I'm having a go at NaNoWriMo this year. The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. In honour of this vast undertaking, here is a character questionnaire I made a while ago.

soronlinsoronlin 31 Oct 2014 18:1931 Oct 2014 18:46

Copyright © 2013 Marieke Krootjes; all rights reserved. Published with permission.

Stuff I’m Not Supposed to Tell Anybody by Catarina Rodriguez y Osuna (age 11)

The new school year had only just started. My new school! The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans. That’s right; everybody here is an orphan, just like me. And getting in is a gift indeed, this is a great place. The gardens are really big, and we are even supposed to ride horses and stuff. There are a lot of interesting things to be found in the gardens as well, and I’ve already found the vegetable garden, and I can use the kitchens if I clean up (of course I will, I’m not a baby!) and most kids and grown-ups are real friendly. I like to make them treats. I couldn’t help it that my pudding exploded that one time and I had to clean up the whole kitchen, and I found where the good knives were kept and then I rearranged the herbs to taste rather than to alphabet and I had to undo that, which is really stupid, ‘cause who places cardamom and camomile that close together, they are like totally different and you would never use them together and…

Okay, well, anyway, that’s stuff everybody should know. But there are also things no one is supposed to know, because it is secret. This is how it started, on September 21st:

soronlinsoronlin 03 Aug 2014 19:5703 Aug 2014 20:49

This game ran at Ambercon UK 2014. It is only here for nostalgic reasons.

Game Description

Title:The Strange Case Of The Missing Ancestors
Players: 6
Mode: Tabletop

Life at the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans is not a bed of roses; the academic regimen is punishing and the discipline is worse, and then there are the people who are trying to kill you and everyone else in the school.

Okay, so the school life isn't the most important thing on your agenda right now.

In fact some of you have graduated already, sort of. Others of you sort of should have done. Life would be a little easier if you had not lost two years while wandering around Chaos looking for Doctor Strange and his family. Your friends are suddenly two years older than you and some of them ask questions that you can't answer and some of them… don't. Somehow that's worse.

And then there are those left behind, who had to take up the slack while Harryn, David, Skye, Wyonna, Vic and Catrina were missing presumed… missing. Two years of ferrying families to the safety of the island. Two years of waiting for Miss Trees or any of the dozens, maybe hundreds of people who know about the school to tell the wrong person the wrong thing.

Another year passes and things are sort of back to normal when official-looking cars pull up and there are loads of serious people in suits poking their noses in everywhere. Is the game up? Or is it merely afoot?

soronlinsoronlin 30 Jul 2014 21:5102 Aug 2015 18:57

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