Author Archives: nikkimmascali

About nikkimmascali

I am a New York-based editor/writer who has ink for blood. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic. Read it, won't you?

Writers’ Wisdom

“Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.” Ann Patchett NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

I know I already used a quote from Nietzche, but I just read this lovely article on Brain Pickings yesterday, and this passage just struck me. “The richness of life reveals itself through a richness of gestures. One must learn to … Continue reading

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Story Snippet No. 23

It’s been a long time since I posted one of these little nuggets, just as it’s been a long time since I actually did an interview for a story I was writing. While I’ve written several stories for TheBlot Magazine, … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really … Continue reading

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Bookworm: “Outlander”

I’m a sucker for any type of historical book, and if there’s one that includes someone somehow traveling from modern times back in time, well, you just show me where to sign. I started hearing a lot about Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.” Will Shetterly NMM

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The Pen Pal Project

Earlier this summer, I got a letter in the mail. It was in a dark, almost foreboding-looking envelope, about the size of a wedding invitation. The handwriting and Pittsburgh address were from my dear friend Tiffany, so I knew there were no … Continue reading

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