Thanks to Alan King, this week’s Nickel’s Worth is on me. Literally.

Alan W. King (photo by Marlene Hawthorne Thomas)
Alan W. King (photo by Marlene Hawthorne Thomas)

For regular readers of this blog, I know what you’re thinking:
“I’ve seen pictures of Ned before, and I remember him being… older. And slightly more Caucasian.”

That’s because it’s a photo of Alan W. King, whose work as a journalist and blogger is best described as continued excellence. I’ve been a follower of his for a while, so when he recently began an interview series called “Writers and Their Process,” I was thrilled when he asked me to be a part of it.

Okay, fine — I screamed like a 13-year-old girl who finds herself on an elevator with Harry Styles.

All kidding aside, it was a real honor to be a part of this series, which delves into the thought process of each writer and offers insights into how they approach their craft. In my case, he even got me to divulge my full name; that’s how good he is. Here’s a snippet, along with a link to the rest of the post, as well as links to his interviews with Robert Hookey (aka The Hook) and Zoe Valentine (aka Zoe Says).

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image Edward “Ned” James Hickson doesn’t believe in “road blocks.” Instead, the editor and humor columnist sees each perceived obstacle as a catalyst for him to blaze his own trails.
It’s a lesson he learned from his stepdad, Glenn, who was a problem solver. “Nothing was ever a road block to him,” Hickson said in a recent interview, “it just meant a reason to discover a new route.”

Those wise words gave an aspiring journalist, whose formal education stopped at high school, a survival plan… (read the rest here)

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

22 thoughts on “Thanks to Alan King, this week’s Nickel’s Worth is on me. Literally.”

  1. Thank goodness your incredibly smart,brilliant, unbelievably wise editor took a chance on you all those years ago.
    It was another great interview Ned, and fun to learn another interesting nugget or two about you. I also really like your Step-dad’s get-around-life viewpoint. I will endeavor to follow that more often myself. Cheers to your growing success!

    1. Thanks, Robyn! I owe a great deal to my step-dad, who gave me the confidence to toss my hat in the journalism ring in the first place. I also owe Alan King for his terrific job on piecing that piece together. As always, his work was top notch.

      Thanks for reading, Robyn 😉

  2. Reblogged this on thedailygrime and commented:
    Read this post three times on my lunchbreak Ned. Inspirational and informative. I particularly liked the comment that creativity will anticipate your routine and be waiting for you when you arrive at your keyboard. You really are a wise man.

    1. I don’t know about “famous.” It’s such an ugly word 😉
      Regardless, there’s never a need to watch any Ps & Qs around me.

      Xs are different story, though… 😉

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