Be warned; this one couldn't be more different from the last one. How is it different? Well, I'll tell you.
- It's not Sci-Fi (I'm actually hoping for something of a Fannie Flagg type attitude or like John Grisham's A Painted House. BTW, if you haven't read that one, do yourself a favor. Even if you think you can't stand Grisham, this is very different from most of his stuff.)
- Depending on how many people participate, I'd like to go for Novella length.
- Last time, we were trying to get folks to add only 100-500 words to the story. It was meant to be quick and snappy. This one will be more open to interpretation, but each person will be adding a chapter, not a short bit that moves the story forward.
- This one is meant to be a linear story that holds together, not the insanity we inflicted on Sophie.
- I'm thinking that people should have up to a week to post their chapters, since this one is clearly more ambitious.
- Also, last time, someone suggested setting up a group blog and posting it all in one place. I think something like that would definitely be appropriate for this if anyone can help set it up. Or, barring that, I could just set up another blog, then post the additional chapters as participants emailed them to me. Let me know what you think.
The name of our story (and lead character) is Charlotte Misner. I haven't finished writing Chapter One, but here's what I can tell you about Charlotte so far. She's 23 years old and lives near Pensacola Naval Air Station in the summer of 1942. She's been suddenly left with two young nephews and a niece to raise when, prior to shipping out to England, her Brother-in-Law, manages to wrap his car around a tree, killing himself and Charlotte's sister after a Bon Voyage dinner. Charlotte's got a dead end job that pays just enough to pay her rent and put food on the table. She has almost no help with the kids.
I don't know in what fashion yet, but Charlotte's a strong heroic woman. Not necessarily in the single-handedly-breaking-up-spy rings sorta way...but in some kind of step-up-to-the-plate -when life's really hard kinda way. I intend to point in a direction and let everybody take it wherever they want to (within the set guidelines, which, I'll expand a little as we get closer).
At any rate, who wants to play? Participation is open to anyone with an internet connection and the ability to type in English. I think Sophie was a great deal of fun and loved everyone's contributions. If you want to participate, let me know in the comments here. I'll post at least once more about this before it kicks off, but, in the meantime, you can also make suggestions in the comments, as well. (The idea for this is still germinating in my head, but I've got a pretty good picture of Charlotte in my mind already.)
Anyway, I hope all you Sophie writers will take part and hopefully we'll get some new blood involved as well.