author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Sail fast and smart this weekend in Jade Ocean's solo sloop race event
2014-04-23 16:21 MDT

Hola, mateys! Does the low login-count on the Jade Ocean get you down? Do you miss the days when El Océano en Español enjoyed plenty of activity and interesting events? Are you skeptical that such days ever...

actually writing blog: the stories pile up
2014-04-22 23:46 MDT

Today's writing went well. It was a productive day on all counts, so I'm pleased. Nevertheless, today's freewriting session caused me a certain amount of that mild distress that the practice, despite my defense of it, does sometimes cause. Well, two mild . . . .

Boulder Writing Examiner: The Submissions Grinder makes market and submissions tracking no grind at all
2014-04-22 21:47 MDT

As a short story writer hoping to see your fiction published in magazines and online journals, you have a lot of details to juggle. Which stories you're working on, which are ready for publication, which markets you&#39...

actually writing blog: when does the work week start again
2014-04-21 23:08 MDT

It's Monday! That's great. I've been looking forward to Monday. This is the weird but logical outcome of formalizing a weekday writing schedule and then using HabitRPG to incentivize it. Stuff comes up Friday evening that makes me eager to get back to busi . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of April 19-20
2014-04-19 10:42 MDT

Yet another weekend blockade schedule wherein Opal outperforms the rest of the YPP universe with a giant four (four!) blockades going on over there: two at roughly 10:00 a.m. (with pay having risen to 2500 PoE/seg on...

actually writing blog: deadlifting 25 minutes of words every morning
2014-04-18 23:49 MDT

Freewriting! With the timer and the prompts and the stuff! Like morning pages, it's one of my daily processes that I sometimes feel the need to defend. Although less so, since the link between freewriting and Actual Finished Publishable Work is a lot more . . . .

actually writing blog: he ain't heavy, he just wants new reading material
2014-04-17 23:13 MDT

One of the real treats of my visits back home is getting to hang out with my brother. As kids, we were your classic case of sibling rivalry: nothing in common, irritated by each other's very existence, fighting tooth and nail all the time. As adults, we've . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: The jungle class sloop: A tour in 5 parts
2014-04-17 21:54 MDT

The current limited edition sloop was announced on The Spyglass just the other day. It's the Jungle Class Sloop, at it features the ideas and art of contest winner Coconaut (Cerulean). Take a tour of its tangled topiary...

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 . . . .

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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.