple of years ago, my husband attended a week-long business conference in the beautiful resort town of Garmisch, Germany. I was thrilled to be going along with him. It was early spring, great weather, and I had all kinds of plans to go hiking, exploring the quaint village, riding the cable car up the […]

Story Over Style

by JoslynChase in Storytelling, Writing

I love language. When I write, I try to create sentences and paragraphs that pull my readers in, that tickle and delight or thrill and give fright. I try to use lovely and effective description, designing word pictures and using syntax and structures that evoke emotion and fall gracefully on the reader’s ear. All of […]

Do animals tell stories?

by JoslynChase in Learning, Story Power, Storytelling

A couple of incidents in my life coincided to make me ponder this question—do animals tell each other stories? If you’ve read many of my blog posts, you know that I’m fascinated by the power of Story and I explore it in a variety of aspects and invite you to consider the impact it has […]

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 […]

We are all storytellers

by JoslynChase in Storytelling

If you think about it, each one of us functions as a storyteller in some capacity and in certain circumstances. We share a joke at a party, make up an excuse for why we failed to accomplish something, embellish a rumor, relate an anecdote, formulate a little white lie to keep the peace. Come on, […]

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 […]