Why I Shouldn’t Put Things Off (Like Bees To Honey)

I don’t know why I do this. Well, I do, and I know I’m wrong, which makes things that little bit worse. (I don’t like being wrong.) When I get a book I know I’ll like, I put off reading it. I tell myself: ‘Nik, you want to read this when you’ve chance to enjoy […]

Bank Holiday Niceness

Another short post today I’m afraid (I have been writing). Number one – I thought this post on The Internet and Writers was brilliant. Have a look. Enjoy. It’s good. Number two – as it’s Bank Holiday and as I’m still in a reasonably good mood I’ve decided to do another special offer over at […]

Cool Things

Just a couple of things… I’ve been listening to this a lot of late (thanks to Mr Pack). Isn’t it beautiful? *** I rather like what Hesta Sandon’s blogging about – cool idea, I reckon (and, of course, wish her luck). *** And I’ve been writing and still very much loving it. That’s all for […]

Why I’m in a Good Mood

Over the past few years I seem to have become quite the pessimist. I don’t know why, but I have. It might have something to do with writing (expecting rejection), it might be because I’ve felt let down by some people, or it might just be a natural part of me growing older. Whatever the reason, […]

Random, random, random

Well, I’ve just spent half an hour writing what turned out to be a really rubbish and barely coherant blog post. I’ve deleted it. So this is what you’re getting. My thoughts on things. Deadliest Catch is one of the very, very few things I watch on the telly. It’s a fly on the wall […]

The Sound of Strawberries

A few months ago I made a video of my ‘When You’re Frightened, Honey, Think Of Strawberries’ story, which appears in Not So Perfect (and originally appeared in Ink, Sweat and Tears). Not being a film maker, and not knowing the first thing about making films, it didn’t turn out to be quite as wonderful […]

How To Be Alone

This beautiful poem video seems to be doing the rounds, for obvious reasons: it’s wonderful.

On Judge and on judging

First up, I’m thrilled to tell you that I’ll be the fiction judge for Slingink’s Scribbling Slam, starting September 20th. I’m looking forward to it very much. I’ve also been interviewed by @Sleepycatt on her blog here – where she even gets me to do a bit of free writing. *** Number two. I noticed […]

Another free book – and this time it’s signed

If you pop over to the brilliant Bah!ToCancer blog, before Friday, and pop something like ‘pick me’ in the comments, then you’ll be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Not So Perfect, which I’d say (of course!) is a very good thing. And on the subject of Not So Perfect – […]

Stripped Down

Big thanks to the lovely Kate for the mention of Not So Perfect on the splendid Manchester arts blog, The Manchizzle, where she says ‘And, as expected, I really enjoyed the book, full of offbeat characters and stripped-down, almost anecdotal narratives that are like short stories boiled down to their most concentrated essence. ‘. That was […]