So, last week was the final week (sniff sniff) of the Divergent Faction Challenge (inspired by Veronica Roth’s book, Divergent), and we ended with:

DAUNTLESS

From the Divergent fansite:

*****DAUNTLESS: fearless, undaunted.

Undaunted: courageously resolute, especially in the face of danger or difficulty; not discouraged.

It’s those two definitions (fearless, and undaunted) that I found so fascinating. Being fearless and being undaunted are two different things. And the characters in DIVERGENT struggle with that distinction. ******

Oddly enough, danger did not really rear its ugly head in my small northern suburb of San Diego last week. I’d like to think I would have held off an armed robber with my bare hands if the need had arisen, but the most dangerous event for me consisted of dropping my son off at school. Hey, don’t laugh—that parking lot is insanity on a stick.

Instead, I chose to embrace my dauntlessness by doing something I’d always wanted to do and never quite had the guts for:  dyeing my hair a crazy color.  I know, for some of you, this is a big SO WHAT?  But for me, it took courage. And it wasn’t just about the dyeing, but about dealing with the looks I knew I’d get post-streakage.

(there’s a peek-a-boo streak on the other side that you can’t see from this angle)

I’m kind of loving the pink, though. Strangely, I even feel a little empowered. Who knows? Today it’s pink streaks, tomorrow, maybe I’ll start  jumping off trains.

In all seriousness, I think we could use a little more dauntlessness in our lives.

Read other Dauntless week posts here:

Lora

Sarah Nicolas

Kate Hart

Lyn Almodovar

Sarah Enni

Kaitlin Ward

GotYA/Jamie Blair

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Week Four of the Divergent Faction Challenge (based on the book Divergent by Veronica Roth):

Well, this week was not a good week for the  Faction Challenge, and it had nothing to do with Erudite.  I just found it impossible to focus on anything beyond finishing up my MILA draft.  Right now, the only faction I’m good for is the Sleep Faction.

Here’s what it says about Erudite off the Divergent fansite:

ERUDITE: characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly
The word “erudite” focuses on knowledge rather than intelligence– intelligence being something you’re born with, and can’t necessarily control, and knowledge being something that you acquire. I find that interesting, given what I know about Erudite.

 

 

 

Although, come to think of it, the time constraints I had this week *are* relevant. Personally, I would love nothing more than to be a lifetime student. I love learning, and I love academic settings. I love researching topics that interest me–in fact, several of my friends have dubbed me “the Google Queen.”  But, as awesome as it might be, I can’t sit around all day and focus purely on the acquisition of knowledge.  Other commitments–kids, home life, work, etc–all have to take priority.
Plus, I only want to study things I have a genuine interest in–often, with the intent of using that knowledge in some way.  Knowledge for knowledge’s sake is all fine and dandy, but it seems like a better use of time would be learning how to implement some of that newfound information.
As usual, keep checking back in for links to other participants, which I’ll list below!  And make sure to tune in next week, where we conclude the challenge with….
DAUNTLESS!

 

Sarah Enni
GotYA/Jamie Blair
Kaitlin Ward
Sarah Nicolas
Lora
Jennifer Wood
Kate Hart

 

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Based on my looming deadline, this post will be superbrief.  Just a quick announcement to say it’s week three of the DIVERGENT Faction Challenge, and by request, the faction we’ll be trying to embody is…

CANDOR.

Based on the Facebook quiz, this would be my faction. Personally, I’m  thinking the combination of sleep deprivation and honesty should require me to wear a warning sign.

Tune in Friday to find out how all the bloggers fared by telling it how it is.

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Week Two in the Faction Challenge (inspired by Veronica Roth’s debut novel DIVERGENT) has finally ended. How did I do during Amity Week?

Well, I ATE apples. So there’s that. Oh, and I sang! Katy Perry’s E.T., and One Potato Two Potato Three Potato Four. Which should really earn me extra points because it’s a song about farm-y stuff.

That’s one big ass potato

But by the end of the week, I pretty much wanted so say:  SUCK IT AMITY. I mean, I tried to be more understanding of others, especially the kids. I think I had some success. But there were moments when being understanding was QUITE a challenge. Like when the kids refused to stop yelling in the doctor’s office while the doctor was trying to speak. Yeah, Amity pretty much bailed on me there.

My 3-yr-old struggled with Amity this week as well.  Example?  How about the time she walked down the stairs, eyed her older brother’s elaborate Lincoln Log creation, and then kicked it over for no apparent reason…and she did it with a song in her heart.

My money's on the 3-yr-old

I’m pegging her for a Dauntless.

Also, I was hyper-aware of my non-Amity-like thoughts this week, even when I didn’t act on them. I’m still trying to figure out if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Overall, I guess I’d say that while Amity wasn’t an unqualified fail like Abnegation, it also wasn’t as simple an undertaking as I’d hoped.

But enough about me—how did everyone else do? Check the (continuously updated) links below and find out!

Kathleen Peacock

Katharine Owens

Lora 

Kaitlin Ward

Jamie Blair/GotYA

Sarah Enni

Nikki Katz

Lori Tays Eastep

Kate Hart

Dana Alison Levy

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In honor of Veronica Roth’s Divergent release, I made a little spin-off vlog of the Facebook Faction Quiz.  In my head, I call it: Faction Fail of the Very Indecisive or, How To Have Your Cheese And Your Stabby Knife Too.  Oh, and sometimes:  Humiliate Yourself Publicly for Kicks and Giggles.

Hope you enjoy!

 

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We’re on week two of our DIVERGENT Faction Challenge, where participants tackle Veronica Roth’s factions from her amazing YA debut, DIVERGENT-–one faction at a time.  Last week we tried Abnegation.  Now, let’s be honest.  Abnegation week did not go so well. In fact, based on the blog posts I read, Abnegation was kicking un-selfless butt all across the country.

This week, I’m choosing an easier faction. Something…fun. Something…banjo-y.

(No, NOT the Deliverance type of banjo. Which is totally stuck in my head now. Awesome.)

Meep!

Those of you who’ve read the Divergent know I’m taking about AMITY, The Peaceful. The faction that got to ride around in farm clothes in the back of a truck, eating apples and strumming tunes while everyone else tried not to croak.

From the DIVERGENT fansite:

AMITY:

1. friendship; peaceful harmony.

2. mutual understanding and a peaceful relationship, especially between nations; peace; accord.

3. cordiality

It’s not just about banjos and apple-picking.* It’s about cultivating strong relationships and trying to understand each other.

*Whoa, wait a second.  This faction isn’t just about banjos?  CURSES.

Here’s what else Veronica says about Amity:

–Dresses in Red or Yellow

–Seem Kind, Loving and Free

–Understanding counselors and caretakers

 

What do you think?  Will this faction be easier than the last one?  Check back on Friday to find out!

Amity Cat

 

 

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