Who or What is WordCustard?

by WordCustard

A writer and designer with a love of all things creative

The Word on WordCustard

Friends and strangers, I appreciate you taking the time to learn a little about me. Some of you may already be familiar with my username which I have kept here on Wizzley. It has also come to my attention recently that some of you only like me for my nice pear* but you will need to go to the other site for that avatar.

As to the whole WordCustard thing, it's all quite simple. I have always loved words. I used to permanently have my nose in a book, now I have my nose in a Kindle

And the Custard, I hear you ask? Yep, I like custard. Oddly, I never wrote about it in all my many online articles and blog posts. I don't even eat it all that often. But I can tell you that Marks&Spencer vanilla custard is one of the finest. Fun fact: according to the Telegraph, at the beginning of the British recession M&S custard sales soared (source: 50 Ways the Recession is Changing Our Lives) proving that it truly is a wonderful comfort food.

You can find me elsewhere on the Web writing as Veronica Bow and friends just call me Nicki.


[Note for the confused: many of my online friends are used to seeing an avatar of a smiling green pear next to my username. Here on Wizzley I'm using a more human picture, drawn especially for me by awesome graphic designer Arncyn of Poptastic Tees. I owe her big time.]

My Life: Online and Off

I have been writing online since late 2009 and have a collection of nearly 150 pages on Squidoo and a few more on Hubpages. My topic interests include European travel (especially the Alps regions), creative home decor, and face painting. You can find some of my face painting ideas on my blog Face Paint Heaven.

I live in beautiful Scotland and my favourite activity is to travel around with a camera, capturing the Scottish landscapes and seascapes.

Though I have had a love of art for a long time, I lost confidence in my own skills and only lately am rediscovering the artist within. I share many of my graphics, photos and designs in my Zazzle stores. 

I'm a graduate of two British universities and have spent most of my life between England and Scotland. However, once upon a time, I lived in a Chalet in the Alps.

By the way, if you get to know me, you will discover I have an obsession with windows.

Other things I like include language learning. I once was almost trilingual, sadly time and lack of practise have taken their toll. My favourite language is Italian and I also studied French. I understand more German than I speak, have a tiny bit of Japanese, and once attempted to learn Dutch but the similarities to German made it difficult.

Earning a Living Online

When it came to being wary of 'making money online' opportunities, I must have been top of the list. The trouble is, of course, that there are so many scams out there. However, I also found out that a whole lot of talented people are using their skills to earn an additional income. 

A year and a half on and I too have seen that it is possible to earn online. I also know from my own experience and from learning from those I admire that it is possible to do so with integrity. 

I've also come across a whole lot of interesting and inspiring people. Many of them arrived through the Wizzley door a few hours before me (and a good friend just followed in on my heels). It's great to see you all here!

Discover My Pages on Wizzley

Posing tips and book reviews to help you take better photos of other people and some great poses to ensure you look your best in self portraits too.
Learning digital photography? These DSLR tips and reviews of books for digital SLR beginners will help you to get more from your camera.
Home Decor
Many of us have small rooms in our homes. Fortunately it's easy to make a room look bigger and brighter using a little decorating know-how. We start with paint and color.
When you have a small room that you want to make appear bigger, it is a good idea to consider clever storage solutions. These can create a feeling of space. Third in the series.
The second in a series to help you make a room look brighter and larger. Mirrors add light to a room, while clever posters and artworks can create an illusion of a larger room.

Odds and Ends

Make your own Black Swan tiara to match your Swan Lake ballerina costume and makeup. Easy step by step instructions show you how to create this fun accessory.
Peach is a flattering color that gives an outfit warmth and elegance. Choose a peach dress for a special occasion or a summer party.
If you are wondering how to learn to read Chinese without tears, frustration and boredom, why not try free language games that make learning Chinese characters fun.
Want to try earning online through article writing, but not sure which sites pay out to British writers? An online content creator based in the UK shares her recommendations.

Hey, Before You Go...

Why not join me here on Wizzley and build an online income writing about things you love! Just click the link to get started.

Updated: 03/08/2012, WordCustard
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Ralpapajan on 09/03/2011

Super Stuff. You teach everyone something. Love your style.

KarenTBTEN on 09/02/2011

I always assumed "who" -- no other possibilities occurred to me -- but now that you mention it, I guess taken out of context, a word custard could be a "what" -- a sweetened breakfast version of alphabet soup, perhaps, or an alternative to Boggle, played with colorful plastic bowls.

happynutritionist on 08/01/2011

Hi there, it's nice to see the "face" behind the "pear"...almost:-) Nice to find you here, thanks for visiting my pages, I'm just getting started here and appreciate the encouragement. I would love to visit the home of my ancestors sometime, Scotland, where you are. I'm not sure it will ever happen so do so online and in any other way that I can.

MaxReily on 07/13/2011

Hi, Nicki! I'm so glad to find so many Squidoo-ers here!

sheilamarie on 06/19/2011

I like both of your avatars! It's great to learn just a little more about you. Custard, mmmmmm. Let's have a custard party!

Theresa_Kennedy on 06/17/2011

Like you, I understand more German than I can speak. I also thought learning Dutch would be easy because of its similarities to German...I ended up confusing the two so much that it would have been called a new language!

ajgodinho on 06/11/2011

Wonderful to see you here as well as I've enjoyed your work on Squidoo. Growing up I loved custard too, the one my mom made at home with fruits and all...yummy! Looking forward to seeing more of your work here. Wishing you the best and continued success!

Ladymermaid on 06/05/2011

Thank you so much for saying that online income can be earned with integrity. That is so very important a lesson for so many online gamers to learn. So glad to see you here. Best of wishes :)

AJ on 06/02/2011

Oh yes, Marks and Spencer vanilla custard - yummy!!

Jewelsofawe on 06/01/2011

Good to see you here!

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