Monday, August 31, 2009
Do you seek out celebrations...
Or do you prefer to stay closer to home, enjoying the comforts of a cozy evening in familiar surroundings?
Let's talk about how we like to have fun!
Anyone can answer, just, uh...keep it clean, okay?
Saturday, August 29, 2009
But here at CIC, when we go to the beach, well, we go to the beach. And you know what that means: Hawaii, baby!
If you don't have a beach, or don't have Hawaii where you live, here is what it looks like. You can go swimming in all the beautiful blue-green liquid.
You can play games. That's a ball, and it's sitting on something called sand. You throw the ball back and forth. Oddly enough, it's fun.
Sometimes, you can go under the blue-green liquid and look at the beautiful life forms that exist there. Look, but don't touch. They're slimy.
After all that running around, you can re-energize with what we call yummy food. That means Luau!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Hi, everyone! My name is Olivia Harper.
Although I grew up in New Orleans and now live in southern Texas, I actually don’t have much of a Southern accent – and rarely do I utter the word “y’all,” unless I’m joking. In fact, I’m a fairly simple gal. I live with my husband, Michael; our children, Daryl and Samantha; and our beagle, Buddy, in a three-story, beachfront home on South Padre Island. Michael operates a pediatric practice on the mainland, while I run an art gallery and bead shop on the island.
My love for art began long ago, during my youth in New Orleans, a vibrant city that begs to be painted. There, I lived with my father, Patrick Marconi, a successful restaurateur; my mother, Devi, an unhappy housewife; my annoying twin older sisters, Rebecca and Sadie; and my beloved dog, Charlie. By the time I was an adolescent, I knew that I wanted to be an artist. So, with my parents’ encouragement, I enrolled in the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
Following high school, I studied art and art history at the University of Texas at Austin. After earning a graduate degree and realizing that I was sick of school, I moved to San Antonio, where I met and eventually married Michael, the love of my life. Although it’s been a decade and we’re still happily married, there’s something I’ve never told him... even when he was in the midst of working on a book about childhood and imagination.
When I was a little girl, my mother told me about a secret, underground community in southern Kentucky, a made-up place called Ruby Hollow. Rife with wondrous chambers and eccentric characters, the Hollow filled my imagination as a child. Years later, as a sophomore in high school, I had forgotten about the Hollow and grown weary of my mother’s moods... until the day I discovered a cache of love letters in her closet – love letters from Jesse, the “hero” of her bedtime stories about Ruby Hollow. It was then that I realized the Hollow was real.
Eventually, I summoned the courage to confess my find. Surprisingly, Mom wasn’t upset. In fact, she seemed relieved. When her estranged mother passed away soon afterward, she asked me to accompany her to Kentucky for the funeral. While there, she decided to take me to Ruby Hollow – to meet Jesse and the rest of the Hollowites for myself. It was a trip that would change everything – including our relationship and my mother’s future.
Only my father knows why she never returned to New Orleans. Michael merely believes that she disappeared when I was fifteen. How can I tell him the truth – when doing so could risk the sanctity of an entire village?
Have you ever kept such a secret from the person you love most? Are you ready to share it now?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
One thing about friends: We don't mind if you brag alittle. Got an accomplishment you want to share? Something you're proud of?
So, whatever your accomplishments are: brag alittle! And like all friends, we'll give you a pat on the back, and say 'well done!'
And then, like all friends, we'll say: But wait. My turn! So, we'll all get a chance to participate in.....Brag Day!
Monday, August 24, 2009
As a corollary to this question, what one thing about you would your closest friends change, if they could?
Characters only, please, and have fun!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
So, let's write a cookbook! We can share recipes, give hints and tips, or tell stories about cooking. Maybe you want to share about your first failed attempt to boil water. Or debate the merits of the microwave vs. the oven. Or maybe you want to give us the family recipe for frozen Bxuqdke. (We don't have Bxuqdkes on this planet, but we'd still like to learn the recipe. You never know when you'll run into a Bxuqdke..........somewhere.)
What ever cooking means to you, let us know. Let's create: CIC's Group Cookbook!
Let the cooking begin.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
But there are also things that make us happy. Maybe you had something nice happen to you. Maybe you have people in your life that you love and who love you back. Maybe you noticed how beautiful the day is, and that made you feel happy, even for a moment.
Or maybe, (this being CIC after all), you're happy because you finally reached your quota of innocent souls to consume. That's okay (in fact, congratulations). Here at CIC we're open to happiness of all sorts. We're just happy that you're happy.
So, let us know. What makes YOU happy?
Monday, August 17, 2009
Do you have a favorite book or poem? What about a favorite genre or author? What is it about the written word that draws you back, over and over?
Characters and authors can answer!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
For the uninitiated, the Haiku follows a simple format: 3 lines, and you count the syllables. The first line is 5 syllables, the second 7, the last line 5.
I write a Haiku (5 syllables)
As an example to you (7 syllables)
Oh boy, this is fun (5 syllables)
I will admit that is an especially good Haiku. Please don't feel like you have to live up to the high standard I just set. All Haiku are welcome here.
A Haiku is usually about something in Nature. And what could be more natural than this:
These cows are just waiting for someone to tell their story. And we at CIC will take on that challenge. We will tell their story. But we'll tell it Haiku style.
So, here we go: Group Haiku!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Take your pick, but, if you choose to accept the challenge, don't just tell us: convince us.
Let's sharpen our debating skills and lay out an argument: which is better: Hot or Cold?
Monday, August 10, 2009
Where or what would you escape to, if you could?
Tell us all about your escape plans!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Let's take all of our wild characters, pile in the car and head to the circus! Doesn't that sound like a blast! (And oddly appropriate...)
Okay, snacks first. Let's grab some popcorn and head to the big top.
So check out the show. Cool. Magic! Illusions!
Awwww......think I'll take this one home with me. So cute.....
So, what about you? What will you do at the circus! Join us - let's have leave the circus of CIC to go to a real one. Let's have some fun!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Let's start with the positive: What do you like?
Authors: You spend alot of time with your characters. What about them warms your heart?
Characters: What do you think of the person who writes about you all the time? What about them do you appreciate?
We'd like to know. What is it about each other that makes you smile?
Monday, August 3, 2009
Whichever it was - or is - let us know all about it. What type of education did you recieve and, most importantly, what did you think of it?
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Announcing a schedule change:
To accommodate the moderator's schedules, as well as to respond to some member requests, CIC will be switching to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday posting schedule. This will hopefully give everyone a chance to read each post and respond when they have time.
Tentatively, the schedule will be:
Monday: Getting to know you
Friday: Featured Character. This might include a question/answer format, like previously, or we might offer folks an opportunity to post something for feedback.
Saturday: Social Events, Group projects.
Hope this works for everyone! Please keep giving us your feedback; your input is highly valued.
p.s. Feel free to continue contributing to the historical novel unfolding below.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
This person has a story. Let's tell it. Let's really tell it. Let's tell it good!
We'll start it off below:
"Zuboo was pissed. Zuboo was really pissed."