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The Rose Language infuses meaning in new ways--by ascribing concepts to letters. Give someone you love a card rich in significance.

Denver, CO Publishing
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This Kickstarter is to print a run of greeting cards that will let you say "I love you." You can send cards to everyone you love, as a tangible reminder of your love--something that they can hold onto, put under their pillows, paste in a scrapbook, put on a bathroom mirror to know how very loved they are. 

What do you mean when you say, 'I love you'? Words can mean different things, depending on how you're feeling and what you're thinking when you use them—and a new language can show those meanings. In the Rose Language, the letters themselves can be written differently to tell what the writer is feeling. The Rose Language ascribes a concept for each letter of the alphabet and uses symbols for various facets of that concept. This greeting card  says Love, but with an "L" symbol signifying love, O for wonderful, V for valued, and E for now and in the future.

What is the Rose Project?

The Rose Project is a new language, which assigns a concept to every letter of the alphabet.  And each letter is shown in a code that provides a meaning for that concept (so L, for example, could stand for Love or Hate). 

Why create a new way of communicating?

As my friend for 40 years, Clarsa, says:

Language connects us. We write to plant seeds of meaning in others' souls, to expand our insights - and to have fun! The Rose Language puts meaning into writing in a way that has never been done before.

What are Rose Love cards?

These  are greeting cards which show the word Love on the front, with the Rose symbol L for love underscoring this love, and the Rose translation of it all underneath:  L {Love}O {wonderful} | {treasured} | {right now stretching deep into the future}.  On the back is an explanation of the Rose Project and links to further explore these meanings. 

Here is what the front of the card would look like:

The front of the greeting card: Love
The front of the greeting card: Love

You can use these Rose Love greeting cards to reconnect with loved ones.  To show how important someone is to you in your life. To write your special message, your connecting language. 

When you give this card to someone, you both will understand the meanings of the word Love and share a secret connection.  What would sending a Rose Love card mean to your partner, your child, your parent, your friends? Who truly grasps the meaning of your world? Who needs a tangible reminder of your love--a paper to hold when you are not there?

How will we do this?

If you fund this Kickstarter by pledging (that is, preordering your Rose Love greeting cards), you can reach out to the people in your life (and you can give blank Rose Love cards to them to send to people in their lives, and so on). You will then also be on the list for the next steps in the Rose Project. These include a journal to consider all of these concepts, a deck of meditation cards,  and a tribute to Nelson Mandela in the form of 64 religious quotes with keywords translated into Rose, and more. (The 64 million dollar question there is--will you still love me when I'm 64?)

Without your backing, though, these Rose Love cards will remain an unfulfilled fantasy, an unrequited Love.  

Budget: An initial print run of 1,915 cards (the year the Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock came out) would cost $1,605. Most of this is in the layout  cost. Like friendship, a little extra effort brings so many more rewards:  printing another 12,000 cards would cost just $400 more.  Why $1,605 then I hear you cry? If you  want more? Well, if this Kickstarter is successful, then we will work on ways to expand (maybe selling cards as fundraisers for your favorite school?)  But the year 1605 saw Don Quixote born, and I think that a fitting tribute. 

Rewards: What  can I get?

Every story has a backstory, a line between what is real and what is not real. To tread this line, put in your $2 and follow the Thorn of the Rose. 

If you are among the limited edition, first backers and you give me an email address, I will give you your name or your choice of a concept translated into the Rose Language now. Your digital signature image will be unique to this Kickstarter--and you will get it while the Kickstarter is still going on.  That way, you can share the secrets of Rose with your friends and be known and admired as the innovative soul you truly are. And your friends can join in, too!

And no matter what, you will get the ALWAYS reward: your name on the Rose website and be on the mailing list for the future Kickstarters (so you guys can still be in on the beginning of the next project.)

We plan to sell the cards at  $2 each plus shipping--which is still lower than most cards of this printed quality.   Pledge on Kickstarter and save shipping and other costs--and more!

  • At the $20 level, you get the set of 10 cards and U.S. shipping 
  • At the $50 level you get  3 sets of  cards (30 cards, thus saving $10)--and U.S. shipping.  So that is a good deal. 
  • At the $100 level, you get the 3 sets of cards AND a personal literary evening with Rose--to explore these meanings and connections in your own life. I will do a personal reading (Skype or in Denver, Colorado) to play connection games with you and the ones you love to show even more possible nuances of meaning. To get an idea of a Rose Evening, watch the video.

A Rose Evening explores the meaning of all of the concepts in Rose with a personalized reading  of the 92-character meditiation deck.  Jane Grogan says of these evenings "Using the Rose cards was like having a therapy session or like going to a 12 step meeting. I was able to gain insights and more self-awareness into my life. It's fun to see your life in a new way and discover things you didn't know about yourself and connections that you didn't know existed. Thank you!"

Tina Proctor says:

The Rose Evening with Deena Larsen started with an explanation and a lot of laughs and continued with an exploration of how using the Rose Language cards can open to a deep exploration of inner conflict, confusion and then understanding. There are several ways the cards can be used individually and with a partner or a group. I really enjoyed trying out some games and listening to the messages that so strongly appeared.

 But most of all, with each pledge here, I will do a handwritten, secret message on a special signature postcard just for you--and just for this Kickstarter.  You tell me what you want me to write (you can choose the shades of meaning you want or you can just trust me).  So you will have one of the first autographs of Rose (think of the investment value in future years as this project expands...how much do those signed editions of James Joyce's works sell for nowadays?)

Here is my name in Rose (D: close, E: If then, E:Future, N: Honest, A: Top)
Here is my name in Rose (D: close, E: If then, E:Future, N: Honest, A: Top)

 

Finally, without your initial backing, I'll go back to tilting at windmills for an impossible love in the privacy of my own mind. I won't print the Rose Love Cards. And the high school kids in South Africa who did the beautiful Rose Language drawings will not see their works grow and flourish as we envisioned.

Would the Rose Language help me?

Yep. The Rose Project already helped over a hundred people. And I am aiming to connect with one million people.  I have a long way to go! But, for example, 

Oreto's name in Rose helped define her as a person. 

Oreto's name in Rose.
Oreto's name in Rose.

 Oreto, a poetry reader and Literature professor in Catalonia asked for her name in Rose. She took the trouble to go through each letter and determine what light her name could shed upon her soul. Oreto says that having her name this way in Rose means a great deal to her:

“My evolution came from O {ugly, negative, pain} a time of pain, consumed by dark thoughts lost in  threatening, ominous shadows. I coped with ambivalent R {memories} , as T.S. Eliot said “breeding. Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring. . . .” Memories are very important to me, the good ones and the bad, all memories are things I cherish. But to move out of that dark space, I stepped out of myself, out of E {time that is beyond human time} to examine all the T {possibilities} and determine what I could make of my life. And, little by little, I am opening up to live the O of {loveliness, of everything wonderful and good}."

Risks and challenges

Well, we've weathered some blows so far, and we just keep moving forward, changing plans a bit. My original publisher, the Grumpy Dragon press, was a small press in Colorado, interested in innovation and in helping high school writers and artists (hence the connection with the South African high schoolers--and if you want to know why South Africa, you would have to ask me.) Well, the publishers are both quite ill and had to give up the press.

So, my original plans (to unveil a Kickstarter for a deck of meditation cards that would feature all 102 Rose Language symbols) have changed a bit. I now need to do some more simple projects first. BUT, my first Kickstarter was a success, and I am fulfilling those obligations. (The signatures and photos and Rose Evenings are either sent or scheduled and we are getting the camera into the Rose Scholar's hands now... with events scheduled before the deadline of October 2014).

I have an agreement with a local print-broker in Denver, so if the original press does have problems, we can get the same quality done for about the same price elsewhere in Denver. I want to go local to avoid any risks of international business right now. So the risks would be if we can not get these printed--but barring a major natural disaster or other catastrophe, these risks are minimal.

Production or shipping delays could occur, which is why I have such a long lead time--to give myself the time to fulfill your orders.

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    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    THE LIMITED BONUS: I will personalize your name or a concept of your choice in Rose as a jpg for your facebook or website or signature. Then you can tell the world who you are in Rose in a unique design for this Kickstarter. And get the ALWAYS reward.

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    ALWAYS REWARD NO MATTER WHAT YOU PLEDGE: Get your name on www.thinkingrose.com/community/thankyou.html. Get a chance for your Rose story to be told. And get a jpg of a cute cat speaking in Rose. Be on the Kickstarter2 list, with advance notice of all the other Rose Projects--and special offers for the Rose Project that only Kickstarter pledges will get!

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    Subscribe to the Thorn of the Rose. And get the ALWAYS reward.

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    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    THE LIMITED BONUS: I will personalize your name or a concept of your choice in Rose as a jpg for you to share electronically. Then you can show all your friends how innovative and wonderful you are for embracing this new language.
    You also get everything in the unlimited $20 level (set of 10 Rose Cards, handwritten Rose card, and ALWAYS reward).

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    Get a set of 10 Rose Love cards so that your family and friends can have something in their hands that shows your love. I will handwrite a name or word in Rose of your choice on a signature postcard as well. Get the ALWAYS reward.

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    THE LIMITED BONUS: The same as the $20 level--your personal electronic cartouche to share your true nature with the ones you love--close and far. You also get everything at the $50 level--(3 sets of cards, dated card with Rose message, and the ALWAYS reward).

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    WHY PLEDGE $50? Because you get three sets of the Rose Love cards--30 cards (a savings of $10 and free shipping in U.S..) And a handwritten, dated signed card, with any Rose language message you want. This is the Signed Edition, and I will never use this card stock again, proving you got it on this Kickstarter. Get the ALWAYS reward, too.

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    Be a Cornerstone member of the Rose Project and get everything at the $50 level.
    THE LIMITED BONUS: Your electronic signature. And a Rose Evening. Betatest the Rose games, meditation readings, and journal. I'll skype you or meet in person. We'll do a personal reading so you can think of your present and future, and play Rose connecting games to further your love for your friends and family.

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    Be a cornerstone member of the Rose Project.
    Get everything at the $50 level. THE UNLIMITED $100 REWARD: A draft copy of the Rose Journal in pdf. This Rose Journal has meditations and actions for every one of the 102 Rose Language Concepts. Be the first to explore this new language and change your life.

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    Be The Knight In Shining Armor--or the Lady Dulcinea! In addition to the $100 level and an Evening with Rose, I will present you with my own author's copy of the Ill-Tempered Rubyist, the first time Rose language was in print. This is a limited edition of 40 handbound copies only (selling at $400 new)--and the only one in the world signed. Also get the first protoset of the 92 different Rose Deck meditation cards (one for each concept), each signed with a word of your choice in Rose.

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