Niki's Latest Blog Posts
Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of March 8-9
2014-03-08 12:46 MST
The majority of the blockade action this weekend is happening on the Emerald Ocean. Everywhere else--well. One might begin to doubt your commitment to island motion, if one couldn't see the three big Brigand King attacks coming...
actually writing blog: but setting up the dominoes is haaaaaaard
2014-03-07 22:56 MST
I've been avoiding my short story rewrite of late. That is because short story rewrites tend to terrify me. They loom like giants, towering with the hugeness of the work to be done. But at the same time, they are nebulous, ill-defined. You can't stick a sw . . . .
Boulder Writing Examiner: Three pro-level speculative short story submission opportunities for March
2014-03-07 18:20 MST
Happy Friday, Boulder! Have you got a short piece of speculative fiction looking for a home? Whether it's science fiction, fantasy, or horror, this month opens up prestigious publication opportunities for that story of yours. Here are three...
actually writing blog: losing hit points and slumping under pressure
2014-03-06 23:56 MST
Yesterday was day 2 of using HabitRPG to help improve my dailiness. And I was really, really enthusiastic about it. Mainly I was impressed with the way it reshapes and repurposes that classic gamer urge to "do stuff to get stuff." I have a weakness for doi . . . .
Puzzle Pirates Examiner: A ship you can, and must, sail in your sleep: the Dream class sloop
2014-03-06 17:44 MST
Over at The Spyglass blog, Aphrodite has announced the latest unique limited edition ship available for purchase. It's the magical, mystical Dream class sloop, and you've got until April 3 to order one of your own...
actually writing blog: experience points and muttering about ash trees
2014-03-05 23:34 MST
OMG it is late and I am tired and there was derby and now there has been beer. And now I'm supposed to blog about my day? Arrrgh. OK. Let's see. Roofing continues! Woke up early to show a worker the one tiny leak I suffered during last night rain shower. . . . .
Boulder Writing Examiner: HabitRPG aids your quest for better writing habits
2014-03-05 23:08 MST
It's no secret that humans, and writers among them, tend to be creatures of habit. And habits have a terrible inertia all their own. Bad habits can be tough to break; good habits can be tough to instill...
actually writing blog: one thing continues to follow another despite all requests to the contrary
2014-03-04 21:59 MST
I had such high hopes for today. Too high, perhaps. My intent was to prioritize two household tasks that were long overdue, and then jump back into the writing. I did not expect these tasks to take me until past 2:30 PM. It wasn't just that "Do the books . . . .
Puzzle Pirates Examiner: How to earn the March 2014 Seal o' Piracy
2014-03-04 18:33 MST
March has arrived, bringing with it a long-awaited spring thaw, a brand new Seal o' Piracy, and a certain spirit of competition. In order to receive your limited edition monthly trophy, you are required to come ashore, put...
actually writing blog: in which the Observatory earns its name
2014-03-03 14:11 MST
I think--and I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying this--I think I'm not sick anymore. I'm still coughing, but it seems to be the post-cold "clearing the pipes out" cough. The viral infection has moved out, but its physical effects remain as a nasty remi . . . .