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I didn’t spend a ton of time on the internet this week. I was busy getting back on track with my NaNoWriMo novel, reading a couple of the 100 Greatest Children’s Books, and Just Dance-ing my face off.

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Articles:

  • 30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever at Bored Panda – We live in a beautiful and tragic world.
  • Abstinence is unrealistic and old fashioned at The Matt Walsh Blog – “If modern attitudes about sex have “liberated” us, what, precisely, have we been freed from? Security? Commitment? Trust? What, we’ve broken the Shackles of Purity and Love and run gleefully into the Meadows of Pornography and Herpes? Because that’s all that our sexual liberation has wrought. A lot of confusion, a lot of porn, a lot of disease, a lot of emotionally desperate, psychologically battered, spiritually broken people wandering around, searching for another stranger who’s willing to go in for a few more rounds of sterile, shallow, pointless sex.”
  • Why do you Christians always throw the Bible in my face? at The Matt Walsh Blog –  This satirical look at Christianity reminded me of a little something Jamie wrote over at The Very Worst Missionary about short term missions. “Hopefully the Christians in America never borrow even a fraction of the enthusiasm and passion that their brothers and sisters in the Third World possess. I think we’ll be safe from such a thing as long as American Christians remain comfortable, lethargic, and spoiled.”

Movies/TV:

  • The Hunger Games on DVD (in Spanish!) – Catching Fire comes out on Thursday (oh, is it Friday for you? Sorry I live in the Caribbean and our movies release on Thursdays) and I wanted to mentally and emotionally prepare myself. Also, three of my friends are coming to see Catching Fire who had never seen Hunger Games – that had to be remedied. And it was. And they loved it. Duh.
  • The Avengers on Netflix – Thor came out yesterday and a couple friends and I were considering going to see it this weekend, so I wanted to prepare myself. While I always enjoy RDJ as Iron Man, I thought The Avengers was too long! I gave up with at least thirty minutes left in the movie.

(YouTube) Videos:

General Good Finds

  • “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” – John Bingham, marathoner
  • “We’re uncomfortable with the freedom we have to live a great story, we just want God to tell us what to do; Give me the 5 keys to a good marriage, give me the 3 steps to the 9 things that…STOP! What if He just said ‘live a great story, take responsibility, be creative, make decisions’.” – Mike Thompson, my YouthWorks Site Director this summer

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NaNoWriMo 2013:

  • Word count: 29,044
  • Words written this week: 17,859
  • Best advice received this week: “Have an explosion.”
  • Most productive setting: McDonalds! Feet up, large Coke in hand
  • “Before I can finish reading the message from Supervisor King, we hear the attack she was trying to warn us about. Something terrible is happening somewhere in The Commonwealth and Mary and I are helpless. Trained to react, to fix, to enter into the combat, we are frozen where we stand. Because this isn’t The Assembly or The Society or even The Colony of The Patronage that is being attacked, this is our home. Finally, after a second and greater blast reaches our ears from across the colony, we are shocked into motion. Mary and I both dive under the table we had been standing in front of moments earlier, and brace ourselves for a continued attack. Sitting under the table I hear Mary counting explosions to herself. ‘Three… four… five…'”
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