About the Project

It all started with Toy Story. Seriously.

I was 9 years old when Woody and Buzz made Pixar a household name, and I knew right away that I wanted to make movies when I grew up. Most kids that age would change their mind a dozen times over, but I never did. Of course, “making movies” encompasses a pretty wide range of skills, so I had some wiggle room on the details.

It really boils down to one thing: I love telling stories.

I earned my film degree from DePaul University in 2009, and then I moved home and went to work at The UPS Store as a graphic designer. Then, in 2012, I taught myself Java and started writing software for a living. You know, the, uh…natural progression.

At the start of 2018, I was 6 years into a software development career and starting a new job with 5 Stones in Sycamore, IL. I had three self-published stories listed on Amazon, three semi-ongoing series posted on a personal blog, and a pile of notes for a 5-season TV series with multiple movie and video game tie-ins. The only thing I didn’t have was time.

When I started working on this site, I had a full-time job, a growing family, and a (healthy?) commitment to my Xbox. I’d be lying if I said I gave up on the dream of an IMDB listing with my name on it, but I wasn’t chasing it anymore. In fact, looking back, I was actively putting it off. I didn’t want to quit writing, but I kept coming up with excuses for why I couldn’t do it “right now”.

It had been months since I’d written anything substantial, and I finally decided it was time for a change. I needed a project I could commit to that didn’t interfere with my other responsibilities, and conveniently, there’s an old saying about word counts and pictures that fits that requirement rather nicely.

Unsplash has plenty of photos, and every single one of them has a story waiting to be written. It’s time to start chasing my dreams again, and that chase starts here. 1000 words at a time.

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