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Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not writing or scrolling, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. To follow her latest work, purchaseThe Afterglow Bundle, for exclusive access to essays, videos, online courses, and more.

Co-rumination: why you can’t let commiseration drag down your community

It wasn’t until I read a New York Times article about a psychology concept called “co-rumination” that I finally had a word to attach to spiral of negativity that can drag down online communities like the Offbeat Bride Tribe

On being a micro-celebrity

Ariel answers reader questions like “how do you deal with stress?,” “Will you ever make an Offbeat Bride magazine?” and “What’s your favorite part of being a wife?”

Literary pretense vs. the life of a working writer

This weekend I’ve been chewing over issues of literature and the literary life as compared to the work and life of commercial writer. I’ve paid my bills for a decade as a writer, I didn’t do that by sniffing at potential clients — I’ve sacrificed most of my snobbery when it comes to the written […]

The business of Offbeat Bride

This post was written in 2008, and while all the numbers are many years outdated, it’s a good look at the early history of my business. Original introduction: This is essentially a white paper about my Offbeat side project, which includes my book Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides and offbeatbride.com. It’s quite long […]