Best of the Web

bestofthewebThe Independent interviewed Divergent author Veronica Roth on sex and teen fiction.

YA author S.E. Sinkhorn shares a satirical list of how to write the perfect YA heroine.

Forbes had a short piece on why YA author John Green still works with a publisher.

I died laughing watching this kiddo on Ellen.

My friend Anna posted about how to win the writing head game.

Australian author Rebecca James shared about her struggle with Second Book Syndrome.

The Millions posted a list of books hilariously re-titled to get more clicks.

At the Rabbit Room, an awesome realization from a re-reading of The Silver Chair.

I really like Taylor Swift, but even I had to admit this was hilarious.

And in the WORST of the web …

Jo Rowling says she regrets the Ron/Hermione pairing.

Best of the Web: Jackie’s Picks, Part III

bestofthewebThe latest and greatest stuff I have seen and heard online lately:

25 Things You Should Know about Young Adult Fiction by Chuck Wendig Hilarious and acerbic and very, VERY insightful look at YA!

My Take: How Churches Can Respond to Mental Illness by Ed Stetzer | Loved this clear outline of ways that Christ’s body can care for its hurting members!

Epilogue by Brienna Rossiter | Lovely poem, lovely girl.

Seven Literary Quotations We Suggest You Memorize by Josh Sorokach | This was published on the Barnes & Noble blog, and I thought it was hilarious, wannabe pretentious, and potentially useful!

My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler | This is the BEST Pinterest board I’ve ever seen.  It’s absolutely hilarious!!  The best part is the writing.

The Danger of Doubt by Fletcher Wortmann | Just a very well-written article about OCD.

How Much Should You Pay for a Freelance Novel Editor? by Ellen Brock | A fascinating breakdown how much your money will get you.

The Science Delusion | This banned TED Talk was astonishing– and gave me comfort, in an odd, ironic way.  No one really knows anything. 🙂

Amplifying Motion in Videos … | This video blew my mind.  Technology AMAZES me.  We can now see the invisible.

Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate | Incredible bike trick video– and wildly original!

And just for fun …

Basic Needs: Extreme Happiness | So, basically this man was on Day 86 of an expedition to/from the South Pole, and he reaches one of his caches but doesn’t remember what food he left for himself there.  Check out the sheer joy when he sees what is there.  Watch all the way to the end for the Hallelujah chorus!

Best of the Web: Jackie’s Picks, Part II

For your enjoyment and edification, here’s what I’ve loved on the World Wide Web lately:

You Don’t Have to Be Good by Addie Zierman | “In the end, the Gospel story is a shattering of all the formulas.”  This blog post is an anthem for those redeemed by grace.  Addie, in her lyrical prose, reminds believers of Truths we forget far too often.

Become a Christian, Become Instantly Perfect? by Josh Pratt | Christian-turned-agnostic-turned-Christian explores the idea that Christians are supposedly to somehow be perfect when Christianity itself recognizes man’s depravity.

To parents of small children: Let me be the one who says it out loud by Steve Wiens | “The constant demands, the needs, and the fighting are fingernails across the chalkboard every single day.”  I thought this was a wonderful, funny, honest post about parenting.  I loved it, and I’m not even a parent!!

Starting Over, a Fox9 exclusive | My best friend told me about this news segment, and I’m so glad I watched it!  It’s the story of two Minnesotans caught in the claws of addiction who found redemption and one another.  Lovely!

It Matters Whom You Marry by RVD | This post is not new, but it was new to me, and I love it!  I work with so many young people, high school and college students, who need to wrangle the hormones for ten minutes and read this post.

My Wedding Hair by Emma Rathbone | This is a freakin’ hilarious piece that showed up on The New Yorker.

Caine’s Arcade | This short video about a 9-year-old making a cardboard arcade made me tear up about 6 times.  It’s absolutely brilliant.


Best of the Web: Jackie’s Latest Picks

I wanted to pay props to some absolutely incredible blogs and videos I’ve read and seen recently.  I hope you’ll take the time to check out the ones that most interest you!  And, as always, I encourage you to post your thoughts below.

For the Doubters by Michael Gungor | When Gungor frontman found himself in utter metaphysical darkness, this “at least/even if” philosophy allowed him to continue putting one foot in front of the other in relation to faith.

My Panic Attacks, My Mental Illness, and the Church’s Dirty Little Secret by Carlos Whittaker | “My faith and my seretonin levels have nothing to do with each other.”

What Christians Need to Know about Mental Health by Ann Voskamp | “There are some who take communion and anti-depressants and there are those  who think both are a crutch.  Come in close — I’d rather walk tall with a crutch than crawl around insisting like a proud and bloody fool that I didn’t need one.”

A Modern-Day Easter Story by Matt Rath of Samaritan’s Purse | The story of a young man who forgave the man who murdered his family members in the Rwandan genocide; I am blessed to know Alex personally from my summer camp.

North Korea: Explained, a vlog by Hank Green of Vlogbrothers | This short 4-minute vlog will get you up to speed with what’s going on with North Korea (at least, what we know about!).

My Story, Part 5a: The Things that Carried Me by Anna at Living the Story | I feel like Anna’s soul speaks the same language as mine.  This is just a short post in her “My Story” series, and I loved it.

What Happens in a Stare by shrinksarentcheap | This is just one of her incredible poems, which are quite savage in a way that I love.  This is a poem about sexuality, so don’t read it if you think you’ll be offended.

Brené Brown at TEDxHouston and Brené Brown: Listening to shame | Some fascinating and incredible talks about vulnerability, shame, and wholeheartedness.  They are each 20 minutes long, but so worth the time investment!