Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Mid-Week Reads: Fantasy Fiction Edition -- Hufflepuff House and Narnia

I'm "smart but lazy" myself (okay, the "smart" part is debatable, but bear with me here), so I really liked this blog post about Hufflepuff House.
I’m going to try to catch myself if I start admiring someone’s talent, and remind myself that their real achievement was putting in the work that it took to fulfill the potential their talent gave them. 
Brains aren’t much without the patience to fill them with knowledge.  Ambition without dedication is daydreams and an overblown sense of entitlement. 
The more I think about where I am and where I want to be, the more I compare myself with more successful people, I feel the biggest difference is that I don't put in enough work. (Of course, I might fail even if I put in the work, but if I don't, I don't even have a chance.)

But well, comparing yourself with others too much isn't a good idea either. (Lovely comic at the link.)

In other news, I have another new favorite blog. I have been trawling through Ana Mardoll's Ramblings, especially her deconstructions. I read her entire series on Narnia, even though it's been many years since I read the books. (I think I re-read one or two a few years ago, but adulthood made them sadly disappointing.) I'm now reading through her Twilight series, even though I haven't read the books. But Mardoll's writing teaches me so much about lit criticism, writing, and life.

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