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…

Seek | Spoken Word

I’m beginning to treat every day like a child, To wake up with a sense of utmost curiosity, To see rain not as a curse But as liquid manna pouring from the heavens To have that childlike trust in my Father And sleep as He takes the wheel, As my brother slept on the ship…