THE GRAPEVINE STORY (A CHARACTER BUILDING GAME)

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Do you remember playing the grapevine game when you were a small child? You know, the game where one person whispers a phrase into the ear of another person and then that person does the same to another and then another until there are no more people to whisper it to? More times than not the participants discover the original phrase has changed by the time it gets to the end of the line of people playing the game. You played this right?
That game inspired me to write today’s a to z challenge for the letter G.

Our character’s name for this game is Shay. Shay’s a twenty year old college student taking the day off from school to go to the giant street fair that only comes around once a year. The festival is a cross between a giant flea market and a big craft fair with bands playing music too. There are vendors, musicians, food stands and artist galore at this event. Shay brought lots of money to shop and eat.

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Leave a comment letting us know what you think Shay will get or do at this festival. What stands will she stop at? Is she interested in the art work from local vendors? Does she want a piece of artisan jewelry? Is she hungry for a portabella mushroom sandwich or would she be more likely to grab a hotdog? What type of music will Shay stop to listen to? Is Shay alone or did she bring others with her? Feel free to leave a physical description of Shay.
At the end of the day, I’m going to go through the comments and update this blog with an in depth character description of Shay based on the details everyone provides. You can get a good feel for a person based on the foods they like, the items they buy for themselves or the music they listen to. Shay will evolve based on your comments. Currently, I have a vision for her in my mind but I’m certain by the time I read through the comments I will see her differently.
Happy Writing!

UPDATE: I WILL POST THE CHARACTER DESCRIPTION BY WEEKS END. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED BUILD SHAY.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTION OF SHAY

Thanks for helping me build Shay. I believe we created a hippie which is fine with me because I always wished I was born in the era of the hippie. Shay reminds me of a lyric of a grateful dead song. She wore rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes. I imagine Shay was wearing a dark red bandanna skirt with a white halter top and strappy sandals. Her hair is swept up into a messy bun and her face is covered with over sized sunglasses.

Medeia mentioned she bought beaded bracelets (which I totally imagine her to be wearing) and elephant ears. I think (however I may be wrong), Medeia meant the flaky pastry and not actual elephant ears. So we have Shay stopping for a pastry. Her arm is filled with her newly purchased multicolored beads. She is the type of girl others watch from afar.

She’s confident too. Confident enough to purchase a pair of floppy elephant ears from a novelty vendor next to the bandstand. She slips the grey ears over her head and bops over to the band where she listens to the bluegrass band. She sways slow, her head moves with the jazzy beat of the instruments. She smiles before taking another bite from the fluffy pastry. Flakes of crust flutter down her shirt which she brushes off.

Shay strolls out of the band area and heads back to the vendors. She’s filled from the pastry but not stuffed. She can’t resist the fried Avocado with the crispy corn dog coating. She chooses the ranch dipping sauce. Today is a day to splurge.

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12 responses to “THE GRAPEVINE STORY (A CHARACTER BUILDING GAME)

  1. This is such a cool idea! Will the comments be played off of each other or individual?

  2. She will get elephant ears and beaded bracelets.

  3. Shay struts around in her elephant ears, showing off her adventurous and fun spirit, and stops to listen to a pair of musicians playing bluegrass covers of hard rock songs. She claps along with a banjo rendition of ‘back in black’, and wonders how nobody else has stopped to check these guys out. She giggles to herself and thinks maybe it’s the fact there’s a grown woman wearing elephant ears hogging all of the audience space.

  4. Shay giggles at the woman before the most tantalizing scent reaches her nose. A large sign boasting the best fried avocado bites in the county calls to her from across the crowd. She could practically taste the crispy corn dog coating that encases the smooth fruit. The herb infused oil is her favorite dipping sauce, but she’s in the mood for creamy ranch today.

  5. Hi, I’m Amber, part of co host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance. Dropping in from the Blogging from A to Z challenge. Good luck!

    http://neversquatwithyourspurson2014.blogspot.com/

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