Won’t you be my Neighbor?

OK, ok, I’m not really Mr. Rogers, but I figured I would try to do today’s prompt. Except I’m just gonna share four bloggers that I enjoy, not necessarily four that I just found.



First off is one of my best friends in the whole World. She just started a blog about her life, and it is quite a good read and entertaining: http://musingandboozing.wordpress.com/

>A photo Blog:http://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/return-of-the-hulk/

Another blog:

And a reviews blog!http://charliekb.wordpress.com/


I really started this blog because I’m obsessed with origin stories. I’ve spent long nights researching, (more like internet venture quests) exploring different fairy tales like Red Riding Hood and Snow White. I started this last Halloween when I was trying to pick out a Halloweeen costume. I was looking for Red Riding Hood inspiration, but instead of actually making a costume I spent hours and hours reading about the different theories of origins of Little Red. Since then, I’ve occasionally read about this fairy tale or another. And then I started watching Arrow recently, and I was reminded of Robin Hood, of course, but also of my childhood days of watching Batman. This started me thinking about different types of stories and how they evolve and merge. Of course I also love watching Once Upon a Time and Grimm.

So, I guess I started this blog with the desire to have an outlet for my fairy tale hunting  escapades, an outlet to have something to show when I’m done with a hunt. I like using photos, because sometimes I find that I don’t want to explain everything. I don’t want to write an essay about the possible origins of Red Riding Hood, but I might like to take that information and compose a piece of art from it. Then, in turn, I might explain the photo, or I might not, just letting the viewer question. Or I might take  a-not-so-heard of fairy tales and make art from them. It’s not really about “the photo” to me. It’s more that I would like to make a visual representation of said story, or even something completely new that was inspired by the story.

I find that in everyday life I often have to explain myself or talk about my own life story. This is also my way of escaping that. Here I don’t have to talk about MY life, MY story, MY excuses for not doing this or that. Here I can talk about other stories and other characters and give them a life, complete with their own set of excuses. And if I so choose I can twine their story into my own, or at least connect it.

I do like making connections, because everything is connected. Nothing exists in a vacuum. That’s another reason I like fairy tales. Fairy tales aren’t just the ones that Disney made into movies. Fairy tales come from folklore which comes from oral traditions which means you can’t really disconnect the story from the culture and people it came from. Everywhere in the world there are folk tales which have similar themes and messages.

Mythology you could call it.

So to me, fairy tales, origin stories, mythology, folklore, etc. etc., show us who we are as people and how we’ve changed through the centuries.  The characters representing a character in all of us, and the problems they face representing challenges we face. They are universal and timeless.


Oh and my photo today is inspired by Rumpelstiltskin.



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.