Here’s a nifty new activity to liven up book club!
This summer, we Corsair’s Cove authors had a blast creating character cards for some of our recent books, and it struck me that it would be a fun thing for a book group to do.
You can use sources like unsplash.com to find photos and Canva for layout templates, and spend a happy hour or two (or, ahem, a lot more) putting together a card for your favourite character or setting.
The possibilities are endless: the heroine, the villain, personality quirks, most riveting scene, best pets….
You can all agree ahead of time which character(s) to profile, and then compare your cards when you get together and see how different (or similar) they are.
Or each person can choose who or what they want to put on their cards, and when the group gets together, you can talk about your choices.
Just as examples, here are the cards I made for Siena Panati and Joe Johanssen of Secret Vintage:
“A WARM SEPTEMBER breeze was picking up as Siena Panati balanced, barefoot, on the slackline she had slung a yard above the grassy central quad…
“A vibration against her butt distracted her from the future—always her favorite place. Still balancing three feet above the lawn, she pulled the phone from the back pocket of her bright pink jeans and clicked it open with one hand and then three things happened at once…”
The Pacific Northwest looks like a peaceful place. There are pretty towns like Corsair’s Cove and Victoria, beautiful parks, rugged green wilderness….
But once upon a time, in my grandmother’s lifetime, there was Prohibition and smuggling, rumrunners and corruption.
My new story is set in that post-Great War era, when women had new legal rights and the social rules were loosening like Edwardian corsets.
I loved learning a little more about that time and what my grandmother, a new bride like my story’s main character Hulda, might have done as a young farm wife. And I loved putting some of those things into my new Corsair’s Cove Companion short story, Good Spirits.
I hope you get the same pleasure reading it as I got writing it.
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Have you heard about The Jar of Awesome? Entrepreneur and author Tim Ferriss credits his ex-girlfriend for showing him the way to celebrate even small wins.
Instead of a jar full of slips of paper listing tasks waiting to be done (why would you even go there?), this jar is a vessel for holding reminders of awesome things.
Any time you want to, you can open up that jar and read about things you did, lovely things other people have done that you decided deserved a place in The Awesome Jar.
“It’s like a self-made fortune cookie of goodness,” Ferriss says.
I wanted one!
My jar is a little metal lunch kit that a friend gave me, and the slips of paper (so far) are postcards I picked up at the turn of the century at a writers’ conference on Prince Edward Island. The postcards themselves are beautiful, they remind me of a fantastic trip, and then I write that day’s or that week’s wonderful thing on one for a triple whammy of awesome.
I want to say, though, that it’s the reminders that are important, not the container or the kind of paper. When my wonderful PEI postcards run out, I’ll tear strips off my ubiquitous blue-lined looseleaf paper. The important thing is that awesome things happen All The Time, and I want to remind myself of them.
So far in 2018, I’ve added at least one Awesome Thing each week. This weekend I’m going to a couple of events with great people so I expect I’ll be adding more than one.
Isn’t that awesome?!
Wishing you a fabulous Friday and an awesome weekend too,