Starlight Tucker creates works of fiction, music, and art. She has a BA in Communications and will graduate with an MFA in Creative Writing in February 2023. Connect with her on social media @StarlightTucker
Fresh Greens and Garlicky Garbanzo Beans
Easy Green with Plenty of Protein On a fine summer day, my mother could not stop talking about salad. I was doing homework and hardly paying attention to my surroundings, when all of a sudden, I smelled the wonderful aroma of garlic followed by the crackling of the skillet and the scraping of the spatula. She called me into the kitchen to show me that she made something different. We weren't quite sure what exactly to call it. Since the essence of this wonderful meal was garbanzo beans and salad, we looked at each other and said “Garbanzo salad?” That name could not stick for me because when I tried to Google a similar recipe with the term garbanzo salad, the search returned nothing but straight-garbanzo beans. What we had done was use garlic-flavored garbanzo beans to top a caesar salad.
The name in the credits
In high school, I knew I wanted to be a writer of some sort, and I knew that I had a passion for fiction, creating art, writing lyrics, and playing piano. A good movie would always make me stop and reflect on why it made me feel a certain way. Romantic plots gave me the hope of finding an undeniable connection with someone as well as kindness, happiness, and triumph in life. I was 17 years old looking for something to watch on the streaming platforms when I found a romantic drama titled Listen to Your Heart about a musician who writes music for a woman who cannot hear his songs. I casually watched the opening credits and then noticed the name Kent Moran appearing a handful of times- more than I was used to seeing- so I naturally had to research him.
The Four Suns
Mariah Frey hiked the safe parts of the forbidden dryland with her archaeology class. People of the marine cities understood that life above water was impossible. What lived in that place before them was a mystery- a dangerous mystery, a fickle study. No one knew how humanity began in underwater cities. Who or what created the artificial conditions for survival that were based on the above land? There must have been centuries of scientific breakthroughs, but what those humans left the marine-dwellers is a complex mystery. Every trace of humanity’s origins is lost like treasure, and Mariah was one of the people determined to help find the answers.
The Social Dilemma
Social media is a festival of sharing. Agreements on controversial subjects are posted to be shared from one person to their followers. The post is then treated like public property for others to oppose, and then the arguing escalates as others become involved. This kind of dynamic occurs in public profiles as well as private accounts.
Dear new year, I have a lot to get done, so let’s plan it out
I've waited for this year my entire life- the year where I'm freshly graduated and choosing my own work. I no longer have to work long shifts to come home to assignments. Now, after and during my work-from-home shifts, I can get projects done that I actually enjoy! 2021 is the year for me to create and market my stories, music, and art.
The secret to living well: be creative!
Do you find your fitness compromised in your busy schedule? I sure do. The more fast-paced your everyday life is, the more your self care gets put on the back burner. The more chaos we face, the more exhausted we feel. You just want to grab something and get back to work. Sometimes we feel like we kind of want to get up and move around, stretch, but then we decide we'd rather just keep sitting, keep working on the long papers, keep contemplating all of our tasks, keep sitting in stiffness.