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actually writing blog: and monday is the new saturday for this fictionette
2015-08-31 19:27 MDT

I'm late, and I'm going to be even later. I just put up the PDF edition of the Friday Fictionette for August 28, "How Featherkind Got Its Song." Patrons pledging at least $1/month can download it right this second. Hurrah! And now I must run to pick up Jo . . . .

actually writing blog: Puzzle Pirates weekend blockade roundup: Accusations and cannonballs fly
2015-08-29 13:51 MDT

Note: Apparently my Puzzle Pirates Examiner gig got terminated last week, but I never noticed until I tried to post the Blockade Schedule this morning and the drop-down menu for assigning an article to one column or the other was missing. Alas! I suppose I . . . .

actually writing blog: Saturday is the new Friday
2015-08-28 22:02 MDT

In some ways, today rocked. In others, it was made of fail. Guess which one all things writing-related fell into? This week's Friday Fictionette, as well as the blog post of substance that should accompany it, will appear tomorrow. Today, I'm turning in e . . . .

actually writing blog: saved by my morning cuppa
2015-08-27 23:09 MDT

So this morning was Go Time. John had to get to the airport for an 11:45 a.m. flight, which meant leaving the house at 9:00. I set my alarm for 8:00 so I'd have time to do my Morning Pages before we left. (I get to click the happy habit plus-mark on Habiti . . . .

actually writing blog: people who aren't my people
2015-08-26 22:01 MDT

It is seriously amazing how much inspiration you can get just listening to conversations in a bar. Annoying conversations. Held by conversationalists that are absolutely not your people. That's my new theory. Bear with me for a bit. Derby practice is don . . . .

actually writing blog: sore and slow and late, but nevertheless optimistic and full of plans
2015-08-25 23:05 MDT

It was just a regular cleaning. There was no anesthetic involved, no surgery, no deep probing beneath the gums. It was just a regular dental cleaning. Nevertheless, dear reader, it kicked me in the teeth. After the dental hygienist was done with me, I ma . . . .

actually writing blog: curry for crawfish monday
2015-08-24 22:32 MDT

Today was crawfish Monday. I made sure of that, because next week I'll be in Avon, CO and unlikely to do any crawfishing. Not just because I don't know where the good crawfishing spots thereabouts might be, and not just because the water might already have . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette does not approve of your use of gladiators
2015-08-21 20:21 MDT

Hola! So it's Friday again. A fictionette appears! In this corner, chthonic beasts from the darkest depths of the earth. Opposing them: a quartet of careless picnickers and their unfortunate army of disposable gladiators and household staff. It's called "A . . . .

actually writing blog: the illusions we subscribe to
2015-08-20 22:53 MDT

The repaint job on our building is over, as far as our unit is concerned. They've got a few more units to finish tomorrow, but our front patio and back balcony are all done. Everything we had to bring inside is outside again, with the exception of the bird . . . .

Boulder Writing Examiner: Celebrate 'The End of All Things' with John Scalzi this weekend in Fort Collins
2015-08-19 08:58 MDT

This weekend, author John Scalzi will be slightly more than halfway through his U.S. tour celebrating his latest novel, The End of All Things. This highly anticipated work is the sixth in the series begun with the Hugo nominated...

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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.