author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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actually writing blog: that writer dude just made my day
2014-04-16 22:16 MDT

Today was full of sucky things. There was waking up with the same sore throat I went to bed with and realizing that it had invited its friend, the runny nose, over to stay the week. There was that beautiful and completely legal hit to the sternum that I to . . . .

actually writing blog: women be unreliable narrators yo
2014-04-15 23:42 MDT

So here's a thing that's been frustrating me about the story I'm revising. Well, it's not precisely a thing about the story, but more of a thing in society which got thrown into extra-special hyper-embossed relief when I sent this story through several rou . . . .

Boulder Writing Examiner: Take a peek at the writing experience in an Amtrak sleeper car
2014-04-15 22:11 MDT

Very belatedly, here's the promised Part 2 to the 2-part series of posts about writing on Amtrak trains: The Roomette Experience. This is the one relevant to your interests if you end up winning one of the...

actually writing blog: the problem of Mondays
2014-04-14 23:25 MDT

Today was a big day! Today was my first Monday back at McCauley Family Farm for the 2014 season. For several years now, for a value of "several" I can't precisely pinpoint anymore, Monday mornings have meant several hours of volunteer farm work in Longmon . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of April 12-13
2014-04-12 12:45 MDT

OK, real quick: Blockades. We got some. Oddly, more of 'em on Opal than anywhere else. But there's a little bit going on everywhere. Here's a quick overview:On the Cerulean Ocean, Universe A have...

actually writing blog: spent all evening singing about our feelings
2014-04-11 21:34 MDT

Today started with a tiny awesome thing, and it ended with a great big awesome thing. I had my 4-month dental check-up and cleaning this morning at 8:00 AM. That is not usually an awesome thing, tiny or otherwise, but today it acquired awesomeness by resu . . . .

actually writing blog: distracted by proof of publication
2014-04-10 23:00 MDT

You know what kills productivity optimism stone dead? Waking up with a headache. A persistent headache. It's entirely unfair. I didn't even get a chance at the day, dang it. I think maybe it was a combination of my first night back at altitude and our ther . . . .

actually writing blog: and breathe
2014-04-09 22:08 MDT

Dear world: I am taking a day off from you. It is rather late in the day to decide that, admittedly. But as much day as I have left in this day, it is not an on day. It is an off day. I had lovely great ambitions when I woke up on the train arriving in De . . . .

actually writing blog: papier et plume in less than ideal combination
2014-04-08 10:48 MDT

And now for a brief public service announcement: Recycled paper notebooks and fountain pens do not go together. Yes, recycled paper is ecologically sound, pleasant to the touch, and often results in a cheaper notebook. But writing three pages of a recycle . . . .

actually writing blog: initial call for boarding
2014-04-07 09:07 MDT

Usually the order is "first, actually write; then blog about actually writing." Hence the name of the blog. However, in just a few hours I'll be getting on the train departing New Orleans, and I won't have any internet until tomorrow morning in Chicago. So . . . .

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Recently Published

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.