Stories by Author: Megan Stielstra

Channel B.

A new mom watches (stalks?) a neighboring new mom via shared wifi and a high-tech video baby monitor, cutting through the fog of postpartum depression and realizing that we’re never really alone in this crazy world. Megan Stielstra serves as …

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Who Can Be Stuck After That?

One of my all-time favorite, top-five desert island short stories is “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. Have you read it? Maybe some teacher assigned it years ago and you remember the gist: the narrator is crazy, kills some …

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Second Stories (Popcorn 2.0)

You’re sitting around with some friends—in a bar, at someone’s house, on the train, the car on your way somewhere awesome, around the dinner table, waiting for the lights to go down in the movie theatre—and what happens is this: the stories start.

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“You Don’t Have to Talk to Yourself, Mommy.”

“Okay,” he said. Then: “Where are they?”

“Where are whom?”

“The people. You said you tell stories to people but aren’t any people in the car besides us.”

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I Don’t Care What Words Smell Like; I Don’t Care If They Glow In The Dark

In January of 2012, I was invited to ORD Camp, a two-day conference on technology, creativity, and invention. This is the video clip of my “Ignite Talk:” twenty slides at 15 seconds each on a passion of mine: stories.

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All So Goddamn Great

It’s one of those nights, you know, when everything is just. . . so. . . great! The music is great, this vodka tonic is great, this other vodka tonic is great, and so’s this other one, and for the first time since Josh and I broke up last month, I know I’ll be okay.

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In Conversation: Fact & Fiction with Megan Stielstra & J. Adams Oaks

What is real? What is true? What is the difference? Each artist has their own answers, but some choose to focus instead on the questions. Ahead of the release of 2nd Story Literary Director Megan Stielstra’s Everyone Remain Calm, she …

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm…

Recorded live at our New Year’s Eve party on December 31, 2008, this podcast is unlike any other we’ve shared before: 2nd Story company member Megan Stielstra leads a call-and-response with a 12-piece band that spins a 2008 year-in-review into …

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Irrational Doubt

An unwarranted run-in with her hippie roommate’s psychic leaves Megan worried about her reproductive future.

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