author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Niki's Latest Blog Posts

actually writing blog: the hardest working little story in my stable
2019-07-10 23:50 MDT

So this blog post is mainly to announce that my short story, "First Breath", will be reprinted again. I'm not sure exactly when and I don't think I'm at liberty yet to say exactly where, but I have Signed a Contract so it's pretty darn definite. I'm tickl . . . .


actually writing blog: in praise of those arsonists who light fires under my butt
2019-07-02 23:58 MDT

So my roller derby league does this thing where on Mondays they post a member profile to their public Facebook page, and this week the member being profiled is me. And that feels weird. Like, one, Anxiety Brain is sure that this makes me look like the bigg . . . .


actually writing blog: look it's a thing it's a very late thing but it's a thing
2019-06-27 23:34 MDT

Hark! An overdue Friday Fictionette rises over yon horizon. It's "Love in the Time of Lizard People," nominally the release for June 14, and it has a little to do with the trustworthiness of telepathic aliens but a lot more to do with the trustworthiness o . . . .


actually writing blog: i distract you with poetry and sanctioned violence
2019-06-21 22:23 MDT

So have I posted the Friday Fictionettes that were due last week and today? No. No, I have not. They will not be appearing tonight. Fridays suck, this week has sucked, I suck. It's true. But hey! Let me distract you with the Summer Solstice 2019 issue of E . . . .


actually writing blog: still hard even when it's a different kind of hard
2019-06-18 23:36 MDT

Let's talk interactive fiction. Do I know what I'm talking about when I talk about interactive fiction? Hell, no. But I'm trying to learn, because there's a story I've been wanting to submit to Sub-Q for, like, ever, and they're open to submissions right n . . . .


actually writing blog: confessions of an epicurean nature
2019-06-13 23:42 MDT

So I'm in the bath right now. This is the sort of thing you find out about me when you read my blog. Sometimes, when I'm too cold, too tired, too reluctant or too neurotic--tonight it's the "too tired" case because of roller derby scrimmage--in order to wr . . . .


actually writing blog: piece of childhood reclaimed or something like that
2019-06-11 23:41 MDT

I've been writing poems again. It feels good. I used write poems a lot when I was in school. I mean, elementary school. When I was wee. Maybe that was the problem--as I got older, I associated the writing of poems with the production of the specific calib . . . .


actually writing blog: the struggle is real (more real on some days than others)
2019-06-10 23:59 MDT

OK so I didn't Do All The Things on Friday. And that was disappointing. Having found a strategy that worked for three days running, it was discouraging to just fail on the fourth day. And it was a day when, supposedly, I had all the time in the world... bu . . . .


actually writing blog: add-on benefits of a daily manuscript submission practice
2019-06-06 23:18 MDT

Today is Day Three of Doing All the Things On Time. More importantly, it's Day 37 (counting weekdays only) of Submitting a Manuscript Every Weekday. And besides that one acceptance (so far) and the accelerated progress toward my goal of 100 rejections in 2 . . . .


actually writing blog: but why is this only paying off now and not like three years ago
2019-06-05 20:47 MDT

Today I want to talk about short story revision. But first: check it out, two days in a row of successful adulting! That's a surprise. Usually, after a day as successful as yesterday, I crash and burn; the pressure of having to live up to the previous day . . . .

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Recently Published

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.

2018-04-16: "What Dreams May Hatch" in Toasted Cake

Click here for Toasted Cake 180, featuring my story "What Dreams May Hatch."