About Me




I’m Nicole Marie. 

I made the very loose decision at the age of ten that I wanted to be a writer of some kind. I kept journals, wrote poems about boys (and tumbleweeds) and maintained straight A’s in all of my English classes. Since then I have wanted to go into Forensics, Theater, even Dentistry, but I always came back to my first love.

After attending community college for 2 and a half years and taking every English and Writing course I could fit into my schedule, I transferred to Rowan University where I received a Bachelor’s in Writing Arts (with a Creative Writing concentration) in May 2011.

I am Contest Coordinator and Assistant Poetry Editor for non-profit magazine Philadelphia Stories, a bartender, and proud mama to one seriously amazing little guy (the source of all of my inspiration these days).

Sometimes I’m motivated, sometimes I’m not, but I never stop loving the writing process.

I have a strange fascination with the macabre, but I’m just a normal girl (sort of) trying to make it in a tough industry. I still love Forensics, and at times, I still dream of Broadway.

I started blogging in order to create another outlet for myself as a creative writer, and it has become a great exercise to keep those juices flowing. I’ve also met some fantastic – and supportive – blogging friends along the way. 

Thanks for reading!

Other places you can find me: 

www.philadelphiastories.org (Watch out for our annual fiction/poetry contests!)

Contact me here:


104 responses to “About Me

  1. Joy

    Hi Nichole. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award because yours is awesome. Check it out:

  2. I love your blog! I’m looking forward to your future works, but don’t be afraid to put some of your past writing on here. I know I’d love to see it.

  3. Followed a comment you left at Edward Hotspur’s blog.
    Glad I did.

  4. NM, Thanks for the sub…but “Baying at the Moon” is my old NOW DEFUNCT site. ALL posts are ONLY at Barking in the Dark. See u there? continue…

  5. Androgoth

    A very nice introduction my friend 🙂
    I hope that your Monday is a very
    exciting one 🙂


  6. Le Clown

    Would you befriend a clown?
    Le Clown

  7. pierrmorgan

    Hi Nicole – thanks for commenting on my post “50K” – are you doing NaNo this year? I am. If you’d like another writing buddy, I’m “Pierr” in the pack. Have a fabulously macabre October.

    • Hi Pierr! I’m definitely considering it; I’m still working on a novel I was working on during NaNo last year, so I may “rebel” and just use NaNo as more inspiration to get it fine-tuned and all that. I will definitely find you on the site. 🙂 You have a wonderful October as well!

  8. What a fresh, exciting blog! Really enjoying catching up with everything I’ve missed. I’ll keep reading, thanks! G&T 🙂

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  11. Your code word is “Fireworks”. It will make sense later.

  12. I am glad I found you so that I could include you in my Movember contest. Thanks for participating and good luck!

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  14. Over from Le Clown’s. Congrats on the honor, so I’ll prowl around …. and, nice eyes.

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  16. if “philadelphia stories” ever needs a retired english teacher for editing or anything else, let me know. i’m just across the bridge.

  17. That’s a beautiful picture of you, and a beautiful tattoo! Waw. Blogging is indeed great, not only for the writing but also for the people you meet. And you’re on Le Clown’s blogrolll- no way I can dislike you :).

    • You flatter me! Thank you very much. So glad you found me on Le Clown’s blogroll. Gotta love Le Clown. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by – when I saw your “like” pop up, I immediately went to your page and am now listening to a fantastic Russian piano player.

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  20. Coming over from Le Clown. So happy you guest blogged! Lovin’ this one too. And, may I say, that is one of the most beautiful tattoos I’ve ever seen. Makes some of mine look like Disney. Glad I found you, and looking forward to reading more.

    • Thank you for stopping by, Victoria! And I appreciate it, thank you. 🙂 I love my artist. I’d love to see some of yours! I’ll be stopping by your blog today, too. I wish I had Sundays off like most people, but the life of a bartender usually means sacrificing the main day of rest!

      • I (almost) forgot to tell you! I’ve always wanted to be a bartender. Never happened, but at least I got to marry one. You may have just inspired a future blog post. 😉 Wishing You a stellar Sunday, Nicole Marie!

      • It has its ups AND downs! And I look forward to reading that future post. 🙂 A wonderful Sunday to you too, Victoria!

  21. Rohan 7 Things

    Hi Nicole, great to get to know you 🙂 I too fell in love with writing when I was young then got into acting and music. Now I’m finally getting back around to writing and it’s great 🙂

    Look forward to exploring your blog!

    All the best.


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  26. Great shoulders…nice blog too!

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  28. Hi Nicole-

    I’m very happy to have come across your blog, and even happier to be a new follower.

    Much continued success!

  29. Really nice. I hope you achieve your dreams ! 🙂
    I am new at this blogging thing, two weeks old actually and the only reason i wanted to do this was because i wanted to say things that i couldn’t in person. I’m glad i found you.

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  31. Hi Nicole!
    Found you on Christina’s Words for the Week-end and was immediately drawn to your words. I’m a blogger virgin, but have been on this earth too long to be a virgin in any other category. Can’t wait to read more!

  32. Caught your poem over on Chowderhead, and loved it!

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  34. Hey Nicole Marie! I’m trying to find a bartender who can write some creative pieces for my blog, Tipsy Lit. Mike Calahan suggested I contact you. I can’t find an email address so I thought I’d introduce myself here. If you’re interested, please email me at tipsylit@gmail.com, and I can give you more info about the project. Thanks!

  35. “Sometimes I’m motivated, sometimes I’m not, but I never stop loving the writing process.”
    That’s me!
    We’re two peas in a literary pod!
    (Minus the funny stuff, of course.)

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  37. And your fascination with the macabre and the darker side of things is just another thing (besides the suffering that is endurance sport) that we have in common. I wish I had the literary background you possess as I am a virtual noob to the writing world. Started writing flash fiction pieces about a year ago, and started blogging them and now “poetry” since late June. I am loving it, but have SO much to learn.

    • All that matters is that you’re loving what you do. I may have gone to school for writing, but every day is a learning process. And I learn better as I do things, rather than listening to someone else tell me what’s what. The biggest thing I’ve learned when it comes to writing? (Especially poetry)….There’s really no right or wrong. And I think that’s part of the reason I am so attracted to the art. We are free to express our emotions in any way they come out of our heads. Yes, writing fiction/non-fiction is obviously a little more grammatically strict, but poetry…I believe pretty much everything is free game in poetry!

      • I even put a grammar disclaimer in my about page. LOL. A pre-apology so to speak as the intention at that point was to have much more flash fiction than poetry, but now it is the other way around. I agree with learning by doing, and I write for ME FIRST anyway, so it’s all good. People seem to like it. I would love to know your opinion on any of my flash fiction stuff whenever you have time. It can all be found under the “Haunted Chronicles” category on my site. Seriously though. ONLY when and if you have time. Keep Inspiring friend

  38. Writer. Bartender. Horror enthusiast. Same name. Same husband’s name. This is like that Twilight Zone episode where that guys doppelgänger is slowly taking over his life.

    I’m backing slowly away….

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  40. Ahh…Now I see why you like Strange World. You share my fascination with the strange and macabre. Thank you for becoming a Strange World Truth Seeker and I very much look forward to reading more of your work.
    -Dr. Morty Schnub

  41. I’ve always thought Forensics was fascinating (in reality I know I could never do it because my stomach would fail me!) That would be great inspiration for writing horror, though 🙂

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  44. Hi Nicole,
    I’m so glad I found your writing. You are definitely on the right track. You appear to be in a very good place. I look forward to reading more. I’ll have to go back to the start.

  45. Nicole, sometimes I take WordPress advice and take a look at the blog’s they are recommending to me and here I find myself. There are similarities (I studied creative writing at college), there are coincidences (my son’s name is Rowan), but ultimately, I want to tell you this: Don’t stop writing. I did, and now I’m spending a hell of a lot of time making up for lost years. (Ok, there was a husband and kids and a few international moves in those years, but still…). Keep going, stay true.

    • dhonour,

      Thank you for this, seriously. I do find myself bouncing back and forth between motivation and lack thereof. So happy you found me (pretty cool coincidences) – thank you for reading, and encouraging me.

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  48. Sorry I’ve lost touch – but congrats on your new family addition! So happy for you!

  49. Hi 🙂 I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You can see my post here http://gentlementalannie.com/2015/06/24/sunshine-award-nominees/
    Annie ❤

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  53. I’m so glad you keep on writing on here, thank you 🙂

  54. David P. Kozinski

    Keep writing, Nicole. I look forward to reading, and hearing you read, more of your spare, haunting work.

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