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IVEY books Welcome to Ivey Books, a publishing enterprise by Nicki Ivey of Northampton, Pennsylvania. I've been writing stories and books since the 4th grade, and haven't got tired of it yet.
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I'm still feeling things out, trying to get my balance in this sometimes-awkward world of writing, but I'm confident I'll sort it out sooner rather than later.

I am alive! It was a close thing, let me tell you. And it's not over. But the terrifying thing on Monday did not kill me...
03/01/2018
Y writer no writing?

I am alive! It was a close thing, let me tell you. And it's not over. But the terrifying thing on Monday did not kill me. This is the good news. The bad news is that the terrifying thing pointed out that maybe I cannot make writing a full-time gig this year. There's a certain amount of relief in saying that, you know? [ 187 more words ]

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I am alive! It was a close thing, let me tell you. And it’s not over. But the terrifying thing on Monday did not kill me. This is the good news. The bad news is that the terrifying thing poin…

I did a kind of scary thing last night, and that was to take a really good look at the mess that is not my family's budg...
02/26/2018
Scary things

I did a kind of scary thing last night, and that was to take a really good look at the mess that is not my family's budget. That is to say, I faced the fact that I don't have a functional budget, and I reached out for help. I'm scared, but also already a little bit less scared. I'm embarrassed, but also a little bit less embarrassed. [ 168 more words ]

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I did a kind of scary thing last night, and that was to take a really good look at the mess that is not my family’s budget. That is to say, I faced the fact that I don’t have a function…

I learned about Habit Trackers long before I started trying to use them in my Bullet Journal. The screenshot above is fo...
02/26/2018
Setting Habits

I learned about Habit Trackers long before I started trying to use them in my Bullet Journal. The screenshot above is for Chains.cc. They have a web and smartphone app for tracking whatever. I tried to keep this kind of thing analog in my #bujo, but I kept coming back to this, so I finally gave in. TTFN, ta-ta for now!

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I learned about Habit Trackers long before I started trying to use them in my Bullet Journal. The screenshot above is for Chains.cc. They have a web and smartphone app for tracking whatever. I trie…

I woke up this morning and after getting fully disgusted with my Facebook feed, decided now is the time to start another...
02/19/2018
40 Days without Social Media

I woke up this morning and after getting fully disgusted with my Facebook feed, decided now is the time to start another item on my 40 while 40 list. Currently off limits for the next 40 days (until March 31) are: Facebook Messenger Twitter Ello Minds Pinterest I also have notifications turned off for WordPress, but that's mostly to keep me from checking the app on my phone. [ 172 more words ]

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I woke up this morning and after getting fully disgusted with my Facebook feed, decided now is the time to start another item on my 40 while 40 list. Currently off limits for the next 40 days (unti…

My first February post! I have been spending the time between now and my last post figuring out what doesn't work for me...
02/17/2018
*raising hand* I’m over here

My first February post! I have been spending the time between now and my last post figuring out what doesn't work for me, both in my writing and in life. I've been slowly reading The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle, and enjoying it. I'm nearly finished. I've been trying to get a meditation habit started. [ 227 more words ]

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My first February post! I have been spending the time between now and my last post figuring out what doesn’t work for me, both in my writing and in life. I’ve been slowly reading The Po…

I so loved going outside this morning to the sight of my backyard turned into a snow globe. I took pictures and a movie,...
01/30/2018
Big Fat Flakes

I so loved going outside this morning to the sight of my backyard turned into a snow globe. I took pictures and a movie, as if I had never set sight on such things before. Falling snow just makes me happy. Shoveling snow does not, but what we got today was perfect for me. The cold didn't seem so cold. The wind was nonexistent. [ 48 more words ]

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I so loved going outside this morning to the sight of my backyard turned into a snow globe. I took pictures and a movie, as if I had never set sight on such things before. Falling snow just makes m…

My uncle introduced me to tattoos when I was a child simply by having them on his forearms. I believe he has one on each...
01/18/2018
Ink

My uncle introduced me to tattoos when I was a child simply by having them on his forearms. I believe he has one on each forearm and one on each bicep, but I only remember the tiger. It crawled toward his wrist, from what I recall, and he must have got it when he was young because it faded well with age. [ 297 more words ]

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My uncle introduced me to tattoos when I was a child simply by having them on his forearms. I believe he has one on each forearm and one on each bicep, but I only remember the tiger. It crawled tow…

I've mentioned this before, but I'm going to bring it up again because I'm angry. I have a love/hate relationship with F...
01/10/2018
Love/Hate with Facebook

I've mentioned this before, but I'm going to bring it up again because I'm angry. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love the ability to write quick updates about what's happening during my day and that I can keep up with friends in the same way by reading their updates. I love keeping in touch with friends from school or areas I used to live in, getting to watch their families grow from afar. [ 227 more words ]

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I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m going to bring it up again because I’m angry. I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. I love the ability to write quick updates about wh…

Interesting how the word "meme" applies here, as "me, me!" I found this sucker on Facebook but decided to put it here in...
01/09/2018
Mememememememe…

Interesting how the word "meme" applies here, as "me, me!" I found this sucker on Facebook but decided to put it here instead. I also took some time this week to update my #40while40 and /now pages - not a ton, just a bit. The #40while40 will update all year as I think of my 40 things an get some of those things accomplished. [ 334 more words ]

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Interesting how the word “meme” applies here, as “me, me!” I found this sucker on Facebook but decided to put it here instead. I also took some time this week to update my #…

It's my birthday! I'm officially 40. I'm very happy to be 40, and I've had a lovely day so far. I slept in until about 1...
01/04/2018
Third of 2018, January

It's my birthday! I'm officially 40. I'm very happy to be 40, and I've had a lovely day so far. I slept in until about 11 a.m., but that was after waking up at 6 a.m. and getting everyone off to school and work. So technically I took a four-hour nap an hour after waking up. That was lovely. Then I did my morning routine things that I usually do when the kids are getting ready, and which I should be doing an hour before they need to even get up. [ 359 more words ]

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It’s my birthday! I’m officially 40. I’m very happy to be 40, and I’ve had a lovely day so far. I slept in until about 11 a.m., but that was after waking up at 6 a.m. and ge…

Happy New Year! I mentioned yesterday that I'm excited. I'm still excited. If I'm honest, I'm more excited about turning...
01/01/2018
The first of 2018

Happy New Year! I mentioned yesterday that I'm excited. I'm still excited. If I'm honest, I'm more excited about turning 40 in two days, and my New Year enthusiasm is really "I'm about to be 40!" enthusiasm. As a result, I didn't do resolutions this year. I started in November with a list of 40 things I wanted to do while I'm 40, and then couldn't think of anything else, and then yesterday I picked it up again. [ 244 more words ]

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Happy New Year! I mentioned yesterday that I’m excited. I’m still excited. If I’m honest, I’m more excited about turning 40 in two days, and my New Year enthusiasm is really…

Can I pinpoint why I am so grateful for 2017? Probably. Let me try: I ate a mostly plant-based diet for a month this sum...
01/01/2018
The last of 2017

Can I pinpoint why I am so grateful for 2017? Probably. Let me try: I ate a mostly plant-based diet for a month this summer and felt amazing doing it. (Then Life.) I published three paperback books (two under a pen name), and several ebooks (all of those under pen names). I made great strides in self-improvement, self-love, and self-confidence. [ 332 more words ]

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Can I pinpoint why I am so grateful for 2017? Probably. Let me try: I ate a mostly plant-based diet for a month this summer and felt amazing doing it. (Then Life.) I published three paperback books…

I have lived through two birthdays, two Christmas celebrations, and one anniversary. I now have a little bit of a break ...
12/29/2017
Getting ready for 2018

I have lived through two birthdays, two Christmas celebrations, and one anniversary. I now have a little bit of a break to get ready for 2018, and here's what that looks like for me. (In no particular order.) Preparing my 2018 #bujo (it's new and hot pink and incredibly attractive), which involves drawing in calendars, bringing over a couple of pages of tracking things, and getting all the pages drawn out that start my months. [ 194 more words ]

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I have lived through two birthdays, two Christmas celebrations, and one anniversary. I now have a little bit of a break to get ready for 2018, and here’s what that looks like for me. (In no p…

I just wanted to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas Day and Monday. The lights, the snow, the opportunity to find ways ...
12/25/2017
This is my holiday

I just wanted to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas Day and Monday. The lights, the snow, the opportunity to find ways to show my loved ones they're loved, it all adds up to a rather lovely day. Lots of times Christmas is a sad time for me, although not always for any particular reason. It can just get depressing sometimes. Some of my family and loved ones suffer in this season as well. [ 129 more words ]

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I just wanted to wish everyone a fantastic Christmas Day and Monday. The lights, the snow, the opportunity to find ways to show my loved ones they’re loved, it all adds up to a rather lovely …

I am not a religious person, but I believe I could be defined as a spiritual one, in that I'm up for a bit of "woo-woo" ...
12/12/2017
The “woo-woo”

I am not a religious person, but I believe I could be defined as a spiritual one, in that I'm up for a bit of "woo-woo" to advance my life and my self. I wasn't like this until recently. I was simply Nicki, and Nicki was firmly in the "life sucks and then you die" camp. My change started about five years ago with a box from Quarterly, which is a subscription service. [ 452 more words ]

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I am not a religious person, but I believe I could be defined as a spiritual one, in that I’m up for a bit of “woo-woo” to advance my life and my self. I wasn’t like this u…

I haven't had a bottle of wine since last Christmas, I'd bet my glass on it. So my fingers are a bit liberated, to put i...
12/10/2017
Overflowing with Gratitude

I haven't had a bottle of wine since last Christmas, I'd bet my glass on it. So my fingers are a bit liberated, to put it finely. That should not negate what I have to say tonight. Christmas does not feel like Christmas without a tree and without lights. I do not subscribe to the Christian portion of the holiday, but I do fervently enjoy the exchange of gifts on Christmas morning, being able to give my children things they wish for and trying to do the same for my husband. [ 272 more words ]

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I haven’t had a bottle of wine since last Christmas, I’d bet my glass on it. So my fingers are a bit liberated, to put it finely. That should not negate what I have to say tonight. Chri…

I mentioned yesterday that I wrote in three different stories during November. At one point I decided not to count the w...
12/02/2017
So there’s a project to finish

I mentioned yesterday that I wrote in three different stories during November. At one point I decided not to count the words for the first of the two romances, but as the deadline crept closer I realized I really, really needed those words so I tucked them back into my word count for the month. Yes, I was a rebel. I think that will be a standard thing from here on out. [ 206 more words ]

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I mentioned yesterday that I wrote in three different stories during November. At one point I decided not to count the words for the first of the two romances, but as the deadline crept closer I re…

This past November, the one that just ended yesterday, I write 50,000 words of fiction. The challenge is to write one no...
12/02/2017
National Novel Writing Month 2017 and forward

This past November, the one that just ended yesterday, I write 50,000 words of fiction. The challenge is to write one novel in November, but that wasn't my choice this year. I wrote the words in three different stories - two romance and one science fiction - and 48,266 those words I wrote in the last seven days. It's now a fact that if I pushed myself, I could potentially write four 50,000 word novels in November. [ 333 more words ]

http://nickified.com/national-novel-writing-month-2017-and-forward/

This past November, the one that just ended yesterday, I write 50,000 words of fiction. The challenge is to write one novel in November, but that wasn’t my choice this year. I wrote the words…

To conclude, I have abso-f**king-lutely no idea. Hi! I'm Nicki, and I wanted to be a teacher, a psychiatrist, and an arm...
11/19/2017
What to do when you’re not particularly good at what you love to do

To conclude, I have abso-f**king-lutely no idea. Hi! I'm Nicki, and I wanted to be a teacher, a psychiatrist, and an army nurse when I wanted to grow up. They all have something in common - there are dog tags involved. Oh, wait. They all help people. The dog tag part was the only reason I ended up with army nurse. [ 439 more words ]

http://nickified.com/what-to-do-when-youre-not-particularly-good-at-what-you-love-to-do/

To conclude, I have abso-f**king-lutely no idea. Hi! I’m Nicki, and I wanted to be a teacher, a psychiatrist, and an army nurse when I wanted to grow up. They all have something in common …

I really dislike the way Facebook works, so while blog posts will appear here, I'm not even going to pretend to put any ...
11/16/2017
Nickified

I really dislike the way Facebook works, so while blog posts will appear here, I'm not even going to pretend to put any effort into building this page as a community hub. Check out my blog - http://nickified.com & http://iveybooks.com (same site, currently) - as the place where I put my energy.

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I love National Novel Writing Month. I love the challenge. I love that I had always wanted to write a novel, and when I ...
11/10/2017
So here’s the deal

I love National Novel Writing Month. I love the challenge. I love that I had always wanted to write a novel, and when I found this challenge, I did it. Just like that. Like the challenge was made for me. I discovered NaNoWriMo four years after its inception in 2003 when it was still new. I've participated and won every year since. [ 198 more words ]

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I love National Novel Writing Month. I love the challenge. I love that I had always wanted to write a novel, and when I found this challenge, I did it. Just like that. Like the challenge was made f…

Greetings and salutations! I took a little break to work on some business planning, and somehow National Novel Writing M...
11/03/2017
Still here

Greetings and salutations! I took a little break to work on some business planning, and somehow National Novel Writing Month snuck up on me. I'm not quite up to speed yet, but the fact that I'm excited to see where this story will take me I think is a really good sign. Other things that are happening include doctor appointments flu shots, plumber visits, writing events, and teenage dramatics. [ 53 more words ]

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Greetings and salutations! I took a little break to work on some business planning, and somehow National Novel Writing Month snuck up on me. I’m not quite up to speed yet, but the fact that I…

Already my copy of this is flopping open and I’m only 38 pages in. I’m going to work on this for the next two days as mu...
10/30/2017
#YBY2018

Already my copy of this is flopping open and I’m only 38 pages in. I’m going to work on this for the next two days as much as I can so when November hits I can focus on writing. I wish I had used my copy last year properly. I gave up on it too soon, maybe. I know I felt like these things never work for or apply to me. Well, I need the focus, so here goes. 

http://nickified.com/yby2018/

Already my copy of this is flopping open and I’m only 38 pages in. I’m going to work on this for the next two days as much as I can so when November hits I can focus on writing. I wish I had used m…

This is a fabulous $6 tool. I recommend one for anyone with cats, long-haired girls, or people living in their house. Fi...
10/27/2017
Plunge

This is a fabulous $6 tool. I recommend one for anyone with cats, long-haired girls, or people living in their house. Fill sink with water, cover those funny vents under the lip of the sink, and plunge your stoppage away.

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This is a fabulous $6 tool. I recommend one for anyone with cats, long-haired girls, or people living in their house. Fill sink with water, cover those funny vents under the lip of the sink, and pl…

I love Minecraft. This isn't original (copied from online somewhere) but I had fun making it. I see that there are a few...
10/25/2017
I built a thing

I love Minecraft. This isn't original (copied from online somewhere) but I had fun making it. I see that there are a few blocks missing to fix, and I haven't seen it at night. But much fun!

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I love Minecraft. This isn’t original (copied from online somewhere) but I had fun making it. I see that there are a few blocks missing to fix, and I haven’t seen it at night. But much …

Hidey ho, neighbor! 0 fiction words, 324 total words I've been writing this blog nearly all year now - a new one for 201...
10/25/2017
Decisions, decisions

Hidey ho, neighbor! 0 fiction words, 324 total words I've been writing this blog nearly all year now - a new one for 2017. Coming back every day for another post is a habit, and a hard one to break. I wasn't sure I'd be making a post today, but here I am. I need more habits like this. Some are easier to fall out of once they're established. [ 91 more words ]

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Hidey ho, neighbor! 0 fiction words, 324 total words I’ve been writing this blog nearly all year now – a new one for 2017. Coming back every day for another post is a habit, and a hard …

There is a meme going around Facebook. Once nominated by a current participant, you are to post seven black and white ph...
10/24/2017
Mono

There is a meme going around Facebook. Once nominated by a current participant, you are to post seven black and white photos from your life. No people, no explanations. And then you nominate someone every day to do the meme, too. Naturally, I saw it and couldn't help myself. I didn't wait for a nomination, and I haven't nominated anyone. I'm enjoying taking people-free photos of parts of my day, and because they're black and white I'm not worrying about dust or clutter or crap lying around. [ 61 more words ]

http://nickified.com/mono/

There is a meme going around Facebook. Once nominated by a current participant, you are to post seven black and white photos from your life. No people, no explanations. And then you nominate someon…

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