Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What If... You Could Live Anywhere?

It's been well over a month since we played the “What If?” game, so perhaps it's time for another round.

Well, then, let's get to it. Authors and characters, I ask you:

What if you could live anywhere – any landmark, any landscape, any town, any country, any planet, any galaxy? Where would it be, and why?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Your World: Seasonal Phases

In Earth's northern hemisphere, today marks the summer solstice – the official start of summer and the longest day of the year. Of course, that doesn't mean that every place experiences the exact same climate. Consider the difference between Alaska and Louisiana. The sun is “up” a lot longer in a place like Anchorage, but the weather is much hotter in New Orleans.

That got me wondering about other countries – and other worlds. Authors and characters, do your homes have distinct seasons? If so, what are they like – and do you celebrate the start of each?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Group Story: Railway Murder Mystery

Recently, after reading Nathan Bransford's blog post about character names, author David Jace suggested a scenario whereby each of our characters would board a train under a fake name. His suggestion inspired me to post the start of a group story – something we haven't done on Come In Character in a while.

Specifically, I thought it might be fun to explore a murder mystery aboard a train – one in which our characters would pretend to be other people and creatures. So, here goes (and, please, forgive the purple prose – it's late where I am, and my brain isn't functioning as well as it could be):

As the train rumbled past endless fields of undulating wheat, touched by the golden rays of the setting sun, Juliet Raven stared through a window of the nearly filled dining car, gazing at the scenery and sipping a much-needed amaretto sour. While she mused about the various young men she'd noticed on board and wished she weren't currently alone at her table for two, a piercing scream permeated the lively din, and all voices fell silent...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Getting to Know You: Memorial Customs

In the United States of America – a country with which some characters might be familiar – Monday was Memorial Day, a federal holiday established to commemorate our nation's fallen soldiers. In honor of this annual day of respect, communities throughout the country hosted well-attended ceremonies, while many Americans celebrated with barbecues, picnics, and other outdoor gatherings.

The holiday made me wonder how other cultures mourn and celebrate their deceased soldiers and warriors. So, authors and characters, I ask you:

How do you honor the men, women, and creatures that have died while serving in your homeland's armed forces? With plaques, parades, songs, dances, or something else altogether?

Do tell!