Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I Write. I Give.

Last week I celebrated an anniversary. It's officially one year that I've been writing for my local newspaper. I know it might seem silly to mark this occasion. But I cannot believe how absolutely lucky I feel at having been given this opportunity to have such a cool job! Every week I write an article for publication in my very own column "WhiMSy print". And, it's kinda weird because I feel like I'm getting my creative writing practice in----with the community peeking from behind my shoulder. I'm simply journaling, in view of the public eye. Sometimes I write made-up stories, or about a small town adventure I had, or about anything random that pops in my head.

Getting reader feedback is super fun! Mr. WhiMSy love even gets stopped on occasion when people comment about how much they enjoy my column. haha! I've even gotten some nasty comments. There was that one time I wrote about my thoughts on a recent problem our town had with its water. I mentioned the word "poo" 7 times & the word "diarrhea" once. *Scandalous!* One person commented, "A pastor's wife shouldn't be talking that way!!!".  (Guess I must have misplaced my 'Pastor's Wives for Dummies' handbook.)

I like to mark special occasions. So I'm marking this one with a giveaway! I'd like to give one reader a 1-year subscription to my small town newspaper, The Bridgeport News-Blade. You'll get to read my column every week & peek inside my world. (I also work on the advertising & layout, sometimes take photos for the paper & have reported a story or two...)

Heck yeah I'm braggin'! How many people get to say they LOVE their job? I never dreamed I'd get to use this part of my creative self. I have never gone to work with a grumbling attitude. Monday nights from 8 pm until the wee hours of the morning? I'm there! And if you only knew all the silliness that went on at a newspaper at those odd hours of the day. And how many wasabi peas or chocolate candies I have consumed in one sitting while at work. But that's another story...

Leave a comment for your chance to win! Drawing will be held this Sunday, February 27th.
**Giveaway open to US residents only--sorry my foreign friends!!**

For those interested in receiving a copy once-a-week in your sweet little mailbox, you can purchase a yearly subscription by
(308) 262-0675
news [at]

Mailing address:
PO BOX 400
Bridgeport, NE 69336

The cost for a 1-year subscription is:
$28.75 (outside the state of Nebraska)
$20.00 (In the 11 Nebraska Panhandle Counties & those serving in the military)
$23.75 (Elsewhere in NE)


  1. I write for the paper too!! I already have a sub, so don't include me in the drawing, just wanna say congrats on the annviersary and thanks for giving us a creative perspective, although it did take me a good 20 minutes of slow sounding out words to read the one that was backwards...later it dawned on me I should just got a mirror!! :)

    ..from one journaling junkie to the other..CHeeRs

  2. What a GREAT give away! I can't believe it's already been a year for you. I'm sure it has stretched you in a really good way. CONGRATS!

  3. Carrie, it wouldn't have worked in a mirror. I had a lot of people annoyed at me for that column. haha!
    It was published on Valentines week & I shoulda mentioned that it was in honor of one of my favorite children's authors, Roald Dahl, & a romantic story he wrote called Esio Trot. (Which is "Tortoise" spelled backwards.)

  4. Congrats on your anniversary, Nikki! :) I love reading your article - I am sure that many people in the big town do! Keep up the good work.

  5. What a neat give-a-way!

    I've often wondered if there was an online edition of the NewsBlade just for your column... I never thought to perhaps get a subscription! hmmm! :)

  6. Wow!...a year already?

    Congrats Nikki for sticking it out and doing it with your usual enthusiasm.
    Would love to receive your paper as a giveaway prize and read your weekly column first hand.

    Signed... Red Velvet

  7. it's hard to believe it been a year!! if you've been working at that paper for a year then i've been reading your blog FOREVER!!!!

    you're so much fun!

    i hope i win!!!

  8. Wow - that's so cool that it's been a year! I know I don't comment on your blog that often, but I get it in my inbox every day and I've been following along with you and your girls for a couple a years now :)

  9. Wow! That was a fast year. So glad you are enjoying your job at the paper. Love the giveaway idea too.

  10. Nikki- congrats on the anniversary... I remember when you first posted about getting job. I never knew that about Esio Trot/ Tortoise- Roald Dahl is one of my favorites, but I prefer The BFG.

    Our local paper comes out on Wed. and that is such a fun mailbox day. Even though it is just small town news, it is so fun to get!

    I would love to get a copy of yours!

  11. Oh you know I totally want that subscription;)! I sure miss my daily writing and think I probably need to figure a way back . . . You rock:).

  12. Congrats on your anniversary!! That year went flying by, for me at least!!

    here's to many more good years!!

    l.moore.j (at)

  13. Ha ha ha! Sierra must've been signed in when I wrote the previous comment . . .

  14. some people are weird - everybody poops!!! happy anniversary!

  15. What a great idea for a give away!
    I hope you have another great year writing.

  16. I just found your blog via Ravelry and wanted to let you know that I simply fell in love! :)

    Happy anniversary! :)

  17. Please enter me to win the gift newspaper subscription! After all, I stopped in your town over the summer just to buy a copy of your paper - :) Enjoyed the rest of the paper too!

  18. Congrats on all the work you do! I can't believe that is has been a year. I love your blog and I think I have used a ton of your ideas with the kids I teach so thank you! You are the best.