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About nikkimmascali

I am an editor, writer and New Yorker who has ink for blood and the blog name + tattoo to prove it. Also of note: I follow more dogs than people on Instagram. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic because I am horrendous at math.

Why ‘Library Girl’ Kendra Sunderland Wants to Tell Off Haters

Note: This story originally published on TheBlot.com April 9, 2015. While attending Oregon State University last October, Kendra Sunderland made a name for herself. But it wasn’t for being a stellar student or a knockout sports star. Instead, the pretty, perky and amiable … Continue reading

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Dreamy Japanese Pop Culture Comes to Life at Waku Waku Festival

Note: This story originally published on TheBlot.com on Aug. 25, 2015. There is a term in Japanese called waku waku which means “dream-like excitement.” That dreamy feeling is going to come to life this weekend at several locations in Brooklyn during the inaugural Waku Waku +NYC … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” Tom Clancy NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

“All the elements of good writing depend on the writer’s skill in choosing one word instead of another.” Francine Prose NMM

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Happy Birthday, Hank

Ninety-five years ago today, one of my favorite writers, Charles Bukowski, was born in Germany. Time called him the “laureate of American lowlife” in 1986, and I don’t think there could be a more vivid or fitting description of my beloved … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

I find that some of my greatest inspiration comes in the dark of night, so this quote from fellow June 10 baby Saul Bellow is pretty much spot-on for me. “You never have to change anything you got up in … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Don’t be paralyzed by the idea that you’re writing a book. Just write.” Isabel Allende NMM

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