Justin Tadlock

Writing

This is a collection of things I’ve written throughout my life. There may be a few gems here and there. Much of it is likely boring analysis essays and such. Read on if you dare.

Pity, Duty, and Evil: Bobby DeLaughter's Plea for Justice

Bobby DeLaughter opens his closing statement with, “it is about an unarmed man…coming home to his family, his wife, three small children that were staying up,” to gain an instant emotional response from the jury (297-298). Immediately, he wanted…

The Life of a Journalist

Jack Smith, former newspaper editor and reporter, tells prospective high school students what working in journalism was like for him.

Horace

When I left home, he told me to never come back. I guess I shouldn’t blame him. I was always out late, partying with friends, skipping school, ignoring most of the things he told me to do. I got…

The Essence of Individuality Within a Doll's House

The modern era was a time of change by rejecting the traditional values of society. Henrick Ibsen’s A Doll’s House represents a change that is more common-day, now, during contemporary times. This was a time when the middle-class…

Trapped In His Life

Life begins. Spring, the birth of all things. I hear music. An old tattered piano. Off-key. But tunes of old, with added side melodies not typically heard anywhere else in the world. I step across the newly tiled floors in…

The Beginning of a Dawn

Note: This fanfiction will not be finished. So, don’t get too interested and hope that I write more. Spoilers: Season 5, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Characters: Dawn, Spike Chapter 1 “Ugghhh……” Dawn walks out of the room in disgust. Buffy’s…

The Real Buffy?

Recently, I had a chance to read the most intriguing article posted in a forum. But let me start from the beginning to explain how I came upon this piece of work. For a while I’d been thinking about…

Taking My Language With Me

I grew up in the Deep South in a small town called Highland Home, Alabama. I’ve lived on dirt roads at times in my life. I know how to use the words “ain’t,” “y’all,” and “yonder” correctly…

Shoulder Strap Style

There are people who push the boundaries of the norm. They belong to a group that wears their book bags with one shoulder strap. I prefer to call them single-strappers. However, most people blindly follow the conventions set before them…

Mary Beth

Taylor Caldin and Jordan Hill sat in a booth at Sammy’s next to the front window, sucking the last of their shakes. It was 11:30, half an hour before closing, and Taylor’s mother, Jean, who worked there, was wiping…