I struggled with what to name this project.  I sat staring at the URL selection menu on WordPress, my mind blank.  Should I go with something witty and clever? Would I have a special name for this project and call myself something other than the name I was given at birth?  None of those ideas seemed to fit. So I asked myself what I wanted from this project.

I wanted to create, but I also wanted to talk about creating.  The struggles that come along with staring at a blank page, trying to figure out where to start.  The struggles of external (and internal) expectations in writing. If you’ve ever taken a stab at writing, you know what I mean – can I make a living from this?  Will I let others down if I fail?

Second, I wanted a place where I could share my thoughts in a way that might be inspirational to others.  Does that mean I’m an inspirational person, one that others should look up to? Hardly. I hope that my brutal, painful honesty and struggles are an inspiration.  

So there I was. Could it be that simple?  Create and Inspire? Isn’t that… I don’t know, cheesy?  Undoubtedly. I went with it anyway.

So here we are.  This project is a place to create and to hopefully inspire.  Eventually, I will ask others to chime in, to highlight their work and build a community of others looking to share their own struggles, passions, and creations.  

Finally, my name is Brandt.  No fancy pen name. Just Brandt.  I look forward to getting to know you.