Novelist, blogger, poet, teacher, and pride of Bakersfield, NICK BELARDES is the author of Random Obsessions (2009), about which Jonathan Evison said, “For the reader who needs to know why the characters in Dilbert don’t have mouths, your oracle has arrived.”

He is the author of the book Lords: Part One and Small Places, the first Twitter novel, as well as the driving force behind the Random Writers Workshop and more Web sites than you can shake a virtual stick at.

One time, back when he was in school, something really embarrassing happened to him (hint: underpants were involved).

Another time, his…how shall we put this elegantly?…his wiener was smashed by a toilet seat.

D.R. Haney came to visit him in Bakersfield during a rainstorm.

He’s talked to alleged CIA operatives.

He’s talked to a woman named Julie.

He’s talked to himself.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the magic of N.L. Belardes (and a pig from Akron, who is also magical).

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7 responses to “featuring…Nick Belardes”

  1. Hey, that’s me! Wow. This is an unexpected great honor. I started getting all these pingback emails and thought TNB was going berserk. Only to find out my posts are all crazy on the TNB homepage! This is worth a screensave! Thanks oh holy spirit of the BREAKDOWN!

  2. Gloria says:


    Totally one of my favorites. We nearly got married…once…for about twenty minutes. I don’t remember the details though.

    Fabulous writer, this guy.

    Hi Nick!

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