Hi, I’m Nicci.

And this is pretty much what I look like all the time.

I am, in no particular order, a writer, mom, educator, and community volunteer, with a love for math and a disdain for inequity. I also find myself hilarious.

I write articles, stories, and books that dig deep into complex emotions about family, motherhood, and what it means to exist in today’s society; here’s an example of one of my favorite essays.

My newsletter is my way of staying connected with readers while I work on my various projects, which range from writing novels to running a newspaper to chasing a toddler around while my tweens watch from over their devices.

With each note I write to you, I seek to provide a level of entertainment, empathy, and enlightenment - along with a healthy dose of levity.

Why subscribe?

If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, you’ll probably enjoy your subscription to Nicci’s Notes. Each Wednesday (more or less) I send a note that will take five minutes or less to read. In it, I share my take on what’s been going on that week - be it in the attempting-to-get-a-book-published world, the parenting world, or the world at large.

You can expect humor, but also a fair mix of the real emotions that come with being a woman, a parent, and an advocate in this time and place in history. In previous newsletters, I’ve ruminated on the topic of home and what it means to me, whether a mother can ever truly feel whole, and what it means to write descriptions that work to earn their place on the page.

I also share work from other writers and thinkers I respect, along with what is entertaining and enlightening me at the moment.

Oh! And there are freebies! Subscribers get deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes looks that I don’t share anywhere else.

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I don’t write in isolation.

But more importantly, humans don’t exist in isolation. We have lost the village we were meant to have, the village everyone says it takes to get through this world. When you subscribe to Nicci’s Notes, you become a member of our village. Like and comment on posts and contribute to the community you’ve all helped me create.

We are here for each other. We learn together; we grow together.

I can’t wait to meet you.


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Nicci Kadilak
Writer, educator, math nerd, mom. Fluent in emoji. Musings on parenting and the world at Nicci's Notes (niccisnotes.substack.com). Local government and current events at Burlington Buzz (www.burlington.buzz).