What I’m writing: February 2014

These are stories I wrote that were published this month.

21 Reasons to Love the City: Birmingham, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. From the city’s increasing shopping options to our distinctive music venues, it seems there’s always a new reason to love life in Birmingham. (With Jessilyn Justice and Katherine Owen)


(Photo by yours truly)

The old Birmingham Chamber of Commerce slogan “It’s nice to have you in Birmingham” found new life in 2013, thanks to the Magic City Mural Collective. The group of artists formed to inject color into the city. Its first project was painting that slogan on a wall facing Woodlawn’s 55th Place South. Read more “21 Reasons to Love the City” at bhammag.com.

Band on the Rise: St. Paul and the Broken Bones will release its first full-length record this month, but the buzz has been building for a year.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Photo by David McLister)

St. Paul and the Broken Bones (Photo by David McLister)

If their careers continue along their current trajectory, this time next year I won’t be able to interview Paul Janeway and Browan Lollar over a cup of coffee.

It’s not that they wouldn’t be up for it. These are down-to-earth guys. Their schedules may be busier in the future, but heck—they played 170 dates in 2013 and still found time for a two-hour chat at Urban Standard. And it’s not that their publicist is difficult; Jim Flammia was a dream to work with in scheduling this interview, even as release dates were altered and meetings rescheduled. Read more “Band on the Rise” at bhammag.com.
14161032-largeI told a friend last week that I met my boyfriend on match.com, and her reaction caught me by surprise: “It seems like that’s how everyone meets these days.”
Maybe I shouldn’t have been taken off guard; my boyfriend and I are one of three couples in our social circle who met through that online dating site. Murray and Shayne met in 2011, became engaged 10 months later and were married in May 2013. (You can read their story in the winter/spring issue of Birmingham Weddings and Celebrations.) Holly and Brad met in 2012, rented a house together in 2013 and became engaged six months later. And Put and I have been going strong since our first date on Sept. 3, 2012. Read more “I Gave Match.com A Chance” at bhammag.com.

Get Healthy

What have you done for your health lately? Regardless of your answer, the University of Alabama at Birmingham hopes to help. Read more “Get Healthy” at bhammag.com.

Motivating Women

14161060-largeAcademy Award-winning actress Geena Davis may be best known for roles in such films as “A League of Their Own,” “Thelma and Louise” and “Hero.” But when she visits Birmingham this month, the actress’ work for gender equality will be in the spotlight. Davis has a long history of activism in the field, and in 2007 launched The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which works to increase female characters in the entertainment industry and reduce stereotyping in the field. Read more “Motivating Women” at bhammag.com.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs: Taking a new path at midlife

medium“Rebecca Winter” remains a household name, thanks to the iconic photograph “Still Life with Bread Crumbs” that catapulted her art career into the public eye. But Rebecca Winter, the person, has changed significantly in the decades since she captured that domestic image of her kitchen counter after her husband and son retired for the evening. She’s no longer married, for one. And it’s been so long since she made a significant sale that she can no longer afford the upscale Manhattan apartment that contains the kitchen immortalized in that famous picture. Read more “Still Life with Bread Crumbs” at bookpage.com.

Writing Checklist: Research, Planning and Kittens

CJ2There are a lot of mental and psychological gymnastics that go into the book-writing process, at least in my experience. I’ve written about those a fair bit since I began documenting the process of writing my first book. But I haven’t written as much about the nuts and bolts of writing. Read more “Writing Checklist” at postscriptblog.com.

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