Friday, February 27, 2015

The levee and life

My brain is a pile of midterm exams and research paper mush, beaten with a whisk until frothy and spooned out into a leftover Mardi Gras go cup. 

My last spring semester (I graduate in December) has reached the midway point and I'm pretty sure I've got a case of senioritis. I just want to read books that weren't served up on a syllabus, take my girls to the dog park, and relieve some of my stress load. One thing I told myself this semester is that my sanity is more important than my grades. If that means catching the sunset on the levee on a Friday instead of starting a paper that's due on Monday (yea, some things never change, even as a grown ass woman) then so be it. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Call for some Slow Southern Submissions

A few years ago when I had my shit together I used to put out calls for submissions to Slow Southern Style. I stopped doing them for a few reasons, mostly because I primarily attracted businesses trying to build SEO - keep in mind I was also charging advertisers for sponsored posts and banner ads at the time. I didn't mind giving a free platform to small local businesses or my friends, but I didn't want Slow Southern Style to become a dumping ground for brands that didn't have much interest to either myself or my readers. You know the type of sites; everything has a link to a product to buy, or the blogger  showcases nothing but "c/o" outfits.

I'd like to try opening the flood gates once again. I want to help writers and photographers get their work in front of an audience. What do I want? Personal stories. Travel stories. Book reviews. True stories. Critiques of the fashion industry. Your submission should fall somewhere between blog post and literary magazine essay. Need help? Take a gander at some recent posts. Feeling lazy? I've linked a few here:

Shoot me an email to Let's figure something out. Oh, and before someone asks:

1. I can not pay you. Labor of love, baby.
2. Photos should be no larger than 500 pixels wide and they definitely need to be your own. Ditto with the writing, minus the pixel part.
3. I'm a full time student running a college newspaper. Please be patient if I don't respond to you right away.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I'm giving up social media for Lent

Photo taken at the Abita Mystery House

I'm not religious but every few years I feel the need to give something up for Lent.  Last year it was alcohol, this year it's social media, specifically Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The longest I've made it without jumping to check every ping and bleep my phone makes is a handful of days, so my 40 day digital detox will prove to be a challenge. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All on a Mardi Gras Day

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