Author Archives: nikkimmascali

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.

Writers’ Wisdom

“Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.” Catherine Drinker Bowen NMM

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.” T. S. Eliot (Personally, I consider myself both editor and writer — the latter of which I only do publicly only on very special occasions — and maybe slightly successful at that, haha) … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in … Continue reading

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The 10 Best Songs of Summer

Note: This story originally published on TheBlot.com on July 3, 2014.  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather relive the Polar Vortex of 2014 than deal with this summer heat one minute longer. I’ve been feeling like a cat … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.” William Strunk Jr. NMM

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The End of the Mall Rat

Note: This story originally published on TheBlot.com on March 17, 2015.  I was an ’80s kid and a ’90s teenager, so I know a thing or two about being a mall rat. Oh, don’t know what that is because you’re … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and … Continue reading

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