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actually writing blog: friday service is delayed, please stay tuned
2016-09-23 22:11 MDT

This week's Friday Fictionette will trickle on into the weekend, because it's been One of Those Weeks. So instead I present you with a picture of this week's farm share, also late for the same reason. The sharp-eyed among you will notice the little baggie . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is part of a complete breakfast
2016-09-16 23:56 MDT

The Friday Fictionette for September 16 is up. It's "The Starring Role" (subscriber links: ebook, audiobook) and it's about fairy tales and protagonizing in them. It's not a lot of fun, really. Lots of ashes to sweep. Lots of fiddly grains and seeds to sor . . . .

actually writing blog: advice to alternate universe me
2016-09-15 23:18 MDT

Note to self: Do not begin Frances Hardinge's Cuckoo Song as bedtime reading because you WILL NOT be able to put the book down (it was almost every bit as good as advertised) unfinished, and a night of only four hours of sleep is not conducive to getting a . . . .

actually writing blog: impending kettle-bell hell and possibly too much beer
2016-09-14 23:44 MDT

I'm just back from viewing D2 footage with some of my teammates. I have thoughts. I will probably incorporate those thoughts into the long-delayed blog post, tentatively titled "What I Did On My Summer Vacation in Wichita," that I've been meaning to write . . . .

actually writing blog: life is what obliges you, when you're planning to be virtuous, to be virtuous in some other way
2016-09-13 22:56 MDT

Ever had one of those mornings where you wake up ready to do all the things, and then life gets in the way? Right. Like that. I even got up early for an 8:00 a.m. dental cleaning, came home around 9:00, and didn't go back to bed. I was awake all of the hou . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, September 10-11: Emerald's not dead, but Ice is free. Decisions, decisions...
2016-09-10 12:59 MDT

News! News! News! Ever wanted to test out brand new Puzzle Pirates features, but don't have a subscription to the Ice Ocean? This weekend you can log onto Ice for free because the OMs really want to give the imminent "Greedy Brigands" feature a lot of test . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is losing weight
2016-09-09 23:53 MDT

Hello! This blog post is coming from you live and entire from the new new Asus, the celebrated X544, which I have named Phenix-Segundus. The old new Asus, the X540, never got a name while I had it, but I'm retroactively calling it Phenix-Primus. I am consi . . . .

actually writing blog: situation update: computers and cooking
2016-09-08 22:43 MDT

First off: The new new computer has arrived. Which is to say, the computer Asus sent me to replace the new computer that I sent them for repair. After they'd had that computer for two weeks, they emailed me to say that the motherboard needed replacing, but . . . .

actually writing blog: literary kitchen experiments in the near future
2016-09-06 23:59 MDT

It's always exciting when the weekly CSA share has a new vegetable in it. This week featured the first green peppers of the season. I think I will put mine in my Pseudo-Medieval Chicken Experiment tomorrow, about which more in a moment. The rest of the sha . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, September 3-4: Blockade supply low. Why not try pillaging?
2016-09-03 13:18 MDT

This is one of those weekends that inspires veteran players to bemoan the imminent death of the game, just as they have done since Socrates's day. It's certainly fodder for those who prioritize the political, flag vs. flag aspect of the game to lament the . . . .

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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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