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Winter Break Writing

My goal is to finish this novel that I’ve been working on for FIVE DAMN YEARS!!! I got the germ of an idea in May 2011. Started writing the novel a year later. I WILL finish it and begin looking for an agent. Because I’m ready to write something else.

Posted 51 weeks ago

Gender-Neutral Pronouns...

I have been working hard to use them this week, because of my gender-fluid students. It’s a challenge, but it’s worth it to see how much it means to these kiddos.

Posted 73 weeks ago
<p>Speaking of old dogs, look how awesome this dog is. Tho, to be fair, he knows no tricks…<br/></p>

Speaking of old dogs, look how awesome this dog is. Tho, to be fair, he knows no tricks…

Posted 73 weeks ago

I wish I could write a novel...

….that’s as good as the Indigo Girls’ song “Ghost.”

Posted 97 weeks ago

Things my dog has protected me from today:

1) Proselytizing Christians

2) Gutter cleaning

3) Napping

Posted 101 weeks ago

Almost 6 years ago...

….I dyed my hair blue. Then I kept dying it blue. Bright blue; dark blue; purple-blue. My bathroom has permanent blue ink stains. My dog is growing out a bit of blue dye that dripped on his forehead. I have t-shirts with permanent blue stains around the neckline.

So now, as we enter 2016 and I embark on the second half of my 40th year on Earth…I’m thinking it might be time grow up a bit.

In 2016 I’m gonna dye my hair more of a violet-red. Yeah. That feels more mature.

Posted 102 weeks ago

My dog is disappointed...

…in the amount of writing I have done today. He doesn’t understand procrastination. (But he recognizes laziness when he sees it).

After today, we both have a pretty good understanding of Top Chef…

Posted 102 weeks ago
The best part about writing is how easy it is.
No Writer, Ever
Posted 102 weeks ago
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Blogging: I'm Bad at it

Posted by Blakely Lord on Sunday, December 27, 2015 In : Writing Craft 

From time to time I try this blogging thing and ... I'm terrible at it. I think there are a few reasons for this:
1) I don't know who my audience is. Probably no one, because I never publicize this blog. On top of that, I don't think I have anything to contribute that isn't already out there (probably on a more popular/well-known/widely read blog). The whole exercise feels pointless and aimless and useless. Ugh.
2) Blogging feels like a waste of time. I've never been much ...


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E-Book Sales

Posted by Blakely Lord on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 In : Indie Publishing 
Most people seem to agree that e-books sales are growing, and almost everyone agrees that Amazon (and its Kindle product line) is the leader in the e-book market. But that's everything else - pricing, length, marketing - it's all still evolving.

In some ways, this situation is exciting. Book length used to be rigidly proscribed by a few large publishers; now there's much greater flexibility in word count. Selling a book used to require an agent and a publisher and a lengthy process of editing ...

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Join a Writers' Group

Posted by Blakely Lord on Friday, January 2, 2015 In : Writing Craft 

Reasons to join a writing critique group:
1) It motivates you to write.
2) It encourages you to revise.
3) It teaches you to read critically.
4) It trains you to give - and receive - constructive criticism.
5) It helps you hone your craft. It really, really does.

But all writing groups are not created equal. Look for a group that meets most (or all) of these criteria:
1) The group is small. 5 or 6 writers is ideal. 7 or 8 is do-able. 9 or 10 is pushing it. Anything lar...


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Interview!

Posted by Blakely Lord on Sunday, February 17, 2013 In : Writing Craft 
Look: I have an interview on Megan Cashman's blog!


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Indie- vs Self- Publishing

Posted by Blakely Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2013 In : Indie Publishing 
It's come to my attention that there's a debate raging between authors who call themselves "indie" and those who call themselves "self-published." I use the word raging loosely, because it's not exactly rocking the casbah. But apparently, it is a Thing.

The crux of the argument goes like this:

  • Self-publishing has a bad rep. People don't want to be associated with it, because it brings to mind vanity presses and books full of typos.
  • Indie publishing sounds cool and cutting edge, and makes people ...

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Anthology for Sale!

Posted by Blakely Lord on Sunday, December 9, 2012 In : Indie Publishing 
So my new anthology, Doom Days is officially for sale on Amazon! If you liked Illegal Magic, check out this compilation of post-apocalyptic fiction!

I contributed a story to the anthology, along with four of my friends. It was a really fun - and challenging - project. We learned a lot about how to function together as a creative team, and we had a great time co-creating a world and filling it with characters.

Our plan is to write more anthologies together, set in the same world. Read the first...
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Writing is hard!

Posted by Blakely Lord on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 In : Writing Craft 
I really thought I'd have another book for sale by now. But for some reason getting that first draft written is a slow, painful process. I watch my friends do NaNoWriMo and I am so jealous I could spit.

But then I think Wait a second! I could do that, too, if I wanted to!

And then I'm just mad at myself.

So lately I have been thinking about what makes it so hard for me to write. And I have come to the realization that I spend a lot of time looking for perfection.

And then I found this.

I really li...
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Exciting Exciting Exciting!!!

Posted by Blakely Lord on Monday, November 26, 2012 In : Writing Craft 
So...

I can't say too much about it, yet, but within the next couple of weeks, there will be another book by me for sale!!!

<we pause for cheers and the popping of champagne corks>

This is a little different from my last book. For starters, it's not a solo project. It's a collaborative anthology, including a story from me as well as stories from 4 of my good friends. All 5 stories are set in the same post-apocalyptic world, and we share some of the same characters. It's got romance and adventure...
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Judging a Book by its Cover

Posted by Blakely Lord on Friday, May 20, 2011 In : Indie Publishing 
Illegal Magic has been selling pretty steadily on Amazon (I know! I'm shocked too!) But the more I read/think about the whole Indie Publishing thing, the more I realize that I really need a better e-cover for my e-book. The cover I made myself wasn't terrible. But it wasn't...good.

So, I hired my friend, Sara, to create a better cover. Sara is amazing - a graphic artist, writer, belly dancer. She's basically a super-cool Renaissance woman. When we talked about the cover, she asked me what I w...
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Arlene Blakely I'm a noun, a teacher, a reader, a writer, and a baker. I used to be a lawyer, but it didn't take.