My name is Brandon Valente but "Valente" wasn't always my middle
name. I wasn't given a middle name at birth because my mother
thought she was having daughters; however, she had me and my
fraternal twin. She didn't have any boy names picked out so my
granny named us. I gave myself the middle name Valente since granny
didn't come up with a middle name either.
I double majored in news-editorial journalism and English (creative
writing) at SIU. I'm amused easily by random things be they shiny
or have an interesting sound. Other than that I don't know what to
say here. I suppose I could tell you I write screenplays, short
stories and poetry. I loathe losing fitness. I love food. I'm a
decent cook but I am by no means a chef.
I'm kind of cynical but that's only because I was in journalism and
you never take just one truth to be the 'end all' answer. I don't
have a ton of faith in people's capacity to tell the truth or even
be honest but I expect the best from people. I do absorb every
detail behind their words and body language. I've learned that many
people say what they think you want to hear instead of giving you
their actual perception or thoughts on a matter. However, I always
take chances on people.
On the flip side I LOVE cartoons and movies. I miss shows from the
90's and early 2000's such as "Hey, Arnold", "Bobby's World",
"Recess", "Are You Afraid of the Dark" and "Mighty Max".
Some things I'd like to accomplish before I get too busy to do them
before I retire from whatever job I'm doing are: bungy jumping, sky
diving, visit the Mall of America, visit Ethiopia and Nigeria,
learn to speak fluently in Spanish, tour through Central and South
America, watch the Northern Lights, throw rocks at the Moon, paint
the stars and drink Kool-Aid on the Great Wall of China ... with
sake in it :).
What I’m doing with my life
I worked as a sports writer and campus writer for the Daily
Egyptian. Right now I'm trying to find additional work any place I
can while completing my stories and send them off to literary
agents. I'm usually busy writing screenplays and I read a lot of
them as well. Yes, you can see my work if you like.
I’m really good at
Story ideas, cooking, writing, counseling and making people feel at
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know why but people always ask if I'm African or Caribbean.
I'm not even though I somewhat look the part. When I inquire about
their question they say it's because I don't have an urban
intonation in my speech and usually speak properly. So there's that
and usually I keep to myself most times but have sporadic burst
eccentric, offbeat antics.
Sometimes I'm "weird", which people oddly associate with good for
whatever reason. Different strokes for different folks I
Aside from my hair, my smile, which is stupidly huge like that
freaking cat from Alice in Wonderland, garners immediate attention
on first impression.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Cheesecake, rock and r&b, pulp fiction and Aladdin, anything
James Patterson. I love the Rachel Maddow Show too.
The six things I could never do without
Food, internet, chocolate, cool ladies who smell nice and enjoy
pleasant casual conversation, my phone and creativity.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The future, new story ideas, the news, Three-Year and Five-Year
plan laid out for myself. Also I think alot about how I would die.
Sounds morbid but I usually see my death at least once a day and it
also helps when finding a way to kill off characters in my stories.
On a typical Friday night I am
Relaxing because every week seems to drag.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think underwear is too uncomfortable.
I almost tripped and fell down an uncovered sewer.
Dog saliva makes me itch.
Give me a second and I can give you a song for any scenario.
"How are you?" is the most annoying question ever.
I'm honestly open.
You should message me if
If you're honest and a big kid at heart.