Thanks for visiting my corner of the internet. It’s a little drafty in here and things change quite a bit, so please bring your favorite adventure cape and BE PREPARED.
I write science fiction and fantasy stories. No, I’m not published. Meaning, I haven’t finished my greatest works – yet, but I do have a few short stories here and there, and every year I put together a short story anthology for the good folks over on SFFWorld.com. On occasion, I review books I’ve read and those reviews get posted on SFFWorld.com, Goodreads, and/or my other blog (The Atheist’s Quill).
On this blog, I used to natter on about the craft of writing genre fiction. If you are so inclined to read my articles on the subject, check out this page where I list the most pertinent posts. But be warned! I really don’t know what I’m doing. Like you, I have stories in my head and I do my best to write them down, but this is just a hobby. My day job is making maps.
So, what will you find here?
Stuff. Mostly just my fiction, updates on my progress writing said fiction, and maybe an errant post or two about my dog. Enjoy.
Oh, if you are curious what I sound like, check out this podcast on Michell Plested’s Get Published podcast (#124).
Don’t have a WordPress account? Have no idea what an RSS feed is? But still want to keep up to date of what I’m up to without having to come here? Then head on over to this MailChimp signup page and become a part of my posse! You’ll never be served spam, and I promise to make it worthy of your time.
For those who just want to bug me, my email address is nilaewhite (the at symbol) gmail (a period) com.
59 thoughts on “About”
I am so jealeous I have no bat pictures for my bio page–lucky.
Eh, nothing a couple of bucks and a trip down to your local novelty shop can’t fix. 😉
Thanks for stopping by.
So pleased you are enjoying my blog!
Your pictures are great and you write about a subject I love – bike riding! Keep up the good work and thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed following the Haute Route – it is a small world, both of us with Kiwi men – ha ha!
Kiwis get around. The globe, I mean. 😉
Hey, thanks for the shout-out over on Scalzi’s blog!
You are very welcome. I meant it.
Congratulations on the publication – well done!
Thanks, Jo-Anne! 😀
Hey, it’s Cirias from SFF World. Just saw that you blog on WordPress too! Nice design 🙂
I suspect you have one similar, eh? I’ll check it out when I get to my computer. Thanks for stopping by.
I love bats!! I’m so glad you commented on the Parking Lot Confessional today so I could arrive here and see the pic of the bat on your foot. Happiness abounds.
Glad I could spread the smiles. 🙂
I have a good friend who lives in Santa Rosa. He’s a musician and owns a company called North Bay Graphics. Small world!
It is a small world! I’ll have to visit his store. I’m relatively new to the area, so I haven’t come across his shop, but I’ll make a point of looking it up. Cheers!
Well, I’m nowhere near you spatially, but we’re apparently nearby in the domain of our respective jobs. Which are spatially-related. That’s ironic, or something. I look forward to reading your stuff.
Thanks for stopping by, fellow spatial-person. 🙂
hello, i just nominated you for the ‘iluminating blogger award’ – http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award – i really enjoy your posts and your site!!
I’ve been on vacation and just saw this. What a nice surprise! Thank you! I’ll post about it soon.
Hiya, I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Not sure how you feel about blogging awards, but I can’t thank you enough for dropping by my blog.
How unexpected, and thank you! I’ll post about this very soon. Thanks again!
I appreciate you deciding to follow my blog…I hope you enjoy the trip.
I will. Thank you!
‘Love your site. I’m looking forward to reading more of your stories. Also, thanks for the comment you left on “The Interpreter” — I appreciate it! 🙂
“The Interpreter” is a good tale and perfect flash. You can imagine the whole tale in that one scene.
Thank you 🙂 I’m trying to get better at flash fiction (and after “Zygote,” I certainly can’t get much worse, lol). Anyways, my website / “blog” is my drawing board, and putting a new piece up every week. Thanks again for the inspiration this week.
I look forward to more of your fiction. (I would comment on your site, but it doesn’t appear to let me unless I’m commenting on a specific post…might want to open up comments on your About page? Just a thought.)
Thanks for the suggestion! My site’s a work in progress, as you probably noticed. I especially need to update / rearrange the “fantasy,” “science fiction,” and “links” pages. By the way, I don’t mean to be crowding up your About section with these replies… not sure how else to reply. Just delete the superfluous ones if you want I guess. Okay, back to work ~ see you at sffworld.com 🙂
*…and I’ll be putting…
Thanks for stopping by, I’ll appreciate it : )
Thank you for following. So nice to meet you and can’t wait for your future posts. 🙂
I recently downloaded “The End – Visions of Apocalypse” to my Kindle, but cannot read the last story in the anthology. “Empty Nest” is too small to read on my Kindle screen. There’s a note at the end that says I should email the editor to get a PDF version emailed to me, but I couldn’t find the editor’s email address. Any advice?
(Ah, the many things I did wrong on this ebook…)
Hello Linda! Thank you so much for taking the time to search me out. I thought I had included my email in the introduction, or in the title page, but I’m sure, now, that I didn’t. I will forward that story to you momentarily. Again, thanks for asking! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I really appreciate it! How’s the writing coming along?
Welcome to my blog, Meghan, and thank you for visiting.
The writing is going…slowly, but surely. 🙂
I have the kindle version of “The End” -Could you send me the pdf version of “Mother and Child?” Thank you.
Of course! I’ll do that right away. Thanks for contacting me!
Been loving The End….sure would love to read Trista Ward’s Mother &Child, but screen too small. Any chance I can still get a pdf of the story? That would be awesome!
Yes, of course! I’ll send that to you promptly!
I was recently ‘told off’ by a blogger (not a follower I might add), who said my style of ‘welcome’ note was very much against blogging etiquette. Hmm, well I hope not to cause offence, but as you volunteered to become a follower of Uncle Spike’s Adventures, I just wanted to catch up and say “thank you, and that I appreciate your ‘follow’ as there are so many interesting and entertaining blogs out there.
Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our farm in Turkey. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.
I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process. That’s not me trying to be pushy or ‘spamming’, but just want you to know what I’m all about.
Thanks again and hope you have a great day…
Hi, thanks for the comment you posted on how you liked the shadows & the bright lights on the limes I shot. I couldn’t reply back to the comment. Says there’s some error. Thanks again for the comment 🙂
No need to thank me. It’s a good shot.
i want shoes like those !
and … I yoosta edit a newsletter and instead of PEOPLE’S HEADS, would show a pixure of their elbow (and of course i’d specify WHICH elbow). it didn’t go over very well and regrettably, perhaps, I quit doing that and went back to heads.
in a future life, heh, i’ll show BUTTS.
Am enjoying your blog – where’s the bat everyone keeps commenting about?
Thank you! My apologies for removing my original “foot shot”. Here it is, with bat:
Indeed impressive! Why did you remove it? Its perfect for this time of year 🙂
I had it up for years. I think I changed it sometime last year. I guess, it was time for a new foot-portrait. Funny, my avatar is a pumpkin I carved back in 2010. I never change that, so I guess I’m always celebrating Halloween! 🙂
You are one of the original bloggers, then!
I am. I have been blogger since…2009, I think. To be honest, though, I thought I was late to the party. 😉
I only started this year – yikes! if you’re late, then I’m…?
Cleaning up after the party? No! You’re starting the next one. 😉
Haha! Hopefully your set has worked out the kinks.
Maybe. But there are always new ones. 🙂
oh no – hahaha
are you really a map maker? how interesting too!
I am! Sorry for the late reply. Didn’t see it until now. I’m a GIS Specialist, I write “on the side”. 🙂
first comment of 2017. here, that is. seriously: I will (somewhat) gladly critique/edit whatever SciFi you’ve got comin’ down the pike. I say this, here, now, as I have a niece who is a published fantasy writer (won some sort of award) and her aunt and I bought/read her “compendium” and the story is neat, compelling, the setting is well-done, but often THE WRITING IS “CLUNKY”. I gnash my teeth at it! (doesn’t do any good) — I offered to edit just one chapter of her next (yes, it’s in progess) and … sigh, I shouldn’t be surprised that she did not readily take me up on the offer. so … if you’re writing is as bad as mine usually is, THERE WILL BE RED INK. THERE WILL BE DOUGHNUTS. THE SUN HAS A GOOD CHANCE OF RISING TOMORROW. IT ALSO HAS A GOOD CHANCE OF WRITHING TOMORROW. I’ll stop before I …