author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Niki's Latest Blog Posts

actually writing blog: i show you a thing! two things! only one might make you go eww!
2020-02-18 19:54 MST

Work on the Magic Pens anthology is progressing. Author bios are getting finalized, and final story edits are due back in the next couple of days. My story got the benefit of a couple more pairs of eyes, and I'm thrilled with all the care and attention tha . . . .


actually writing blog: heaven is a door you can close
2020-02-13 23:26 MST

As promised, the Friday Fictionette for February 7 went out today. For once it's just a fun bit of fluff, "How the Royal Stablemaster Won the War." The TL;DR summary is "A plan requiring a horse is doomed to failure if it does not take into account that a . . . .


actually writing blog: within range of the smell of the violets that grow atop Mt. Overdue
2020-02-12 21:14 MST

I released another overdue Friday Fictionette the other day! The January 24 offering is "Listening," the aforementioned Momo fanfiction piece. It turned out not to be nearly the act of character assassination I feared. It's just that she's a grown-up and s . . . .


actually writing blog: on the benefits of high pressure fiction practice; also a recipe
2020-02-06 18:12 MST

Hey, I just posted another overdue Friday Fictionette yesterday! It was the release scheduled for January 17. It's called "The Huntsman's Assignment" (ebook, audiobook) which, yes, is a reference to the dude who gets sent out to kill Snow White and bring b . . . .


actually writing blog: there will be book
2020-02-05 00:08 MST

I signed a contract today! You know what that means? DETAILS! Here are all the joyous details. Almost all, anyway. Everything I know thus far. Which is this: My brand new short story, "One Story, Two People," will be included in Community of Magic Pens, . . . .


actually writing blog: this blog got that name for a reason
2020-01-29 23:56 MST

Given that this blog was initially intended to chronicle the day-to-day writing process, one might find oneself asking, "What are you actually writing these days, Niki?" And I might find myself answering, "A whole bunch of flash fiction at a ridiculously r . . . .


actually writing blog: not that 2020 is done paying off its debt you understand
2020-01-28 23:54 MST

Hey, look, it's tomorrow, and I'm dang well writing a blog post. And I'm going to start it off with more maddeningly vague news of a celebratory nature: Today's email included two rejections (one a form and one personal) AND ONE ACCEPTANCE. That's three ac . . . .


actually writing blog: i reveal more details. i also jump up and down a bit.
2020-01-27 23:48 MST

So this past Friday I received an email indicating that the contract I signed Tuesday was complete, all parties had signed it and everything, so this thing is real and I can tell you everything now: My very short story, "The Soup Witch's Funeral Dinner", . . . .


actually writing blog: all right, 2020, you can stay
2020-01-21 23:43 MST

I have a couple new pending publications to announce for the New Year! ...Wow, that sounded a lot like the way last blog post started out. Of course, last blog post was almost a month ago. Twenty days, anyway. More or less. What'd I wrap up that post with . . . .


actually writing blog: new publications for the holidays with a side of mirliton and fruitcake for dessert
2019-12-30 23:15 MST

I have a couple new publications to announce for the holidays! First, for Winter Solstice, we have the latest issue of the Pagan literary journal Eternal Haunted Summer. It includes my poem "Hold the Door", a tongue-in-cheek contemplation of homesickness . . . .

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Recently Published

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.

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

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