RR1: “don’t screw it up”

This chapter pissed me off. Probably not for the reasons you think though. I love to exercise my vocabulary. When I do this, I tend to use much bigger words than necessary. This book is the first time anyone has ever called me out on my poo poo and told me what’s what. So I am pissed purely on principle. Other that that, I loved what I read. This book is great. I will have to chill out and write exactly what I mean, and I look forward to the challenge.

I write a good number of short film scripts, and a lot of the information in this book covers techniques that I use in writing scripts.

The KISS method is great. It’s much better that a similar moto a past teacher used to use; “Write what you want the audience to remember, and don’t screw it up”. However, I have been using Keep It Simple Stupid on employes for years to make sure they don’t overthink a simple task.

I have no doubt that I will have to work at keeping my writing down to the essentials and not embellishing to much, but I take the challenge gladly.

Austin Elliott: Man of the Land

There is a small town on the northeastern tip of Georgia, called Batesville. Nestled in the mountains, and enjoying the peace and quiet. I grew up in this quiet town, exploring the forest, and discovering things about the world and the people that live in it.

I was born onto a large plot of land. This land was used by my parents to offer horseback riding to passing tourists. This place was and still is called Sunburst Stables. In the years since my arrival, my father and I have expanded the business to offer a slew of activities. From ziplining, to ATVs, to something called a flyboard (you should really look that one up if you haven’t seen it before). More important though, are the the things that I learned on this land. I learned to appreciate the quiet of forest life, and how much one person can achieve with the right mindset and passion. This business not only encouraged me to work hard, but it inspired me to look past the borders of what people have done in the past, and do things that truly excite and amaze.

After long deliberation, I decided to commute to atlanta every week for classes at a small arts school called The Art Institute. Here I learned how to plan and develop amazing short films, work with truly talented people, and expand my artistic and technical tallents. But the school was not perfect, and lacked the depth I needed. That is why I transferred to Piedmont, and am now pursuing an IDS degree and broadening my horizons for the business I am still so passionate about.  

I plan to continue operating “Sunburst” and developing it into a escape from troubles, and a heaven for those wanting to relax and play, and those who strive to expand their work experience.

GHP: Opinions Examples

Connecting personal experiences with larger issues:

Research-driven opinion writing:

Putting it all together:




*Test: My Arrest

Don’t believe everything you read about my arrest. There is much more to the story. I know I will be vindicated in court.

*This is part of my fact-checking final for Piedmont College, MCOM 2200, Media Writing I. So chill out mom, I wasn’t really arrested 🙂

Tethered to the Truth

Rising above partisan loyalties

img_5715-1James Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” undoubtedly will be remembered for the final three chapters and the epilogue, in which the former FBI director recounts his interactions with President Trump.

Culled from since-released memos he wrote immediately after his encounters with Trump, Comey provides significant detail of his Presidential encounters, noting everthing from the firmness of a handshake to the location of the grandfather clock in the Oval Office. But more than just being there with Comey, the reader gets rare insight into how a career federal law enforcement official thinks. Tethered to truth and justice — a “higher loyalty” — Comey shows no deference to his former boss, calling the President “ego-driven,” “morally unfit” and a “mob boss.”

Many readers will do themselves a disservice and skip to the highly-publicized back of the book seeking to confirm their own criticisms about Trump, or discrediting the author as a self-righteous media hound looking to capitalize on Trump’s unpopularity. By doing so, they’ll likely see Comey as no different from any left-wing partisan who is critical of the President.

But if you read the book from beginning to end — starting with Comey’s time prosecuting the mafia (and Martha Stewart), his internal fights over spying and torture in President Bush’s administration, and finally his handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal while serving under President Obama — you’ll see that Comey’s actions back up his assertion that he has “a higher loyalty.”

Democrat or Republican, mafia or Martha Stewart, Comey was never afraid to pursue the truth. Partisan pundits who criticize this demonstrated altruistic relationship with justice as being “self-righteous” simply reinforces Comey’s assertion that Trump — and his supporters — are “untethered to the truth.”

Joe’s Judgement: 5.0/5.0 stars

Rambo is real, killing Americans by the dozen with an AR-15

Rambo-like bloodshed is happening with legally available weapons

Originally published on Patriot Not Partisan

In 1985, Sylvester Stallone single-handedly killed 58 people over 96 minutes. Of course, the deaths were onscreen in the movie, “Rambo: First Blood, Part II,” which was critically-panned and labeled unrealistic because there’s no way a single person could to take out an entire army.

More than 30 years later in America, there’s real-life, Rambo-like bloodshed, only the death toll is higher, and the people being killed are innocent. Rambo’s once seemingly unrealistic death toll of .60/kills per minute, pales in comparison to the 17 killed by the Parkland shooter in just six minutes, a rate of 2.8/kills per minute, or the 58 people killed in under 10 minutes by the Las Vegas shooter, a rate of 5.8/kills per minute.

In six of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, the gunman used an AR-15, which allows the shooter to fire off dozens of shots in under 10 minutes. The Las Vegas shooter fired a whopping 1,100 bullets in 10 minutes, an average of 110 bullets in one minute – that’s roughly two shots every second.

These murderers attained the weapons, magazines and accessories to complete their killing sprees legally. Our government believes the Parkland shooter, who was 19 at the time of his killing spree, wasn’t old enough to purchase a beer. But he is old enough to purchase an AR-15 and enough ammunition to kill hundreds of people.

Weapons like the AR-15 serve one main purpose — to kill multitudes in a short amount of time. They’re not used for hunting. They’re not used for self-defense. They’re used to kill as many people in as little time as possible.

Republicans continue to offer “thoughts and prayers,” either saying “it’s too soon” to talk about solutions or using mental health as their scapegoat (as if mental illness is a new development in the last decade). But past history indicates there is a solution that has worked in this country just 25 years ago.

In 1994, with overwhelming bipartisan support, the federal government passed an assault weapons ban that made guns like the AR-15 illegal to own. The ban expired in 2004. During the 10 years the law was in place, there were a total eight mass shootings resulting in 51 deaths. Six of the eight massacres involved semiautomatic weapons purchased legally before the assault weapons ban took effect in 1994. The two mass shootings featuring illegally acquired weapons — Columbine in 1999 and Edgewater Technology in 2000 — resulted in 20 combined deaths.

The assault weapons ban worked. Obviously, assault weapons and the ease of purchasing them is not the sole reason for the spike in mass casualties. However, the link between the spike in mass killings and the expiration of the assault weapons ban is undeniable.

We never thought the mass murder Rambo inflicted could be possible, but with assault weapons like the AR-15 easily attainable, Rambo has become real. And he’s after our children.