author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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actually writing blog: freedom from ac outlet tyranny means taking the laptop fishing NOT SWIMMING
2015-08-03 23:59 MDT

I got the email stating that my new laptop battery has shipped! It's hanging out in Anaheim CA as we speak. I can only imagine it'll be in my hands by the time the week is out. I'll have 5400 brand new milliamp hours to play with! And I promise to use noth . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of August 1-2
2015-08-01 13:08 MDT

It's Saturday. That means, in the occasionally wise words of Cremate, Monarch of Bacon Strips on the Emerald Ocean,You guys know how it is by now, we get there, you press apply, we press hire, we go...

actually writing blog: fly free, little fictionette of July
2015-07-31 23:59 MDT

It's the last day of the month. Accordingly, one of this month's Friday Fictionettes, "And Did You Bring Enough For Everyone?", has gone free, free as in beer, free for everyone to download as an attractive PDF or to listen to as an MP3 narrated in the dul . . . .

actually writing blog: three reports on the three major components of my life at present
2015-07-30 23:59 MDT

First item to report: Writing. (This is a blog about writing.) I submitted that story, I did, and what's more, it didn't suck. It might well benefit from the careful eye of a critique group, but we'll cross that bridge when/if the story comes back with a r . . . .

actually writing blog: productive ways to give in to temptation
2015-07-29 23:59 MDT

Good couple of sessions on the short story today. I revised the first scene until it was actually a scene, you know? Which is awesome, because until today it was more of a "see Spot run" sketch. Rough drafts are rough, but that was really rough. I'm much . . . .

actually writing blog: in which we discover how far I can make seventeen crawfish stretch
2015-07-28 23:18 MDT

OMG you guyz I win at dinner like I have never won before. Crawfish bisque and crawfish Monica, starring crawfish that I caught myself in the creek next door and boiled in my own kitchen. How could it be possible for this not to make me win? I win. Grante . . . .

actually writing blog: you get a line i'll get a pole because apparently we don't need nets
2015-07-27 23:59 MDT

It's summer and I feel like Calvin of "and Hobbes" fame. "The days are just packed!" Today I was running around barefoot all over my neighborhood, wading in Wonderland Creek, and fishing for crawfish, honest to any God you care to name. I pretty much spent . . . .

Puzzle Pirates Examiner: Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule for the weekend of July 25-26
2015-07-25 13:28 MDT

Are you anti-tree or pro-tree? This is apparently a thing. Bacon Strips announced on Monday that if they win today's blockades on Emerald, they'll petition to remove the fenced-in tree from Aimuari and...

actually writing blog: this fictionette had trouble wording its wishes
2015-07-24 23:55 MDT

We're back to wrapping up the Friday Fictionette at stupid o'clock at night, I'm afraid. In addition to my usual bad time management, there was the problem that this fictionette, despite my having worked on it every day all week long, was still giving me r . . . .

actually writing blog: rough drafts are rough. don't like it? tough.
2015-07-21 23:42 MDT

The expansion on the drabble is coming along, but it's coming along rough. I have to continuously remind myself that it's OK, because this really is more of a first draft than a revision. I mean, yes, I'm building off of an already-written 100-word version . . . .

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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.