author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Niki's Latest Blog Posts

actually writing blog: on becoming a little wonder
2020-09-24 22:15 MDT

And now, a more cheerful post: My story, "The Soup Witch's Funeral Dinner," is live at Cast of Wonders! It's one half of Episode 431, "Little Wonders 27 - Old Ladies". The other half of the episode is C. M. DiGirolamo's "Grandma Geraldine Sees a Dragon," . . . .


actually writing blog: my heart has joined the thousand
2020-09-22 23:05 MDT

I've been putting off writing this post. Partly that's because I didn't want my first post in two weeks to be a total downer. But mostly because I know I'm going to cry while writing it, and I'm tired of crying. Gemma passed away last week, and it hurts. . . . .


actually writing blog: post nubila ph...ictionette
2020-09-08 21:08 MDT

Ahoy! Well. It's been a week. We've had a slow-moving bunny crisis which we only realized was a crisis this weekend. Gemma had been steadily losing weight all month, but at first we weren't tracking it closely, and then we thought it would get better--I me . . . .


actually writing blog: reporting from the personal writerly bright side of 2020
2020-09-01 16:37 MDT

Happy September all! I have a couple of things made out of words coming out where you can see/hear them this month, and I thought I should let you know. "The Soup Witch's Funeral Dinner" - Cast of Wonders: This story, originally a Friday Fictionette, was . . . .


actually writing blog: whining intensifies but so does determination
2020-08-24 16:57 MDT

Hi. It's been another week. Almost two. And I'm still having trouble keeping the novel on my radar. This certainly has to do with all the time management problems I strategized about last post, but only in part. There's another problem larger than all of t . . . .


actually writing blog: dear dev team i have found a bug in the spacetime continuum there is not enough of it
2020-08-13 13:08 MDT

So! As promised: WHINING. Well, wittering. Thinking out loud in public about what's working, what isn't, and what I might do about it. Thanks for being my sounding board. As I said Tuesday, I'm trying to make August another novel-progress month. How much . . . .


actually writing blog: last month's friday fictionette links and also novel difficulties
2020-08-11 16:23 MDT

Oh, hello again. I fell off the blogging wagon for a bit. Let me clamber back on with this quick round-up of the Friday Fictionettes for July 2020: July 3: "Your SmartFurnace Needs Love Too" (ebook | audio) In a world where large household appliances are . . . .


actually writing blog: insomnia forces a body to prioritize
2020-07-22 18:04 MDT

Oh, hey, so, speaking of recovery days after insomniac nights, I had one of those on Monday night/Tuesday afternoon. And I'm not sure which is the chicken and which is the egg here, but two things were going on: it was very hot, making it difficult to slee . . . .


actually writing blog: odds and ends on a Monday afternoon
2020-07-20 18:39 MDT

So I finished a new story and submitted it last week. It's an expansion on the 500-word story I submitted to Escape Pod's flash fiction contest a couple months ago. At its new 1,300-word length, there's a bit more room to flesh out the characters, the sett . . . .


actually writing blog: look ma i'm in a storybundle
2020-07-16 17:38 MDT

May I introduce you to the Glitter and Hope StoryBundle? It's curated by author Cat Rambo who introduces it thusly: Hope can find its origin in friendship, whether on an alien planet or a New York street corner. It can come from writing, in a myriad shad . . . .

At left: An outdated photo of the author.

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

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

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Recently Published

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.

2018-10-12: "First Breath" in Tales to Terrify

Podcast at Tales To Terrify, Episode 350. Narrated by Michelle Kane.

Also in that episode: Victoria Glad's classic, "Each Man Kills" (Weird Tales, 1951). Narrated by Brian Rollins.