The Valiant Ginger

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

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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I'm Not Really a Fan of the Interstate

Posted on by Brianna L. Tibbetts

It's been a while since I've posted an update, hasn't it? Well, as it turns out, spending roughly three hours everyday on the Interstate is rather zapping when it comes to motivation to accomplish things. I just concluded a contracted full time job, which required me to commute about fifty miles each way every day. Of course this was during peak rush hour times, which meant that what should have been a fifty minute drive was usually an hour and...
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Goodbye, American Idol

Posted on by Brianna L. Tibbetts

In 2001, my father was overseas for a work trip for a couple months. It was much longer than he was usually away, and my mother was looking for things to occupy the time. It just so happened that a brand new competition reality show was getting ready to start on FOX. It was called American Idol, and it planned to be the best singing reality television competition in existence. No matter how ratings fluctuated over the years or how...
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