“The Red String” was written (and eventually published) because I answered a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days during the month of November. NaNoWriMo– the National Novel Writing Month is where this happens! If you want to participate, it’s time to start brainstorming (and quickly!) because November begins on Friday. Save some of that Halloween candy for a quick energy burst to get you through the late nights to come…
I encourage all you budding writers out there to accept the challenge this year. Discover the story inside of you and give it life. It was one of the most rewarding adventures I have ever been on.
Follow me on my fourth journey through NaNoWriMo- infested waters…
“The Red String” is not categorized as “dystopian,” yet it qualifies in many ways…the problem was that it wasn’t the focus of the book. In books such as “The Hunger Games,” the dystopian society is practically a character in itself…the antagonist in most cases. E.C.C.O. is the government construct in “The Red String.” It is not a utopian society by a long shot, but the characters are not yearning to fight “the system” in this story. I hope that makes sense. I even named the government “E.C.C.O.” to reflect a belief that governments tend to repeat the evils of the ones before it, no matter the promised outcome.
That being said, I still love me a good fight-the-system dystopian novel. The strength of the characters, the rebel attitudes, and the overall thought-provoking-ness draw me to them like a magnet. Personally, I’m glad I set up the poll, so that I don’t have to choose one over the others. All are excellent in their own right. Read them all!
Another one for the “Red String Soundtrack!” This time it’s a song from one of my fave bands, from Texas as well…but you’d never guess it. If you haven’t read the book, I’m sure you will still find the video interesting, at the very least. If you have read “The Red String,” you will understand why I choose it. Currents, fate, ghost-like girl in a dream…yeah, it’s all there. Enjoy!
“Currents” I would part the waters if you said so I would shift the currents if you had to row I would part the waters if you said so I would shift the currents if you had to row Do you believe in fate, Baby Ask me, ask me Do you fly in the day, Darlin’ Take me, shake me If I look closer, holler, it’s out there Breathe close and deep, Darlin’, it’s our nightmare Do you believe in fate, Baby Ask me, ask me Do you fly in the day Darlin’ Take me, shake me I’m slight before light, grab me and take flight I would part the waters I would part the waters I would part the waters I would part the waters Do you believe in fate, Baby Ask me, ask me Do you fly in the day Darlin’ Take me, shake me Share Share I’m slight before light, grab me and take Do you believe in fate, Baby Ask me, ask me
Ainsling stood up slowly from the wheelchair and walked over to her new doctor. She had tears in her eyes. Her thin arms reached out to him and she gave him a strong hug. The doctor grasped her arms and gently pried them off. He leaned over and looked at her with his hypnotic gold-flecked eyes and said assuredly, “Ainsling, I will cure you. After all, if nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. Do you want to be a butterfly, Ainsling?” She looked up at him and said with conviction, “Yes, more than anything.”
There is an old Chinese story entitled “The Butterfly Lovers” containing two ill-fated characters named Liang and Zhu. It is the “Romeo and Juliet” Chinese equivalent story, with the Asian twist of regeneration. In the end, though the lovers can’t be together in life, after death they are transformed into butterflies. Whenever I see a pair of butterflies, I think of this story. Sometimes NOT getting what you want can lead to wondrous endings. Read “The Red String” to find out if the Doctor fulfills his promise of turning Ainsling into a butterfly and what that truly entails…
After many late nights, crossed eyes, neglected family members, and edit after edit, “The Red String” has made its way to CreateSpace and Amazon.com!!!
Am I excited? Yes! Am I scared? Yes!
Cover via Amazon
Excited to see a dream come true and scared that it was all in vain. Of course, in my heart of hearts I know that no dream is dreamed in vain. So, whether the book never sells or if it miraculously makes a best seller list, I am satisfied.
The author, Anne Lamott, in her book on writing, ‘Bird by Bird’ says, “Writing can give you what having a baby can give you: it can get you to start paying attention, can help you to soften up, can wake you up. But publishing won’t do any of those things: you’ll never get it in that way.”
So, hey, if you want to purchase it, go for it! Either way, this author is one happy gal. I have a new baby helping me to see life in a new way. And life is good.
“The days are dark, the ocean surrounds. My fate is unseen, my fate is not ground. For God orders all, I am just a mist, hovering still, waiting for bliss. The dark hides me well, my heart longs for light. I live by this creed- it is all for the bright!”