Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Your World: Natural Disasters


Last week, my home town experienced an earthquake, a hurricane, a tornado and a flood.  Which gets me to thinking not just about whether or not I should really start keeping more emergency stores in my basement and possibly buy a generator, but what about YOUR home towns or home bases? What types of disasters are you susceptible to? How would you prepare for one?

If one did hit, what you you do, characters? Would you hunker down with your families, rescue others or do a little creative looting?

Friday, August 26, 2011

First Line Challenge with a Twist

In times past, we used the “First Line Challenge” to jump-start our creativity. Normally, a moderator would post the first sentence or passage of a famous novel and then ask each of us to create a paragraph that was totally unique, hoping to generate several different perspectives from one beginning.

Although some writers enjoyed the exercise, it wasn't a terribly popular venture, so I thought that perhaps we could try something a little different – hence, the so-called “First Line Challenge with a Twist.” What I propose is that we use the initial sentence of a famous novel to spark a group story instead of just a series of flash-fiction paragraphs.

So, let's see how far – and how crazy – we can take it! To get this party rolling, I'm offering this relatively famous first line as the start of our story:

When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Enemies Among Us

It's said a story is only as good as its antagonist. Okay, I say it, but I have no idea if anyone else has.

At any rate, we're talking baddies today at CIC. Describe yours, characters. What's their history, their story? Ruminate on why they are the way they are. What have they done to you lately? Why do they hate you so much? And, most importantly, do they have any redeeming qualities you can exploit?

What are you going to do about defeating your enemy?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Getting to Know You: The Name Game

Whether you're a human, a pet, a supernatural being, or something else altogether, your name is an important part of your identity – so much so that parents and authors alike often fret for a long time over such decisions.

If you're lucky, you may like the name you've been given. If not, perhaps you've considered changing it. Perhaps you already have changed it.

If offered a choice, what name would you give yourself, and why?

All authors and characters are free to answer – and remember, the sky's the limit!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

What If... You Had Only One Month to Live?

Last month, we chatted about what we'd do if we had all the time in the world. Well, what if the opposite were true?

What if you were suddenly told – by a doctor, a soothsayer, or some other allegedly reliable source – that you only had one month left to live?

What would you do with such limited time? Write your memoirs? Travel the world? Stuff yourself with yummy treats? Look for love in all the wrong places? Simply hang out with your family and friends? What?

All authors and characters – even those who are technically immortal – are free to answer!

Friday, August 5, 2011

What If... You Suddenly Found a Baby on Your Doorstep?

Inspired by our last conversation – well, actually, Aidan's comments about being a father – I've begun to wonder about babies... and how the authors and characters who gather here would handle being surprise parents. In other words...

What if you suddenly found a baby on your doorstep? Would you drop him/her off at the nearest orphanage? Or would you raise the little tyke as your very own?

All authors and characters – even those who are already parents – are free to answer!