author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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actually writing blog: haunted houses, for temporary use in
2014-10-29 22:45 MDT

So this is my life right now. There is an area of the living room that's been taken over by painting, staining, and finishing projects for about a month now, and that ain't going to stop for a little while to come. I do not entirely regret this! This is wh . . . .

actually writing blog: recommend that you not
2014-10-28 23:13 MDT

So this is my latest trick. (It is not a smart trick.) I seem to have returned to Second Life. I logged in for the first time in about three years: firstly, because you cannot leave Groups without logging in, and I had some Groups I didn't need to belong . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Avail yourself of Halloween 2014 seasonal items and contests before they're gone
2014-10-28 16:18 MDT

Halloween is almost here! Only a few days remain before the tricks and treats of the season are past and the blood-red seas return to their accustomed color of blue.Getting ready for your crew's Halloween party...

actually writing blog: nosing around on a monday morning
2014-10-27 23:48 MDT

Today's farm work was odoriferous! That's a fancy word that means smelly. Not unpleasantly smelly, but noticeable, certainly. The bulk of it was spent harvesting onions and shallots. Mostly I was on pitchfork duty. My team went ahead to loosen up the soil . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of October 25-26
2014-10-25 15:42 MDT

Dear Cerulean Ocean: Do you like puns? Majorjr of the flag The Stumbling Solo likes puns berry much. Majorjr also likes blockade jobbers and is offering a number of raffle prizes to loyal and hardworking jobbers in this afternoon&#39...

actually writing blog: fourth friday fictionette processed next input please
2014-10-24 23:25 MDT

It's up! It's up! It is called "The Revolution Will Not Be Processed" because when it comes to titles I tend to pick whatever's shiniest. The cover art comes from this lovely bit of photography (CC BY-SA 2.0) which looks like it might make a striking deskt . . . .

Boulder Writing Examiner: Virtual write-ins and writers' cabins for rent in Second Life
2014-10-23 15:43 MDT

Speaking of virtual write-ins, not all of them are on YouTube. Some of them are in Second Life. You can join other writers from around the world amid soothing sounds and pleasant views without having to leave Boulder or...

actually writing blog: dear wednesday
2014-10-22 23:20 MDT

My optimism was totally misplaced. Not only did lunch in Denver eat up a huge chunk of my available energy for the day (much of which I used on the staining the back side of closet door number three), but I gave in to temptation and accepted an invitation . . . .

actually writing blog: i fought the phone jack and i think it was a draw
2014-10-21 23:53 MDT

I may have mentioned that John and I are trying to sell our third-floor condo unit. The goal is to move into something that's a little more like a house, but that isn't too far from where we are now. And now that the roof has been replaced and last year's . . . .

actually writing blog: miracles of... not very modern technology, actually
2014-10-20 23:05 MDT

As though to make up for last week, this morning's farm work went a little long. It featured seeds, seeds, and more seeds, seeds of tomato and pepper varieties, seeds to be wet processed for drying, winnowing, and sowing next season. It began when the far . . . .

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Recently Published

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.