author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Niki's Latest Blog Posts

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 . . . .


actually writing blog: virtual external systems of structure and accountability
2021-02-11 23:14 MST

My social life is entirely on Zoom. Increasingly, my working life, too. It's not a bad thing, honestly. I just got finished about an hour ago with the Boulder County Bombers Thursday night Zoom workout. Sometimes skaters will bring their own workout to sh . . . .


actually writing blog: i get interviewed, then i get sappy
2021-02-10 22:34 MST

In these weeks since Departure Mirror Quarterly Issue 2 went live, they've been publishing a series of Author Spotlight features on their website, focusing on the contributors to that issue. Mine just went up today! In it, among other things, I reveal a l . . . .


actually writing blog: my online writing community is the best online writing community, fight me
2021-01-28 21:17 MST

Today had a smaller wonkiness quotient, so let's talk about why Codex is the greatest and its contests are the bestest. Only sorta kidding. But to put it in less superlative tones: Codex is an online community for semi-pro writers, primarily in the specul . . . .


actually writing blog: i did the thing
2021-01-27 23:20 MST

OK so it's TOMORROW and I did upload the Friday Fictionette that was originally scheduled for December 18. Hooray! And I got some preliminary babble down concerning the one for December 25. So that's good. Now, I had planned to use today's blogging time t . . . .

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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.