New job with Richmond Magazine

I’m excited to say that I’ve accepted an editorial job with Richmond Magazine and will be starting on Monday. I will be an associate editor with the city magazine and will also be the managing editor of its home magazine, R*Home. Absolutely thrilled about the job! With the home magazine I will get to combine my passion for writing with my love of art, architecture and design. At one point I was accepted and enrolled in architecture school, but long story short, chose journalism. Very excited that my future job combines both my loves.

Mommy blogger cover story for C-Ville Weekly

I wrote this week’s cover story for C-Ville Weekly on the phenomenon of mommy blogging. While living in Charlottesville the story was assigned to me as one of my freelance projects. I found it interesting to write as a young woman and writer who is always looking for older female role models, especially those who are mothers.

Mommy bloggers are not new — they have been around for nearly a decade. But, the point of my story was to see if now (almost a decade later) the genre has been tarnished. In the story I take a look at four Charlottesville mommy bloggers and inject my opinion (yes, journalists do that). Be sure to read the story here. Also, be sure to leave a comment. It’s generated a lot of commentary. Not sure if most of it is local to Charlottesville or from elsewhere. But, it’s great to see such a heated debate.

Claudius Crozet’s Blue Ridge Tunnel

West Portal, Blue Ridge Tunnel 2011

credit: Clann Mhór, Rhonda Roebuck

I wrote a story on the Blue Ridge Tunnel in Afton, Va., for the Dec. 25 issue of C-Ville Weekly. The story covers the organizations and people involved in preserving the tunnel, as well as their efforts to add it to the National Register of Historic Places. If this “Rails-to-Trails” project is approved, it will put the tunnel on the map as a tourist attraction for Nelson and Augusta counties, while also shining a light on the architectural grandeur and history surrounding its construction. To learn more about the tunnel, read my story here.

West Portal, Blue Ridge Tunnel

1909 postcard

 

Passion is the beginning

I wrote a story about a poolhouse in Denver’s Stapleton suburb for the fall issue of Modern In Denver (read story here: Pool House3). The magazine celebrates all things modern in the Denver area, from local artists and furniture builders to fascinating buildings and novel knickknacks. Modern In Denver connects the Denver community with those who inspired mid-century modern design — the Bauhaus school of design to influentials such as Herman Miller and Arnie Jacobsen — as well as today’s contemporary artists and architects. This was the first story where I got to write about both art and architecture and how they interact to create an aesthetic and functional space.

Writing about art and architecture has been an evolving experience for me. I have written a few stories about artists and their works and have written stories about interior design, as well. Modern architecture is something I have always appreciated and I was very excited to write this story for Modern In Denver. I have another story coming out in the winter issue about the architect Norman Cherner, his ties to Herman Miller and the controversy and history behind his Cherner Chair.

My love for art and architecture has deep roots. My mom is a talented artist and dad’s passion for architecture piles high in house plan drawings and design books. When I was in seventh grade, I decided I wanted to be an architect and interviewed a local architect in Naples, Fla. asking him what it took. At 17, I studied abroad at Cambridge University’s Jesus College, where I took an architecture class, rehashing my feelings for space and design. Then again, that love came bubbling up my sophomore year at Boston University. I ended up leaving BU after I was accepted at Boston Architectural College and was about to start a six-year track to becoming an architect. The story ends with me sticking to journalism. I am an editor and writer, after all. But, architecture and design is something I will always admire.

I am so thrilled and thankful for my life as a writer and editor. It’s one of those jobs where every day I can honestly say I love what I do. I will always have passion for art, architecture and design, and I’m so happy that being a writer allows me to write about these passions.

As I start a new chapter in my life on Tuesday, I’m excited for the paths I will take, things I will learn and new passions I will discover through my writing. Here’s to a new avenue and discovering new passions.