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actually writing blog: a day off to consider the next day
2016-02-09 23:24 MST

So I'm not at derby tonight. It seemed unwise to skate six days out of the seven in a week culminating in a bout. "I'm saving myself for my Bombshells this week," I said, "'cause that's who I'm going to be on the track with this Saturday." Then, having dec . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, Feb 6-7: Otherworld in Mourning
2016-02-06 13:17 MST

Before getting to the blockade round-up, I'm afraid I have to share some sad news. While I was scanning the Puzzle Pirates forums, I came across Otherworld's announcement in Cerulean Parley that our fellow flag member, Darksidemoon, has passed away. She wi . . . .

actually writing blog: you've heard this song before
2016-02-05 22:43 MST

Saturday is once again the new Friday, because I cannot seem to keep my eyes open. All I have to do is create the cover art and upload the various permutations of the Friday Fictionette, but even that is so far beyond my current energy level, I can't even. . . . .

actually writing blog: as sick goes this was not so bad and i am almost all better now
2016-02-02 21:43 MST

This weekend started out awesome. I celebrated being all caught up by taking myself out Saturday to the Bohemian Biergarten for beef stroganoff, beer, and several hours of uninterrupted and guilt-free Puzzle Pirates fun. It was excellent. After all the scr . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, Jan 30-31: Wow is it dusty in here
2016-01-30 13:23 MST

Right now, right as we speak, Azarbad the Great is attacking Isla Spaniel on the Jade Ocean, and CORSARIOS DE POSEIDÓN are scrambling a defense! When I last checked, pay was 2500 pieces of eight per segment (PoE/seg). If that and a brigand king-free Spanie . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is in very good company and had a tasty lunch
2016-01-30 00:21 MST

As promised--as hoped--here's the fourth Friday Fictionette for January, which was to have gone up on the 22nd but instead I present to you today: "Doors Do Swing Both Ways." It's got dragon puppies in it, so you know you want to read it. That link goes to . . . .

actually writing blog: cheesy epiphanies because they were out of chocolatey ones
2016-01-28 00:50 MST

So January hasn't been going so well. Mentally and emotionally, I mean. Well, and also schedule-wise. Truth is, the stuff that went bad on Christmas Day, that stuck with me. It stuck with me hard. It struck resonances all up and down my family history, and . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette went to the art gallery two weeks late
2016-01-27 01:03 MST

Well, hallelujah. It's a fictionette. This is the one that should have gone up on January 15. It's about as late as a fictionette's ever been. It's called "The Artist's Apprentice" (that's the teaser; subscribers click here for the whole thing in PDF and/o . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, Jan 23-24: Gold Boxes and Big (Canon) Balls
2016-01-23 13:05 MST

After long radio silence this week, what do you finally get? Updates on very overdue writing commitments? No! You get the Puzzle Pirates weekend blockade roundup! Why? Because it's Saturday! The Emerald Ocean is where the bulk of the blockades are, three . . . .

actually writing blog: managed to drop the key to a well-organized life down a storm drain
2016-01-20 00:16 MST

OK, so, I am behind in everything. Let's just get that out of the way right now. I'm behind on doing the books and paying the bills, I'm overdue several non-skating tasks for my roller derby league, I can't seem to get five hours of writing in during a wor . . . .

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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

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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.