author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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actually writing blog: the wide world of Android apps, as illustrated by Default Dude
2015-03-26 23:54 MDT

Some years ago I was introduced to the Pomodoro technique for time and task management. I tried it out. After a while, I drifted away from some of its tenets--like, tracking how many 25-minute sessions, or "poms," I got done, or considering interrupted pom . . . .

actually writing blog: i mean if you can fit every kind of weather in just one day
2015-03-25 23:44 MDT

Today we got every kind of weather. We got hail and rain and snow and blissfully warm sunshine too. To fit all that into a single day takes a strict timetable, I imagine. "Hurry up," said the weather coach. "We have a lot to do today. And no chit-chatting . . . .

actually writing blog: the things you don't even know you don't know, until you know them
2015-03-24 23:34 MDT

A thing I learned today: It's amazing how much one can do if one actually gets out of bed up on time. However, it's also amazing how easily a small roadblock can dam that fresh flow of productivity. To wit: A thing I really wish I'd learned today: Why th . . . .

actually writing blog: the thrilling and exhausting immediate future I've been waiting for
2015-03-23 19:36 MDT

The weekend was as full of derby as advertised. Fuller, even. More full than I actually expected; turns out that I was permitted to participate in C Team practice. So I did. The only thing I wasn't allowed to do, as a skater without an up to date skills as . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of March 21-22
2015-03-21 15:17 MDT

A bunch of blockades are already under way, so, without further ado, let's quick-quick give you some Intent Posts links, like... (Cerulean) Universe A to blockade Turtle Island(Cerulean) Dies Irae to defend Turtle Island(Cerulean...

actually writing blog: predictions of literary honey and a mouth full of ulcers
2015-03-20 23:32 MDT

Alas, but the Friday Fictionette for March 20, 2015 will be be late. I don't have a particularly good excuse for it. It's giving me trouble, and I'm giving me trouble, and so it'll go up over the weekend. Also I think the cover notes post for last week's f . . . .

actually writing blog: literature and sports take turns taking bites out of my brain
2015-03-19 23:18 MDT

So I was a penalty timer at the Shamrocks And Shenanigans scrimmage tonight. When you're a penalty timer, everyone comes to visit you. Everyone gets penalties, after all. Maybe not everyone on every night, but everyone eventually. If you never ever get pen . . . .

actually writing blog: i did not tell you to create a new track why would you create a new track
2015-03-18 23:52 MDT

Updates! On skating: Phase 2 happened. I hit people. They hit me back. I fell down once, but at no time did I reinjure my knee. I sure tired it out some good, though. It was starting to make grumpy noises at me by the time we did our five-minute sprint. . . . .

AXS: Boulder County Bombers hold St. Patrick's Day themed scrimmage in Longmont
2015-03-18 11:00 MDT

Longmont's own roller derby league, the Boulder County Bombers, invite you to join them for their St. Patrick's Day themed scrimmage. . . .

actually writing blog: wait i can use my blogging superpowers for derby
2015-03-17 23:42 MDT

Ahoy! Itís a brand new week, and I have done a brand new thing. I just put up an article on Probably. I mean, I completed and submitted it. So itíll show up sometime tomorrow, I think, pending editor approval. Back in October, Examiner sent out a . . . .

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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.