...And she will tell stories where ever she goes.

Who doesn't like to jump into an imaginary world every once in a while? We do it all the time with video games, movies, music and books. In days gone by, story telling around a diner table, campfire or at a social event used to be a common occurrence. With so much visual stimulation bombarding us all the time, we as a culture have forgotten how much fun creating our own imaginary worlds can be.
Nothing is impossible in an imaginary world. Flowers can talk, people can have special abilities and traveling to another universe is just a blink away. I started this blog to share interactive stories with others and to awaken the imagination in all of us. Together lets create something fun and exciting and for even just a few moments lets escape to a story world.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Do you have a Quirk?

Quirky characters are more fun and intriguing to read about than perfect characters. One of the characters in the novel I'm currently working on doesn't like to be touched. She has a personal bubble the size of a room. Lucky for this character she is well respected and people know to give her lots space. Another one of my characters is good with slight of hand and loves throwing out cheesy pick up lines to whoever will listen.

Think about your own quirks... I know I have mine. One quirk that stands out when I think about my self is that I can't kill anything! (Yes even bugs) My friends laugh when I take spiders or ants outside instead of smashing them. I just can't do it! I've learned it's just part of who I am.

What are some quirks you think would be fun to see come alive in a character? Or if you are super brave, what are some of your own quirks?

This is a picture that my 4 year old daughter drew/painted completely upsidedown. Sitting at the top of the page she made her artwork then turned it around and gave it to me. Talk about a quirky kid :) "Picking Apples" by Kait Shipley age 4


  1. I love that Kait drew this upside down. It reminds me of one of the characters from the Poisonwood Bible. She had a different way of looking at the world (and was super smart). What a great quirk :)

  2. :) Well I think she's smart but definately in a quirky kinda way

  3. One of my characters pushes up his glasses and rubs the bridge of his nose when he's lying. Another character bits his lip all the time. I have a character who gives everyone nicknames and another who is a pathological liar. She came up with the direction Aust (the direct in which you are currently traveling - you are always traveling Aust, unless you turn 180 degrees and retrace your steps exactly, in which case you're traveling Aught-Aust)

    My personal quirk...I touch the tip of my nose when trying to remember stuff - go ahead, Miss Gigglypants... ;)

  4. Hello Ms. Sarah,

    Are you the same Sarah Shipley who wrote the wonderful, funny story "Time for shower," from a recently published book for the Chicken Soup for the Soul? The story, however, touched my heart and soothed my soul in a very positive way.

    Best wishes,
    Hamza Hassan
    Saudi Arabia