For this week’s Nickel’s Worth, I am deferring to Canada

An image borrowed from Ross Murray's private collection of Andy Warhol's "Early Failures" collection.
An image borrowed from Ross Murray’s private collection of Andy Warhol’s “Early Failures” collection.
Welcome to a special edition [Please note bold print] of Ned’s Nickel’s Worth on Writing, which is coming to you from Canada this week! Why Canada? And what makes this week’s NWOW so danged special? Because, in addition to today’s post having a decidedly international flair (There are French people in Canada, so it’s almost like we’re in France!), it also happens to be the first reblog of any post here. That should tell you several things, including: 1) How terrific I think my friend Ross Murray’s post is, 2) How important I think it is you read it, and 3) This morning’s double deadline has put me so far behind I think I see my butt in front of me.

Not necessarily in that order.

And come to think of it, that actually might be my editor in front of me…

Anyway, Ross and I have spoken in the past about the inevitability of β€” and ways of getting out of β€” a writing “slump.”

Or “slouch” as they say in Canada, because whenever possible a Canadian word must have an “ou” in it, such as “Humour,” “Harbour” and “Flour” to name a few. However, despite this language barrier, I have come to appreciate our exchanges and Ross’s insights into writing. This one in particular, about how tapping into your creativity can be like riding a wrecking ball with Miley Cyrus easy with the right approach, is a great example of wisdom, wit and me shirking my responsibilities this week.

I promise you’ll understand why once you read Ross’s piece 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...

38 thoughts on “For this week’s Nickel’s Worth, I am deferring to Canada”

  1. He really did a nice job. I loved the John Lennon re-write.

    I never have writing slumps. I think it has something to do with being a girl. Ask my husband, girls never run out of words, never. Sometimes our words might not make sense, sometimes they might be rather pointless, but we still have words to say πŸ™‚

  2. well first of all….great job ross. tho I havent been there yet…im going.
    second of all…were bffs on twitter…you NEVER talk to me. crushed hurt -a,b,c, and all of the above.
    third…how is it YOU get all the crdit from ….HIM.

    nice job ned. nice job. and hey…i like miley on that wrecking ball. there have been times…times i tell ya…that i fel the same way! naked and out of control and ready to wreck someones world….and..

  3. I got past the language barriour, but it’s a long way to travel from near Mexico (America’s beard) to Canada (America’s beret). Off to go deep into the woods…

  4. Canadians rule, no question,
    Good luck on those deadlines, Ned. I don’t say this often, but you’re made of strong stuff. Most likely bacon and trans fats…

            1. I’m a pretty easygoing guy. It takes a lot to send me over the top. At least until someone starts parading around circular templates of ham and calling it “bacon.” It’s all over at that point…

              1. You have to draw the line somewhere, right?
                By the way, did I miss an e-mail from you, Putz? Not that there’s a rush or anything, I just wanted to make sure the wife didn’t do the unthinkable and send a Ned Hickson e-mail to the cyber-trash…

                1. If you’re talking about feedback for the opening to your latest project, I did send an email. Did you not receive it? If not, let me know and I’ll see if I can find it and re-send it to someone who will read it, shizzle.

                2. It must have wound up in the trash, Ned. I share that e-mail address with the wife and these things happen sometimes. Plus, as you know, I’m a moron.

                  If you can re-send it I’d be eternally grateful and I’d spot you five points in our ongoing battle of wits.. Putz.

                3. I’ll see if I can dig it up, although I frequently purge my email’s “sent” files; usually right after I eat. I’ll get back to you, schlemiel…

  5. Your blood is at least 1/3 maple syrup by now. You’re more CDN than me – and I’m First Nations. The U.S. should just defer you across the 49th already!

  6. You’ve solved all my problems, Ned!! Thank you. I am perpetually in a slouch when it comes to writing. If I just re-blog all the great blogs I come across (don’t worry you’ll be in there plenty) I can create a blog of my own without having to lift a single mental pound. I will be the “Funniest Blog in the World” (as implied in the New York Times Comedy Review (Jan 12)) and I can continue on my path of lethargic lethargy.

    The world has just become a great place. And it’s all thanks to you.

    1. Thank you, Chris. The intention of this blog has always been, foremost, to help others perpetuate lethargy and shed mental pounds. I guess it’s time I find a new purpose.

  7. If I read between the lines correctly, you found an amazing buffet in Canada and have no time to waste on silly writing. I think you’ve made the best choice here.

  8. Hey now, don’t you be hating on Canadian spelling! NeighboUr is so much more civilized than blah little “neighbor.” Get the message yet, eh? πŸ˜‰

    Not sure if I should thank you or not for this post, Ned. ‘Cause now I’m following yet another blog. Pretty sure my Reader is going to explode soon.

    1. Haha! I get it, eh? I’m just glad to have a good neighbour at the bordour.

      And trust me, if you’re following Ross now… You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

  9. Don’t forget “cheque” rather than check. I’m one of those French-Canadian types so spelling is important. πŸ˜‰ And thanks for suggesting Ross – I’m following him now. πŸ™‚

    1. Ha! Tooshay, Lynette!
      I’m glad I could help you discover Ross. We’ve been blogger friends for a while now. He’s a funny guy and terrific writer. Plus he sends me real maple syrup once in a while…

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