About Us

Nick grew up on the (relatively) mean streets of Clifton Heights, a suburb just outside the city of Philadelphia. He studied journalism at Temple University and spent time in newsrooms as an eager, and sometimes foolish, young reporter.

Nick with his girlfriend, Rachel, during a trip to Sleepy Hollow, New York – the site of the famous American ghost story.

His reporting has appeared in the likes of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier-Post, various newspapers from a summer spent in Harrisburg, and then in the Monitor, during a year spent in South Texas.

Nick has also worked as a business editor, and he thoroughly enjoyed writing about workplace safety, OSHA, and the world of employment law.

Nowadays, Nick is putting more effort into personal writing. So far, his fiction has appeared in Bewildering Stories, an online magazine of speculative writing.

Nick comes from a family of loud Italians who gather frequently to tell stories and tall tales. He feels it’s his duty to listen closely and tells these stories to the world.

His all-time favorite author is John Steinbeck, and he credits Grapes of Wrath as the book that made him say, “Wow. Could I possibly do that, too?”

Probably not, but Nick is a dreamer.

He created this blog so he could share what he’s been reading, pictures he’s taken, links to short stories he likes, and other stuff he likes. He is a work in progress, and he hopes to keep writing and trying to improve.

Nick also lives with Bipolar disorder and writes about managing the condition in hopes to help others and improve his own mental health. Though he has the disorder, it’s only part of who he is.

Rachel Forth is also a regular contributor to the blog. Rachel is Nick’s calm amidst the storm, his girlfriend and Southern Belle, whom grew up in Tennessee and now also lives in the Philadelphia area.

Rachel is an accomplished writer and social media pro, a fellow bookworm and nerd, and a woman of deep faith. Though growing up Christian, she converted to Judaism and currently works for a Jewish organization.

Rachel is by far the bravest person Nick knows and, like Nick, she grew up with a crazy family, too – except this one was down South. She has so much love inside she hardly knows what to do with it sometimes.

If you’re interested in contributing to Fiction & Ideas, drop us a line here or email Nick at nicholaspipitone1@gmail.com. We’re willing to accept guest posts on a variety of topics and would also consider regular contributors to the blog. Though we usually write about faith, mental health, books, and poetry, we’re open to all types of guest post submissions.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

-Nick and Rachel