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actually writing blog: dear wednesday
2014-10-22 23:20 MDT

My optimism was totally misplaced. Not only did lunch in Denver eat up a huge chunk of my available energy for the day (much of which I used on the staining the back side of closet door number three), but I gave in to temptation and accepted an invitation . . . .

actually writing blog: i fought the phone jack and i think it was a draw
2014-10-21 23:53 MDT

I may have mentioned that John and I are trying to sell our third-floor condo unit. The goal is to move into something that's a little more like a house, but that isn't too far from where we are now. And now that the roof has been replaced and last year's . . . .

actually writing blog: miracles of... not very modern technology, actually
2014-10-20 23:05 MDT

As though to make up for last week, this morning's farm work went a little long. It featured seeds, seeds, and more seeds, seeds of tomato and pepper varieties, seeds to be wet processed for drying, winnowing, and sowing next season. It began when the far . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of October 18-19
2014-10-18 12:53 MDT

As you may remember from last week's post, Legacy of Leisure and Cream Pie are retiring from Meridian's blockade scene. Tomorrow, Sunday the 19th, three of LoL's islands will be under attack by Brigand...

actually writing blog: putting that fictionette in the end zone after the two-minute warning
2014-10-17 23:04 MDT

I've been running late all day, and I'm beginning to question whether writing can coexist with home improvement projects. And cooking. And having a social life. Also eating and sleeping... Whatever. Here is a Friday Fictionette! If you are a Saints fan, it . . . .

actually writing blog: whimsical pronouns for everyone
2014-10-15 22:40 MDT

Apropos of this blog post by author John Scalzi, you are all on notice that henceforth the actually writing blog here will be pleased to employ the non-gendered pronouns whee/whim/whir wherever appropriate. Singular they/them/their will also be utilized o . . . .

Boulder Writing Examiner: Participate in these novel planning events hosted by NaNoWriMo HQ
2014-10-15 21:57 MDT

Boulder has a huge and enthusiastic community of National Novel Writing Month participants. As such, it features many local resources for the would-be 30-day novelist. Nevertheless, it would be remiss of your Examiner not to mention the online...

actually writing blog: housework, skate parties, and john and me
2014-10-14 23:50 MDT

Today wasn't so good on the writing front. Writing productivity got attacked from the front end and the back end. Both attacks were relatively pleasant, but--there goes my Tuesday. The front end attack was an inability to get out of bed. You ever hear Jim . . . .

actually writing blog: sunflowers, plagiarists and me
2014-10-13 23:29 MDT

My session at the farm today was relatively short, and it was all about sunflowers: removing the protective layers of agricultural cloth from each freshly cut seed head and assessing the seeds therein for maturity. (These sunflowers were being grown for pl . . . .

Boulder Writing Examiner: Get ready for NaNoWriMo with the Boulder Writers' Workshop
2014-10-11 16:07 MDT

October ushers in the season of changing leaves and pumpkin beer. Fall is here, Halloween is just around the corner, and Thanksgiving follows soon after.This is also the month when aspiring and established writers all over the world think...

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Recently Published

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.