About Lyle Nicholson
Lyle Nicholson is the author of four novels, two novellas and a short story, as well a contributor of freelance articles to several newspapers and magazines in Canada.
In his former life, he was a bad actor in a Johnny Cash movie, Gospel Road, a disobedient monk in a monastery and a failure in working for others.
He would start his own successful sales agency and retire to write full time in 2011. The many characters and stories that have resided inside his head for years are glad he did.
He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada with his lovely wife of many years where he indulges in his passion for writing, cooking and fine wines.
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I am a retiree. At least that’s what I’m called now. I left my occupation as a sales agent seven years ago. I was in fact, a face to face and on the phone kind of guy, that’s what I did. I’d call you, make an appointment and show you my wares. I traveled from … Continue reading Retiring to Cyberspace. The road less traveled.
This has a been an amazing year for my journey in writing. I almost gave up writing. Not that I didn’t love to write, it was that I wasn’t getting any readers. I hadn’t figured out the mystery of Amazon and its mighty search engine, therefore, readers couldn’t find me, buy my books and give … Continue reading The night before Christmas, looking back on a writing year.
As a Canadian fiction writer, I admit I’m getting a bit addicted to watching the American Presidential Election. Never, in all my years have I seen such wonderful elements for a fiction novel. A few weeks ago, Donald Trump claimed that the Presidential election would be rigged, then a week later, a report comes out of … Continue reading Trump, Russians,Ballet Boxes and Twitter. This is a Fiction Writers Dilema.
I was in Hawaii a few months back and as always I’m impressed by the local Hawaiians. Most of us never see how the locals interact amongst each other, we’re too busy marveling at sunsets or checking when happy hour is for cheap MaiTais. But there is a feeling of Aloha here, that isn’t in … Continue reading The gift of a wave in Hawaii.
I have no idea if Donald Trump will become the Republican Candidate or if he will be elected as the next President of the United States. I am a Canadian. Along with 35 million others up here, we look vicariously at the dog fight that is taking place in the United States. I believe it’s called an … Continue reading Trump World. How would fiction writers describe this?
I don’t put myself in the same category as Steve Martin. He’s a great comedian, actor, and accomplished writer. I’m a highly unsuccessful Indie writer and Steve Marin…well, what can you say, he’s written over forty novels and numerous screenplays. My favorite of his novels is Shop Girl and L.A.Story. There are some who love his … Continue reading Steve Martin and I have one thing in common – we’ve both killed books.
I know every year, we all do the same thing. We make some goals. We are going to get richer, thinner, smarter or come up with a way to make our life better. All the books and all the pundits tell us that goal setting is the one thing that will help us. Great. You set … Continue reading For 2016, how about forgetting goals, and resolve to push your boundaries.
I opened my email this morning and was delighted to see a report from TripAdvisor. “You have 57,204 readers of your reviews.” I’ve posted some 78 reviews, and received 56 helpful votes. How nice is that? I then opened my Amazon account where my four books reside. My most recent one, MisDiagnosis Murder, was published … Continue reading I have 57,204 readers on TripAdvisor, and only 5 of my new novel. Now What?
This story took place forty-four years ago. You could ask, as I’m a writer, why it took so long to write about this. I have to say, I don’t know, but here it is. How I ended up in Israel in Johnny Cash’s movie ,Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus (1973), is a longer story than … Continue reading Catching Jesus for Johnny Cash. My true story.
I heard this story of a cancer misdiagnosis many years ago. A man, who lived in England was told he had inoperable cancer and given a short time to live. He sold everything he had, then wound up his affairs. He didn’t want his passing to be a burden on anyone. Then he got a … Continue reading How a story of MisDiagnosis of Cancer became the idea for my new Novel.
I was at this dinner party several weeks ago when this lady told me that she was once a dancer. Her life was filled with a passion for dancing, it was all she wanted to do. “What happened?” I asked. I knew some of her history, and that she had retired from years in a … Continue reading Stories from the Poverty (economics) of Passion for the Arts.
After reading a great post from K.M. Weiland about books she thought were the best she’d read for writers this year, I thought, well, what about some of the books I’ve read that have defined my life. Some have even sent me on journeys…and I thought I’d share a few in this blog. I grew … Continue reading Books that define us teach us or send us on journeys. Here are some of mine
There’s something that writers don’t want to talk about, but invariably they can’t help themselves. It’s how vulnerable they feel when they give their work to finally be read by an actual reader. That single most important person, is after all the reader, unless a writer assumes they will leave all of their manuscripts to … Continue reading The power of vulnerability for writers and readers.
Some of you may know that I was able to write my latest novel, Circling the Drain, during the NaNoWriMo, NATIONAL WRITE A BOOK IN MONTH OF NOVEMBER competition. The prize is really that you wrote a novel of over 50,000 words in 30 days, and somewhere the gods of the Muse are happy. I … Continue reading Writing it down, then getting it right. A Criminal Lawyer helps with my Novel.
Everything is fine until you’re in water over your head! A swimming lesson that could be used in life.
A few weeks ago I watched my wife approach the deep end of the pool with her swimming instructor. She’d just learned to swim, finally after 55 years, and this was the test – the deep end. She got as far as the yellow line in the pool where the depth changed from 1.4 metres … Continue reading Everything is fine until you’re in water over your head! A swimming lesson that could be used in life.
My story of losing momentum actually begins over 40 years ago. It was taught to me by an old Engineer of a freight train. I was working for the railway in Canada’s far North. The location was Hay River, North West Territories. The same coordinates as St. Petersburg, Russia. That far North. On a Sunday,I … Continue reading If we linger too long in Paradise – do we lose momentum?
I confess I’ve been a “multi-tasker,” for years. I was proud of my ability to juggle several projects, and switch what I thought was seamlessly between one task to the other. In my former business life I ran a successful sales company that represented several different manufactures. I prided myself in the fact that I … Continue reading Learning the art of Single Tasking in Hawaii!
I was having lunch in Palm Springs last month with a group of people and one of them turned out to be a writer. She was a writer of business books, who had also been a professional speaker and was happy to learn I was a writer as well. “What is your expertise?” She asked. … Continue reading My confession to another writer. I have no expertise, only imagination and ideas!
If any of you saw my post back in October, I said I was going to enter the 30 day challenge, which is called NaNoWroMo, which means write a novel in the month of November. It does seem daunting. I mean, 50,000.00 words? That works out to 1,666 words per day, and I mean every … Continue reading Writing my 30 day novel. How I cheated and let the characters do it for me.
I recently played a round of golf with some friends of ours in our neighborhood, and afterwards we stopped by their place for some wine. In our conversation it turned out our friend is a writer. He’s written medical books, that were published years ago, and written in medical journals over the years. He is … Continue reading What the publishers told the 75 year old writer!
I want to tell you right now that I stole this wording from Kristen Lamb, and you can read more of her at www.warriorwriters.wordpress.com Her words were inspirational, and I think she nails what most fiction writers are thinking and trying to achieve, that I had to voice it on my own blog. Part of … Continue reading My new goal. Working at getting paid to play with my imaginary friends. The joys of writing.
I started travelling to the high Arctic in 1995, and by high Arctic, I mean this place called Prudhoe Bay in Alaska. I got there by flying directly south of my home in Calgary Canada, to Seattle, and then a four hour trip to Anchorage. There was then a direct flight to a place called … Continue reading My Arctic trips, dark nights, chickened fried steak, and learning to love fiction
My stories of Alaskan style Justice come from my travels to Alaska, and the first story came from the back of a taxi cab from the Anchorage airport to my hotel in downtown Anchorage. It was somewhere in 1995, and probably in winter, because I did most of my business in cold weather apparel, and … Continue reading Strange tales of Alaskan Justice…no it’s not on the National Geographic Channel
When I sent my book Polar Bear Dawn to an editor for a manuscript evaluation, I was told the book was too long and too many characters. I cut out 20,000 words, and in some of those words were the strange love stories from Alaska. Well, some of them were too good to pass up, … Continue reading Some strange Alaskan Love stories
Someone asked me how I came up with the idea for my first full length Novel, Polar Bear Dawn. It was easy I said. I had a fear of being eaten by Polar Bears. I visited Alaska’s Arctic from 1995 until 2009, and in that time I flew to the far north of the Arctic … Continue reading My fear of Polar Bears inspired my first book. The strange workings of a writers mind
My wife and I arrived on a United Airlines flight from Canada at 10:45 AM into Los Angeles Airport on Nov. 1st. Our flight to Palm Springs wasn’t until 3:05, and we had to clear customs, and go back through security. We were looking forward to lunch somewhere, and I planned to find a corner, … Continue reading My experience at the LAX airport shooting. A strange day for a fiction writer
I heard this story several weeks ago at a wine tasting event here, where I live in the Okanagan Valley in Western Canada. A young lady from Spierling Wineries in the valley was leading us through her wines, and then she told us a story about her great, great Grandmother. Her great,great Grandfather arrived in … Continue reading A great story of Faith and Determination
I’m a writer who lives in Kelowna, Canada. I have another strange addiction besides writing, and it’s riding my road bike. Riding clears my head. It lets me sort out stories, or see things that have been hiding in my own confusion. The other day I put on my bike gear, yes I wear the … Continue reading Some thoughts on writing and riding.
I’m a bit of research junkie. Yes, sometimes I get so bogged down with researching things, I forget to write. I spent time researching Dolphins and Mayan’s for my book Dolphin Dreams, and then hours of time researching oil futures for my upcoming book Polar Bear Dawn. Researching is fun. Hours on the web, shifting … Continue reading A Writers strange exploration and research into Ancestry
About a month ago, I boarded a flight from Kelowna, British Columbia to fly to San Francisco to attend a writers workshop with James Scott Bell. The young looking man who sat beside me on the plane for the first leg of the flight to Vancouver, turned out to be a Movie Producer. His name … Continue reading The 60 year old is asked by the 30 year old – what would you have done differently?
I admit it, I’m addicted to writing. How do I know? I flew on the Canada Day Weekend to San Francisco to attend a 3 day Writers Work Shop with James Scott Bell.. Now here’s the other thing that let me know I’m addicted to writing, the workshop wasn’t even in San Francisco! It was … Continue reading Feeding my Writing Addiction at a Writers Workshop with James Scott Bell
I admit, I find lessons in life from some of the strangest places. I found one from Steve Martin, and his movie The Jerk. The movie was in the 1970’s and it depicted Steve Martin’s character as a white man living with a Black family in Mississippi. The gag in the movie, was that he … Continue reading A strange lesson in rhythm from Steve Martin, and his movie The Jerk
Does anyone remember when Eric Clapton turned the world of rock and roll on its head? It was 1992. He made an album called Unplugged. While the world was listening to louder and louder music, and the electronics industry was developing all of these ways to make the sound pound our ears with so many … Continue reading Getting unplugged, in writing, and in life. Finding the power of silence.
I admit, I had no idea who John Locke was until about 2 years ago. I told a friend I was writing a book, and would probably self publish. My friend asked me if I’d heard about this guy who wrote short detective novels and sold them for .99 cents, and was getting some of … Continue reading Even if you don’t like John Locke’s writing, you have to love his business sense.
I admit, I’ve been away from my writing chair for over two weeks. If anyone has done that you know how it feels to get back to it. It’s hard. I was way down south, in Charleston South Carolina, and Savannah Georgia. Yes, the food was great, especially the great Grits, and the Gators were … Continue reading Getting back to writing after too much Grits, and dodging Gators
I admit it. I’m a John Cleese fan. I’ve been hooked on his silly antics from somewhere in the early 70’s. I remember late nights of watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Then hooked on Fawlty Towers, and somewhere in there was The Life of Brian, and his best ever, in my mind – A Fish … Continue reading A late blooming writer finds out about the science of creativity from John Cleese.
I admit it, the world of Independent Publishing is daunting. I recently published a Novella through an Independent publisher, and have watched it drift aimlessly after its launch. Yes, all that excitement over the publication, and the let down of “what now?” That seems to be a recurring theme amongst Indie Authors. The dream of … Continue reading A late blooming writer finds a road map for new writers with The CreativePenn.com.
I admit, coming to the world of writing late in life, I was somewhat naive about the amount of work it takes to get a novel to print. I have had several articles published by Newspapers and Magazines. That was a matter of doing a query, getting acceptance, and then sending the 500 to 1,000 … Continue reading A late blooming writer learns about editing and rewriting a novel
I was recently on the Big Island of Hawaii. After a long flight from Kelowna, Canada, we arrived there very late at night. Dawn broke, streaming a perfect Hawaiian light through our window – and the sound of Turkeys! I got up, stared out the balcony window of our Condo, and sure enough, a flock … Continue reading If this is Paradise – what’s up with the Turkeys!
I was in Kona, Hawaii recently on vacation, and there was a word I wanted to track down. It sounded like “How-lee,” and was used by Hawaiians to describe white foreigners. Okay, I admit, I learned this from watching Hawaii Five-O. Yes, I admit to watching this, but only when I need to put my … Continue reading Learning from a Hawaiian historical writer in Kona
I Realized today, that we are ten days into this year. Another year, that to me spreads before my like a white canvas or blank page. Many years ago I used to make resolutions, and take all of those resolutions quite seriously. It was twenty odd years ago, I discovered that if I made goals, … Continue reading My non resolutions for 2013, that involve writing, and not taking myself seriously
I received a GoodReads note from a friend the other day. I realized most of her picks were Erotica. I think there were several mentions of Fifty shades of whatever. On reading a Blog from an author I follow I noticed that everything they mentioned was for YA. Young Adults rule the reading lists. Hunger … Continue reading When you don’t write #Erotica or #YA – what then?
I was listening to a Canadian Music station, as I was roaming around doing my last bit of Christmas shopping, and the announcer introduced Stevie Ray Vaughan and his famous Pride and Joy song. I admit, Stevie Ray is one of my all time favourites, and so is his song, Pride and Joy. My only … Continue reading Learning to write ” deep in the pocket!” A lesson from #Stevie Ray Vaughan
I admit, I am new to blogging and tweeting. This was something I only was made aware of at a writers conference, called When Words Collide, back in August of this year. My experience with Social Media up until that time was with Facebook. Sometime in late October I established a twitter account, then late … Continue reading A late blooming writer tries to balance blogging tweeting and writing
I was asked this question last week. Getting my haircut, nice and trimmed up for Christmas, and my upcoming 60th birthday, the young hairstylist asked me what I did. “I now write books,” I said. She was mildly impressed, and asked me what I wrote, and what genre. Turns out the young lady was as … Continue reading A late blooming writer is asked the quesiton, “do you ever wish you’d started earlier?”
I admit, I knew nothing about this thing called the Muse, when I started writing again in 2010. I heard it existed, musicians had it. I thought that’s were the word came from. Poets supposedly wrote about it, but unfortunately I’m not a big fan of poetry, so their musing were lost on me. Sorry about … Continue reading A late blooming writer finds his Muse
I realized starting to write late in life, that I had a lot of learning to do. Where do you start? If you spent most of your life making a living, and then decide you want to pursue a passion for writer, what’s the next step? I found myself in this very dilemma in 2010. … Continue reading The late blooming writers learning curve
I don’t know what made me want to take up writing so late in life. After a career in sales, and a busy life with a business, at the age of 57, I decided to write. Why? Good question. Perhaps all writers ask why they want to tell stories. Some perhaps, because it’s there, just … Continue reading Deciding to write late in life
I read today, that J.K. Rawlings required therapy to deal with the astounding success of her writing career. Perhaps some may think that odd, but if you read about her past, the lady was a single mom, living in a bed sit, somewhere in the British Isles. To go from, what she claimed as living … Continue reading Getting Therapy for success?
I started writing many years ago. It was 1988 when I started my first stories, published some articles and wrote the first 15 chapters of a book. Never went much further on the book. Life somehow got in the way. 25 years later, retirement loomed or happened. Somehow in there I wanted to write again. My … Continue reading Finding your voice as a writer