Friday, May 22, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow?

It’s that time of year again! Summer’s almost upon us and the garden is starting to be a nice place to hangout. I’ve already been harvesting fresh lettuce from my garden for a month now and am looking forward to other crops ripening throughout the season.

I built some raised beds this year, mainly to keep those darn gophers out of my produce. Most of my crops are coming along quite nice though and I get hungry just looking at them. Corn, pumpkins, beans, potatoes, grapes, sunflowers, tomatoes, lettuce, and a little bit of wheat.

So how are Mother Nature and your own garden shaping up this year? We’re enduring a bit of a drought, but fortunately many of my plants are drought resistant or I’ve made some adjustments to make sure they hold in their water longer. I’m definitely looking forward to having some backyard dinner evenings with my friends and family once the weather warms up.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Back from Paternity Leave

Hey, all. I’ve been a bit MIA of late, mainly because my newborn son arrived a bit earlier than anticipated. But I’m back from paternity leave and getting into the swing of things again.

Mom and baby are doing well, although we’re all a little sleep-deprived, but otherwise enjoying our time together. I’ve got two redheaded boys to look after now, so things are busy, but in a good way. Looking forward to new updates now that I’m back, thanks! 


Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Get an Agent


Today, Kristin is interviewing me over at her Unicorn Bell site about how I first landed an agent! I also go into some of the ins-and-outs of my road to finally getting a book-deal with a major publisher.

A big thanks to Kristin for letting me share my story and for giving me a chance to encourage other writers who might have been thinking about giving up. Head over there to check it out!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Extra Innings


I’ve gone to two baseball games this week that went into extra innings. Last night I was at the Giant’s 12th inning close loss, and on Saturday I was at a River Cat’s minor league game where they won in the 18th inning. Needless to say, I’m starting to think every game I go to now will run past the bottom of the ninth.

But it’s the start of baseball season, a nice long season that marks one of my favorite times of year. And so what if I get a little extra baseball for my money at each game? I’m having a blast hanging out with friends and family as we cheer our teams on!

I guess I better get all the baseball in I can right now, because baby number two is coming along in a few weeks. That will be fun as well, and a sort of extra innings affair as well I suppose in its own way. In the meantime, I’m writing lots and enjoying life. Play ball!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Shieldmaiden

I recently wrote a new historical fiction piece about a young Norse warrior-woman entitled Shieldmaiden. After some awesome feedback from my beta readers, I’ve sent off the manuscript to my agent who is eagerly reading it now. Below is a brief blurb about the book. Let me know what you think!

Sonja, daughter of Hama, was born a commoner, but aspires to be more than a wife to some fisherman or herder. She wants to be a shieldmaiden, a Norse warrior-woman, free to come and go as she chooses without the need for a husband or father lording it over her. But when she joins an expedition of Rus Vikings journeying deep into the wild hinterlands, she soon finds out that being a shieldmaiden is more than she bargained for. Treacherous Wildlings, monstrous beasts, and rival Vikings provide new terrors at every bend in the river. But Sonja is determined to make her mark as a shieldmaiden, and to win respect and honor with a ship full of Vikings as courageous as they are dangerous. She hopes to make it to the fabled Kingdom of Kiev deep in the wilds, where the Viking Queen there is known to keep shieldmaidens in her royal household. But with so many leagues of trackless river and forest between her and her destiny, Sonja may soon face death both from without and within as her crew sails into the perilous unknown.

      


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nick's Cover Reveal

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.



Bio

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

Preorder Links: Amazon US, Amazon UK

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Kidnapping of Simon Ostrovsky


Last year when Russia invaded Ukraine, I started following the online videos of this great journalist, Simon Ostrovsky (an American born in Soviet Russia, both fluent and knowledgeable about the region). He often speaks to both sides of the conflict, getting himself and his cameras in places other Western Media have great difficulty doing. I really like his straightforward questions and his ability to get answers from people on opposing sides.

When I watched his online videos last year, I was surprised when he suddenly went missing for several days. No one could find him and many feared the worst. It turns out he was taken prisoner by the Pro-Russian rebels and was beaten and interrogated. Yet he did not break in the face of such inhuman injustice and was later released only to return to covering the story in Ukraine despite the danger to his life.

I find it truly inspiring to see someone fighting for truth and making such an effort to show both sides of the story in the ongoing propaganda war. If you have a chance, watch the interview about his experiences or some of his videos and judge for yourself.