“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
“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!
“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
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
“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
“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
“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
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 Lifetalking about what method to use when.
March 15, 2016: I wrote a 48 hour-type travel piece about Boulder, CO for Paste Magazine.
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.