author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of January 24-25
2015-01-24 13:32 MST

Cerulean flag Sushicide is declaring war against just about everyone, and this weekend they're bringing the war to The Stumbling Solo on Papaya Island. A certain amount of corporate sponsorship was involved. The island will be defended...

actually writing blog: this fictionette is not safe for work. no, I mean dangerous
2015-01-23 23:12 MST

It's Friday, so I have done my duty. Again, it is ridiculously late in the day. It almost isn't Friday at all. But the Fictionette is up, and you can see its stats at left and its cover image at right. Excerpt is here, downloadable PDF available to Patrons . . . .

actually writing blog: when cliched platitudes are startlingly spot on
2015-01-22 23:14 MST

I'm happy to report that I met today's small goal. I made a copy of the scene-to-be-rearranged, and I moved paragraphs around like Lego. Or, actually, more like wooden blocks; the bits aren't "snapped" together like Lego are. They're like a stack of bricks . . . .

actually writing blog: doing more by expecting less
2015-01-21 23:40 MST

When it comes to Great Big Tasks What I Am Avoiding Like Whoa, less is more. Small goals are less threatening than big goals. And giving big goals a less imposing deadline doesn't make them less scary; it just makes them loom from farther off. Having big . . . .

Boulder Writing Examiner: Submit your story to win free tuition to upcoming Chautauqua-based workshop
2015-01-21 22:15 MST

Writing By Writers is hosting their Generative Writing Workshop @ Boulder this April 17-19 at Chautauqua. If you want to attend, but you're not sure you can afford the $850 tuition, then here's a deadline you...

actually writing blog: a bunch of lessons involving patience and time management
2015-01-20 23:22 MST

First thing I learned today was about my knee. There is good news and there is bad news about my knee. The good news is that the MRI revealed nothing worse nor more than what the doctor suspected. It's either a grade 1 (strain) or grade 2 (partial tear) o . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Duty Navigation for greenies: Hurdling your initial obstacles
2015-01-20 22:25 MST

As mentioned the other day, you can accelerate your quest for the January 2015 Seal o' Piracy by utilizing the Duty Navigation puzzle. How? Well, let's say you've already had your ten sea battles against...

actually writing blog: the low cost of entry for staircase resentment
2015-01-19 23:38 MST

Took me long enough, but today I finally got back to the Living Room Closet Door project. John, to give credit where credit is due, has already gotten back to work on his portion of the home improvement projects, which is to say, repainting whatever still . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of January 17-18
2015-01-17 13:15 MST

You've got plenty of choices for your blockade fun this weekend! Here are some highlights. As always, you'll find the complete schedule--or as complete as your humble chronicler could make it--at the bottom of...

actually writing blog: this fictionette got taken apart to see what its insides look like
2015-01-16 23:31 MST

Today: The Friday Fictionette for January 16! Also, baby's first MRI, I think, and a brief rant about the politics surrounding women's reproductive care. This week's Friday Fictionette (excerpt here) is a fantasy short-short that wandered into the horror . . . .

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2014-12-31: "The Blacksmith Goes to the Ball" in SpeckLit

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2014-11-02: "East of Omaha, West of San Francisco" in SpeckLit

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2014-09-07: "Be Careful What You Ask For" in SpeckLit

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2014-08-24: "Other Theories of Relativity" in Toasted Cake

Live now, alongside of "Mon pays c'est l'hiver" by Amal El-Mohtar, at Toasted Cake. Listen or download here.

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.