(Also, find out how Mad Man Morgan got his name…)
“Standstill” is one of those stories that turned into something more than I expected. People seem to really like this story, and I must say I like it enough that I want to do more with it in the future.
I’ve bumped into that problem with all the new stories I’ve written for Not About Lumberjacks.
(It’s not a bad problem to have…)
Eighteen years later, she uses the button on the watch her grandfather told her to use with caution. What happens after clicking the button changes the lives of Maddy and her husband, Aaron.
A heartfelt tale about time and love…and the effect the two things have on us all…
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A Magic Life is about a girl born in the circus in the 1920s and her rise to fame as a magician in the 40s and 50s.
Cynthia Griffith, who edited Episode 4 of Not About Lumberjacks — fan-favorite “Horus” — narrated the first chapter of A Magic Life.
To give you a taste of something bigger, I thought it would be fun to share the first chapter here.
One morning when Dicky’s father, Richie, appears at his son’s bedroom to ask if he’ll help him track down a couple Great Danes he saw running loose in a field, Dicky finally figures out why his father’s yard looks like the county dump.
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Field and Tree Photo: John Mark Arnold
Story and Narration: Christopher Gronlund
You don’t think, “What does the voice of a Magic 8 Ball sound like?” until you’re faced with recording a story in which the old toy is a character. I didn’t think about any of the voices in “Mr. Knowitall” until I was sitting before the mic, recording. This episode of Behind the Cut is all about turning the voices heard in our heads when reading to ourselves into something physical for people to hear.
A little departure with this episode: no sneak peek of the next episode of Not About Lumberjacks. I don’t want to give too much away with the next story (other than it’s about an unemployed writer who lands her dream job, only to discover it comes with more than she bargained for in the form of an African grey parrot named Horus), so…you get a bonus story called “Be a Man.”
“Be a Man” is probably the shortest story I’ve written…and definitely one of the most brutal as well.