author: Nicole J. LeBoeuf

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Niki's Latest Blog Posts

actually writing blog: what all of mine got published in hell year
2020-12-17 23:18 MST

Just a short note today, because my day started late and went slowly and now I'm tired. But there is Actually Writing content, so yay for that. Way back in April, I woot-wooted over having a poem newly accepted: "The Ascent of Inanna", originally a short- . . . .

actually writing blog: in which we reestablish communications with a winter edition pandemic variant status update
2020-12-16 19:45 MST

Hello, neglected blog! I haven't posted to you since, what, early November? And we've still got a pandemic on. Even with a vaccine just around the corner, we're gonna be in pandemic mode for a while. So let's talk a little about how this whole pandemic thi . . . .

actually writing blog: the turning of the year brings more poetry to your ereader
2020-11-02 21:04 MST

I've spent most of October running as fast as I could to stay only marginally behind, which is why blogging didn't happen. Blogging is kinda low priority. Except I really shouldn't let more time pass before announcing this: "Reasonable Accommodations", my . . . .

actually writing blog: shilling for September
2020-10-15 22:29 MDT

Check it out: it's a Friday Fictionette roundup, two weeks late. Obviously I couldn't post a roundup until all the fictionettes it was rounding up went live; the fourth didn't go live until Monday. In related news, the Friday Fictionette for October 2 will . . . .

actually writing blog: only bummer is no one gives you an I VOTED sticker
2020-10-14 23:07 MDT

So here's a thing we did this past weekend: We voted. John and I have had the pleasure of living in two different states that conduct their elections primarily by mail: Oregon, and now Colorado. The way it works is, if you're a registered voter, you get o . . . .

actually writing blog: on becoming a little wonder
2020-09-24 22:15 MDT

And now, a more cheerful post: My story, "The Soup Witch's Funeral Dinner," is live at Cast of Wonders! It's one half of Episode 431, "Little Wonders 27 - Old Ladies". The other half of the episode is C. M. DiGirolamo's "Grandma Geraldine Sees a Dragon," . . . .

actually writing blog: my heart has joined the thousand
2020-09-22 23:05 MDT

I've been putting off writing this post. Partly that's because I didn't want my first post in two weeks to be a total downer. But mostly because I know I'm going to cry while writing it, and I'm tired of crying. Gemma passed away last week, and it hurts. . . . .

actually writing blog: post nubila ph...ictionette
2020-09-08 21:08 MDT

Ahoy! Well. It's been a week. We've had a slow-moving bunny crisis which we only realized was a crisis this weekend. Gemma had been steadily losing weight all month, but at first we weren't tracking it closely, and then we thought it would get better--I me . . . .

actually writing blog: reporting from the personal writerly bright side of 2020
2020-09-01 16:37 MDT

Happy September all! I have a couple of things made out of words coming out where you can see/hear them this month, and I thought I should let you know. "The Soup Witch's Funeral Dinner" - Cast of Wonders: This story, originally a Friday Fictionette, was . . . .

actually writing blog: whining intensifies but so does determination
2020-08-24 16:57 MDT

Hi. It's been another week. Almost two. And I'm still having trouble keeping the novel on my radar. This certainly has to do with all the time management problems I strategized about last post, but only in part. There's another problem larger than all of t . . . .

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Recently Published

2021-01-08: "Reasonable Accommodations" in Departure Mirror Quarterly

You can download Issue 2 (for free!) from this page.

2020-09-30: "The Ascent of Inanna (poem)" in Dreams & Nightmares

Issue #116 (September 2020) has been mailed to all subscribers and contributors. You can get a PDF of this or any issue for a dollar, PayPal to

2020-09-23: "The Soup Witch's Funeral Dinner" in Cast of Wonders

In Episode 431: "Little Wonders - Old Ladies". Narrated by Adam Pracht.

Also in that episode: C. M. DiGirolamo's "Grandma Geraldine Sees a Dragon". Narrated by Cheyenne Wright.

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 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.