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actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, September 9-10: Karma for conquerors; also, Dark Seas comes to Steam at last
2017-09-09 12:49 MDT

Sometimes Saturday means not only a new Puzzle Pirates blockade schedule, but also a catch-up scramble for writing stuff I didn't get done during the week. Which is to say, the Friday Fictionette for September 8 is a little late. But it is out now for your . . . .

actually writing blog: politics, postcards, and solid daily gottas
2017-09-05 23:04 MDT

So, today got unexpectedly political. I mean, the political component of the day was expected, but my participation was unexpectedly high and early in the day. There were multiple faxes to send, some through Resistbot and some from a physical fax machine, . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, September 2-3: Distilling, Bingo, and False Hopes for Meridian's Economy
2017-09-02 12:37 MDT

It's a weekend for multi-drop blockades, when Trap House will attack Barely Dressed in five places at once on the Meridian Ocean, Knockout and Lit and Crayon Box will attack each other all over the Emerald Ocean, and, on Cerulean, Admiral Finius is pretty . . . .

actually writing blog: in which a tedious writing exercise becomes inconveniently interesting
2017-08-31 22:48 MDT

The long blog silence is testimony to the truth of the adage "After derby is too late." Not a universal adage, admittedly, but a fairly reliable one in my little universe. So today I'm blogging before derby. Just before. Instantaneously before. I'm in fact . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, August 26-27: Wherein some things are prompt and others are tardy
2017-08-26 13:03 MDT

So I'm late with the Friday Fictionette again, but that's no reason this blockade schedule can't be right on time. And this weekend it actually matters because there's no fewer than four blockades kicking off right at noon today. All of them are on Emerald . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, August 19-20: Collect 'em all!
2017-08-19 12:54 MDT

Saturday! Blockades! See below. Not a heck of a lot of them, to be sure, but on the Cerulean Ocean we appear to have a brand new flag making its first moves, so that's a thing. And speaking of brand new, an event has been announced for this afternoon on t . . . .

actually writing blog: but these words are also words
2017-08-15 01:23 MDT

This is a blog post about self-accountability, self-appreciation, and word count. What words count? All words count. Because I wrote them, and I can count them. Someone in one of my Habitica guilds created us a new guild Challenge--a set of Habits, Dailie . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is good practice and also not to blame
2017-08-11 23:53 MDT

Good evening! It is Friday; here is a Fictionette. "How Grief Transforms You" (ebook, audiobook) juxtaposes a bereft parent, obnoxious gossipy neighbors, and a mysterious phenomenon causing nightly havoc in the forest. It went more or less according to sch . . . .

actually writing blog: projects proliferate perversely
2017-08-10 23:08 MDT

So I was scanning my list of favorite fiction markets, and it turns out Daily Science Fiction 1. only accepts pieces up to 1500 words long, disqualifying several pieces I'm looking to submit, but 2. does accept pieces as short as 100 words. Yay, drabble ma . . . .

actually writing blog: kind of like the way pain just means you're alive
2017-08-10 00:12 MDT

I've been thinking about interactive fiction. Specifically, I've been thinking about a particular short-short of mine, "Keeping Time," and how I might expand it into an interactive piece. I've actually been thinking about this for a couple years now, but i . . . .

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