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actually writing blog: everything is a metaphor for writing, ask any writer, they'll tell you
2016-05-24 23:59 MDT

Like I said, normal life. Which means there isn't much to report. Writing got done in quantity, as did other things. Finally got a chance to read through the comments on "Stand By..." from my new critique partner. Her critique did what a critique ought--s . . . .

actually writing blog: what is this normal life thing of which you speak
2016-05-24 00:45 MDT

Happy day! Today is the first day of the 2016 CSA Season at the Diaz Farm. I biked up there and picked up spinach, chard, kale, and my weekly loaf of bread. Bought a dozen eggs, too. Then I biked home and consumed one of the bundles of kale in a huge bowl . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, May 21-22: A desultory cannonball or two
2016-05-21 12:30 MDT

Yesterday was a long day. Woke up at 6 AM, got to the tournament venue for 7:30, skated in the bout at 9:00, watched the other four bouts, went out for dinner with some friends, and finally got back to the hotel around 9:30 PM. As anticipated nothing that . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette feels very familiar
2016-05-19 22:25 MDT

OK! All right. I appear to be at a restaurant in the Belmar shopping center. Village. The Belmar metropolis. If anyone says to you, "Oh, it's in Belmar, you can't miss it" (as someone once said to me in reference to the location of a roller derby afterpart . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is late for the bout hurry hurry gear up go
2016-05-18 23:56 MDT

So last week was not such a good week, writing-wise. But I think this is an improvement? Sort of? Used to be, if I had one good day, I ended up paying for it by having an emphatically not-good day the next day. Well, the week of the 2nd was a damn good wee . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette did not ask for your help dude
2016-05-06 23:59 MDT

Let's pretend it's still Friday the 6th. (I'll make it easy by editing the datestamp on this post. No one'll notice a thing.) *ahem* LOOK! It's the first fictionette of May: "The Spindle's Spell." If you guessed it's a riff on Sleeping Beauty, you're right . . . .

actually writing blog: transplanting tomatoes and exposition
2016-05-05 23:59 MDT

All the things. All the writing things! Every single last one of them, and scrimmage too. And also gardening! Look, look, I put plants in the dirt. Here are the lovely tomatoes that my teammate gave me, and there's a bunch of arugala seedlings that will h . . . .

actually writing blog: starting to look like a solid trend
2016-05-04 23:45 MDT

Two good days in a row! Progress on all the things. Prepared one of the Fictionette Artifacts to be mailed on Friday (with very clever illustrations on page 2, if I do say so myself) and did another solid revision session on "Stand By for Your Assignment." . . . .

actually writing blog: a good time was had by all the story-like objects
2016-05-03 23:25 MDT

OK! So. We got Friday Fictionette catch-up and short story revision. We got a good day. The Fictionette Freebie for April, as it turns out, is "Reviving the Legends." (Click for the full text as HTML as a page on this blog or a post on Patreon, as a PDF e . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is bruised but unbroken
2016-05-02 23:43 MDT

All right, already. It's up. Finally. The Friday Fictionette for April 22 is up. It's called "The Queen of Carnival," and it's about a Faerie abductee who, having fought her way back to New Orleans, then has to fight a battle of a different sort for the ri . . . .

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

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

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