author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Niki's Latest Blog Posts

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 . . . .


actually writing blog: i accomplished a thing today dinner counts as an accomplishment
2020-07-10 23:11 MDT

Today was a Friday. Fridays are hard. Today was an especially hard Friday because I had extra errands and it was far too hot. BUT I WON AT DINNER! Here's how: So, the other week, 63rd St. Farm sent me home with a bunch of dill. I like dill. I especially l . . . .


actually writing blog: the state of the fictionette is actually pretty good
2020-07-08 17:13 MDT

So speaking of that Friday Fictionette project that I have no intention of taking a break from, here's an overdue June Round-up and State of the Fictionette report. As you know (Bob), the Friday Fictionette project is a short-short story subscription serv . . . .


actually writing blog: stop being so indecisive just pick yer poison already
2020-07-02 17:27 MDT

My writing process is inconsistent. My writing needs are inconsistent. I'm going to whine about that now. Getting back to Tuesday's lament: I wrote a 5K-word story more or less over 48 hours, submitted it Tuesday afternoon, then crashed hard. On Wednesday . . . .


actually writing blog: the just-did-a-big-thing doldrums strike again
2020-06-30 21:58 MDT

So I wrote a brand-new, never-before-seen short story over mostly last night and today, and I submitted it, and now I'm sort of sitting around wondering what to do with my life. I ought to feel happy. Triumphant, even! Instead I feel weirdly and intensel . . . .


actually writing blog: someone's gotta clean up all this mess
2020-06-24 22:38 MDT

Wow, I suck at this Social Media Self-Promotion thing. I keep forgetting to tell you about my latest poem publication. It's "The Mardi Gras Tree," and you can read it in the very latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer--the Summer Solstice 2020 issue, who . . . .


actually writing blog: no. it won't be enough. do it anyway.
2020-06-18 01:31 MDT

OK, so, political thoughts I've been having. It starts with an anecdote about my Mom. And it's not a particularly positive anecdote, so I should probably start with the acknowledgement that in many ways, she was a wonderful person. But people are complicat . . . .


actually writing blog: we pause for a deep dive into more fountain pen ink
2020-06-16 16:58 MDT

This past week, I took advantage of my Morning Pages sessions and another batch of Postcards To Voters to further explore the newly arrived fountain pen ink. Let me introduce you to them all. The excitingly sparkly purple-maroon I used in some of the star . . . .

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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

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.