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actually writing blog: this fictionette will come rolling home eventually
2016-04-29 22:34 MDT

Argh! Argh, argh, argh. It's not like I've never been late with Friday Fictionettes before, but I try to at least get them all out in the right month. But the very belated April 22 edition will not be out tonight, and probably won't be out tomorrow. I am . . . .

actually writing blog: when your laptop starts singing Daisy it's time to move house
2016-04-27 00:41 MDT

Hi! So, I have all sorts of reasons for the recent radio silence. They are all totes valid, too. Probably the most immediate reason is having begun last week the laborious process of replacing my 5-or-more-years-old laptop. It wasn't the purchase that too . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, Apr 16-17: When the flotilla sinks, we'll have no place to race
2016-04-16 13:22 MDT

If you're here for blockades, you're in for a quiet weekend. Just one PvP on Emerald tomorrow at 10 and three blockades on Meridian between now and Sunday at 11. As always, scroll down for the full schedule. It should all fit in one window unless your wind . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, Apr 9-10: Now live from servers owned by Grey Havens
2016-04-09 12:38 MDT

OK, it's Saturday, and we got blockades, but FIRST!!! The Dread Ringers have some important news for us all. On April 6--just this past week--ownership of Puzzle Pirates was transferred: ... to a company called Grey Havens. Grey Havens is a group of form . . . .

actually writing blog: all the fictionettes came home to roost
2016-04-08 22:53 MDT

This has not been the best of weeks, for--oh, so very many reasons. But! It is Friday, and I have posted a Friday Fictionette to the Patreon "Creator Posts" stream. I have given it the extremely imaginative title of "Nor Rain Nor Heat Nor Gloom of Night," . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, Apr 2-3: All brigand kings, alllll the time.
2016-04-02 13:02 MDT

Well HI there Saturday! Insofar as you pertain to Puzzle Pirates, you are full of blockades. Some highlights from the YPP Forum include... CERULEAN: The Coalition defending Dendrite from The Undertow! CERULEAN: Babylon attacking three islands held by bri . . . .

actually writing blog: but the desk has to stay against the wall
2016-03-30 00:45 MDT

I had really good plans for today, but I managed to scuttle them via the usual reasons, i.e. sleeping late and not starting the morning shift until afternoon shift time. And here's the thing I found out: Even if I have the mental capacity to work four hour . . . .

actually writing blog: unwise but tasty tea consumption choices
2016-03-29 00:21 MDT

So I got all my tax documents together today. Finally. Left it 'til the last minute, or at least the last three hours before my appointment, but I got it all done with time to spare. And as though the universe were rewarding me for completing this huge hon . . . .

actually writing blog: in which the author has temporary favorites among her progeny
2016-03-25 00:21 MDT

Today's topic is The Short Story Development Queue Workflow, also known as "I said I'd work on the new story, but there was this other story screaming for attention..." This is also about the unintended consequences of holding myself to a daily half-hour . . . .

actually writing blog: doing things by halves
2016-03-22 23:51 MDT

Well, I survived the weekend. We didn't win, but, looking at the final score, we could have, which is a pretty amazing thing to say the first time you face off against a team of that caliber. Tonight's practice was mostly taken up with talking about the ga . . . .

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