Chinese new year 2014: Eight things you (probably) didn’t know about the year of the horse

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/31/eight-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-year-of-horse

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“Invisible”

I was browsing the Grammys and noticed there was a song called “Invisible” and, despite my initial recoil of the artist and genre, I gave it a chance. It was a perfect fit for “The Red String” soundtrack. The song highlights the topic of bullying, but also is an anthem for outcasts. Hunter Hayes performs this debut song (kinda brave, I admit), with quotes by people such as John Lennon, Steve Jobs, Johnny Depp, and Pink written on a huge blackboard in the background. You know how I love quotes…
Here’s a pic of the Pink quote, which sounds parallel to the idea of the red string…if the red string was a tree, that is…
http://celebrity-gossip.net/grammy-awards-2014/photo/hunter-hayes-6

Breaking news- U2 is debuting their new song, “Invisible” in a commercial during the Super Bowl.  Apparently, not an original idea… (what is?) Can’t wait to hear it!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/new-u2-song-to-debut-during-super-bowl-20140123

Stolen Identity

I recently read an article in Relevant Magazine by Matt Bancroft (“What’s in a Name?”) which alludes to the allegorical aspect of The Red String. Here’s a blurb from the article that really caught my attention

“God has quite literally stolen our identity. To steal means to take something with no intention of returning it. That is exactly what we asked Him to do when we accepted Him and chose to follow Jesus. The sin that was bored into our soul was replaced by the law of God, written onto each of our hearts. That same name was a refuge to an army of Israel, it defeated a giant, rescued God’s people from Egypt and the name was nailed to a cross for my sin and yours.”

Some of the people in The Red String are rescued and taken offshore to a ship called The Remnant. Then they are asked to remove the chip implanted in their hand by the government.  This chip gave them their identity in many ways economically, socially, and even physically. The removal of the chip is the equivalent of being given a new name. After this act, people are never the same. They cannot return to shore without dire consequences because they have no identity there. They belong to a new place and are identified with the Guardian now. The Guardian provides a refuge for them, rescuing the weak and broken, and sacrifices an alternate life for this purpose and for their good.

 

“Or invisible,” the Captain finally responded. “O for that night, when I in him, might live invisible and dim!

Li stared at him dumbfounded.

“Ever study poetry? That’s Henry Vaughan. Good stuff. Look, Li- on this ship, we are all in the same boat, both literally and figuratively. Everyone on this ship has had their chip taken out. We are not part of that world anymore. We’re free.”  

The Red String, Chapter 7 “The Loss”

 

Of course, allegories break down if given too much scrutiny, so I won’t go further. The Red String is not The Pilgrim’s Progress by any stretch. But the greatest story ever told seemed to me the best story to allegorize. (If that is a real word…) Even if you do not share my faith, I hope the story will at least interest you. It’s kinda epic. (The Bible, not necessarily The Red String!)

What’s the book…

What’s the book about?”
“My book is a young adult action/adventure that takes place in the year 2053. Two teenagers meet at a Clinic for patients with epilepsy. One is a patient and one is a nurse. The doctor at the Clinic has a secret nefarious plan for the patient. Throughout the story, the two teens, (you know, the patient and the nurse?), well, they learn lessons of faith, fate, and free will. Plus, there’s kissing!”

 The Red String is a mish-mash of genres- YA, science fiction, dystopian, romance, visionary-metaphysical, you name it! When I meet people, we sometimes get around to the whole “I wrote a book” thing. Then they inevitably ask, “Oh! What’s your book about?” I think… and think… and think…and look like someone who can’t tie their own shoes, not someone who just spent 3 years of their life slaving away over a story and then had the audacity to publish it!

Instead of an instant answer, I wish I could give them a quiz first. 

1. Do you like adventures, science-fiction,romance or dystopian books best?

2. Do you love to read?

3. Do you have a spare hour for us to discuss everything from toothpaste to the intricacies of the universe? 

Once upon a time, I promised myself I would write out a very short summary (I’ve written them for publishing purposes, after all) and memorize it.  So I did. And…on paper, it’s okay, but out loud? Well…I sound like an infomercial announcer. Ugh! So, now I just try to decide quickly which aspect of the story they may be most drawn to and go from there. 

It’s a bit like sharing your faith, describing your new boyfriend to your parents, or explaining your day in detail to a complete stranger. I believe this must be a common irritation for writers. We write. (which is accompanied by editing, editing, editing) We don’t necessarily verbalize well. We need a script, right? Hey, I admit- I do! 

So, I still plan to memorize that summary…and work on my British accent… ‘Cause, let’s face it- everything sounds better if you say it with a British accent! Wish me luck!