I Never Thought I’d Be a Writer

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Lorrie D. Grant is a storyteller with a message. She is always looking for an adventure and always has a story to tell.  Lorrie decided to capture a few of her life stories a few years ago, simply to save her lessons learned for her two daughters.  This unexpectedly led to creating a blog, which then led to the writing of her first children’s book, “Why is there an Elephant in my Basement?” released in 2017.  The following year she released her second book, “Little White Flies”, and her third book, “I am Beautiful Too”, was released in 2019.  Lorrie has a background in Corporate Business Operations, but is most passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.

Lorrie’s Social Media: Website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter

Lorrie’s Podcast: Storytellers with a Message, on Apple Podcasts

Lorrie’s Books: Why is there an Elephant in my Basement?

  Little White Flies

  I am Beautiful Too

  Upcoming books, Dragon Breath, Little Arnie the Firefly

Story-Power Ep. 46, Justin Lamb, “Every Person’s Story is Interesting”

The Space Between Time, Lucinda Sage-Midgorden

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at patreon.com/StoryPower.

Stories and My Emotional Journey

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“The purpose of the storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” ~ Brandon Sanderson, fantasy and science fiction writer

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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Since I started my Story-Power podcast, I’ve been trying to come up with a “elevator speech” about why I’m so passionate about stories. My answer is this: Since I’m an emotional explorer, stories are one of the major tools I use to understand the nuances of my own emotions and those of others.

I use stories like some people use music, to find answers to questions about my emotional life, or to sooth myself when I’m frazzled.

Every Tuesday night, Barry likes to listen to and participate in an online tech vlog, which means he needs the bandwidth. I usually read, but this past Tuesday I was in the mood for a quiet Sam Elliott movie. I chose, Conagher (1991) based on the Louis L’Amour book. It’s a gentle western, which is the kind of westerns Louis L’Amour writes. The descriptions of the landscape, or emotional states of the characters are accomplished in just a few sentences. Yet, for me at least, I can see what the character sees and feel what they are feeling without them saying a word. His stories usually have a love story at the heart of the action. There are very few gun or fist fights. Here’s the description of the movie, “A tough cowboy facing some trouble crosses paths with a lonely woman living in the middle of nowhere.” 

Conagher is tough in that he’s a highly moral, emotionally intelligent character who doesn’t condone laziness or deceit in his fellow cowboys. He’s not loud about his point of view, but everyone knows. And his enemies are unscrupulous, immature men who think that Conagher is challenging them just by being who he is.

The lonely woman is widow Evie, played by Katherine Ross, who’s husband brought his family West to start a cattle ranch. But he’s killed in a riding accident on his way to purchase the cattle, and Evie is left with her two step children to find a way to survive. About two or three months after their arrival, the stage coach line hires Evie and her stepson, Laban to provide services for the passengers and horses until their permanent station is built. That’s how the family meet Conagher. He’s one of the men bringing the horses for the stage line. 

The love story is developed through looks and deeds. Conagher and Evie never say, “I love you,” even at the end when they get together. I think that’s one of the things I love about this story, and Louis L’Amour’s writing. Everything the characters in his books do is spare. They have deep feelings but they show them rather than use flowery words. He’s a writer I try to emulate, because I tend to use too many words to express complex ideas and feelings. But it’s sometimes better to convey those with just a few words and through the actions of the characters.

I think it should be that way in life as well. The old adage, deeds speak louder than words is true. When Barry does something that needs to be done around the house without asking, I feel his love and care for me. I’ve been working on showing my love for him and the others in my life in more concrete ways. I have to say, it feels good.

Watching Conagher, reminded me, since I’ve begun working on my second novel again, to tell my story without the long descriptions. After all, I don’t want to tire my readers out with a bunch of unnecessary story stopping descriptions.

I’d be interested to hear what kinds of stories you love and what you’ve learned from them.

Have a lovely weekend. I hope you enjoy reading or watching some meaningful stories.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2023

The Space Between Time

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story. You may have seen my Story-Power posts here. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about your favorite stories, come join me at either SageWoman.life, or patreon.com/StoryPower.

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If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a Story-Power chat.

The Stories That Stay With Us

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“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy stories. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy stories.” ~ Albert Einstein

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One of the things I hoped for when I began this blog in 2013, was to create a community of people who would join in conversation with me. That’s what I aim for with all of my creative projects, my podcast and Patreon Community. It was one of the joys of teaching, the conversations with my students. Now that I’m retired, I miss those kinds of interactions.

Since I’m passionate about stories of all kinds, I thought this year I’d focus on stories that have impacted me in such a way, that I think about them long after I’ve read the book or seen the movie/TV show. I have found that discussing stories often leads to explorations of deeper themes both in the story and in my real life. So, that’s going to be the focus of this blog from now on. 

I will still be sharing aha moments on my spiritual journey, and maybe even my thoughts on where humanity is headed, but they will most likely be linked to the stories I’m consuming. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that’s just how my mind works. Any information that I take in gets put into a melting pot of ideas at the back of my mind and every once in a while, something new pops out of the pot into my consciousness with a new, to me, idea.

2022 was a big growth year for me. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I joined Mindvalley at some point during the year and took five or six courses all designed to help me clear out old blocks to my happiness, creativity, and prosperity. This was in addition to continuing to study A Course in Miracles. I’m happy to say that all the subtle shifts in my perception of the world and my place in it have changed, finally. One thing I’ve learned over my 69 years of life is that nothing changes quickly. Change is kind of like working a jigsaw puzzle, you put one little piece in at a time until the puzzle is finished.

For some reason, we humans decided that the world is a scary place full of people and situations out to get us. But that’s only one possibility which can be changed if we allow ourselves to consider a different perspective. My goal going forward is to expect love, light, joy, prosperity, and connection every single day.

Having set up what to expect from my future posts with that long prologue, I have decided that stories that don’t contain love, healing, forgiveness, and joy aren’t for me. That’s not to say I will not consume dystopian stories like The Hunger Games, or stories that have lots of external conflict in them. But the point of the story must be about the above mentioned things in the end. It has to end with the characters learning vital lessons, healing, and moving in positive directions.

So, I want to share with you three stories that Barry and I watched, or I read, that when they were over, my heart felt lighter and more hopeful.

One of the Christmas gifts Barry gave me was the movie, The Lady in the Water. It’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie (2006) based on a bedtime fairy story he made up for his girls. They loved it so much that they asked him night after night to add more details to the story. Eventually it became a published children’s book and then a movie. 

One of the things I love about fairy tales is the many layers of meaning in them. Depending on how deep we dig, we can get lots of meaning out of those seemingly simple stories. They contain universal themes that are still relevant today.

The Lady in the Water,  is about a sea nymph who needs the help of humans to get back to her family in the ocean. She was sent to interact with this specific group of humans and help them make small changes so that eventually the world becomes a better place. In her case, she lives underneath the swimming pool of a nondescript apartment building, where an ordinary, yet interesting and diverse group of people live. The Super of the complex finds her one night after she’s been attacked and to save her he must enlist the help of many of the people who live in the complex. As the story goes along, the people the Super brings together must discover their true purpose in life. Many of them must heal old wounds and they must work together to protect the nymph and help her get back home. It’s a gentle story of love in which each of the characters is changed in very subtle but profound ways. 

For me, it’s one of those stories that will always give up new interpretations each time I watch it. The theme of working together for a common good is particularly relevant at the moment.

The second story is the first of a fantasy series by K.C. May titled The Song of the Sea Spirit. Hmm, I just realized that both of these stories have to do with sea creatures. Years ago I read another series by K.C. May, The Kinsheild Saga and loved that series. So, when I was looking for a fun book to finish off my 2022 Goodreads reading challenge, I decided to try this new series, The Mindstream Chronicles. In this series, Jora has the capability to connect with family and friends, who are far away fighting in a war, by connecting with their energy streams. When her best friend is getting ready to report for duty, he gives her a flute as a going away present. She has always wanted to play the flute, but decided to apprentice with the leather worker instead. When she goes to a nearby beach to begin to learn to play her flute, she meets a dolphin who is drawn to her by the song Jora is learning to play. And through the music, they begin a conversation. This relationship starts her on an unexpected journey full of new skills and danger. I love that music is a major component of communication between Jora and Sundancer, her dolphin friend.

The third story might surprise you. It’s a mystery series, Three Pines, based on the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, by Louise Penny. Gamache is a member of the Quebec Sûreté. Throughout the 8 episodes of the first season he is called upon to investigate murders in the small village of Three Pines. The thing that is different about the character of Gamache, is that he’s compassionate and kind. Yes, he has demons. His parents were killed when he was fairly young and that still haunts him. But instead of stuffing his feelings about that and the cases he’s called upon to solve and becoming stoic, he treats his coworkers, suspects, and even the murderers with kindness. 

After watching Three Pines, I told Barry that from now on I want to watch and read stories that have lighter themes. Stories full of hope even if the characters have to go through tough challenges to find happiness. I don’t usually make resolutions, but I guess this desire to consume stories with positive messages would be one.

I hope you will share stories that you love and have learned from with the group. I’m always interested in story suggestions and discussions.

Here’s to a happy and prosperous New Year for all of you!

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2023

The Space Between Time

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story. You may have seen my Story-Power posts here. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about your favorite stories, come join me at either SageWoman.life, or patreon.com/StoryPower.

PodMatch

If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a Story-Power chat.

Stories That Relate to Us

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Hi there!

My name is Phil Strangolagalli. I am the author of “Jesus Loves Movies” an independently published book that uses movies to help people out in life. I’ve had the honor of my book being in over 500+ Barnes and Noble stores, Target, Walmart, and independent book stores all throughout the U.S. 

Jesus Loves Movies has been recognized by Tim Tebow, Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, and Joshua Dubois. I’ve received emails, letters, and DMs from people saying how my book has impacted them. 

I went through a rough time in my life and movies were a place of comfort for me from a lot of the trauma I went through. It really is a story of how I overcame trauma and learned to cope. It was never supposed to be a book—but it became one. 

I hope to be a person that encourages and provides hope to people who are in rough times. That using a creative outlet can help people work through complex emotions. 

Phil’s Social Media: Website, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter

Phil’s Book, Jesus Loves Movies Available in paperback, Kindle, and Audible

The Count of Monte Cristo, (2002) Director, Kevin Reynolds, Based on the book by Alexandre Dumas père, Screenplay, Jay Wolpert

Twitch Live-streaming service featuring live-stream for gamers, sports competitions, music broadcasts, creative content, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc.

The Thin Man (1934) Director, W.S. Van Duke, Novel, Danshiell Hammett, Screenplay, Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich

Knives Out (2019) Director and Writer, Ryan Johnson

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, by Don Zolidis

Is He Dead? by Mark Twain based on his short story, the play was published in 2003, adapted by David Ives

The Knight of the Burning Pestle, by Francis Beaumont, first performed at the Blackfriars Theatre, London, England in 1607

The Academy Awards, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

Day of the Dead, (1985) Director and Writer, George A. Romero

Shaun of the Dead, (2004) Director, Edgar Wright, Writers, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

The Babadook (2014) Director and Writer, Jennifer Kent

Get Out (2017) Director and Writer, Jordan Peele

A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place part II, Director, John Krasinski, Screenplay by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski

Schindler’s List (1993) Director, Steven Spielberg, Book, Thomas Keneally, Screenplay, Steven Zaillian

Them! (1954) Director, Gordon Douglas, Screenplay, Ted Sherdeman, Russell Hughes, Story by George Worthing Yates

Godzilla (1954) Director, Ishirō Honda, Novel, Shigeru Kayama, Writers, Takeo Murata, Ishirō Honda

Jurassic World (2015) Director, Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton, Screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly

Jurassic Park (1993) Director, Steven Spielberg, Novel and Screenplay, Michael Crichton, Screenplay also by David Kopek

Foundation TV series, (2021 – ) Novels by Isaac Asimov, Created by Josh Friedman, David S. Goyer, multiple directors and writers

Ambulance (2022) Director, Michael Bay, based on the film “Ambulances” written by Laurits Munch-Petersen and Lars Andreas Pedersen, Screenplay, Chris Fedak

Dune (1984) Director, David Lynch, Novel, Frank Herbert, Screenplay, David Lynch

Dune (2021) Director, Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay, Jon Spats, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth

Coda (2021) Director and Screenplay, Sian Heder, Other screenplay credits, Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, Éric Lartigau, Thomas Bidegain

Ted Lasso, (2020 – ) TV series, Developed by Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudekis, Phoebe Walsh, Brett Goldstein, multiple directors and writers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Producer, Kevin Feige

Moon Knight (2022) Directors, Mohamed Diab, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Creator, Doug Moench, Don Perlin, multiple writers,

Morbius (2022) Director, Daniel Espinosa, Screenplay, Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless

Masterpiece Theatre, on PBS

Bridgerton, TV series, (2020 – ) multiple directors, Books, Julia Quinn, Created and written by Chris Van Dusen, multiple other writers

Sanditon TV series (2019 – ) PBS Masterpiece, Created by Andrew Davies, based on an unfinished novel by Jane Austen, Directors, Charles Sturridge, Olly Blackburn, Lisa Clarke, Ethosheia Hylton, Written by Andrew Davies, and multiple others

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at patreon.com/StoryPower.

You’re Never Too Young to Follow Your Dreams

Sarah lives in Lehi, Utah and is a die hard fantasy nerd that can’t stop talking about dragons and anime. She’s trying to get through school by creating her own worlds and characters, and has written six novels. Her latest is YA Fantasy Romance Novel “Stone Cold” containing 308 pages of clean reading published through Morgan James in New York. She makes friends, but only with people who can stand her habit of constantly talking during movies to critique the plot, her memorization of the How to Train your Dragon wikipedia page, and a monologue explaining why Doctor Strange is obviously the best avenger.

Sarah’s Social Media: Website, Facebook, Instagram

  Stone Cold, Sarah Humpherys

Beyond the Darkness, Angie Fenimore

The Giver, Lois Lowry

Delirium, Lauren Oliver

Divergent Series, Veronica Roth

The Hunger Games Series, Suzanne Collins

Percy Jackson and The Olympians Series, Rick Riordan

Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

Greek Mythology

Eragon Series, The Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini

Wings of Fire: Moon Rising, A Graphic Novel, Tui T. Sutherland

Three Dark Crowns, Kendare Blake

Encanto Deluxe Junior Novel, by Disney, Movie, (2021), Directors, Jaren Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith, Written by, Charise Castro Smith

A.D. Trosper, Raven Daughter Series, Dragon’s Call Series

Stacy Bennett, Corthan Legacy Series

Fledgling: A Novel, Octavia Butler

How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell

The Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffery

The Wheel of Time: Eye of the World Book One, Robert Jordan

Foundation, Isaac Asimov

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Moby Dick (Complete Unabridged Edition), Herman Melville

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Skyward, Brandon Sanderson

Red Rising (Red Rising Series Book 1), Pierce Brown

Steelheart (The Reckoners Book 1), Brandon Sanderson

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

Manga Japanese Graphic Novels available on Amazon

Dr. Strange (2016) Director, Scott Derrickson, Writer, Jon Spaihts, part of the MCU

Iron Man, (2008) Director, Jon Favreau, Writers, Mark Fergus and 7 others, First of the MCU

Spider Man (2017) Director, Tom Watts, Writer Jonathan Goldstein, Actor, Tom Holland Part of the MCU

Thor (2011) Director, Kenneth Branagh, Writers, Ashley Miller and 7 others, Part of the MCU

Sherlock (2010 – 2017) Multiple Directors, Created and written by Mark Gatiss

WandaVision (2021) Director Mark Shakman, Writers, Peter Cameron, MacKenzie Dohr, and 12 others

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) Director, Kari Skogland, Writers, Ed Brubaker, and 10 others

Hawkeye (2021) Directors, Bert, Bertie, Rhys Thomas, Writers, Erin Cancino, and 10 others

Loki (2021) Directors, Kate Herron, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Writers, Michael Waldron, and 7 others

Black Widow (2021) Director Cate Shortland, Writers, Eric Pearson, and 2 others

Code Name Verity ,Elizabeth E. Wein

The Key To Rebecca,Ken Follett

The Six of Crows,Leigh Bardugo also, Shadow and Bone Trilogy

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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This episode is brought to you by PodMatch, the dating service for podcasters. They introduced me to Sarah Humpherys, and I’m so glad they did. I hope you’ve enjoyed our conversation and remember that if you have a podcast or something to share with the world, check out my affiliate link at PodMatch and tell them Lucinda sent you.

Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at patreon.com/StoryPower.