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The particular: Narrative design. Writing and editing. Script analysis, character development, IP development, world building, script doctoring, transmedia storytelling - film, television & video game adaptation.

The general: Structural linguistics, semiotics, structural analysis, narrative analysis, nonverbal communication, digital media & culture, design & culture, interaction design, industrial anthropology, cultural ecology, public policy in a knowledge based economy.


Fiction: Film, television & game industry clients include HBO, CBC, Corus/Nelvana, Ellis Entertainment, Epic Games/Unreal Technology, White Wolf Games, Microsoft Games and a variety of start ups in Toronto, the world's indie gaming capital.

Non-fiction: Freelance and contract research, writing and editing for government, industry and NGOs in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Publications include the Montreal Gazette, the Independent, the Manchester Evening News, the National Post and the Canadian Literary Review. Nicholas has appeared as a guest on CBC Radio, Talk!TV, BookTV and WTN's Modern Manners. Publisher of the award winning culture and design blog Ghost of a flea, Nicholas is the author of several peer reviewed articles; his work has appeared in a number of scholarly journals including Space & CultureSanté/Culture/HealthReviews in AnthropologyNebula & a peer reviewed anthology published by the University of Minnesota Department of Rhetoric. His writing has been anthologized alongside Margaret Atwood and Lillian Allen.