Nikki Learns: A New Language Blog #2

‘I wonder how Nikki is doing on her language learning quest’ is a thought that’s been keeping you awake most nights, right? Right?! Well fear not because I am here with an update. (Edit: I am fully aware this question is probably on nobody’s mind, least of all my family’s, who have had to put up…

Do Better | Spoken Word

Because at one point or another, we have probably enabled the system.   Transcript as follows:   DO BETTER   I do not deserve to belong to this movement; I know that wokeness is not a state of being; It’s a journey we’re all on But I can’t forgive myself for having slept for quite…

Nikki learns: A new language

I’m learning a new language. It’s a pretty big deal and here’s why… Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was 100% sure I was awful at languages. If I ever met a polygot, I would tell them, “Wow. How can you do that? That’s incredible! (It is obviously) I could never do that.”…

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello humans! And welcome to…the Blogger Recognition Award! A big thank you to Lilly, over at thelifeoflilly for the nomination – you’re the sweetest 🙂 The Rules Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. • Give a brief story of how you started your blog. • Give two pieces of…

Three Year Anniversary & My First Ever Love Letter

Hey you. Yes you. We made it! Three years. My longest successful relationship so far. And boy, I can tell you that it’s been an amazing three years. I have to admit that I’ve only just realised how much I love you (yes, you) and I know I should have realised it earlier, right?  Most…

Nikki Recommends: Christian Non Fiction

The original opening for this blog post was going to read: ‘Hey guys! So I have something a little different for you today…’ But upon reflection, I often blog about writing and I also often blog about Christianity, so like… *shrugs* Anyhoo, this is for anyone out there looking for some good Christian material/curious about…

Cheerios: Extract from a Story

I decided to break the news over a bottle of wine; there is no need to be uncivil about these things, after all. Amber, I imagined myself saying, I loved you for twenty two years but I no longer do and I think it would be best for us to go our separate ways. I…

How to Keep Writing After Your Degree Is Over

So I graduated a year ago this month! (All the people in the house say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat) Here, have a picture of me looking suitably chuffed. (And yes, I drank all the free prosecco. No regrets). And I’ve been thinking a lot about being a writer after graduating and more specifically, how difficult that can be…

Five Tips for Moving at Your own Pace

I’m 21 years old. It’s an awesome age, a strange age and a paradoxical age in terms of societal expectations. This is because you are seen as simultaneously young and mature. I think this paradoxical approach explains the twenty-something’s dilemma regarding what they should have achieved by now. I bumped into someone I went to…

GUINNESS

–It’s Welsh. — It is? — What is? — It’s Irish. Obviously. — Most people think it’s Irish. The man who’s famous for creating it – — was Irish — was Irish, right but was actually travelling from Wales to Ireland when he [SOUND OF A CAMERA SHUTTER] — Guinness. We’re talking about Guinness? —…

8 Things to Look for in a Writing Mentor

I have a confession to make: I have never actively sought out a writing mentor. So what – I’m sure you’re thinking – am I doing writing a post advising others on writing mentors? Well somehow, I have been blessed enough to have some great people in my life who, once I reflect upon it,…

My Favourite Writing Quotes

As I sit here feeling ever so slightly under the weather, I thought it might be nice to inject some positivity/motivation into my surroundings. And fortunately, I can do so from my bed (the joys of the internet) 😉 Here are some of my favourite writing quotes. I hope you find them as encouraging as…