author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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actually writing blog: this is the good thing, which is also the terrifying thing
2014-10-01 23:22 MDT

So I promised "more of that stuff" today, where the stuff under discussion was "happy and hopeful" news. And I got some of that for y'all. But I did less with it today than I wanted to, and that tends to be a drag on the "hopeful" part of the equation. Le . . . .

actually writing blog: everyone gets something to read today (that means you)
2014-09-30 22:59 MDT

September's "Fictionette Freebie" is out and available to the public, Patron and non-Patron alike. It's "What Dreams May Hatch," which you may download as a lovely PDF from Patreon, read in one of Wattpad's versatile formats, or simply click to read it her . . . .

actually writing blog: in which washington cherries go kerplunk
2014-09-29 23:40 MDT

The fall harvest season brings with it a series of exceedingly homogenous Farm Mondays. At other times during the year, my Monday morning shift might consist of several tasks, a miscellany of Things What Need To Get Done. Culling seedlings, filling seedlin . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of September 27-28
2014-09-27 13:58 MDT

Your Examiner is running a little bit late today, so at the time of this writing the two biggest blockade events are already underway. Those would be Otherworld's attack on Gretchen Goldfang, who currently holds Harmattan Island (Cerulean...

actually writing blog: in which we cast silhouettes on the sand
2014-09-26 23:53 MDT

This week's Friday Fictionette went up on Patreon, with public excerpts there and here and on Wattpad, round about five this afternoon. I'm not only very pleased with the story, but I'm tickled about the cover art. I wanted to set up a silhouette of Humpty . . . .

actually writing blog: stupid word prompt tricks
2014-09-25 23:10 MDT

The tricks, I mean. Nothing stupid about the word prompts. Mis-aimed, perhaps, maybe less then entirely appropriate for what I'm trying to do, but certainly not stupid. See, I remembered this morning another podcast whose every episode ends in a writing p . . . .

actually writing blog: prompts from poughkeepsie for an all-night road trip
2014-09-24 23:25 MDT

I've been playing with a new source of writing prompts this week: "News from Poughkeepsie," as presented by Mur Lafferty. This is, or at least originated as, a series of writing prompts from the brain of Jared Axelrod. I suspect--though I haven't got a cit . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Watch this tutorial video and become an expert alchemist in no time flat
2014-09-24 22:45 MDT

Keeping with our overall crafting puzzle theme for the month, let's talk about Alchemistry.Alchemistry is the art of mixing base ingredients to create magical potions. In terms of game dynamics, it's a pipe-construction puzzle...

actually writing blog: the secret trap behind the job description of full time writer
2014-09-23 23:37 MDT

It's not a secret because no one tells it, mind you. Everyone tells it, to every writer who ever contemplates quitting their day job. No, it's a secret because it is rarely believed until it is experienced. To put it broadly, it is the secret no one can kn . . . .

actually writing blog: you should be sitting down for this, and also not in the middle of dinner
2014-09-22 22:10 MDT

So you know that moment when you're out in the field picking relleno-type chili peppers, and you go to pick a great big red one--huge, like two inches wide at the shoulder and a foot long from stem to tip--and you ready your clippers, and you grab that suc . . . .

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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.