author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Niki's Latest Blog Posts

actually writing blog: it's a horrible plan but it just keeps working
2020-04-01 22:27 MDT

I am trying to learn my lesson. I really am. Last time I had one of those "Holy crap, the submission window closes TODAY, hurry hurry hurry!" days, I only made the deadline by staying home from that night's roller derby practice. Then the story wound up g . . . .


actually writing blog: what i did every friday in march and also for dinner tonight
2020-03-31 22:32 MDT

Here, as promised, is the Friday Fictionettes round-up for March 2020. I can do one because, for the first time in a very long time, I am not only caught up to the regular weekly release schedule, but I am also caught up with the monthly Freebies. It feels . . . .


actually writing blog: on the fourteenth day of quarentine my true love gave to me
2020-03-30 18:20 MDT

It's been two weeks since I came home from the Berthoud Inn and John bid his last Conlorado out-of-town guest farewell. Accordingly, our isolation-from-each-other ends today. From here on out, we isolate from the world as a household unit. We celebrated th . . . .


actually writing blog: sometimes it's ok just to not
2020-03-26 21:43 MDT

As expected, I produced and uploaded both of tomorrow's Friday Fictionette posts today, scheduling them for an automated release of 8:00 AM. Then I was so pleased with myself over this that I barely did anything else afterward. Well, that's not quite true . . . .


actually writing blog: physically distant but not socially
2020-03-25 20:41 MDT

The pandemic with its attendant Stay-at-Home/Shelter-in-Place orders--and yes, my residence has received separate orders from the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and now the State of Colorado over the course of three days--has, oddly enough, made what I d . . . .


actually writing blog: magic pen: anthology updates and signal boosting, part ? of ???
2020-03-24 22:31 MDT

As y'all know, I have a story coming out in the forthcoming anthology from Atthis Arts, Community of Magic Pens. Here's the description: An eclectic, multi-genre collection of original stories about the power of communication, the magic of writing instru . . . .


actually writing blog: a day in the life under the new normal
2020-03-23 18:42 MDT

When it's been more than a month since my last blog post, writing a new one seems daunting. I feel irrationally obligated to include Every Single Thing That's Happened Since Then, and because that's obviously not feasible nor even possible, the tendency is . . . .


actually writing blog: i show you a thing! two things! only one might make you go eww!
2020-02-18 19:54 MST

Work on the Magic Pens anthology is progressing. Author bios are getting finalized, and final story edits are due back in the next couple of days. My story got the benefit of a couple more pairs of eyes, and I'm thrilled with all the care and attention tha . . . .


actually writing blog: heaven is a door you can close
2020-02-13 23:26 MST

As promised, the Friday Fictionette for February 7 went out today. For once it's just a fun bit of fluff, "How the Royal Stablemaster Won the War." The TL;DR summary is "A plan requiring a horse is doomed to failure if it does not take into account that a . . . .


actually writing blog: within range of the smell of the violets that grow atop Mt. Overdue
2020-02-12 21:14 MST

I released another overdue Friday Fictionette the other day! The January 24 offering is "Listening," the aforementioned Momo fanfiction piece. It turned out not to be nearly the act of character assassination I feared. It's just that she's a grown-up and s . . . .

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Recently Published

2019-12-27: "Lambing Season" in Tales to Terrify

Click here for the show notes and download link for Tales to Terrify episode 413, featuring my story, "Lambing Season", as read by Summer Brooks.

2019-12-21: "Hold the Door" in Eternal Haunted Summer

Please enjoy the Winter Solstice 2019 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer! My poem, "Hold the Door," appears here. And don't miss these words from the editor.

2019-11-01: "At Night, the Dead" in Sycorax

Please enjoy Sycorax Journal #4 (Fall 2019), in which appears my poem, "At Night, the Dead".

2019-10-31: "Your Disembodied Friends Would Like To Remind You" in The Macabre Museum

The inaugural issue of The Macabre Museum, in which appears my poem "Your Disembodied Friends Would Like to Remind You", is available for ebook purchase at Amazon.com. Patrons of The Macabre Museum can download the issue directly from Patreon or view its contents in the Musem proper (password requiered).

2019-08-05: "First Breath" in Terror at 5280'

"First Breath" has been reprinted online as part of the run-up to the release of Terror at 5280', the Denver Horror Collective's new local horror fiction anthology. Read it here.

(To clarify: My story appears only on the website; it will not appear in the anthology itself. My apologies for the misleading header on this item; it's automatically generated by combining the manuscript title with the publication it was submitted to.)

2019-06-21: "Apotheosis" in Eternal Haunted Summer

Read it now. Heck, read the whole issue.

2018-10-12: "First Breath" in Tales to Terrify

Podcast at Tales To Terrify, Episode 350. Narrated by Michelle Kane.

Also in that episode: Victoria Glad's classic, "Each Man Kills" (Weird Tales, 1951). Narrated by Brian Rollins.

2018-04-16: "What Dreams May Hatch" in Toasted Cake

Click here for Toasted Cake 180, featuring my story "What Dreams May Hatch."