Jun 05


“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

― Jack Kornfield

This will be my final post for SandBookWich. I feel a multitude of emotions writing those words.

On a fateful summer day in 2009 my brother Casey and I were sitting on the back deck at The Brewhouse Pub & Grille in Helena, Montana. We were talking about sports and books and a million other little things that define a good conversation. At one point, he said, “Hey, you should start a blog.” As I have always been convinced that my youngest bro is one of the smartest cats out there, I took his advice to heart. Thus began my well-intentioned, albeit scattered inaugural effort. I dubbed it “The Random Writes of Nikki Crites” (I’m convinced I was a rapper in another life) and I was on my way. There were myriad categories to that first endeavor; sports, books, make up, and sandwiches, to name a few. It was all over the place. I picked the sparkliest, most random background I could find and started to find my voice as a writer. I wrote and edited my first book review countless times.

No one read it.

It was reminiscent of my sixth grade year. That year I was utterly fascinated by Greek mythology. I self-assigned reports on each and every god and goddess I could find information about. No one read them, yet there were pictures and various colored pens and stickers and diagrams. I am thinking now that I was very lucky to have any friends at all.

After writing for about a year, I finally got feedback from a local restaurant. I vividly remember sitting on my other brother Rhett’s couch in Colorado and reading the email from the owner of the restaurant. It was beyond exciting.

The most important thing in my life occurred at the end of 2010: I met my husband. When we first started dating, he shared his piano videos with me and I shared my blog with him. He has been my number one blog supporter and editor ever since.

In 2011 I decided to sharpen my focus and just review books and sandwiches. Rhett played an integral part in transforming my blog into what you see today; he banished the sparkles and bright colors; the content was to be the main focus. Over a 5-day staycation that summer, many ideas for a new name were kicked around, and SandBookWich was born. (The book is the meat in the sandwich! I thought I was so clever; I’m not sure anyone besides a handful of people ‘get’ me.) I was working at The Trop in St. Pete and I paid a friend of a friend twenty bucks to design my logo.

I started adding photos to my food posts and links to my book reviews. Slowly but surely, I gained a small following. Authors sometimes commented on my posts or social media shares, and I started getting invited to local restaurants. From 2012-2015 I attended some pretty wonderful foodie events, had many sponsored posts, received books from authors, gave countless book suggestions, started a football-based recipe blog, and even made a few blogger buddies along the way.

Then my husband was offered a residency position in Atlanta, and thus commenced the beginning of the end of SBW. I lost any momentum I had gained in Tampa; I didn’t have the energy or the drive to start networking from scratch in the Dirty South. I retired from teaching and read an insane amount of books. It was sixth grade all over again; I was doing book reports, yet no one was reading them. (I do have a handful of loyal book review followers, but the numbers just don’t dictate this blog continuing.) I have become stale in my writing; the time has come to shake it up. I will keep the site live, you can always peek in there if you need a book suggestion. I love reading old posts, it will always be an online diary of sorts for me.

So we arrive here in the summer of 2018. My husband is finishing up his residency and we are heading off to start the next chapter of our life together. I have secured the rights to, and I am currently kicking around ideas for that new venture. Rest assured, fellow readers, I will always have book suggestions. The way I present them will just look a little different. We are getting ready to travel quite a bit, so I am excited to do travel posts. I am also interested in volunteer work and different kinds of cuisine. I have been writing short stories. I completed my first children’s book. I am contemplating writing my first novel.

So, I am taking a step back and redefining my goals as a writer. I want to thank each and every person that ever took the time to read one of my posts or comment/share on social media. You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram; I will continue to share my current reads and eats via those channels.

Until we meet again, reader, I bid you a fond farewell.Sandwich Gal Likeness


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