Julie Vick, Writer

Humor, Parenting, and Travel Writer



“As a comedic introvert myself, Julie Vick’s seamless blend of hilarious jokes, comedic checklists, and actually great advice made me laugh, learn, and even…consider having a child myself. A rare feat!”

—Caitlin Kunkel, coauthor, New Erotica for Feminists

“Babies Don’t Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?) will make you laugh out loud while dispensing much welcome advice, from strategies to dealing with invasive pregnancy-related questions, to baby shower coping mechanisms, to avoiding people entirely by moving to Finland.”

—Devorah Blachor, Author of The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess

From pregnancy and birth through the early childhood years, Julie’s book will guide the introvert through being suddenly shoved into situations where she has to interact with other people on a regular basis. I laugh-snorted while reading this!”

Janine Annett, author of I Am “Why Do I Need Venmo?” Years Old

“Julie Vick has given birth to a delightful book sure to be beloved by exhausted parents and anxious expectants.”

—Brooke Preston, co-author of New Erotica For Feminists

“Being a parent is challenging to say the least. Julie’s book had me laughing so hard my 6-year-old told me to leave the room because it was disturbing their remote learning.”

Biz Ellis, co-author of You’re Doing a Great Job!

“I was pleasantly surprised that in addition to being a very fun read, Babies Don’t Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?) also has a wealth of actionable advice… The way Vick incorporates subtle humor in unexpected places is delightful and the comedic lists that are interspersed throughout the text are fantastic.”

—Andrew Knott, Author of Fatherhood: Dispatches From the Early Years

“Julie Vick offers up a ton of hilarious (and actually useful) advice, along with her (awkward) experiences, in a great book for any first-time parent!”

—Jen Mann, New York Times best-selling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

  • September 29, 2016: I wrote about spots to visit in Denver with kids for Fodor's. A Willy Wonka-inspired dessert shop and an elf scavenger hunt are on the list.
  • September 9, 2016: Is it too early to talk about Halloween? Hopefully not. My first piece for Parents.com just went up. A humorous look at Halloween: Before vs. After Kids
  • August 29, 2016: Are you worried your young child is never going to grow out of something? I drafted a note to their college roommate in this humor piece up at McSweeney's.
  • July 12, 2016: I wrote about some authors' connections to Colorado in this piece for AFAR Magazine's Wayfarer blog.
  • June 23, 2016: I am bad at telling bedtime stories, so I outlined some bad stories for other parents to tell in this humor piece for Parent.co.
  • June 17, 2016: Some people get scared when they see small children board a plane. I gave them some tips in this humor piece for Mom.me.
  • June 1, 2016: My humorous take on the Harper's Index list for writers is up on the Brevity Magazine blog today.
  • May 31, 2016: Do you have trouble getting editors to email you back when pitching ideas? I brainstormed a list of some subject lines to try out when you are desperate for The Freelancer.
  • May 4, 2016: I wrote a fictional humor piece for Parenting comparing planning a kid's Star Wars themed birthday party on Pinterest vs the reality. It may be slightly based on real events. Also, people apparently really do carve watermelons into the death star.
  • May 3, 2016: I have a piece up on the Brain, Child blog about learning the embrace opposing feelings in parenthood.
  • April 8, 2016: I often see people asking whether they should submit a personal essay as a pitch or a full draft, I have a piece up at The Write Life talking about what method to use when.
  • March 15, 2016: I wrote a 48 hour-type travel piece about Boulder, CO for Paste Magazine. 
  • March 7: 2016: I wrote about renovating our old house on a budget in a piece that appeared on a few Hearst websites: HouseBeautiful.comElleDecor.com, and CountryLiving.com
  • February 19, 2016: When you have a baby that doesn't sleep well, you may find yourself spending too much time on the internet looking for answers. I riffed on this in a humor piece for Mom.Me.
  • February 17, 2016 "5. Throw your smartphone down the elevator shaft." I wrote about not-that-helpful work productivity hacks in this humor list for BuzzFeed.
  • February 10, 2016: "Never submit a pitch to a general email inbox. Those emails go directly into space, where they turn circles around the stars in search of a home...." I break down some confusing advice for freelancers in this new humor piece for The Freelancer.
  • February 8, 2016: "The most interesting incident occurred when I was in the middle of Bright Lights, Big City. An older man dressed in a suit tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'That’s the first book cover I ever designed. I haven’t thought about it in a long time. It’s good to see it again,' and when the train pulled into the next station, he got off...." Reading physical books used to make me converse with strangers more than eReaders do, and they led to some interesting conversations. I wrote an essay reflecting on this for Ozy.
  • January 28, 2016: I always get excited when I see kids' menus with unique offerings. I wrote about five Boulder restaurants with good kids' menu options for 5280.
  • January 12, 2016: Journalism jargon can be confusing. I had some fun with the terms in this quiz for Contently's site The Freelancer. Hint: One question requires you to choose more than one answer for it to be correct.
  • December 9, 2015: I have an essay appearing in the new anthology Never Will I Ever (And then I had kids) out today. Funny collection of doing those things you said you never would. My piece is about buying a slow cooker.
  • November 30, 2015: I have a short essay about moving to suburbia in the December issue of the Denver magazine 5280. It's out on newsstands now.
  • November 27, 2015: My essay about working in Amazon's customer service department during the dot com boom is up at Salon.
  • November 17, 2015: I wrote about places to visit in Denver for Paste Magazine's travel section.
  • November 9, 2015: Do you ever wonder if something your kid is doing really counts as screen time? My FAQ about screen time for McSweeney's should help answer your questions.
  • October 23, 2015: My essay about buying and renovating an old house is up at the Hearst websites for Country Living and House Beautiful.
  • October 9, 2015: I have a new satire piece up on the Brain, Child blog detailing a daily mom timesheet. There are a lot of minutes in the day with young kids.
  • October 1, 2015: Just got word an essay of mine was selected for the Lose the Cape Anthology Never Will I Ever... (and then I had kids). The book should be out by Christmas.
  • September 29, 2015: I have a new essay up at Washington Post's "On Parenting" blog about small children melting down in public. Schadenfreude is involved.
  • September 2015: I sometimes wish there were more options for changing or not changing your last name when you get married. So I brainstormed some new ideas in this satire piece up at Buzzfeed.
  • September 2015:  Couple new essays up at Club Mid on Scary Mommy.  One about growing to appreciate fall and another about the comeback of '80s fashion.  Some stuff really shouldn't come back.
  • July 2015:  New humor piece about all the conflicting advice on parenting a toddler is up at McSweeney's Internet Tendency.  It spent several weeks on the "popular" list on the site.
  • I wrote about a trip driving through Patagonia for Gonomad.com
  • I received an honorable mention from HumorPress.com's humor writing contest for my essay about flying standby while growing up.  It wasn't always that awesome.
  • My experience with a CSA was detailed in this essay on The Los Angeles Times' Health section.
  • Being a reader for a literary journal wasn't all it was cracked up to be.  I wrote about my experience for Authorship.
  • One of my essays "Caffeine Dreams" received an honorable mention for the humor category of the Soul-Making Awards.
  • My essay about connecting with U2's song "One Tree Hill" while studying in Spain was published on McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
  • My essay about an ill-fated hike in Cinque Terre was published in the anthology Italy from a Backpack

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