Minted

5a563e42-7fe1-49b3-85d7-a21ef76d1285My Featured Blogger this week is Nicola Humphreys of a rambling collective. She lives, she tells us, “somewhere in the north of England, or the Midlands, depending on your point of view.”

Nicola is a short story writer who, as do many of us, “works for a company (like a sausage factory) that makes widgets or gizmos or something.” She also visits London once a month “to eat real food.” When she’s not writing, that is. Which is good news, because her sometimes witty, usually quirky, always engaging short stories are terrific. So much so that, IMHBCO (In My Humble But Correct Opinion), that company of hers should stop making widgets…

And start publishing her stories instead!

a rambling collective

This story was first published on the Dime Show Review website.

Photo by Shane Avery on Unsplash


We thought it was a game. A competition. Training. Preparation for the future.Every week, we got a chance to disable the alarm, pick the lock, open the safe, change a tyre, strip a weapon or do some other task we were going to need when the internet failed or the electricity got switched off. The winner got double ice-cream and didn’t have to do the dishes. Well, now I work in an ice-cream parlor, washing up glass bowls and stainless steel milkshake cups. How’s that for irony?

He used to chew double bubble gum all the time, to stay sharp, just in case. Always casing. He hated that I could read keys and didn’t need to make a mould of them. There was nothing wrong with his work. It was sloppy though, to…

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6 Responses to Minted

  1. revruss1220 says:

    She is a real talent. Thanks for bringing her to our attention.

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  2. (By the way, what exactly IS a widget???)

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  3. Thank you for the boost! Writing is a solitary affair, even more so at the moment. It’s like firing a cannon into space, hoping that someone in their own little spaceship will pass by, and pause to read my writing. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

    A widget is one of those indefinable things that we all need but didn’t know we needed until we have one. Then we want another. Gizmos are similar, and are often referred to as “thingamajigs”. Plus, the Mogwai thing, obvs. I can take or leave the film, but listen the the band almost everyday.

    Well back to it. This novel isn’t going to edit itself….
    Nicola xx

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  4. mitchteemley says:

    I’ve enjoyed your cannon shots for quite sometime now, Nicola. So it was my duty–and pleasure–to draw the attention of a few more passing spaceships. Keep firing! ;>)

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