Friday, June 22, 2012

Lambert Unleashed

It's time to revamp one of my most important characters: Lambert "Lammy" Grettirsson.  While Sandra's brother is dead when the novel begins, his influence cannot be overstated.  I look forward to developing him in this draft.  In particular, I want to cover more about what the other students at Nineveh thought about him.  He was the first kid to ever defy the "survival of the fittest" mantra of the adults, and that decision had ramifications which affected everyone around him.  While I won't say anything specific, suffice it to say that he is proof that meekness is not weakness.  Although he is very kind and gentle, those who feared him had plenty of reasons to do so.

Many people are under the impression that love involves letting people do whatever they want without fear of consequence.  This, quite frankly, is not love.  It's appeasement.  In addition, refusing to deal with someone who is acting in an inappropriate manner is actually a form of cowardice.  Sometimes, you need to show tough love and reprimand someone who is being a jerk, a whiner, or a bully.  Now, this does not mean that you should be a vigilante that takes the law into their own hands.  It does, however, mean that you should speak up when someone is wrong, and, if you are an authority figure, discipline them with a punishment that fits the crime.  Lammy understands this and, although so far I have primarily focused on his tender side, I will also show that he was not someone to mess with. 

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