author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Puzzle Pirates Examiner: No Puzzle Pirates blockades for the weekend of July 25-26
2014-07-26 11:43 MDT

Bad news this weekend. Due to ongoing lag issues--caused not by the testing of the Kraken SMH, as some surmised when Ice got laggy, but rather by problems with their ISP, with whom the developers are actively working--all...

actually writing blog: that fine line between good days and bad
2014-07-25 23:06 MDT

In terms of time spent writing, yesterday was pretty much non-existent. Today was only about an hour better. (Context: I aim for five hours a day Tuesday through Friday.) Despite the low time clock report, today feels better. Its emotional weight rests mo . . . .

actually writing blog: the dragons of the i-25
2014-07-23 23:37 MDT

They are invisible, but horribly bulky. They have presence. They press in on both sides of the interstate, making every driver feel oddly constricted, such that they slow to a crawl and bottleneck the entire highway from Aurora to Thornton. Soon, the entir . . . .

actually writing blog: the demons of doubt are multilingual
2014-07-22 23:26 MDT

In terms of story revision, today was solid. The read-through edit on the draft in progress finally reached the point where I'd left off drafting before, and I feel a lot more able to finish the draft. Mainly I'm trying to get that last phone call right, a . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Three Rings prepares to release the kraken
2014-07-22 22:26 MDT

Recently, Three Rings announced sunset over the iPad game client. The app has been retired from the Apple App Store. If you're an iPad user, you have my sympathies. Still, having helped alpha test PPX, I can&#39...

actually writing blog: a dramatic rebuttal to the demons of doubt who live rent-free in my head
2014-07-21 23:20 MDT

Today was all the tired. The pre-lunch session at the farm was weeding crop beds thick with bindweed; the post-lunch session was pruning tomato plants. I came home with a blister from the hula hoe, my arms neon yellow to the elbow from tomato foliage, and . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of July 19-20
2014-07-19 10:45 MDT

Saturdays get started early on the Opal Ocean. Ilha de Aguia now belongs to Die Erleuchteten (The Enlightened), which means taxes are way up and lucidity is way down on that island. If you don't like it loopy...

actually writing blog: six hours of wyoming is the best excuse
2014-07-18 22:37 MDT

The latter half of today was spent entirely on the road, driving to the town of Gillette, Wyoming; the earlier half was spent preparing for the drive. And now we have arrived. John and I are currently at the Old Chicago next door to our hotel, anticipating . . . .

actually writing blog: a drabble where you can read it; also, revising away some story problems
2014-07-18 00:20 MDT

I'm pleased to announce that as of today you can read my drabble, "Priesthood Has Its Privileges," on SpeckLit. The other drabble that SpeckLit acquired will appear on the site in September, so stay tuned for that announcement then. A drabble is a work of . . . .

actually writing blog: not dead, just acting like it for a bit
2014-07-16 22:48 MDT

I do not know why I continue to think that I'm capable of working a full productive day on the day I get back from a trip. I really should know better. Oh, I know the rationale behind the thought. It goes something like this: "I'll have had a full night's . . . .

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2014-07-17: "Priesthood Has Its Privileges" in SpeckLit

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2014-03-09: "Lambing Season" in NAMELESS Digest

NAMELESS Digest #3, containing my story "Lambing Season," is now available for purchase in both electronic and physical formats.