Putty People, Pebble People

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(Photo: S.Y.L.)

Steven James has written a great article in which he explains putty people and pebble people:

There are two types of characters in every story—pebble people and putty people.

If you take a pebble and throw it against a wall, it’ll bounce off the wall unchanged. But if you throw a ball of putty against a wall hard enough, it will change shape.

Always in a story, your main character needs to be a putty person.

When you throw him into the crisis of the story, he is forever changed, and he will take whatever steps he can to try and solve his struggle—that is, to get back to his original shape (life before the crisis).

But he will fail.

Because he’ll always be a different shape at the end of the story than he was at the beginning. If he’s not, readers won’t be satisfied.

Putty people are altered.

Pebble people remain the same. They’re like set pieces. They appear onstage in the story, but they don’t change in essential ways as the story progresses. They’re the same at the ending as they were at the beginning.

And they are not very interesting.

This article also explains the 5 essential story ingredients.

Thanks to Steven James.



Fr. Mel brings out the bread and wine.

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High Priest Melchizedek, or Malki Tzedek,

“There are many other traditions besides Jews and Roman Catholics which look to Melchizedek for instruction on how to sacrifice at the altar of the Lord.  Those traditions include the Mormons, Evangelical Christians, Muslims, Gnostics and others. (1) Before Melchizedek’s time, going back to the examples of Cain and Abel, sacrifices on the high altars were made with slaughtered animals and harvested fruits and vegetables.  After his time, the meat and vegetables are replaced with wine and bread, thus starting the NEW ORDER. (more)


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Today: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Illusion vs. Allusion

An illusion . . .  is something that deceives the mind or senses by creating a false impression of reality. Illusions are often (though not always) related to visual perception, as in optical illusion. A mirage, such as the phenomenon of perceiving a sea of water in a desert, is a type of illusion. (Dictionary.com)

This is an illusion:

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(from Literary Devices)


You will find an excellent list of literary allusions here.

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One of my favorite allusions is in Shakespeare, the Motley Fool, alluding to Chaucer’s Chanticleer.

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(Spark Notes)


You can find As You Like It here.


Today’s Assignment:

1. Draw one illusion.

2. Write one allusion.


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So that the heart may be gladdened!


The Life of Saint Benedict

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The Life of Saint Benedict for Children


Also, the

Marian Chant from Norcia

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Watch and listen.


In the 8th century an oratory was built so pilgrims could pray at the place of St. Benedict’s birth. Monks came to Norcia in the 10th century, and remained in one form or another until 1810, when they were forced to flee under the new laws . . .

The current Benedictine community was founded in Rome on September 3, 1998, without being conditioned by previous historical circumstances.

These original monks transferred from Rome to Norcia on December 2, 2000, in the great Jubilee Year, becoming The Benedictine Monks of Norcia.

They were charged by Rome to care for the Basilica of San Benedetto (built over the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica) and for the many visiting pilgrims. (wiki)

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You can also find the book on Amazon.

Here is the album on Amazon.


Also beer,

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Brewery site here.

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