author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Niki's Latest Blog Posts

actually writing blog: looking for empowerment in an out-of-control world
2021-03-25 21:56 MDT

So, my brain's a mess. It's a mess for a lot of reasons. At least one of them has made the national news--though I am fortunate to be only indirectly affected, which is to say, I live in Boulder, so it hit close to home, but I wasn't in or near the store a . . . .


actually writing blog: the work goes slowly but nevertheless it goes
2021-03-18 21:11 MDT

Food content in today's blog post is going to be minimal because I'm in the middle of revisions, and revisions are hard, and I'm going to whine about that. Also there isn't much to say about the food, beyond that 1. if you're going to substitute oysters f . . . .


actually writing blog: got a shucking knife, not afraid to use it
2021-03-16 19:29 MDT

Writing content in this blog post will be minimal. THE OYSTERS HAVE ARRIVED and I'm a little obsessed. You remember, right? The mail-order oysters I mentioned splurging on? Yeah. They showed up today. And I have successfully shucked and eaten a few of the . . . .


actually writing blog: there's such a thing as overdoing it
2021-03-10 12:57 MST

Ha. So remember that "long and deeply satisfying skating session" last week? Well, it turns out that when I kick my own butt skating for three hours straight, including over less than hospitable terrain (the sidewalks! OMG, the sidewalks on the east side o . . . .


actually writing blog: a refreshing lack of direness and some surprise chicken
2021-03-03 23:03 MST

Dear Diary: Today is a Red Letter Day! I have got up on time and done all my writing (excepting this Very Important Missive) by four of the clock in the Afternoon. As you might Imagine, this has left me simply oodles of daylight and evening for all sorts o . . . .


actually writing blog: an occasion to rethink and revise before reprinting
2021-03-02 22:46 MST

So, just to remind y'all that the author is a New Orleanian author, lemme tell you what happened this week. So yesterday, OK, the payment for the short story I sold to Apex Magazine arrived via PayPal. Hooray! So today I decided to celebrate the sale, as I . . . .


actually writing blog: a strange but workable (for now) definition of On Time
2021-02-26 22:38 MST

Not so much whining today, as it turns out. What was that I said about external systems of structure and accountability? Today's external accountability mechanisms were my Boulder Food Rescue shift and my various curbside shopping errands, for getting me o . . . .


actually writing blog: whining my way toward a better way of ordering my day
2021-02-25 22:35 MST

Today's post is going to be a whining post. Be warned now. Or be happy, I dunno. I get a lot of comfort out of reading the whining of experienced and successful writers; it tells me that even they have off-days with avoidance issues and difficulty getting . . . .


actually writing blog: not too proud to need to hack my own brain
2021-02-24 23:45 MST

I actually feel good about posting to the actually writing blog today, because today I actually wrote. I got stuff done! I submitted a whole bunch of things! I wrote a whole bunch of words! I wrote down this morning's dreams, which were 1500 words of detai . . . .


actually writing blog: stealth foodie blog strikes again: mardi gras edition
2021-02-16 22:52 MST

Welp, all that crowing about the Zoom co-writing structure-and-motivation for the day, and what happens? I utterly fail this week to 1. get to bed on time, 2. get up on time, 3. make the morning co-writing session. Alas! Counterpoint: A. "This week" refers . . . .

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At right: Some of the author's recent thoughts.

Below: Some of the author's recently published works.

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Recently Published

2021-01-08: "Reasonable Accommodations" in Departure Mirror Quarterly

You can download Issue 2 (for free!) from this page.

2020-09-30: "The Ascent of Inanna (poem)" in Dreams & Nightmares

Issue #116 (September 2020) has been mailed to all subscribers and contributors. You can get a PDF of this or any issue for a dollar, PayPal to jopnquog@gmail.com.

2020-09-23: "The Soup Witch's Funeral Dinner" in Cast of Wonders

In Episode 431: "Little Wonders - Old Ladies". Narrated by Adam Pracht.

Also in that episode: C. M. DiGirolamo's "Grandma Geraldine Sees a Dragon". Narrated by Cheyenne Wright.

2020-06-19: "The Mardi Gras Tree" in Eternal Haunted Summer

Please enjoy the Summer Solstice 2020 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer, featuring my poem, "The Mardi Gras Tree."

2020-05-04: "One Story, Two People" in Community of Magic Pens

Order your copy of the anthology here. And don't forget to download a free copy of the multilingual Magic Pens poster!

2020-04-07: "The Rarest of Prey" in Daily Science Fiction

Read it here. (It's only 102 words--it won't take you long.)

2019-12-27: "Lambing Season" in Tales to Terrify

Click here for the show notes and download link for Tales to Terrify episode 413, featuring my story, "Lambing Season", as read by Summer Brooks.

2019-12-21: "Hold the Door" in Eternal Haunted Summer

Please enjoy the Winter Solstice 2019 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer! My poem, "Hold the Door," appears here. And don't miss these words from the editor.

2019-11-01: "At Night, the Dead" in Sycorax

Please enjoy Sycorax Journal #4 (Fall 2019), in which appears my poem, "At Night, the Dead".

2019-10-31: "Your Disembodied Friends Would Like To Remind You" in The Macabre Museum

The inaugural issue of The Macabre Museum, in which appears my poem "Your Disembodied Friends Would Like to Remind You", is available for ebook purchase at Amazon.com. Patrons of The Macabre Museum can download the issue directly from Patreon or view its contents in the Musem proper (password requiered).

2019-08-05: "First Breath" in Terror at 5280'

"First Breath" has been reprinted online as part of the run-up to the release of Terror at 5280', the Denver Horror Collective's new local horror fiction anthology. Read it here.

(To clarify: My story appears only on the website; it will not appear in the anthology itself. My apologies for the misleading header on this item; it's automatically generated by combining the manuscript title with the publication it was submitted to.)

2019-06-21: "Apotheosis" in Eternal Haunted Summer

Read it now. Heck, read the whole issue.