Nicholas Stirling is a teacher from Ontario. He is currently trying (and mostly failing) to balance work, an in-progress Master of Education degree, fatherhood (one daughter and another on the way), marriage to his high school sweetheart, and an overactive imagination. When tiny windows of opportunity open he tries to blog at Exercising Monsters, or write, or draw, or ride his longboard without falling off too much. His current heroes are Neil Gaiman and Sir Ken Robinson, though neither has yet responded to his offer of brunch.
He has an Academia certificate (don’t ask), an Honours English degree, and a Bachelor of Education. He is also an Certified Teacher, which apparently allows him to put “OCT” at the end of his letters, along with ADD and OCD.
Nicholas received his 2nd Degree Black Belt in Chon Ji Kickboxing and MMA from Mr. Dennis Alvey (ITF Taekwon-do 6th degree black belt) in March of 2011, and has previously trained in Boxing and Taiken Jiujitsu.
He has been published in Morpheus Tales #13 (“Pretty Flowers”) and will be published again in an upcoming edition of the magazine (“Richard and the Silver Marks”). He is also a featured contributor on Cracked.com, with his “Elves” topic page picking up over 210,000 reads.