Hello, I'm Sylvia Maner Nickels, ramblin scribe, avid reader, (almost) Tennessee native, and wannabe web designer. I was born and grew up in rural west Georgia but have lived in Tennessee much longer, hence the 'almost'.
On these pages, you'll find links to helpful writing sites and some of my pieces published online. The Ramblin Scribe's once sporadic columns appeared weekly for four years with the title, Life Slices, in a small local newspaper, the Kingsport Daily News and a couple of other local papers. Alas, the publisher decided to retire and the Daily News is no longer printed. I enjoyed doing the column and it helped me connect with many new and old friends.
I've had stories published in print and online. Several may be found archived on ezine websites. 'Google' my name in your browser search box and find them as well as my Authors Den, Facebook page, Twitter account, etc., as well as my personal website sylvianickels.com.
Some of my happier opportunities over the last few years have been participating, alone and with fellow writers, in a number of booksignings, festivals, conferences, expos and other book events. I'll be uploading the slideshow of sorts again showing me and a few of my writers' guilds friends at some of these events. We like meeting with people to talk about writing and books and sometimes we even sell a few!
Several writers groups flourish in my local area. Click on the links for each organization to find out more about them. The Lost State Writers Guild, has existed for almost twenty years. A monthly lunch meeting allows members to socialize and encourage each other in writing and to share writing news and promotion ideas.
I'm a board member of the Appalachian Authors Guild now a Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. Look for us at regional festivals, such as the highly-acclaimed Virginia Highlands Festival in Abingdon, Virginia, which takes place in July/August each year, and events marking historic occasions all around the Mid-Atlantic region.
Three times in the last several years I've put on an editor/publisher hat and helped put together an anthology of pieces written by members of the Lost State Writers Guild called Lost State Voices I, II, and III. If you'd like to know more about one these groups, click the name which takes you to the website.