This is where the stories are.

People always ask me where I get my inspiration. How do I think all these things up? Where does it al come from?

The truth is that I don’t really know! I’ve always had a lot of voices in my head — voices that told me stories. Maybe it’s my ancestors whispering their memories in my ear. Maybe it’s a muse that delights in spinning a yarn like a spider’s web. Could be my inner warrior princess who fights Southern stereotypes by turning them on their heads. Maybe it’s magic, the Lord, or the gin. Who knows?

Whatever it is, it’s spurred me on to write hundreds of blog posts covering everything from Southern idioms to family traditions, from recipes to racism, from holidays to haircuts.

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading. Hope you like ’em!

Divided We Fall

If we can’t come together as a nation to fight a pandemic, could we come together to fight an invading army? Or would our division be our downfall?

Folly Chasing Death: A New Meaning

Just in time for Fat Tuesday, The Washington Post published my op-ed, “After two pandemic years, ‘Folly chasing Death’ takes on a new Mardi Gras meaning.”

Hiraeth and Now

HIraeth. It’s a Welsh word that doesn’t translate to English exactly, but it’s a feeling that I often have — a feeling about my home town.

A Decade of Folkways Nowadays

Folkways Nowadays turns 10 YEARS OLD TODAY! Back on July 22, 2011 when I hit “publish” for the first time, I never dreamed that this blog would quite literally change my life in ways I never expected. Here are just a few: Because I started writing regularly, I was able to publish a dang book, … Continue reading A Decade of Folkways Nowadays

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I haven’t been doing much blogging lately…or this whole year…but I haven’t been just sitting around either. Here’s what I’ve been up to.


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About Me

Hey! I’m Audrey, a blogger, a freelance writer, and a writing coach. I believe everyone has a story to tell, and I’d love to help you tell it.

I’ve been published in The Washington Post, The Bitter Southerner Folklore Project, Reckon South, It’s a Southern Thing, and Mobile Bay Magazine.

Want to work together? Let’s talk!