About this Ned guy

imageNed Hickson is the editor and a syndicated humor columnist at Siuslaw News, a small Oregon newspaper where the motto is:

Your dependable source for local news. Twice weekly. Unless we lose count.

After graduating from high school in Florence, Ore. in 1984, Ned moved to Dallas, Texas, where he found groundbreaking work as a bus boy. He eventually made his way into the kitchen and was promoted to corporate chef for L&N Seafood Restaurant in 1987, traveling throughout the South, coordinating restaurant openings. In 1989 he was promoted to regional chef and moved to Atlanta, Ga., where he was in charge of overseeing kitchen operations for 15 L&N Seafood locations throughout the Southern region.

But what does any of this have to do with his WRITING credentials?!?

Nothing really, but aren’t you getting hungry?

During his years in the restaurant business, Ned continued to write, getting short stories published in dozens of small press magazines, and completing a mystery novel. In 1999, he was hired as the sports editor and humor columnist for Siuslaw News in Florence, Ore.

"Focused," "Dedicated" and "Marginally Excitable" are just some of the words used to describe his journalistic style.

“Focused,” “Dedicated” and “Marginally Excitable” are just some of the words used to describe his journalistic style.

During his time at the News, he has been awarded “Best Local Column” from both the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He took his self-syndicated column online to newspapers in 2002 and, by 2003, received his first measure of national success: A threatening letter from Velcro© for not using the “©” symbol when making fun of its product. That same year, he became a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. In 2013, his column became a syndicated feature with News Media Corporation. He was promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 2016.

"This should get that fuse box open..."

“This should get that fuse box open…”

Ned has been a volunteer firefighter with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue since 2011 and is the author of two books: Humor at the Speed of Life (2013), a collection from 15 year of his columns; and Pearls of Writing Wisdom: From 16 shucking years as a columnist (2016), a writer’s survival guide offering tips, insights and inspiration gathered from his 16 years as a writer.

Both books are available from Port Hole Publishing by clicking on the images at the bottom, or quite possibly from the trunk of Ned’s car.

He and his wife, Alicia, live in a small town on the Oregon coast with their four children, a dog, a cat and entirely too many sea gulls.

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209 thoughts on “About this Ned guy

  1. OMG…I’m going to love reading your stuff….hope you don’t mind another gushing fan. Though it appears that we live in different time zones, I hope you’ll consider loaning out your volunteer fire fighting skills–we have a few self-wired areas in our own home.
    Cheers!

    • I swear, for the first two years after I wired my home, every time there was a power outage (frequent in Oregon) I was convinced it was something I had wired wrong! That said, and considering the time zone factor, I could lone myself and my engine crew for a fire as long as we had a head start… 😉

    • Thanks, Dye! I visited your blog and the feeling is mutual. Love your honesty and writing style — and the praises you have for your husband. Just like I’m sure he does, I consider myself a very lucky man. Looking forward to your posts 😉

  2. Ned,
    Thanks so much for speaking to Mapleton High School Students on January 13, 2014!
    The students thought that you were very enthusiastic, energetic, and very, very, funny! some of them have already read parts of your book and loved it! they want you to come back and speak about photography!
    Thanks again,
    Cheryl

    • Thanks so much, Cheryl I really enjoyed being there and having the chance to corrup… offer some insight to young minds. I’m really glad they’re enjoying the book, too. I’m sure it will become a part of Mapleton High School history, or at least help raise someone’s computer monitor to the right height. 😉

      I’d be happy to come back any time, so just let me know and I’ll be there 🙂

      By the way, do you think you could send along a couple of photos from Monday? I might like to use one or two on my blog. I’d be happy to give a photo credit. If not, no worries 🙂

      Thanks again!

  3. Any tips on how to get your writing published?

    I write just because I enjoy doing so, but my wife dreams of getting published (we’re both on disability– while I think it’s a worthy goal, I’m not entirely sure how realistic it is).

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    • I couldn’t agree more, Shirley. Humor is so important for so many reasons in life, love and living life with an appreciative spirit. Plus when you’re laughing it makes other people wonder what they missed 😉

  5. Since no one is watching… I guess I’ll have to tell you. I found your blog from your feature on the Suz’s Fellow Blogger series. I wish I had found it earlier. I enjoy humor, particularly with a focus on current events.

    Feel free to ignore the gravatar image which won’t grab your attention.

    I read your getting started post and found it enlightening. I have dreamed of creating a column but have never had the nerve to submit even a “letter to the editor”. Now, if I ever get the nerve, I’ll know how to handle the rejection at least.

    I’ll be looking forward reading more of your work.

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      • (grin) You shouldn’t be scared of the dental thing anymore. Taking the site to non-dental stuff from now on. I write for a dental magazine and told my editor I would be writing serious pieces for him from now on. I think he was relieved. Trying to balance the two worlds is weird.

        • That sounds exciting, Eva 🙂 By the way, speaking of balancing two worlds, I thought your piece on boobs in the dental chair was brilliant. I can understand why it got so much attention. Hysterical!

  7. Wow you have quite the spectacular ‘About.’ I agree – not a bad idea to be a fireman if you’re home is over 100 years old 🙂
    I’ve visited many, many blogs and your blog is the first I’ve found using the same theme as mine – Splendio!
    AnnMarie

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  9. Sorry if I seem to be rifling through some of your older blogs with random ‘likes’ (I feel like a stalker) – just finding some interesting reading via different links. Anyways, I am glad I stumbled across your site, really enjoying some of your blogs and your sense of humour!

  10. Hey Ned, I live in Australia and stumbled across your blog a while back. It is great to find another writer with a warped and slightly wacky sense of humour! Thanks for the entertainment, your blogs are a great distraction for when I am supposed to be working. Cheers!

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  12. This is just too funny! Can you tone it down? (I don’t really mean that, the tone it down part).

    My Hubby is also a Volunteer Fire Fighter. Thanks for you service.

    • If I tried toning it down, it would probably just come out somewhere else. I think it’s safer this way 😉

      Thanks for reading, and please give your husband a hearty and appreciative handshake on my behalf. Whatever happens after that is up to you guys, but let him know it’s not on my behalf anymore… 😉

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  19. Holy crap, a fellow Oregonian. (Hides coffee and beer stash.) I’ve been through Florence. I had to roll up my windows to avoid hearing loss from all the ATVs roaring around on the sand dunes but other than that, it was lovely.

    *It took three local librarians and a forester to locate the proper pronunciation for “Siuslaw” but I still don’t trust it.

    • Hey, Colleen! Sorry for the slow reponse. Thanks so much for the shout-out and including me on your list. It’s rainy and dark here in Oregon, so any kind of sunshine is welcome. I’m burried right now but will definitely do my part in sharing the sunshine just as soon as I can. I really enjoy your stuff, by the way, and as a 49-year-old with three teens, I need the laughs from a kindred spirit 😉 Thanks again!

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  23. I like it. Your blog. I look forward to seeing where life takes you and your entries. I took the long way around to writing also but not through the kitchen. How lucky your wife must be to have a chef in the house. My husband is most women’s dream “task completer” and makes me the envy of many friends. My son (almost 20 and one of triplets) is in college for EMS and plans to become a firefighter and whatever else he decides. So, there’s a little similarity in our stories. Happy to meet you.

    • Thanks for reading, Lisa, and for the wonderful comments. As you said, it sounds like we have some similarities along our road to writing, as well as the spouses we’ve been blessed with. And congrats to your son for his chosen career! He sounds like a special man who’s going to contribute a lot 😉

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