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actually writing blog: a change of narrative
2015-05-28 23:36 MDT

I've been kind of spotty in my blogging lately. It's kind of directly related to being kind of spotty in my writing. It gets kind of embarrassing to have nothing writing-wise to talk about (except the odd Fictionette) on a blog that is all about actually w . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is going down under the seventh wave
2015-05-25 22:39 MDT

Because it's about a mural depicting a shipwreck. It's called "Shipwreck in Progress." It's also about family relations, and maybe doomsday. And now I have almost two whole weeks to prepare the next Friday Fictionette because May 2015 is a month with five . . . .

actually writing blog: three happy things and one late thing
2015-05-22 23:34 MDT

Let's concentrate on the positive. We got the piano tuned today! And the piano bench is sort of fixed, enough to sit on at least; Monday I hope to have it fixed in a more permanent fashion. So I sat down and played the piano today for the first time since . . . .

actually writing blog: it really is all about how you treat the powerless (also a fictionette)
2015-05-18 23:30 MDT

Happy new week, everyone! I'm pleased to finally bring you the Friday Fictionette for May 15 and announce that now I am entirely caught up. (Except for the pesky audio archives, of course. But back-filling those will be a long process.) Hopefully everythin . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of May 16-17
2015-05-16 11:16 MDT

Compared to last weekend, the blockade schedule for today and tomorrow is a little light (barring, of course, the usual parade of Brigand King hostilities on Emerald). But it's early yet. As of this writing, we still have...

actually writing blog: last week's fictionette and my week as an energy see-saw
2015-05-15 23:37 MDT

Hello! It is Friday and here is a Fictionette. It is last Friday's Fictionette, but here it is nevertheless. It is called "Because You Weren't There," and it's kind of creepy and kind of sweet and kind of mythic. Basically it's about benign necromancy as a . . . .

actually writing blog: having more to read all of a sudden is kind of a mixed blessing
2015-05-12 23:36 MDT

Habitual readers of the actually writing blog will have noticed habitual mention of an online writing community called Codex. Now, I am here to tell you today that you, too, can join Codex if you, too, are neo-pro speculative fiction writer. And if you are . . . .

actually writing blog: a fictionette, a typewriter, and a new occasion for carpet snow-angels
2015-05-11 23:53 MDT

Ok! So. Got a Friday Fictionette for you. It's the one for May 1, so I've still got last week's and this week's to go before I'm all caught up. But! I have been doing all sorts of catching up things, and then some. First things first. The May 1 Friday Fic . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of May 9-10
2015-05-09 14:20 MDT

This weekend, the blockade schedule on Emerald Ocean is brought to you by the letter "A"--because just about every island that starts with an "A" is under attack by a Brigand King. (And also a...

actually writing blog: i distract you with an awesome book by someone else
2015-05-08 23:35 MDT

So, I got nothing. No excuses, no good reasons, and almost nothing to show for this week on the writing front. Not even a blog post (barring this one). And now I am two fictionettes behind schedule, which is not a good sign. You know how it is. Probably, . . . .

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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.