Publication Date

September 12, 2022

Print Length

56 Pages



About Is It What It Is?

In this issue, Nicole explains why she sold her investments and quit social media. She also investigates a series of literal and figurative value systems (involving both literature and figures), and introduces the reader to what-it-is-ism.

Cover design by Alan Lastufka.

Is It What It Is? News
November 29, 2022
On December 19, 2022, Shortwave will be publishing the third issue of Nicole Dieker’s perzine, D4, C4: WHAT IT IS and WHAT TO DO NEXT, Volume Three, available for purchase individually, or as part of a discounted bundle…
About the Author

Nicole Dieker is a writer, teacher, and musician. She began her writing career as a full-time freelancer with a focus on personal finance and habit formation; she launched her fiction career with The Biographies of Ordinary People, a definitely-not-autobiographical novel that follows three sisters from 1989 to 2016.

Currently, Dieker writes the Larkin Day mystery series and the perzine WHAT IT IS and WHAT TO DO NEXT, both of which are published through Shortwave Media. She also maintains an active freelance career; her work has appeared in Vox, Morning Brew, Lifehacker, Bankrate, Haven Life, Popular Science, and more. Dieker spent five years as writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money.

Dieker lives in Quincy, Illinois with the great love of her life, his piano, and their garden.

About the Series

A quarterly zine about understanding reality.

View the WHAT IT IS and WHAT TO DO NEXT series page.