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Is “Never Work for Free” Good Advice?

One of the things that came up in my podcast conversation with videographer and photographer Mateo Zarate was whether or not creatives should work for free. There’s a very vocal group that says you should always be paid for your work, and you should never work for free, for exposure […]

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When Big Magic Is a Long Time Coming

In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert writes that you have to jump on creative ideas when you have them because you can’t recapture the original spark of your idea once it’s passed. I get what she’s trying to say — but I hope it’s not true. I can’t always […]

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Localist Podcast Launch Party This Thursday at Dreamers Supply Co.

I’m launching new podcast! The Localist Podcast launches October 10, and to celebrate, I’m throwing a launch party at Dreamers Supply Co. Since fall is (kinda sorta) in the air, we’ll also have a little sampling of a few of my favorite fall things that Birmingham has to offer — […]

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What It’s Like to Have a Vespa Instead of a Car

Photo by Morgan Trinker I have a weird history with cars. I didn’t get my license until I was 21, and then I had a Volkswagen Beetle that was broken down more often then it ran. My next car was totaled by someone who wasn’t insured, and the payout wasn’t […]

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Setting up Text Message Wedding RSVPs through Google Voice

Photography by Spindle Photography Our wedding invitations weren’t incredibly formal (I made them with a rubber stamp), and I didn’t love the idea of asking people to mail a reply card to RSVP. For one thing, extra paper products and extra stamps cost money. But I was also concerned about […]