author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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actually writing blog: eighty percent chance of solid offline productivity
2016-09-29 14:30 MDT

Tonight, like last night, I'll spend on a train with no internet access. My only chance to upload a blog post will be during my five-hour layover, and only a very little of that since I have made plans to visit with an old friend. Which means I'm blogging . . . .

actually writing blog: less stress more beer. i mean train. more train.
2016-09-28 17:55 MDT

So as it turns out I did have time to make those tomatillos into salsa verde. Roasted them this time. Added lots of raw onion and garlic. Also, instead of simply omitting the cilantro, I substituted parsley. I like parsley. Anyway, that'll be waiting in th . . . .

actually writing blog: less stress more veg
2016-09-27 23:59 MDT

I woke up this morning with ALL THE STRESS because tomorrow is departure day. I've been excited and happily looking forward to "Five days in New Orleans, yay!" and "Double overnight train trip, bliss!" since I made the reservation, but apparently "Oh shit . . . .

actually writing blog: i see what she means now
2016-09-26 23:43 MDT

Story time! Some ten or so years ago, I was possessed of a sudden desire to learn to fly. I had walked from my house to the Boulder Municipal Airport, where I saw a sign that said LEARN TO FLY HERE and watched a little plane do a touch-and-go, and I though . . . .

actually writing blog: friday service is delayed, please stay tuned
2016-09-23 22:11 MDT

This week's Friday Fictionette will trickle on into the weekend, because it's been One of Those Weeks. So instead I present you with a picture of this week's farm share, also late for the same reason. The sharp-eyed among you will notice the little baggie . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is part of a complete breakfast
2016-09-16 23:56 MDT

The Friday Fictionette for September 16 is up. It's "The Starring Role" (subscriber links: ebook, audiobook) and it's about fairy tales and protagonizing in them. It's not a lot of fun, really. Lots of ashes to sweep. Lots of fiddly grains and seeds to sor . . . .

actually writing blog: advice to alternate universe me
2016-09-15 23:18 MDT

Note to self: Do not begin Frances Hardinge's Cuckoo Song as bedtime reading because you WILL NOT be able to put the book down (it was almost every bit as good as advertised) unfinished, and a night of only four hours of sleep is not conducive to getting a . . . .

actually writing blog: impending kettle-bell hell and possibly too much beer
2016-09-14 23:44 MDT

I'm just back from viewing D2 footage with some of my teammates. I have thoughts. I will probably incorporate those thoughts into the long-delayed blog post, tentatively titled "What I Did On My Summer Vacation in Wichita," that I've been meaning to write . . . .

actually writing blog: life is what obliges you, when you're planning to be virtuous, to be virtuous in some other way
2016-09-13 22:56 MDT

Ever had one of those mornings where you wake up ready to do all the things, and then life gets in the way? Right. Like that. I even got up early for an 8:00 a.m. dental cleaning, came home around 9:00, and didn't go back to bed. I was awake all of the hou . . . .

actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, September 10-11: Emerald's not dead, but Ice is free. Decisions, decisions...
2016-09-10 12:59 MDT

News! News! News! Ever wanted to test out brand new Puzzle Pirates features, but don't have a subscription to the Ice Ocean? This weekend you can log onto Ice for free because the OMs really want to give the imminent "Greedy Brigands" feature a lot of test . . . .

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2014-12-31: "The Blacksmith Goes to the Ball" in SpeckLit

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