Tuesday, February 5, 2013

What If... You Could Go Anywhere on Vacation?

Last April, I posed the question, “What if... you found yourself on a sinking ship?” Well, in an effort to be a bit more positive these days, I've thought of another “What If?” question worth asking my fellow authors and their characters.

About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Montana, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park for the first time in my life, and although it was technically a business trip, I relished the chance to see wild bison amid gushing geysers, take my first-ever snowmobiling trip, and glide across an ice-skating rink at night. Of course, as with most of my travels over the years, the trip only made me long to experience other destinations – preferably while on vacation with my husband. Not surprisingly for a travel writer, the list is rather long, ranging from Costa Rica to Scotland to New Zealand to Florence, Italy. Heck, I wouldn't mind seeing the Moon someday either!

So, what if you could go anywhere on vacation? Where would you venture first? Another country? Another planet? Another dimension?

Let your imaginations soar!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Solstices and other Holidays

Yesterday was the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. What are these people doing? What are those stone structures for?

How do the people in your world mark the passing of seasons? Do you have any winter observances?


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Emote This: Gratitude

It's been a while since I've visited Come In Character, and I sure have missed the camaraderie of the like-minded authors and characters that used to congregate here. Obviously, I hope you're all doing well, wherever you happen to be.

After all, life can be pretty unpredictable – and we've probably all experienced our fair share of ups and downs over the past six months.

In late October, for instance, my husband was hospitalized for internal bleeding, and the thought of losing him made me fret, cry, and feel extremely grateful for his presence in my life. The fact that he made it out of the hospital in relatively good condition – and was able to spend yet another Thanksgiving with me filled me with even more gratitude, which got me wondering...

Who – or what – are you most grateful for – and why?

All authors and characters are welcome to share their gratitude with us!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Getting to Know You: Your Most Prized Possession

Everyone has something they treasure, their most prized possession. What's yours?  Tell us about it.

Friday, April 20, 2012

What If... You Found Yourself on a Sinking Ship?

Last May, I posed the question, “What if... you were stranded on a remote island?” Well, after last week's well-publicized centennial of the tragic Titanic sinking, I've thought of another ocean-related scenario.

What if, like the unfortunate souls aboard the ill-fated “ship of dreams,” you suddenly found yourself on a quickly sinking vessel in the middle of the unforgiving sea? Would you resign yourself to your fate or fight to save yourself and those you love? If it's the latter, how would you accomplish this feat, given the unfortunate lessons learned from the Titanic's maiden (and final) voyage?

All authors and characters are welcome to share their thoughts!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Getting to Know You: Spring Cleaning

In the northern hemisphere, spring officially began on March 20, and given the unseasonable warmth that's happening in many places, it wouldn't surprise me to learn that most people have already begun their annual spring cleaning. Admittedly, I haven't yet gotten around to streamlining the closets, sweeping dust bunnies off the ceiling, and scouring every nook and cranny, but the seasonal shift has made me wonder about the things with which I might be ready to part.

So, how would you embrace the act of spring cleaning? What items, interests, issues, or interferences would you like to expel from your life – if only to streamline your day-to-day existence and remove any unnecessary stress?

All authors and characters are welcome to share their thoughts!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Emote This: Procrastination

It's been quiet around Come In Character for the past month or so – and I have to admit, despite my time-absorbing struggle to finish a New Orleans guidebook, I've really missed this place.

Unfortunately, though, I've found myself delaying the inevitable return to blogging, which brings me to this question...

Have you ever procrastinated before? If so, what were the circumstances, and how did it all turn out in the end?

All authors and characters are free to share their timeless sagas with us!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Goals for 2012

I can't believe it's 2012 already! Remember when the world was supposed to end in 2000? Y2K and all that. Here we are and things are still ticking along.

A new year tends to make us reflective of what we failed to accomplish last year, but resolutions seem to fall by the wayside every time. So here is a statement for you to complete, more of a goal than a resolution:

"By the end of 2012, I would like to...."

Saturday, December 24, 2011

What If... Santa Could Bring You Anything?

In many parts of the world, today is considered Christmas Eve – the time when countless children eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus, that jolly, superhuman giver of gifts. Prior to Christmas morning, most of these very same children have written (and, in some cases, sent to the North Pole) lengthy wish lists, filled with all the toys, games, and other pleasures that they're hoping Santa will leave for them.

Of course, no matter what you might believe or which holidays you celebrate in your own world, it's undoubtedly tempting to think that a mythical creature might grant your fondest wish.

So, authors and characters, I ask you:

What if Santa – or his gift-giving equivalent – could bring you anything you desire? What would it be?

And, for those who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, and/or New Year's Day, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! See you in 2012!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Getting to Know You: Sanctuary

No matter where we live, what we do, and who we love, we all experience sadness, frustration, and stress from time to time.

When such trying times occur in your life, how do you escape for a while? Do you have a private sanctuary? A hidden beach, an underground cave, a room all your own, or something else altogether? And if not, where would you escape if you could?

As always, this question is for authors and characters alike!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Your World: Monsters

In southern Louisiana – where some of my characters have lived – there are plenty of dangerous creatures in the wild, including stealthy, easily camouflaged ones like the alligator pictured here. Of course, every place has its share of so-called “monsters” – from untamed animals to mythological beasts – which makes me wonder...

What sort of monsters inhabit your world, and what do you do to protect yourself from them?

As always, this question is for authors and characters alike!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Getting to Know You: Birthdays

Yesterday was my birthday, and as is often the case, it was pretty quiet and uneventful. Just lunch with my dad, dinner at home with the hubby, a little live music at my favorite bar, and a couple of late-night movies. Of course, there are plenty of ways to celebrate a birthday – from crazy nights on the town to intimate gatherings with friends.

So, authors and characters, I was just wondering...

How do you normally celebrate your birthday? Quietly, with a big bang, or not at all?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Getting to Know You: Education

Recently, while rereading Washington Irving's famous short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” I paused at the author's description of the one-room schoolhouse where the ill-fated Ichabod Crane once taught. As I imagined such a setting, I began to reflect on the concept of education – how it's changed over the years, how it's different from place to place, and how it doesn't always involve traditional schooling.

So, authors and characters, I was just wondering...

What was your education like? Did you attend official schools and universities? Did your family or clan teach you everything you know? Are you a self-taught individual? Or did your education come in some other way?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Your World: Honoring Military Veterans

On Friday, Americans celebrated Veterans Day – a national holiday established to honor the country's military veterans – with parades, ceremonies, and, in many cases, a day off from school and work. Known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, the holiday is meant to thank those who have sacrificed their time, energy, blood, and limbs to protect their fellow countrymen and countrywomen.

Reflecting on the military veterans that I've known during my lifetime made me wonder how my fellow authors and their characters honor the military veterans in their own lives.

So, how are military veterans honored in your world? Or do soldiers and wars not exist where you live?

As always, everyone is welcome to answer...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Your World: Transportation

In the Crescent City – where I (and some of my characters) have lived from time to time – there are several reliable forms of transportation, including bicycles, buses, taxicabs, and, of course, streetcars. Nearly getting run down by one of these historic trolleys yesterday made me wonder about other forms of transportation around the world – and throughout the universe. So, I thought I'd pose the following question to my fellow authors and their characters...

What kinds of transportation do you utilize most often? Horses, trucks, spaceships, or something else altogether?

Curious minds want to know!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What's Happening Here?

 A very strange wave is breaking on this beach. What caused this backward curl? Magic. An earthquake. The magnetic field of a low-flying spaceship... What's happening here?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Getting to Know You: LOVE

Who is the love of your life? Are you with them? Are you married or just "together"?

Why do you love them? What are their qualities that speak to you? Are you from the same place, the same background, or very different? (Are you the same species?) How does that affect your relationship?

And...what drives you mad about them? (C'mon, everyone we love drives us mad just a little bit!)

Who do you love and why?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Getting to Know You: Exercise

More than two years ago, we had a lively discussion about sports and fitness – and now that it's football season in America, it seems about time to revisit the matter of exercise.

So, how about it, authors and characters? How do you prefer to burn calories? Do you enjoy long hikes, a rigorous swim, a soccer match with friends, or something a bit more meditative, like yoga?

Conversely, do you avoid exercise every chance you get? For instance, if you have the choice between an elevator and a staircase, which would you normally choose? Be honest!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What If... You Had an Endless Supply of Your Favorite Food?

My husband and I are self-proclaimed foodies – fond of a wide assortment of vittles and always willing to try something new. From sushi to nuts to barbecue chicken to fruits of every variety, there's almost nothing we won't taste at least once. Needless to say, then, it's hard to pick a favorite, but what if you had to?

What if you were granted an endless supply of your favorite food – and calories weren't an issue? If so, what would it be and why?

All authors and characters are welcome to answer this yummy question!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Social Weekend: Desert Vacation

Forget floods and rain, we're taking a trip to the desert! Grab your camel for a trip to Egypt.

What secrets and mysteries do you want to discover?

Tombs? Pyramids? Ghosts of slaves and Pharoahs?  Perhaps a magical scarab or an ancient curse.

Maybe you are moved by the beauty and power of man's eternal struggle to survive and leave something behind.

Or are you content just exploring our giant luxury hotel, with its spa, elegant restaurant, swim-up bar, nightclub and belly-dancing entertainers?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

What If... You Had the Choice to Fight or Walk Away?

Recently, I've been thinking a lot about courage and conviction. Specifically, I've wondered why it is that some people never back down from a fight, while others find every way to avoid a confrontation. And then there are those who believe in picking their battles – resolved to fight only when the cause or outcome really matters to them.

All this thinking has inspired me to ask...

What if someone urged you to fight for your principles, your loved ones, or your very life? Would you face such tyranny with conviction or simply walk away? Or would the battle itself determine your decision?

All authors and characters are free to answer!