Origami for me, origami for you…

“As a little girl, her grandfather had taught her the art of origami. She picked up the paper and recognized the mountain and valley folds. Stan’s letter was written on a one-sided blue checked paper. In Chinese tradition, the color blue represents honor and faith. It can also represent a bond of the spirit. Aaliyah’s letter was green, which is the traditional color of healing, representing growth and strength

She sat down with the blue paper and began to recreate the folds. After a few minutes, Stan’s letter became a fish, traditionally a symbol of happiness and freedom. She smiled at the message within the paper the Guardian had given Stan – a faithful bond of the spirit of freedom.”

*How-to video of how to make an origami fish- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD7_27mSGdQ&feature=share&list=PL6C216758C46DADAE&index=32

“Aaliyah’s letter had once been folded into the form of a cat, the symbol of independence and of a strong protector. She smiled as she thought of how well this suited Aaliyah.”

*How-to video of how to make an origami cat- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QtQUt9O_bs

(Excerpts from Chapter 27 of The Red String)

Origami, the art of paper folding, has been around for centuries…and people have been tearing their hair out trying to learn how to do it for an equal amount of time. I won’t lie to you, origami is not for everyone. But everyone should try it once. Well, maybe twice…or at least until you want to beat your head against the wall or discover you have the gift, like Jo Nakashima in the how-to videos! (He’s truly amazing. Origami is magical to watch and accomplish.)

Let me know how it goes!

 

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Invisible- U2

DO SOME GOOD!   Go to- http://www.red.org/en/

It’s like the room just cleared of smoke
I didn’t even want the heart you broke
It’s yours to keep
You just might need one

I finally found my real name
I won’t be me when you see me again
No, I won’t be my father’s son

[Chorus]
I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
More than you let me be
I’m more than you know
A body in a soul
You don’t see me but you will
I am not invisible

(That’s right
I’ll be in the invisible world)

I don’t dream, not as such
I don’t even think about you that much
Unless I start to think at all

All those frozen days
And your frozen ways
They melt away your face like snow

[Chorus]
I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
I’m more than you let me be
I’m more than you know
A body in a soul
You don’t see me but you will
I am not invisible
I am here

[Outro]
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only you
And there’s only me
There is no them

Lyrics found at
http://rock.rapgenius.com/U2-invisible-lyrics

 

My Book Cover Designer’s Website

My Book Cover Designer’s Website

I was very lucky to have my artsy brother, Michael Rode, design the cover work and do the typesetting for The Red String. He has been working on his personal art website, mostly consisting of chrome photography on metal prints, but also including some of his fiction work. It’s a little bit of awesome. If you are a motorcycle or car fanatic, you MUST check it out!

Here’s on of my faves-

1913 Harley

https://c-artstudios.com/shop/1913-harley-original-photo-print/

As a writer, I want to encourage you to read the blog portion of the site entitled, “5 for Fiction” where Mike writes 500 word fictional posts. Here’s an excerpt and link-

Let it snow. . .

Winter, with its snow, ice and wind chill is upon me. It hurts to move, it hurts not to move. I miss my bed already. Thankfully there is warm carpet until I get to the bathroom where cold linoleum waits, nevermind the icey toilet seat. That alerts my senses and wakes up my mind to start the day.

https://c-artstudios.com/category/5-for-fiction/

What Happened on my Space Vacation…

Friends do stuff for each other. Not very eloquent, I know, but true. I’m doing this for my friend. (He didn’t even ask me to.) I am pleased to help spread the word that my friend, Ethan A. Cooper, would like to announce that his book, inspired by and co-created with his father before and during his father’s life with Parkinson’s disease, has now been published! It is a fanciful sci-fi tale entitled, What Happened on my Space Vacation. I love it already. Titles are tricky, but this one hints at a story which is fun, intriguing, and…space-y.

Here’s the book trailer on YouTube- http://youtu.be/XuFnn4gsJWE

I have been needing a sci-fi fix, so I ordered my copy today. I suggest, for those of you who have the same need for spaceships, galaxies far far away, and possibly a vacation, that you frequent the local-yet-not-local supplier- Amazon.com and get your fix, too!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494337517/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Here’s a blog post from the author concerning the writing of the story, from its beginnings in his father’s mind, to the Nanowrimo draft, to the 13 revisions thereafter. It’s also an inspirational father-son testimonial to the power of creativity and posterity.

Here’s wishing you the best, Ethan!

http://necrotictimes.blogspot.com/2014/01/why-and-how-i-wrote-about-vacation-in.html