An introduction of sorts

The thing is, my blog is supposed to be a photo blog, not really a writing blog.  I wanted to challenge myself to post a photo everyday. The photos are supposed to be inspired by stories. Really this is just my excuse to play dress up everyday and maybe get a few friends as well. And also this is my excuse to do all those things in my head that I never get to do.  So I started a few weeks ago posting a photo everyday inspired by a different story. Then I quickly realized something; one day is not enough time to explore a story or a character in the way I would like to. For instance, I started exploring the archetypal character: genies, and there was so much information I couldn’t process it, do a photo shoot, and edit the photos in one day! So I spent the next few days posting a different viewpoint of “the genie.” Then I thought, well maybe I can teach people the things they don’t already know, but then I’m just so busy I don’t have time to make sure I’ve done the accurate research. So then I just went back to picking a story, taking a photo of something inspired by it and posting it.

So now I guess I should be introducing myself. Well, I’m Brooke Spivey. I’m an actor, and I live in Atlanta. The point of my blog is to create something inspired by something else. I love stories. I think they are at the root, our first tool for teaching. I also love exploring myths, legends, fairy tales, origin stories, and folklore. I love learning how they have evolved, grown, changed, and been challenged through the years.

I’m an idea person. I could spend hours and hours just thinking of NEW ideas. If I could get paid just to come up with ideas about things then I would never be poor (well unless it didn’t pay much). However, I am very bad at the doing of it. I’d rather come up with an even better, more interesting idea. Actually, that’s usually what happens. So I have a huge list of art and personal projects to do, and then I get my next best idea. I’ve often said that if I just had a partner who was good at doing, then we’d be the perfect team. So this is my way of trying to learn HOW to do. It’s small, vaguely focused, and it allows room for growth. My plan is to post a photo everyday inspired by a story of some kind. That’s it pretty much. That is my only rule for myself, for now.

I joined this zero to hero blog challenge because I thought it would be fun, and because I want to meet other bloggers and connect and share. Maybe inspire and be inspired.

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13 thoughts on “An introduction of sorts

  1. I am doing something similar to yours. I started mine as a place to put up my photography but over the last two months, I have started writing more and more with my photos. I am not sure where it will go, but any creative journey is fun, right? I too joined this challenge to meet new like minded people and maybe who knows, make a friend or two.
    Feel free to come visit me @http://seraireland.wordpress.com/. Anyways, I look forwards on seeing your photo inspiration.

  2. Hi Brooke, thanks for the follow.
    Sounds like you’ve got a plan to me. I always like vague plans that can be changed as you go because you never know what direction you might choose to take (which is kind of weird because in other areas in my life I am a bit control/neat freakish).
    Hope you have a nice Easter break.

  3. Oh, idea girl, I feel your frustration! We have notebooks filled with the next best thing. Sometimes I will spend hours or even days vetting the pros and cons of an idea, but it’s never long before it feels like those thoughts came to me in a distant, different life. I found the answer to the question, “why haven’t I followed through on any of my ideas,” a little over a year ago, and since then I’ve been employing new strategies to help me stay focused. Lately, when I get an idea that I just can’t let go of, I put it in a special list on my phone, my idea dump. I always think I will come back to them, but instead I just move forward with what I’m supposed to be focused on.

    When I lived in Atlanta, my roommate was a stuntwoman, and since then I have met several others that work in your industry—though it’s probably not that unusual for a musician to meet actors/actresses. I admire almost anyone that wears the badge of an artist, and I look forward to seeing your photography project come to life! You’re just in time for WordPress 3.9’s portfolio addition, too—a direct contribution from someone else’s idea list, no doubt.

    Happy blogging!

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