What I’m writing: March 2014

These are stories I wrote that were published this month.

Meet Birmingham magazine Managing Editor Carla Jean Whitley

Photo by Cary Norton

Photo by Cary Norton

Before rejoining the Birmingham magazine staff in 2006 (she was our fall 2004 intern), Carla Jean spent two years working at newspapers in Central Alabama. This University of Alabama graduate also works as an adjunct instructor at both her alma mater and Samford University. Although she’s a Birmingham native, she spent 15 years in Florida and earned her bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. –-Read more “Meet Birmingham magazine Managing Editor Carla Jean Whitley” at bhammag.com.

Take a Tour of the New Alabama Media Group Birmingham Hub

Today Birmingham magazine and the rest of the Alabama Media Group’s Birmingham hub moved into a new space in the Young & Vann building at 1731 First Ave. N.

Take a quick video tour of our new office, and read more in the stories linked below. –Read more “Take a Tour of the New Alabama Media Group Birmingham Hub” at bhammag.com.

Keep Calm and Get Over Yourself

Photo by yours truly

Photo by yours truly

The countdown is on: My manuscript is due to my editor three weeks from yesterday. (EDITOR’S NOTE: For those wondering, that deadline has changed. Lots of work still to do!)

Although it’s been 11 months since he verbally accepted my proposal and nearly nine months since I received the signed contract, these final days are proving the most intense part of the book-writing process. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised; writers, like people in a number of other fields, are renowned for their procrastination tactics. Just earlier today, a former newspaper columnist told me she enjoyed having written, past tense. –Read more “Keep Calm and Get Over Yourself” at postscriptblog.com.
Photo by Cary Norton

Photo by Cary Norton

David Magee may be new to Birmingham magazine, but he has a long career in both print and digital media—just look under “M” in your favorite bookstore. David spent a decade as an author, and he has also served as the managing editor of theInternational Business Times and assistant managing editor/digital of The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. He is also Alabama Media Group’s statewide publications manager. –Read more “Meet Birmingham magazine Editor David Magee” at bhammag.com.

Photo by Back Down South Films

Photo by Back Down South Films

Logan Dillard and Stephen Stinson knew they loved filmmaking. But it wasn’t until a school project that the pair realized their artistic passion could become their life’s work.

Dillard and Stinson became friends during their freshman year at Samford University, and though they shared a passion for the art, the duo had not worked together. That changed when Stinson enrolled in a music video class his senior year. Although Dillard wasn’t in the class, Stinson asked his friend to join him in identifying a Birmingham-based band for whom they could make a music video. –Read more “Telling Stories” at bhammag.com.

Know Your Beer: Birmingham-area beer professionals have obtained an academic understanding of craft beer

ciceroneAttorney Melinda Sellers works with a number of beer manufacturers and distributors, but it used to be that the best way she could demonstrate her familiarity with the business was to tell them that her husband Michael is an owner of Good People Brewing Co. That changed in September, when Sellers became a Certified Cicerone. –Read more “Know Your Beer” at bhammag.com.
Photo by Cary Norton

Photo by Cary Norton

A shadow is darkness, but you can’t have it without light. It’s appropriate, then, that singer-songwriter Preston Lovinggood’s second solo album, “Shadow Songs,” opens with high-fidelity takes of five songs from his previous effort, “Sun Songs.”–Read more “Out of the Shadows” at bhammag.com.

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