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Nick Holmberg

Nick Holmberg

Houston, Texas

Nick has lived, learned, taught, and traveled in major metropolitan areas on both sides of the Pacific. These experiences inform the unique perspectives from which he writes.

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It could be said that Nick's entire life has been lived to write this book.

While growing up in the Central Valley of California, he spent a fair bit of time in what is now known as the Silicon Valley; it was the first major American city that he was steeped in. Santa Clara Valley—and its nearby mountains and ocean—captured his imagination long before the advent of the internet era. The people’s history of the bygone agrarian and canning industries in the area intrigued him so much that he ended up moving there in 1995 for undergrad at SJSU—just north of Steinbeck Country. Nick read various world literatures with guidance from a wide variety of scholars, but studying Steinbeck—a master of empathy—under Susan Shillinglaw was key to his development as a student and a writer of fiction.

Though it was in San Jose that Nick explored and observed his first adult influences in literature, art, music, and diversity, it was a gap semester at the age of 20 that informed his writing in a way university could not. He traveled solo for the first time, surviving on about $2,000 in busser/waiter cash and meeting people from all over the world; writing in earnest over those two months; staying in hostels; and traveling by bus and train. Ultimately, he produced what would later become material for the now-completed second volume: pain that cannot forget.

Before he moved to New York City in 2003 to pursue an M.A. in literature and creative writing, Nick wrote his first successful short story. It was part of his application to CCNY and was a short story that tested the bounds of his empathy. Someone whom he was close with at the time was attempting to figure out issues related to sexuality. He processed this by writing from a perspective that, in some ways, resembled this person's perspective. What he wrote for his CCNY application morphed into what now exists as part three of chapter one in volume one: the forthcoming toil & sound.

If Nick's social consciousness was still in a somewhat nascent stage when he moved to New York City, living for a year in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan opened his eyes. It gave him a real sense (however limited) of being an outsider: he may have been the only white person in a half mile radius. This and other cultural experiences in NYC entwined fortuitously with his courses. And these factors dramatically affected creative choices he made in Toil & Sound. He studied in depth the work of the South American and Caribbean magic realists; beyond the early slave narratives, he dove deep into the African-American canon.

Nick moved to South Korea in 2006. Among other things, he was fortunate to find new experiences and people. His lifestyle also allowed him the solitude needed to write. He expanded his book ideas over the course of four and a half years; he completed the first draft of his two novels. Since then, he has continued to read widely and write online about intercultural and social issues.

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Success! Toil & Sound sold 260 pre-orders by May 15, 2018, was pitched to 117 publishers, and will be self published.

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Toil & Sound

-- the revisionist

It's mid-1990s Silicon Valley. 19-year-old Kat has lost her entire family. She confronts an identity crisis unique to that era. Social media algorithms cannot define her—but her family mythology might.

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The novel begins in the mid-1990s with the aftermath of Kat (the 19-year-old narrator native to San Jose, California) losing track of her lifelong friend, Alma. Though Kat suspects Alma's boyfriend is the reason for the disappearance, Kat begins to wonder if her own actions over the course of their lives have driven Alma away. 

Kat then goes to New York City to find Oso, the only other person who can reunite her with her past. Over the course of a year—and many hesitations to actually meet with Oso—, she tells her life story to two different people, interlacing personalities and histories that are not necessarily her own.

Be assured, however, this is not another New York City novel—the last thing this world needs. Kat’s narrative is set in places like the shores of Oakland after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and Depression-era farming communities of California’s Central Valley. Most of Kat’s story of her own up-bringing takes place in and around the south Bay Area, nearby coastal areas, and San Francisco.

This is the first of a two-part series that explores the very nature of identity formation before the internet era changed it forever.


***CAUTION: Spoilers***

Throughout most of the novel, Kat is telling her stories to Lilly. Each subchapter reveals a new story pertaining to Kat's past.

The opening section is outside the chapter structure. It starts at the end [September 1997]*, indicating that Kat is about to leave Lilly after a year together. But how does it come to that?

*bracketed info indicates the year(s) being discussed in subchapters & main events of given chapter. They are for outline purposes only. Also, chapters and subchapters in the final product, should not be numbered or named. This is, after all, an oral history.

Chapter 1 [Kat’s first week in NYC; Alma’s Disappearance]

i. [early September 1996]: We learn of Kat’s first time having sex with a man (Berlin) in a hostel on 103rd and Amsterdam; Berlin leaves, and Kat reflects on her reason for being in NYC. We get an indication of Kat’s bookishness.

ii. [late August 1996]: Berlin (Desert Storm vet) introduces himself to Kat in New York City’s Bryant Park. In turn, we get an idea of Kat’s self-consciousness about her looks, the way she talks, and the fact that she has struggled to tell her own story.

iii. [early August 1996]: There is a party for Alma (Kat’s best friend) thrown by Alma’s boyfriend, Loskie. In the middle of the events at the party, we learn of Kat’s summer fling. Loskie threatens the two young women. Alma helps Kat escape. Alma disappears and cannot be contacted.

Chapter 2 [Jose’s History; Kat’s Early Life]

i. [early September 1996]: Kat’s accidental tourism with Berlin at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Lower Manhattan, which reveals aspects of Kat’s relationship with her father (Jose) and his influence on Kat’s personal narrative.

ii. [1945-1976]: Jose’s story up to the point when Kat is born (indicating the influence of Jose’s penchant for myth-making). Young Jose migrates from Bakersfield north to the Central Valley of Northern California. He meets Clara. They have Oso. Jose and his family move to downtown San Jose. Kat is born.

iii. [1977-1979] Clara becomes Alma’s nanny. Description of growing up in downtown San Jose with an almost non-existent father (who wanders the streets when he’s not working), an unpredictable older brother (who terrorizes the little girls and his mother, Clara), and Clara (who tries to keep Kat and Alma safe).

iv. [1979] Oso starts kindergarten; questions arise about why Kat is telling her story and how she can include the type of detail she can about her first few years of life.

v. [1980-1983] We learn of bus trips which Clara would take Kat and Alma over to the beaches of Santa Cruz, north of Steamer Lane surfing spot. There emerges an early indication of Kat’s lack of confidence.

Chapter 3 [Moving toward Peace (A Year With Grandpa Jonah)]

i. [1984; 1906-1938] Granddad Jonah comes to live in their 2-bedroom apartment. We learn his life story, starting on the banks of Oakland in the days following the San Francisco earthquake. Eventually he marries Irene, and they move to the Central Valley, where Jonah buys land to start a small vineyard. They raise a large family.

ii. [December 1984] There is a fight between Clara and Jose during the Christmas holiday week. Jonah somehow brings Jose to his senses. A time of peace ensues between Jose and Clara.

iii. [December 1984] There is a horrifying set of events at Alma’s grandparents’ large house in the Santa Cruz mountains. To Lilly’s disbelief, Kat says that Clara blackmailed Alma’s parents into having Alma come live with her family. Now there are six people in a two-bedroom above 3rd and Santa Clara streets.

 iv. [March 1997] Kat recovers from a panic attack brought on by revelations about Alma.

v. [1985] There is a period of peace. Oso wanders the streets for hours, days at a time; Clara, Jose, and Jonah start a nightly ritual of drinking wine after the kids have gone to bed.

vi. [1985] Jonah dies. Consequently, the peace shatters.

Chapter 4 [An Expanded History (Clara’s Story & Jonah’s Cowardice)]

i. [1985; 1938-1967] Summoning the spirit of Jonah in order to continue trying to answer questions about her own identity, Kat tells of Clara growing up in the Central Valley and a close relationship with a sister named May. Clara stays on the vineyard well into adulthood. We learn of the threat of buyout by a large winemaker. The subchapter ends with an argument between Kat and Lilly regarding Jonah’s cowardly content of character.

ii. [1985; 1967-1973] More from Jonah’s life: of Irene’s downward spiral toward death, of selling the vineyard to the large winemaker, of staying on the same land to raise the winemaker’s crops, of May’s death in Costa Rica, of Clara’s possible disdain for Jonah’s cowardice.

Chapter 5 [A Return to Chaos: The Aftermath of Jonah’s Death (Clara’s Disappearance)]

i. [1985-1986] Details about the aftermath of Jonah’s death: Jose wandering the streets, Oso looking for him at all hours, Alma caring for the grief-stricken Clara. Oso drags Jose back to the apartment, and a fight ensues, Oso beating Jose into a pulp.

ii. [1987-1989] More of the aftermath of Jonah’s death: Oso starts to sleepwalk, Clara never returning to her role as the protector.

iii. [1990] Details of infrequent trips with Clara and Alma on the train to San Francisco and subsequent wandering of the neighborhoods.

iv. [1990] Jose beats Clara and Clara’s subsequent disappearance during a trip that took them to the cliffs above the Golden Gate Bridge on the grounds of the Presidio.

v. [1990] More details of the day Clara disappeared.

Chapter 6 [Chaos: the New Normal (Jose’s Death)]

i. [1990] More on the aftermath of Clara’s disappearance: the investigation into Jose’s possible involvement, the involvement of Child Services.

ii. [1990] Oso takes charge of the family after Clara’s disappearance, as Jose becomes even less reliable, a brief characterization of the girls’ time at school (mostly middle school).

iii. [1990] There is an incident at school involving class and race with a rich girl named Marlene, with whom there is eventually a physical confrontation.

iv. [1990] During her suspension, we see Kat and Jose’s relationship continue to thaw as she learns a more detailed story of Jose’s childhood in Bakersfield and eventual meeting of Clara.

v. [1991-1994] We get context for Oso’s involvement in various protests, most surrounding the treatment of the homeless, as big tech money starts to move into the Silicon Valley. Jose’s continued warming of his relationship with Kat; the four seem like a cohesive family unit

vi. [1994] There is a violent altercation between Jose and a homeless man.

vii. [1993-1994] Kat and Alma’s isolation continues in high school; Alma’s sketching & Kat’s continued despondency; Jose disappears again after Alma says something to him.

viii. [1994] Kat talks about her guilt for not going to look for Jose.

ix. [1994] Alma implicates herself in Clara’s disappearance; Alma looks for Jose, eventually, finding him at the church; he stays the night there. He dies overnight. Roles suddenly shift, as Alma becomes despondent with guilt, Oso starts sleepwalking, and Kat becomes the one to try and keep the family together.

Chapter 7 [Cling to Someone: Kat and Alma Move toward Adulthood]

i. [1994]  Enter Loskie, his dating of Alma, Kat’s tagging along with them at parties. Oso leaves SJ for a job in Yosemite; Kat’s guilt about not trying to dissuade him.

ii.  [1997] A brief interlude about faith and doubt.

iii. [1995-1996] During the summer and academic year after high school graduation, Kat gets a job, takes a couple classes at the university, and finds a new place to live in downtown SJ. Alma moves to Santa Cruz with Loskie; a few months later, Alma shows up at Kat’s apartment after a fight with Loskie. Kat cares for Alma in her despair. Loskie finds Alma; Loskie moves in; an Alma DUI accident; Kat moves out.

Chapter 8 [Connection & Reconnection: Kat Meets Oso’s Girlfriend & Reunites Briefly With Oso]

i. [July 1997] Kat finally goes to Oso’s apartment at 164th and Amsterdam. At the studio apartment, she is greeted by Camille, a recent sociology undergraduate; she tells Kat what Oso has been up to in the last year and a half, which essentially amounts to being an activist for homeless folks in the Lower East Side.

ii. [July 1997] Kat continues to tell about her visit with Camille. Camille tells about meeting Oso while researching a paper; they finally move in together in Washington Heights; there is a conflict of ideas, a break-up, a reunion, and Camille’s pregnancy.

iii. [1994] Kat tells of Oso’s rendering of Kat’s birth on a sidewalk.

iv. [August 1997] Kat tells of finally meeting up with Oso. 


ages 19-55

While there are elements of fiction in the novel that adult readers of all ages will appreciate, my target audiences are Gen X-ers, Millennials, and older Gen Z-ers. These demographic groups read far more than any other adult demographic (Pew Research Center). Having said that, there is a case to be made for gearing the marketing of my book toward women simply because they read more than men (Penguin-Random House). Most importantly, regardless of gender, these generations--given the time in social and cultural history in which they have lived--would be particularly interested in the theme of identity, a topic so frequently a part of modern public, as well as literary, discourse. 

It is worth noting that several successful contemporary books about identity (e.g. Ko’s The Leavers and Bulawayo’s We Need New Names) were simply designated as “Adult Fiction” even though they share many characteristics of "New Adult." The reason for this is likely that books marketed as "Adult Fiction" sell far more than other genres; also, "New Adult" often is linked to explicit sexual and romantic content, aspects that are not the focus of Ko's, Bulawayo's, or my work. Though there may be an advantage to simultaneously marketing a book in two different genres, my novel would be most appropriate if sold as “Adult Fiction."


Since I started putting my campaign together in October 2017, I have been engaging my social media friends (Facebook friends = 500+) in order to build awareness of the project. But, given the current uncertain future of Facebook, I have also diversified my strategy by using Twitter, Linked-In, YouTube, and good old-fashioned email. Goodreads has been another great way to see what books people are reading and to engage these people in conversations. 

For several months now, I have drawn attention to my archives from 12 years of online writing through my most recent writing. Currently, I am sharing more about myself as a writer, a reader, and a first-time book promoter. This platform specifically has helped me establish myself as a serious writer among the potential readers in my general internet orbit. I will continue to maintain this page with new content as I navigate the modern publishing world. Incidentally, I am currently in the early development phases with a colleague in order to update my author website.

Given that I have a background in literature and a fondness for the art of conversation about the social contexts in which books live, I have included virtual and in-person sit-downs in certain packages of my campaign. To that same promotional end, I plan to do readings and signings in several of the metropolitan areas I have lived and therefore have readers: San Jose, New York, Chicago, and Houston. The fans in each of these cities also will act as my regional promotional ambassadors.

Finally, I have maintained relationships with several published writers who could write promotional blurbs for the book.


We Need New Names (Regan Arthur Books, 2013) by NoViolet Bulawayo

Told from the perspective of an adolescent girl from Zimbabwe who eventually comes to America, We Need New Names is a coming-of-age story for this era of hyper-globalization. While I do not deal with the effects of moving across the world in Toil & Sound, I examine comparable neither-nor identity issues. Though in a much different practical approach, I use a similar narrative structure as Bulawayo that includes short sub-chapters with a voice that may or may not not be attributed to one individual.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Books, 2007) by Junot Díaz

This is the story of a bookish, lonely, over-weight Dominican teenager in urban New Jersey. Díaz looks at the revolutionary actions against the Dominican dictator Trujillo and the resulting curses on Oscar Wao’s family due to their involvement in that revolution. The scope of Toil & Sound contains several brief historical accounts, but it does not deal in depth with any particular one like Oscar Wao does. However, the use of history to extend themes like love and isolation are resonant in both books.

The Vegetarian (Portobello Books, 2015) by Han Kang

Kang takes the reader on an exploration of the physical, emotional, and familial consequences of what amounts to the main character Young-hye’s act of revolution against the mores of Korean society. Young-hye makes a decision to completely alter her lifestyle based on a violent dream she has. Similarly, my main character, Kat, may or may not be influenced by often disturbing visions. Unlike Kang, I more closely examine how a person's upbringing may influence the actions she takes while growing up and how that influences her coming-of-age at 19 years old.

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Harper & Row, 1970) by Gabriel García Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a sweeping family saga that follows seven generations of the Buendía family in Columbia. The novel blends history and myth in a way that indicates a unique reality of many Latin-American cultures in which magical realism genre originated. Though not nearly as broad in scope or disorienting in presentation, Toil & Sound contains some structural and thematic magical realist elements present in One Hundred Years of Solitude, a book that forever changed Latin-American literature and holds sway in the multicultural literature of America today.

East of Eden (The Viking Press, 1952) by John Steinbeck

In John Steinbeck’s opus, we are told a family saga of the intertwining stories of two families (the Hamiltons and the Trasks) in the Salinas Valley; I also use the Northern California agrarian scene of the 1930s-1950s Central Valley as a backdrop to tell how two characters’ families meet. Steinbeck uses Biblical lore and actual family history to explore the theme of free will. Conversely, organized religion plays a minor role as a foil against which I examine the consequences of action and inaction.

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chapter 2

I walked through downtown San José, trying to rub the newsprint off my fingers, listening to a new CD on my battered Discman, thinking about anything but my nervous stomach. Had Richard Jewell really planted the bombs at the Olympics a few weeks ago? Why’d he do it? What does this new girl Fiona Apple mean by her song “Sleep to Dream”? Would the song make sense if I kept listening to it? It’s not my kind of music, so do I really care? Hasthe scenery always changed so quickly from one side of downtown to the other? I’d never really noticed it before. On one side of campus, new and old business towers stand beside giant cranes. Through the university there is the confused mass—an angular library looks like a hospital, a vine-covered lecture hall impersonates a church, brick-arched faculty offices resemble classrooms, a white-stuccoed classroom building seems like a Spanish-mission, red brick dorms appear to be prison cell blocks. On the other side of campus begins another confusion: old Victorians, Craftsmans, and square apartment complexes—all in various states of disrepair. 

I waited at an intersection as the detoured evening rush hour traffic bottle-necked along the road. I felt my stubbly scalp; even after a few months, I wasn’t used to it. I took off my earphones, and a long guitar solo from the little white house across the street danced with the sound of grinding gears and idling engines. The odor of charcoal and lighter fluid mingled with the vapors from the traffic that passed in front of me.

Alma sat on the front steps. Her navy blue tank top, loose blue jeans, and black Doc Martens made her white skin glow. Her shoulder-length, platinum hair caught the light of the late-summer afternoon sun. She was talking with a young woman in a pale sundress. After I crossed the street, I heard a bike bell and jumped out of the way of a young little dirty-blonde hellion. She’d come careening around the corner, riding through some well-worn tracks on the corner of the lawn of Alma’s rented corner house. With her own sundress flapping behind her, she laughed a wicked laugh as she tore off down the sidewalk. 

“Alexis!” yelled the woman. She started running after the little girl on the trike. She stopped for a second and yelled to me, “Sorry.” I waved and smiled. The woman turned around again, grumbled, and ran off to catch Alexis. 

“That her mom?” I asked Alma.

“Yeah,” Alma said, her black eyes following the pursuit. “Name’s Autumn. Nice lady. She’s moving soon to be with her sick grandfather. I wish I could adopt that kid.”

“It’d never happen.”

“Jesus, Kat. I know.”

“New hair?” I said, wondering if she’d notice mine.

Alma smiled a little as I kissed her on the cheek. She smelled of sandalwood and cigarettes. 

She said, “Yeah. Cut it out of boredom. Besides, my natural shade was dirty-looking. Thought I’d brighten things up a bit.”

“It worked,” I sat next to her, “Whaddya doing out here?”

“Place is crawling with people. And Loskie.” Her face twisted. She lit a cigarette. “Has he always treated me like this?” 

I opened my mouth, took a quick breath, pressed my lips together.

Alma continued, “He keeps sending me to the corner store for something. I must’ve gone five or six times today—beer, wine, wine-opener, ice, garlic. Fifteen minutes ago he told me to get him another bottle of Jack. I’ve been sitting out here ever since.” She paused. “Enough of my goddamned drama. Where’ve you been all summer? Why didn’t you drive here?”

“In this traffic? I wouldn’t’ve driven even if I still had the car.” 

She gasped, “You sold the ’66? What the hell?”

“Yeah...I just couldn’t afford it anymore.” I grabbed Alma’s cigarette and took a drag. 

“Hey, cool hair. It highlights your ears.” Then she turned to watch the traffic. “So where’d you go?”

I hesitated. I gave back the cigarette, watched a beat-up Datsun pickup lurch and stall in traffic. “Traveled a little up and down the coast, spent time in San Francisco. I wanted to go to New York City but it’d be tough to find a job.”

“I don’t understand your fascination with that city,” Alma said, crossing her arms and scratching her shoulders until dry skin flaked. “Do you really hate yourself that much to want to live in the filth of all those people.”

“You’ve never been to New York.” 

“Why the hell would I want to? I can hardly stand San José. And wouldn’t you know it, I haven’t left town once. Pathetic use of summertime, really. I wanted to get out of this city, away from the people. I didn’t even make it over the hill for a quick swim. Instead, I got busted.” 

“Jesus, Alma,” I groaned. “Again?” 

She hung her head, bangs covering her face. “Just after you moved.”

There was a man’s voice above the music, “Yaaaa, you’re damn right!”

Alma sighed. “Long story short, I had two shots and a beer. It’s not like I was drunk.”

“They’re never gonna let you drive again.”

Alma stared at the red brick steps. “I just got out of jail. Ten days. That’s why Loskie’s throwing this party. But I gotta say, spending one night in the drunk tank should’ve counted for four days in jail. The drunk-tank was worse than jail. The ladies in jail were nice, nice because at least they had clean clothes and warm food. In the tank, they were dirty and mean from their oncoming hangovers. It seemed more like ten months or ten years or something like that.” 

Again, the man’s voice from the backyard pierced the music, “Haaaaa!  Yer goddamn right!” 

 I rolled my eyes and said, “Well, should we go in?” 

“Sure,” Alma said as she pressed the tip of her cigarette into the steps. “They’re all his friends, though. Nobody really knows me.”

But we had another cigarette and watched the traffic inch along. Around the corner came Autumn carrying the trike and the kicking screaming Alexis. Autumn threw the trike on the lawn. As mother and daughter went up the steps to the house next door, Autumn shrugged her shoulders and smiled at us. Alma and I laughed. Alexis bit Autumn’s shoulder, and Autumn yelped. They disappeared into the house. 

I followed Alma and her sandalwood-cigarette scent. In the living room, we made our way around three folding chairs huddled around a makeshift coffee table—a plank laid across two empty blue milk crates. From the top of a small TV-VCR combo, the heads of a stern-looking couple floated in a blue sky; they glared at us from the cover of an empty VHS box, a fighter jet streaking under their faces. The doors had holes in them. Music and yelling from the backyard echoed off the hardwood floors.  

“Walls are bare,” I said. The white walls were decorated only with scuffed smudges. Some of boot soles. Mostly of handprints.

“Yeah,” Alma said, scratching her chest below her collarbone. “My sketches came down when you left. But I won’t let Loskie put his stuff up. Airplanes covered the walls. He really wanted to fly.”

“Jesus. Can you imagine him at Top Gun? ‘That’s right, Ice…man. I amdangerous.’” 

We laughed and walked into the kitchen where the back door was open. Noise became louder. Barbecue smoke rolled inside in slow, regular waves as we sat down at the table. The music stopped. The yelling outside wound down to a murmur, the room continued to fill with smoke. I bumped the kitchen table and knocked over an empty beer can as I opened a window. Alma got a couple of Keystones from the fridge and popped the tops. We both took long swigs from the silver aluminum. 

“So where exactly did you go this summer?” Alma asked, red marks appearing near her collarbone where she’d just scratched herself.

“Did some traveling before I sold my car.” I breathed in a gulp of meat smoke. I sat and thought about Thalia.

When I first saw her, it was minutes after I buzzed my hair for the first time; I felt the warm spring sun on my scalp in a way I never had before. And when I saw Thalia’s curly sun-kissed brown hair in a twist atop her head and her skin a rich olive offset by a white tank top, I allowed myself to be drawn behind her. Her long legs glided under a paisley skirt, her sandaled feet carrying her through the crowd. I was on the way to my poetry-writing class, but with six weeks left in the semester, I was getting a little sick of myself and my wilty verse. Thalia’s ears sparkled in the sunlight—loaded down with studs and hoops. I suppose I wanted to draw them. But I’m pretty sure it was the sweet-sick sun-heated blooms in the air that urged me past my classroom. 

Over the previous year I’d been walling myself in—music on my earphones or magazines and newspapers in my face; I guess I’d walled myself in for most of my life, because I’d never felt such a pull toward a person before. I followed her as if pushed up San Carlos Street by the warm breeze, across the light rail tracks, past Plaza de César Chávez. The new business towers and new hotels and old hotels and the almost-finished tech museum stood and watched me. In a cloud of diesel fumes and blossom aromas, I followed Thalia over the railroad tracks and into The Relics—a rundown two-block area of pawnshops, second hand stores, a fabric store called In Stitches, and a pizza joint called Pizza Jacques. Thalia went into the shop called Don’t Look. I hesitated but followed a minute later; bent filling in a ledger behind the old cash register, she didn’t notice me. My hands were shaking as I looked at the surrealist paintings from the university’s art students and tried on a tan suede jacket that smelled of mothballs and tar. It looked good on me, but I put it back. I couldn’t think of what to say, and I almost walked out the door. Instead, I sat down on a black polished leather antique chaise that sighed. I took a breath.

“This is a great shop.” 

“Well,” Thalia said as she looked up, letting out the twist of hair on top of her head. Her earrings jangled. “I can’t figure how those other guys stay in business selling useless crap. So I try to appeal to those who have a little more taste.”

“I think you have a good idea here,” I said, intimidated by her apparent age and obvious beauty. “It just amazes me that The Relics haven’t been torn down to make room for condos.”

Thalia gathered the long curls into a ponytail. “People will always have a fetish for crap they can’t or won’t use. People like clutter. And they’ll always appreciate a break from the madness of Valley Fair Mall crowds. I think there’s something special about haggling with the shopkeepers. The tech revolution is a coup that will fail. Consumers like to touch and taste and smell before they buy. Who would buy a pinot noir online rather than taking a day trip up to Napa or Sonoma for an actual tasting? I mean, if you’re making a salad, do you want other people choosing your lettuce for you? Do you want someone else to determine what constitutes a good tomato?”

I stifled a giggle, “Well, I guess you’ve got it all figured.”

She blushed and tugged at a small hoop earring. “Sorry ‘bout that. I spent a lot of time thinking about these things before opening this place. Is there something I can help you with?”

As if possessed, I said, “Would you model for a sketch I’m working on?”

Again, she pulled at the hoop on her ear, “What’s so art-worthy about me?” [...]

  • Update #7 - updates on re-writes and contracts July 6, 2018

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  • Update #1 - Update title April 19, 2018

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  • Kyle Murdock
    on April 15, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

    You're the man! Looking forward to reading and sharing with friends.

  • Lynsey Miron
    on April 16, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

    so exciting to see this coming together - congrats friend!

  • Anne Kemp
    on April 16, 2018, 4:34 p.m.

    Go Nick! Making room in my bookshelf just for you!

  • Jeanne Anderson
    on April 16, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

    Big supporter - and I went with the option that aligned with my previously promised amount. Just make sure the $ goes to the best use you can, so if you want to hold onto 8 of the 10 books to gift elsewhere or whatever, I have no problems with that - just make sure I get 2!

  • Marta Holmberg
    on April 17, 2018, 4:04 a.m.

    Love you! Excited that you're following your dreams. <3

  • Melissa London
    on April 18, 2018, 12:59 a.m.

    GET IT. Also "Be assured, however, this is not another New York City novel—the last thing this world needs. " Love you anyway.

  • Tara Serrato
    on April 18, 2018, 3:13 a.m.

    Brita’s family is my family and thank you for including me in the opportunity to participate in your journey as a writer. I wish you the very best and can’t wait to read.... and read many more to come.

  • Emily Padgett
    on April 18, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

    Stoked for this read and for your accomplishment! Cheers!

  • Erin Pitman
    on April 18, 2018, 2:27 p.m.

    Excited to read this, Nick. What an accomplishment!

  • Kimberly Halsey
    on April 18, 2018, 4:17 p.m.

    I'm so excited for you, Nick and can't wait to read this. I've ordered a couple of extra copies; one to donate to the library I currently work for and another for the Sycamore Public Library back in IL. Wishing you all the best. Hugs to you, Nic and Frank.

  • J. Dan Lee
    on April 19, 2018, 2:18 p.m.

    Awesome work Nick! Always great to see more of your writing. Looking forward to more.

  • Meg and Adam Hoog
    on April 19, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

    I remember you talking about publishing a book as we sat, eating shabu-shabu in Anyang. I’m excited that your dream is becoming a reality, and I’m excited to read the novel. Best of luck!


  • Kelly Siefering
    on April 19, 2018, 7:58 p.m.

    What an achievement, Nick! I'm looking forward to reading "Toil and Sound". I went to grad school for history at SJSU. I have some great memories of my younger self in San Jose.

  • Neil Buettner
    on April 19, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

    Can't wait to plan a hike or trip to the beach to read your upcoming book when it gets released!! When we follow our passion and true calling, the world gets a little better... I'm stoked for you, bro!! 🤙

  • Jason Ramirez
    on April 21, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

    What an accomplishment, Nick... Congratulations to you and the very best of wishes!

  • Dayle Johnson
    on April 22, 2018, 2:38 a.m.

    Wishing you well on your dream to publish your book. So proud of you. Your Aunt Dayle

  • Amber Sims
    on April 22, 2018, 3:29 a.m.

    What an exciting season for you! In much anticipation for your success!!! - Team Sims

  • Pam & Lars Holmberg
    on April 22, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

    We're so proud of you Nick! We can't wait to read the book! Love you! Pam & Lars

  • Dawn Miller
    on April 23, 2018, 12:43 a.m.

    Best of luck!!!! I will enjoy the read. Aunt Dawn

  • Julie Ann O'Connell
    on April 24, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

    So thrilled for you, and excited to read about Kat and Alma. Perhaps a Feed 'Em Soup -inspired book might be next. Think of the interesting characters you'd have to write about!! I saw Nellie walking downtown the other day :-)

  • Eunjoo LEE
    on April 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.

    So proud of you! from your Korean sister;)

  • Marissa Moser
    on April 26, 2018, 8:24 p.m.

    I love that you are pursuing your dreams! Big hugs to you. Marissa (Venn)

  • Shelley Shirkey
    on April 29, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

    Congratulations Nick! Can’t wait to read this Book.
    Wishing you all the best in this process.

  • John Campos
    on May 4, 2018, 1:30 a.m.

    Hey Buddy! Very proud of you taking a chance and believing in yourself....

  • Elena Niola
    on May 4, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

    My friend, Heidy from Ecuador, recommended this book to me. She was your student at Norhtern Illinois University. So far, I enjoyed watching the promo video; the story seems very engaging; so I'm looking forward to reading it!!!

  • Susan Shirley
    on May 5, 2018, 5:04 p.m.

    Nick, your dedication to your writing inspires me, and from the looks of it, many others. Keep meeting new people, keep making keen observations, keep stepping into different or uncomfortable shoes, and know that you have had a lasting impact on my life. I'm so proud of you!

  • tamara wade
    on May 5, 2018, 5:04 p.m.

    Great job Nick. So proud of you for following your dream.

  • Nancy Monday
    on May 5, 2018, 8:25 p.m.

    We wish you great success, Nick, on this and future endeavors! Looking forward to a good read!

  • Andrew Murphy
    on May 6, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

    To my first friend in the ROK, Congrats!!! This dream of yours has taken many twists and turns, ups and downs, and I'm sure even a few loop de loops!!! Mia and I feel privileged to be a part of making your dream become a reality.

    Can't wait to change your name in my Rolodex from aspiring writer to PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!!


  • Alex DAnna
    on May 7, 2018, 7:29 p.m.

    Go Nick, you can do it! Best Wishes Alex Peri Salma & Farida

  • Osama Alharthi
    on May 7, 2018, 8:03 p.m.

    Dear Nick, thank you very much for making me part of your campaign even with my humble help. But, I hope I can help more in the future campaigns.



  • Heather Winnan
    on May 9, 2018, 12:05 p.m.

    I wish you the best of luck in your writing endeavor, and I look forward to reading your work. I'm so excited for you!

  • stamata Dreliozis
    on May 11, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

    It has been a pleasure being your colleague and friend. The best to you.

  • Jack Lelko
    on May 13, 2018, 5:44 p.m.

    Best of luck, from one writer to another. I'm excited to read the world and characters that you have imagined.

  • Kristen Redding
    on May 15, 2018, 6:01 a.m.

    You got this! Love you bro. Always in your corner. xoxoxox