I have lots of ideas for stories, but an “idea” is not a story. So I’m pushing the ideas out of my imagination and into your mind.
Some are science fiction. Some are realistic. Some are really real and personal.
But there’s a gap between what I imagine and what you read, see, and hear. In order to jump that gap, I’m freely sharing imperfect stories with you. I hope you enjoy them.
And if you’re kindhearted, perhaps you can offer feedback to help me become a better writer.
And along the way I'll share with you the storytelling techniques I'm learning about.
Colin Brock, Editor-in-chief, The Mistleton Chronicle
So what did you do with your 2020?
After enduring the loss of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, lamenting the lack of social contact, and saying goodbye to a few good friends, I decided to look back.
Ever since I was a kid, I kept a journal. I reread what I wrote three decades ago. I reread what I wrote during Y2K. I reread what happened in the early oughts of this millennium—the history of this news website. Most people don’t know what happened then.
I wrote in journals because I never wanted to forget what happened. I know if I just trust my brain to remember it, I will forget.
So I have kept a journal since I was a kid. I keep them now. And this summer of social distancing gave me the time to reflect.
It also made me think that it was now time to tell those stories.
I was there.
I saw those things.
I heard those things.
It was mysterious.
At times I was scared.
I didn’t know if I would make it.
But somehow I got through it.
Now we are in 2020. And I absolutely know what is coming. I know what is next. So now it’s time to write. Not about what happens next but about what happened then. That is what is most important.
You have to know what happened before you can understand what is coming next.
And hey, https://nanowrimo.org/ (NaNoWriMo) is in November. I can’t think of a better story to tell than this one.
I’m Colin Brock. Welcome to the Mistleton Chronicles.
Please note: Colin Brock, Mistleton, and the Mistleton Chronicle are all part of a fictional story of epic proportions.
The story of how a number changed my life
Do you have a significant number?
I do now.
Welcome to Stories I Tell. I'm Jason Norris.
“After everything we’ve been through, I really hope our trip is boring,” Colin Brock said as he put a suitcase into the trunk.
Alice put her backpack in too. “Honeymoons are not supposed to be boring.”
I'm Jason Norris.
Welcome to Stories I Tell from https://JasonNorris.com/stories (JasonNorris.com).
The girl with curly hair stared out the classroom window. A breeze shook the trees’ red leaves.
Inside, she and ten other kids sat quietly as their teacher displayed a map of the solar system.
“Who can name the planet closest to the Sun?”
Welcome to Astronomy Class, a flash fiction story from Stories I Tell from https://JasonNorris.com (JasonNorris.com)
So enraptured by this work of art, the man closed his eyes so he could keep the picture in his mind.
Stories I Tell by Jason E. Norris
More at https://jasonnorris.com/2020/
Introducing Stories I Tell
Hi. I’m Jason Norris, and I love exploring ideas. Any idea!
On the nonfiction side, I usually stick with ideas about:
education; instructional design; on-the-go learning
communication; local podcasting
But I have a creative side that longs to tell stories.
I have lots of ideas for stories. But. An “idea” is not a story. So I’ve decided to try something.
I’m going to create stories and share them—with you.
I’m pushing the ideas out of my imagination and straight into your mind.
Some stories are science fiction. Some feel more down to earth.
To start with, it’s just you and me. Imagine we’re sitting around a campfire sharing stories. Yeah. That’s it.
Occasionally, I might sprinkle in some music to enhance the story. Perhaps a few sound effects. But the main point is for me—to tell you—stories.
If you like them, let me know and I’ll keep telling. And if you’re a kindhearted soul, maybe you can offer feedback to help me become a better storyteller.
There is that frustrating gap. You’ve heard about this, right? There’s a gap between what we think we know, what we can imagine in our hearts and minds—and then what we’re actually able to accomplish, especially when we’re just starting.
I’m trying to jump that gap! So I’m going to share these imperfect stories with you. And the more I work at it, the better I'll get. Especially with your feedback.
In return, I will share what I’m learning about storytelling. Telling stories is not just a gift that some people are born with and others are not. It’s a craft. It requires skill. Anyone can study the principles of storytelling and become better storytellers.
That’s what I’m doing. I’m exploring the idea of storytelling. And if you’d like to write and create stories, maybe we can learn something and jump that gap together.
I'm glad you're here
Whether you simply want to listen to stories or learn something about storytelling, thanks for taking time to listen and read.
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