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At 6:45 on this New Year’s Eve, I thought, “Well, Cynthia has shuffled off to bed, and I want to stay up a little longer, so…I should go sit down in front of the microphone and record some thoughts with no idea about what to say…” (Yes, we go to bed early…even on New Year’s Eve.) This is what came out: some reflections on the year that was…and what…
 
This year’s annual Christmas episode was anchored by a story based on real life. But what is “real life” when it comes to stories — even those claiming to be true? I discuss how fiction and truth have a way of coming together to create even greater truths in the process of their mingling. Also, I chat a bit about 2021 plans for Not About Lumberjack…
 
For the fourth year in a row, it’s a handful of stories (five, in fact) to make your holidays merry and bright! This year’s lineup: Tracks – A tale of drifting teenage friendship. Homecoming – Callan returns home for his annual visit with his father. The Last Wish – If a genie grants you three wishes, and the first two don’t work out as planned, wh…
 
In honor of five years of Not About Lumberjacks, this behind-the-scenes look is not the usual commentary about the latest episode. If you want to know how “Geocached” came to be, here’s the quick version: My wife and I love hiking, but we’ve never gotten into geocaching. Still, it’s never lost on me the things we likely pass on our hikes. I jotted …
 
When Wayne finds strange items in geocaches along the old lumber roads of northern Minnesota, he becomes obsessed with discovering who’s leaving the items behind. What he finds changes his life forever… * * * Credits: Music: Theme – Ergo Phizmiz. Story – Headlund, licensed from Epidemic Sound. Photo: Cache Mania. Story: Christopher Gronlund. Narrat…
 
Four strangers come together when they contract a mysterious illness from an old woman in line at a pharmacy. Content Advisory: This story deals with illness, including mentions of COVID-19. It’s also not without moments of anxiety, regret, abandonment, nightmares, and even death. I know that makes it sound like it’s a rough tale, but this is still…
 
My good friend, Curtis Hart, requested this episode. He wanted to know why sometimes I tease an episode…only to release it much later — sometimes even releasing multiple episodes before it. He gets his answer in this behind-the-scenes look at what goes into an episode of Not About Lumberjacks. Episode Transcript >>…
 
A father returns as a reincarnated, talking dog in an attempt to make amends with his estranged son. Content Advisory: Language, some [gloriously] crude humor, and discussions about the death of a family member from cancer. * * * Credits: Music: Theme – Ergo Phizmiz. Story – Chad Crouch. Story: Christopher Gronlund. Narration/Voices: Christopher Gr…
 
An FBI agent nearing forced retirement races to solve the case that’s haunted him for years. Will he find the break he needs at a traveling circus? Content Advisory: Language, mention of child abduction, mention of sexual assault, eating disorders, and violence. * * * Credits: Music: Theme – Ergo Phizmiz. Story – Howard Harper-Barnes, Christian And…
 
For the third year in a row, it’s a handful of stories — instead of just one — all to make your holidays merry and bright! This year’s lineup: My Grandmother Wrestled Bears – A drifter returns home to her grandmother’s house for the holidays. The Beast in the Back – The truth behind the success of BigBoxMart. (You might remember BigBoxMart — and th…
 
The latest episode of Not About Lumberjacks is a fictional podcast that takes a turn from typical to serious. I talk about entrepreneurial podcasts in general, and then specifically discuss the inspiration behind Brooke’s story when her interview with the Lumberjack of Williamsburg falls apart… Content Advisory: Poverty and Eating Disorders. And I …
 
An entrepreneurial podcast takes a turn for the worst…and then just keeps going… Content Advisory: Swearing, poverty, eating disorders, and arguing. Oh, and smarmy entrepreneurial podcast tropes…ugh! * * * Credits: Music: Ergo Phizmiz and April Moon. Story: Christopher Gronlund. Voice Actors: Cynthia Griffith and Christopher Gronlund. Episode Trans…
 
“Alone in HQ” is a satire, but maybe just barely. Some thoughts about the illness permeating many corporations and those working for them…and the effect that had on this story. (Also, a bit about Ayn Rand and the framing device of Anthem as it pertains to “Alone in HQ.”) Episode Transcript >>저자 Christopher Gronlund
 
A trip home to visit his parents brings with it a flood of memories for Michael Stokowski. [Random side notes: I believe this is the first true short story I ever wrote. Also, it is the only story I can think of inspired by one of my dreams…] Episode Transcript >> * * * Credits: Music: Ergo Phizmiz and Kai Engel. Story: Christopher Gronlund. Moon I…
 
Most stories you’ve listened to, here, are polished first drafts. Especially where short stories are concerned, I do not subscribe to the notion that the first draft of everything is shit. Some thoughts about that, and how it worked with the recent Christmas episode. * * * Episode Transcript >>저자 Christopher Gronlund
 
Last year’s holiday-ish 7-Stories episode, featuring a handful of micro-fiction, was well received. So this year, it’s another handful of stories: “The Crock,” narrated by Cynthia Griffith. A woman’s battles with her mother-in-law take an unexpected turn. “Greetings,” narrated by Patrick K. Walsh. An out-of-work special effects makeup artist gets a…
 
Waking the Lumberjack is the first one-shot audiodrama I’ve done with multiple voice actors for Not About Lumberjacks. Anchoring the story is Tim Czarnecki, starring as the Narrator. I sat down with Tim and chatted about what it was like narrating this story… * * * Episode Transcript >>저자 Christopher Gronlund
 
In honor of another year of Not About Lumberjacks, it’s a wrasslin’ story I swear has nothing to do with lumberjacks! The funeral service of “Big Papa” Howe, the Ontario Lumberjack, does not go as planned. It’s up to his two sons, Big Mike and Little Mike, to put an old rivalry to rest. * * * Credits: Music: Ergo Phizmiz and Power and Beauty. Story…
 
Howdy, howdy, howdy. Christopher here with a random update. This is mostly being recorded and released in support of this episode of the ScreamQueenz Podcast. ScreamQueenz is a fun look at cheesy horror films, but in October it gets a bit more serious. Not the show, because the show is always light-hearted fun! But in October, show host Patrick Wal…
 
“Dear God” is not the first story I wrote featuring gods; in fact, it’s not the first story I’ve written for Not About Lumberjacks featuring gods. Gods are strange things to me. I’m a life-long atheist, but I love the storytelling opportunities gods of all kinds offer. Also, I might just talk about how the Marvel Thor movies influenced this episode…
 
If one desires, they can have a story end in so many different ways. Some stories just have a feel from the start for a certain kind of ending, but others are shaped by a writer’s environment — sometimes even being affected by other stories written around the time a particular story is done. That’s what I talk about with “A Race to the End.”…
 
A bit of a departure this holiday season: seven stories instead of one! (Think of it as micro-fiction stocking stuffers.) “Not About Lumberjacks” – As it says in the name, this story is not about lumberjacks! “Be a Man” – Sometimes kids grow up faster than they should. “Fucking Asshole” – It’s a story about a guy named Fucking Asshole. “The Interse…
 
Something a little different this time… Because “The Hidebehind” was the first episode of Not About Lumberjacks with a male narrator other than me, I chat with Defender Radio’s Michael Howie about what it was like to work together on the story’s production. It’s a glorious tale of friendship, creativity…and majestic beards! (Also, you should totall…
 
There really is a Memorial Park where after-school fights took place when I was in junior high school. And I was involved in one myself; in fact, some reality creeped into “Memorial Park.” If you’re interested in what’s real and not in the story, look no further than this…저자 Christopher Gronlund
 
I was never the punk that Bobby McGarvey or Stevie Saturn were in “Cubicle Punks,” but I do have something in common with them: I have always struggled with certain things that come with a “responsible” job. The pull between a day job that pays the bills and pursuing one’s dreams is a recurring theme in several of my stories. I talk about it on thi…
 
A real book inspired “The Art of the Lumberjack.” That book? The Sport of Falconry. According to the inscription, the book was given to me by my father on January 11, 1975. This four-and-a-half minute episode is about how a book I’ve had for 41 years led to one of the best short stories I’ve ever written……
 
A year ago, I posted the first Not about Lumberjacks story. In honor of the show’s anniversary, I keep with tradition and refuse to even mention those foul-mouthed tree droppers! When Erik Nilsson has a minor heart attack and is told to take some forced time off of work to recuperate, he finally reads a book left to him by his father much earlier i…
 
This time, I sit down and chat with Cynthia Griffith about recording an audio drama instead of a narrated work of prose. It’s the longest episode of Behind the Cut, but it gives a good peek at the process behind putting an audio drama together. And remember, in a few weeks it’s the next Not about Lumberjacks story. It was written for a special occa…
 
In honor of Halloween: a podcaster discovers some ghostly audio while editing an episode of his show… * * * Credits: Music: Ergo Phizmiz and Chad Crouch Story: Christopher Gronlund Narration: Christopher Gronlund and Cynthia Griffith (Wife and all Ghosts) Additional Voice Talent: Rick Coste (The Three-Step Dick and Ghosthunter #1), Rocky Westbrook …
 
If you listened to “Purvis,” it’s probably clear that I spent a lot of time when I was younger playing Dungeons and Dragons and being picked on. If you’ve not listened to “Purvis,” I suggest you listen to the story first because there are some big spoilers in this behind-the-scenes look at the story. But this is not wholly about what it was to be b…
 
In 1984, a Dungeon Master struggles with keeping the few friendships he has together, all while dealing with a vicious bully. When Dungeons and Dragons is your only reprieve from the cruelties of life, the game becomes much more than recreation: it becomes a place of salvation. [Were this a movie, it would be rated R. You’ve been warned.] * * * Cre…
 
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