Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#5 - First line and the last lines

This blog post is from Taelah and Ayla:
There are two parts to the blog this time around:

PART #1:

The following people are paired together and you should include the following elements:

New common character: Ethel homeless woman, middle-aged and pushes a shopping cart.

Weather: It's really hot and no air-conditioning in the building.

A paneled van's backdoors open and 6 cans of paint fall out and spill out randomly down Collingwood, Myrtle, Exeter, Ember roads as the truck rolls through the town and basically covers lots of the street.

Bill the Balloon starts selling balloons again but he looks kinda like mummy because of his bandages. Since it's near Halloween, his balloons have that theme going.

Scroll down this list and find your character's name.  Your blog should either start with this phrase, or end with it.

I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun. -Julia S

Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.-Julian

It kills me sometimes, how people die.- Julia F

I go to seek a Great Perhaps.- Rosemary L.

They laugh at me because I'm different; I laugh at them because they're all the same. - Piper

Books are the best weapon in the world. - Hemson

They say the road is no place to start a family.- Ruby

Everyone makes one mistake - Rosemary V.

We loved with a love that was more than love. Charlotte

I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. - Charlie

It's like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.- Lucas

She taught me to play the piano, and what it meant to miss somebody. - Prof. Henry

Hell is empty and all the devils are here. - Poppy

The marks humans leave are too often scars.- Margo

I still believe that people are really good at heart. - Ms. M.

Only in the darkness can you see the stars. - Diane

Silence is so freaking loud. - Jasper

Us and them, and after all, we're only ordinary men. - Flora

Sometimes, I don't notice I'm singing. - Aria

I don't even know my name yet.- Adeline

Get busy living, or get busy dying. - Lennon

You may almost forget the smell of your family. - Joan

Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it... Yet. - Brilynn

I’m a victim of my symptom, I’m my own worst enemy. - Lydia

I want these words to make things right but it’s the wrongs that make the words come to life. - Mattheus

I’m losing the feeling of feeling unique. - Lucja

Rosemary V/Aria
Ms. M/Flora
Julia S./Brilynn
Hemson/Prof. Henry
Julia F./Rosemary L

Thursday, October 8, 2015

#4 - What had happen was...

This post is focused on a particular situation that your character finds him/herself caught-up in.

  • You can have a limited interaction with the other character if that interaction would not fit very well in your story
  • Think about how this situation is going to tell us something new(character development) about your that we didn't know before.
  • Engage with your surroundings.  Include things from the neighborhood that will help place your character and build the overall storyline.
  • Feel free to add new group characters
  • Careful with sentence structure. Keep it varied.
  • Since the dead girl is part of the narrative, how much of that story is important to your character?
  • Can knowing what happens to other characters this week help in your character development?

Joan/Julia F.
Aria/Julia S.
Lydia/Rosemary V.
Prof. Henry/Rosemary L
Ruby/Ms. M

Jasper -gets a job, but loses it.
Joan- sees the ghost of Stanley Collingwood
Lucja -  gets a threatening letter in the mail
Aria -  falls in the lake
Rosemary V. - kidnapped and taken to the back of The Ivory
Ruby - buys something at the thrift store and finds something disturbing in a pocket
Poppy - falls out of the window at Collingwood Heights and is injured
Diana - has a near death experience
Prof. Henry - saw something that may or may not be real
Ms. M. - finds a clue about the dead girl, Alice
Lennon - gets temporary amnesia
Lucas/Julian - get stuck in elevator
Charlotte - wins the lotto of $1000 dollars, but loses it
Hemson - gets arrested
Lydia - gives money to a homeless woman and she tells you a prophesy that seems like it might come true
Charlie - sit at the counter of the diner and Bill the Balloon Man starts a conversation
Mattheus - goes to Willow's Psychic sho and you get your fortune told and it is...
Flora - decides to get a tattoo and the tattoo place and...
Julia S. - ducks follow you throughout the day
Adeline - you feel as if you might need some spiritual guidance, so you go to all three of religious spots: Jehovah, St. Mark, and Shalom Temple
Rosemary L. - goes to Sasha's for a mani/pedi and you hear rumors about the dead girl, Alice.
Julia F. - Get stuck on bus 102 for 2 hours.  You are actually stuck on the bus at the corner of Euro Dr. and Ember Lane
Margo - You are included in a text messaging blow-up on your phone from people you and many that you don't.
Brilynn - goes up to the 14th floor and are enclosed in complete darkness and end-up finding a clue about the dead girl, Alice.
Piper - you are in a bowling tournament at the bowling alley and your team members are terrible bowlers and so are you, but have to play at least 4 games in which you lose all of them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#3 - Duckocalypse Blog

You should include one of each of the following categories: Due date: SEPT 29th.

1) Hot Legs' staff manager is Nancy.  Food specialty is HOT WINGS!
2) Little Tokyo owner is Cho - Bubble Tea is the specialty
3) Pizza Palace - Jeremy is a high school student who buses tables and takes orders - Hawaiian style pizza is their specialty.

Weather conditions:
There is a constant rain falling with periods of downpours. There is a flash flood warning

Paint  colors of the tagger:
Neon green, light purple and red and they all glow in the dark.  Your character needs to see one and it should mean something to him/her.

The saga of the dead child, Alice:
All her siblings have died. And they died when they were 6.  The town now calls her death "The curse of the six."

The quirky event:

  • Ducks have left the lake for unknown reasons and are now walking around the city in small groups, or pairs.  They are unusually large ducks, and they are oddly colored.  A few are white, some are jet black, others have odd assortments of colors in their feathers. There is duck poop around the town. 
  • Everyone should either go into or pass by:
    •  the graveyard
    • Jehovah Witness Church -- now known as "The True Believers"
    • St. Mark

Common event:
People seem to be stubbing their toes quite a bit.

Character interactions: If your character pairing hasn't do his or her second blog, then write your anyway.
Margo Myers- Prof. Lyons
Diana Donati -Julia Shepard
Piper Jardin - Hemson Tenths
Rosemary Valerian - Lucja Borowicz
Lennon Garrett - Denzel - (who has yet to post!)
Ruby Jazz- Julia Fitzpatrick
Lydia Pierce- Julian Towers
Joan Miller/Shafer - Charlotte Holt
Rose Mary Lethers - Adeline Remington
Ms. M - Jasper Black
Melissa Parks - Brilynn Rain
Charlie Lee - Aria G.  Salem
Stanley Collingwood - Flora DeRenaldo
Poppy Nixon - Lucas Jones Dewey

Monday, August 31, 2015

Post #2 - Going to the dogs...

Betty's Beauty: is a supply company run by Betty, a middle-aged blonde, who tries hard but has settled for just average.  Her employees, Diana Donati is one of the blog characters and the other one, Lucinda is a group character- she is somewhat like Betty, she tries hard and passionate about her job but is inept.

Dog Festival: Dogs! Dogs! And more dogs! Contests, give-a-ways, adoptions, etc.! In McAllister Park!all day! Food trucks! Booths! Woof, woof!

Lunar eclipse: at 1:03 PM

Local bands: playing in the park from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, they are loud and really not very good, but they are there because the police department is trying to raise money for the family who just lost their young daughter, Alice, in an apparent drowning. They need money for the funeral.

Speaking of the child drowning... Detective Carter(late 60's, tired, and a bit jaded) is interviewing people who may be possible suspects in Alice's drowning. He interviews:

  • Ruby Jazz
  • Julian Tower
  • Ms. M
  • Margo Myers
Balloon man: His name is Bill, Bill the balloon man.  He is selling big and small balloons during the dog festival. The balloons are all shaped in various breeds of dogs.  Some are the whole dog, others are just the head. He has at least 50 of them. He lives in the neighborhood and sells balloons for all occasions and has a little stand next to the bus stop. 

Character interactions:
  • Remember, you should have some type of interaction with the character you were pared with. You do not need to have a dialogue if it doesn't fit your character.  You should have a conversation with the author in your respective comment boxes on your first blog.  If you do not get a response from that author in a couple of days, write your blog and include the character as you see fit.
  • You may, if you wish, include other blog characters that you are not paired with this week.  If you do incorporate other characters, let them know by posting in their comment box. Usually you should comment in the current post. 
  • If you do not wish to continue the interaction--what would be the best way to further develop your character, and leave an opening for the other character. You could even comment that now is not the right time for your character, but remember, stay open to possibilities. 
  • Also, of note, writers--therefore characters--change.  A writer may not like the direction a character is going and may rewrite their character's first blog(it's already happened). Don't get too upset, either keep yours or rewrite.  REVISION IS YOUR BESTIE! 
Character parings:
Denzel Russo- Stanley Collingwood
Piper Jardin - Ms. M
Julia Fitzpatrick - Joan
Charlie Lee - Ruby Jazz
Brilynn Rain - Poppy Nixon
Charlotte Holt - Prof. Lyons
Lydia Pierce - Rose mary Valerian
Adeline Remington - Lucja Borowicz
Jasper Black - Margo Myers
Flora DeRenaldo - Rosemary Lethers
Hemson Tenths - Aria G. Salem
Diana Denoti - Lennon Garrett
Melissa Parks - Julian Towers
Julia Shepard - Penny Lane

Friday, August 7, 2015

Blog #1 - The day started with...

Things you must should in your first blog

"The day started with...". 
Where you live:
Your name and how you got there.

Things you 
The top floor of the apartment building is being renovated. 

First impressions are important.  Get started in medias res.

A little girl was found at the edge of the lake. She was dead. 

A window gets broken at El Cheapo

Someone hangs a bra on the statue of Collingwood. 

Shawn - the owner of El Cheapo.

Byron Gibson - works at the gas station.

A tagger in the neighborhood

Citizen patrol in area