LAST DAY TO WIN A SIGNED BOOK!

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

I’ve been enjoying the new show, Crisis, on NBC and this song played at the end of Episode 2, “If You’re Watching This, I am Dead.” I searched You Tube for this “new” version of an old song, only to discover it was the version sung by Richie Havens in 1969 at Woodstock! I am a hippie at heart and it totally gave me the excuse I needed to add it to The Red String soundtrack! Peace, love and Richie Havens…
This one’s for Li and Ainsling.

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“What I really like are the actual paper books- you know, the
old-fashioned kind? There’s something special about holding
the words in your hands, hearing the turning of the pages. Plus,
they give away old paper books, which is awesome since my
father’s status doesn’t allow him to budget money for technology.
We don’t have a Com for digital books, of course.” excerpt from Chpt. 4 “The Lessons” from The Red String.

Author D. Marie Prokop- YA Sci/Fi and Children's Fiction

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Review: What Happened On My Space Vacation

What Happened On My Space Vacation
What Happened On My Space Vacation by Ethan A. Cooper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I find that science fiction novels are less about science and more about the human condition. This belief holds true for this novel. The majority of the plot takes place in space and on a spaceship, but the characters’ struggles, triumphs, and connections are what make the reading worthwhile. (Of course, there is still plenty of sci-fi nerdy goodness.)
This is essentially a story about family. And, what a family! Dad is secretly a government agent. Mom has a few surprises of her own, but is both hot and intelligent. They are deliriously in love- to the embarrassment of their children, Max and Holiday, who exhibit the usual teenage level of disgust by their parents’ very public displays of affection.
Max and his younger sister Holiday fight and bicker like any siblings, but deep down, they admire each other quite a bit. And with good reason. Max is a protective brother and a blooming artist with a rather shallow, but pretty girlfriend and Holiday is an extraordinarily intelligent girl obsessed with a show called Quantum Girl!!!
When faced with the sudden changing of his vacation from Wilderness Camp with his girlfriend to a Space flight to the moon with his little sister and his parents, Max eventually swallows his disappointment and tries to be positive- out of love for his family. Little does he know that his struggle with his attitude is nothing compared with the challenges ahead.
Their happy family vacation is interrupted by a hijacking, and Max and Holiday need each other’s support and skills in order to survive and rescue their parents. Holiday reveals a surprising skill that comes in handy, which along with her quick mind and episodic inspiration from Quantum Girl!!!, save the day. Max must combat not only the bad guys, but also his fear, presenting itself in paralyzing panic attacks which began months ago after experiencing a terrible trauma.
The characters are real and inspirational- Max is a normal teenage boy. Though they are hard to understand generally, I feel closer now. Holiday is not normal, but totally lovable and sympathetic. I only hope my own kids will find a common ground like Max and Holiday, and will also learn the importance of loving your family and relying on them for help.
It isn’t too surprising to learn that this novel was a family affair. Inspired by an idea his father had before his diagnosis with Parkinson’s, illustrated by his brother, this loving husband and father of three kids does them all proud.
Here’s your invitation to a rocket trip full of fun, adventure, fear, and courage. Put on your spacesuits and tighten your space belts, kids- this story is definitely worth sacrificing Wilderness Camp with your girlfriend for…

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Life is Like a Boat

I watched the first season of the anime Bleach and honestly, I would have watched more except I got distracted by this song! I just had to learn how to sing and play it. This is the best lyric video- in fact, it’s better than the ones I learned the song from. I have to learn it this way now. (There are a few variations on the song.)

Until I perfect all the new Japanese lyrics I need to learn now, here’s the original song by Rie Fu, which plays during the first season of Bleach’s credits. If I learn it, I may make my own video. It’s such a beautiful song…enjoy!

-Dedicated to Li and Ainsling

Rubbing Shoulders with Jim Butcher

Rubbing Shoulders with Jim Butcher

Last year, I went to the Space City Con in Houston. While waiting in line for the Star Trek panel to finish so we could go in for the Jim Butcher Writing Seminar, “Making Things Blow Up,” a bunch of us got chatting. Little did we know the man himself, Jim Butcher- was amongst us- until this one guy mentioned having fanboy nerves the first time he met his hero, Stan Lee. Then he said, “It was surreal- I sat right beside Stan Lee on a panel at Comic-Con,” letting the cat out of the bag… We all got giddy and, with stars in our eyes, took turns for photos and/or autographs. (In true Murphy’s Law fashion, I left his book in the car thinking there was no way I’d get the chance to ask him to sign it- doh!) Jim is one cool dude/author/person.

I could go on and on about how much I enjoy Jim’s writing (I can call him Jim now, right?), but I bet you’d rather hear some of his writing advice instead. This guy did it the conventional way, and it paid off in the end. I believe his massive amount of talent also played a part, needless to say, when this guy talked- I listened. And took notes. Here’s a snippet-

On writing scenes- 4. Setback- will your protagonist succeed? a. Yes (BORING) b. Yes, but…(Better) c. No (Even better) d. No, and furthermore…(BEST)

As you can see, Jim’s books contain a lot of complicated setbacks. And I read them like an addict. I am always mad at Jim Butcher because he is so good at this! Anyway, here’s my brush with greatness. And, to be frank, I really hate my hair in this pic, but I am putting it out for the world to see anyway. Dedication, my friends, dedication.
Check out all things Jim at http://www.jim-butcher.com/