A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way (and So Does a Little Coffee)

I had a rough morning. Maybe it’s because today is so gray and gloomy. Maybe it’s because I got excited about a Snow Day and stayed up late eating ice cream and watching movies without realizing today’s Snow “Day” doesn’t start until after the sun goes down. Maybe it’s because […]

When Book Clubs Attack: The Localist Goes to Book Group

Last night, I was invited to speak to a book club about The Localist, and I was scared; I didn’t know what to expect from being locked in a room with people ready to question me about the specifics of my book. (They didn’t actually lock me in a room, […]

The World Is My Focus Group

This week, I spoke to one of Birmingham’s CO.STARTERS groups about creative marketing. CO.STARTERS is a program for local entrepreneurs, and every time I speak there I get jealous. I’m jealous because they have a really strong curriculum. (I learned a lot of things covered in CO.STARTERS through an unfocused […]

It Always Hurts to Ask

I don’t like to ask for favors — but you probably won’t guess that from how often I ask for favors. In the past 24 hours, I’ve asked a friend to take photos for my train tour press kit, cold called an event space about using their venue for a […]

Valentine’s Day in Birmingham: A Guide for Procratinators

I have a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. I think it’s fun to have a day to eat candy, give little cards to friends, and not worry about red and pink clashing. But the heavy pressure on making Valentine’s Day THE indicator of your romantic relationship seems a little bit […]

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If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie Review on BookPage

Michael Christie does a beautiful job of digging into anxiety and agoraphobia in If I Fall, If I Die. I was a bit confused by some of the scenes that happened outside the house, but I think that was on purpose to mimic his character’s confusion. Want more? Check out […]

30 Days of Local Praise Success!

This morning, I’m eating breakfast at Trattoria Centrale — and I’m not going to Instagram it. That feels kinda weird, because for the month of January, I’ve been making sharing about the businesses I visit a priority. I started Thirty Days of Local Praise on January 1, and since then […]