While I've been sharing my ideas with friends and family through Facebook, I've collected a nice array of compliments and support, which has been beautifully propelling my confidence as a writer and blogger. That is step one, and I'm glad I have them to help me with it.
Additionally, I know that my fellow classmates are a little more confident and comfortable to give me criticism, which I am very thankful for! I relish the opportunity to question my thought process and see my ideas through another's point of view.
Krista mentioned to me that my thesis could be a little riskier. I think I will be able to do this by making my argument more specific. A broad topic is less risky and less interesting.
Dr. Burton and Adam commented on the dissimilarity of the genres that I am analyzing. The Alice books are Victorian children's stories, while As I Lay Dying is a more mature American rural novel written in 1930. Through their comments, I realize that I do need to acknowledge that the two genres are vastly dissimilar, but there is a connecting theory about the importance of having strong and value-centered parental figures that ties the novels, which says a lot about psychology and human society as a whole.