The Valiant Ginger

The ongoing musings, travels, stories, and adventures of a ginger creative writer.

Welcome Back, Alex!

Posted on by Brianna L. Tibbetts

When I was about eleven, my mother asked me to read a book she had heard about, with the goal of seeing if it was appropriate for my eight-year-old brother. The book was Stormbreaker, the first in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. While my brother did end up eventually reading most of the series, I'm the one who purchased them all and re-read them numerous times. Usually when I buy books, especially series, I get the same editions....
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Story Lovers

Posted on by Brianna L. Tibbetts

I've just returned home from attending my first ever legitimate ComicCon. I've gone to smaller scale events before, but those have been more focused events. Most notably, ever year I attend a local science fiction and fantasy convention that has a dedicated writing track, which has me in and out of panels with authors and editors from Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon every spring. ComicCon is a different animal. It's larger, so it has the ability to appeal to a...
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One Step Forward...

Posted on by Brianna L. Tibbetts

Writing is an "ebb and flow" sort of process. Sometimes, I make great strides. Last November, I took a nine thousand-ish word short story I wrote in college and rewrote it into a forty-five thousand-ish word novella. One step forward. Now, it needs to be edited, and to a certain extent, completely rewritten. Brainstorming, story-boarding, and a lot of thought have gone into this process, but the editing itself is nowhere near complete. Two steps back. This is a pattern...
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Viewing Complexity

Posted on by Brianna L. Tibbetts

The other night, my family and I sat down to watch a film called The Song. It was about a musician who turned away from his marriage and family due to the temptations being in the spotlight afforded him. Ultimately the film follows his journey through recovery and returning to his family, but not before Jed, the main character, goes through some pretty significant struggles. The film itself was well done and followed a set of storytelling parameters that were...
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Forming An Opinion 101

Posted on by Brianna L. Tibbetts

A problem I run into all the time, especially in the last five years or so, is the curious case of people forming opinions about things they have no experience with. The fact that people have opinions at all isn't just good, it's great! Thinking critically about things we come into contact with so we can conclude our own thoughts and discuss with others is incredibly valuable to society. However, what is not helpful to society is when people form...
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