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