author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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actually writing blog: recovery day is slow but productive
2015-11-23 23:17 MST

Hi Boulder! I'm back. It was a very long drive back, even longer than the drive down. This was because I stopped for dinner as well as lunch, and also because I missed the State Highway 219 component of my route and went some miles out of my way. This was . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockade Roundup for Nov 21, plus bonus Seal o' Piracy content
2015-11-21 11:25 MST

This weekend, as usual, several islands across the English-speaking oceans are up for grabs. That's what the weekend blockade scene is all about. On the forums, only Cerulean Parley is particularly talkative about it: here's Babylon's blockade intent for C . . . .

actually writing blog: all of the driving and none of the signs
2015-11-20 23:53 MST

It's as I suspected: This week's Friday Fictionette will show up on Saturday. While I suppose I could have gotten it done and published if I'd gotten right to work after checking into my motel at 9:30 PM, the reality is... Ten-hour drive, y'all. Ten. Hour. . . . .

actually writing blog: get the protagonist up a tree and throw an antagonist at her
2015-11-19 22:35 MST

Today's two hours of NaNoWriMo progress netted me 4,151 words, a good few hundred less than yesterday because of the fits and starts. It's not that I had much more sense of where the story was going yesterday that I did today. It's more that yesterday I wa . . . .

actually writing blog: near five thousand words and also some peach pepper pie
2015-11-19 00:28 MST

I remain woefully behind the NaNoWriMo curve. But today I found out how many words I can log in two dedicated hours of nanobabbling. As it turns out, that number is 4,865. Yes, I can type really fast! Also, the internal editor is turned entirely off, so it . . . .

actually writing blog: a litany of distractions you may enjoy
2015-11-16 23:55 MST

It's been a very slow Monday, full of distractions and laziness. Here are some of the things I've been distracted with: Two Dots - It's an app for Android and iPhone. It is also a very addictive game. I downloaded Bluestacks specifically so I could play t . . . .

actually writing blog: the future's so fast i gotta wear skates
2015-11-14 00:00 MST

It's Friday, so I've got a fictionette for y'all. "Future's So Bright," in which the curse of psychic powers messes with one's social life and also one's optical prescription, is available in both ebook and audiobook form for those who wish to chuck a buck . . . .

actually writing blog: wine, disappointment, ambition, persistence, more wine
2015-11-11 23:56 MST

Got off to a slow start today. Might have been because it was so cold out--Boulder finally got some snow, and snow makes me want to hibernate. Could also have something to do with the righteously exhausting roller derby practice I had last night. In any ca . . . .

actually writing blog: this november you see will be just fine
2015-11-10 23:20 MST

So I'm doing NaNoWriMo again. You may recall. I had the ambitious but perfectly reasonable plan that NaNoWriMo would take up the bulk of my afternoon shift each work day. That is, every Tuesday through Friday, my two hours of working on fiction in the aft . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockade Roundup, Nov 7-8: Of Sheep, Cold Steel, and Cream Pie
2015-11-07 13:10 MST

This is the first weekend featuring the recent changes to the blockade schedule. It's probably too early to tell what effect these changes are having on the blockade scene, but I can tell you this much: Over on the Meridian Ocean, everybody and their gunpu . . . .

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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.