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actually writing blog: this piece of paper pleases and frightens me greatly
2015-04-01 23:47 MDT

Today we closed on the sale of our home of fifteen years. Put that way, it sounds like a nostalgic, bittersweet occurrence. It's not. We are so, so ready to move. Although at this point it's less a matter of dissatisfaction with certain features of the pro . . . .

actually writing blog: that to-do list looks even longer from the done side, how is that possible
2015-03-31 23:47 MDT

Dear March: Please enjoy your very own Fictionette Freebie! "Please To Confirm Your Appointment With BRIGHT SMILES!" is now downloadable as a PDF from Patreon by one and all. You can also read it in its entirety on Wattpad. Thank you, March, for going out . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette didn't even want to catch a bus
2015-03-30 23:41 MDT

As promised, the Friday Fictionette for March 27. I wasn't able to get it up over the weekend after all--that's the last time I predict that a weekend's roller derby content will "go a little easier on me." (How can three hours in one day be almost as exha . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of March 28-29
2015-03-28 14:07 MDT

Lots of blockades this weekend! On the Emerald Ocean, both Bowditch and Armstrong Islands are in play, along with a few other smaller but equally coveted properties. On Meridian, the big prize (but far from the only prize) is Napi...

actually writing blog: this fictionette is a week behind and ok with that
2015-03-27 23:48 MDT

Hey look! A Friday Fictionette! Just don't look too closely at the date. It was supposed to go up last week, but I only just finished it today. It's called "The Divorce Arch." It came from a from a writing prompt and a bunch of random thoughts that all coe . . . .

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...

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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.