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actually writing blog: the inevitability of pre-travel freak-outs
2014-12-17 23:33 MST

So I'm currently in pre-travel freak-out mode. I know you can't tell from where you're sitting--I'm very good at hiding it!--but it's true. I'm in the last 24 hours before departure, and inside my head where nobody can see, I'm freaking out. This is a thi . . . .

actually writing blog: free booze, saints on top, and a twitter road trip
2014-12-15 22:28 MST

Tonight was a good night for Monday Night Football and free alcohol. First Harpo's sent a server around with free pudding shots (consisting of, I think, banana pudding and Fireball whiskey). This led almost directly to another diner offering me the rest of . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of December 12-13
2014-12-13 13:31 MST

If you measure by quantity, there's not much in the way of blockades going on this weekend. There's only one on Cerulean, two on Emerald, one each on Jade and Meridian, and two on Opal Ocean...

actually writing blog: this fictionette probably shouldn't be slinging coffee
2014-12-12 23:19 MST

I'm going to keep this one short, because I'm not at home. I'm out at a friend's house, where there has been food and beer and margaritas and cards. Now there are very random conversations going on at a loud volume, and I am enjoying my usual role in these . . . .

actually writing blog: but the paint did get stripped, there is that
2014-12-11 23:37 MST

For the first time, I appear to have accomplished the paint-stripping stage in a single day. (At least, as concerns one half of a bi-fold door. I didn't try doing both at once this time because that was just awkward.) The secret appears to be this: Assign . . . .

actually writing blog: and you don't even have to log onto second life for it
2014-12-10 23:48 MST

So the fruitcake is now wrapped in a booze-soaked cheese-cloth, which means I won't have much to say about it until Christmas. Filling that conversational gap is the next bi-fold door off the living room closet, half of which is on the porch getting its pa . . . .

actually writing blog: a day with fruitcake in it is a good day
2014-12-09 23:41 MST

Dear world: There is a new fruitcake in you! I have baked it just now today. It snuck up on me. Usually I bake it partway through November, but I honestly forgot all about it until a few days ago. Once I remembered, though, I didn't waste time. Off to the . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: How to earn the December 2014 Seal o' Piracy
2014-12-09 23:15 MST

We've already gotten to the second week in December, so it's high time we talked about the final Seal o' Piracy for the year!If you're an old-school pirate who likes nothing...

actually writing blog: basil dust and a bathing alpaca
2014-12-08 23:01 MST

Attached is a picture of epic alpaca adorableness, which will be explained shortly. Despite the season being more or less over, today turned out to be a farm Monday after all. The volunteer coordinator (hi, Steph!) texted me that she could use some help p . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of December 6-7
2014-12-06 12:23 MST

Taking over the role of the Emerald Ocean's Santa Claus for the weekend, Black Dawn Brigade are attacking every single island belonging to This Means War--with the intent, says Justrandomzz, of "transfer[ing] most of the...

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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.