Why Your Novel Characters Need Real Flaws by Rachelle Gardner.
My favorite part of the article:
A major part of my novel revisions have actually been forcing myself to stop protecting my characters from the consequences of their own flaws. It's hard; stuff like this helps me keep up my determination.
Every cosmetic flaw is a victimless half of the real flaw it replaces. Here are two examples:
Cosmetic character flaw: Insecurity. Its real counterpart: envy and sabotage
Cosmetic character flaw: Fearfulness. Its real counterpart: disloyalty under pressure
2a: Women's Health = Not Having Babies by Patrick Thornton.
I realize that the HHS mandate is Teh Evulz, but seriously, I am so sick of the mindless repetition I've been seeing on Facebook and such. (I know, I shouldn't get my political news from Facebook). It's faith and reason, people, not faith and soundbites. Explain to me why it's evil.
That article helped. Obviously, it's not exhaustive, but it brings up a point that helped me actually understand things.
2b. The Thorny Question of Freedom of Religion by Calah Alexander. Again, not an All-Inclusive Explanation of Everything, but I found it interesting and skimming the comments indicates that there's some food for thought in there too.
What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind? by Alison Gopnik. Not being a teenager myself, nor the parent of a teenager, I can't comment much on this, but it gives me justification for my strange idea that irresponsible kids should be given more responsibility (in controlled situations), not less. (I think I first got that idea when I was a teenager; does that make me qualified to comment?)
Also: Children Educate Themselves III: The Wisdom of Hunter-Gatherers by Peter Gray. (I haven't read parts I and II, which are presumably out there somewhere.) Yeah, apparently I want my kids to grow up like little hunter-gatherers. Who needs modern civilization?
The Restored Order of Sacraments of Initiation. When I took Sacraments a couple years ago I wrote a paper on this very topic. The concept of the sacraments of initiation put forth in the article makes sense to me, but I hesitate to embrace it because it flies in the face of pretty much everything I'd been told about Confirmation for the first 20 years of my life. You know it's bad when the Byzantine way is simpler than yours. (See what I did there?)
You Found Me by The Fray. Music rather than text this time. I just like this song.
Don't Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn by Emily Hanford. My mother-in-law posted this on Facebook. (I opened the tab but then didn't read it for a day or two, and then I couldn't find it to comment on it, because she has the new timeline layout. Why, Facebook, why?)
Anyway. I agree with this. I don't like the idea of splitting the class into pairs, though, for various reasons. My preferred method of college instruction is the seminar, with 10-25 people all sitting in a circle tossing ideas back and forth. Once, second semester freshman year, only one girl in the whole class understood what in the world Aristotle was talking about, so she stood up at the board and drew diagrams explaining it all, and then everybody understood. It was awesome.
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