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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 40 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 62 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 62 weeks ago

I wish I could write a novel...

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

Posted 85 weeks ago

Things my dog has protected me from today:

1) Proselytizing Christians

2) Gutter cleaning

3) Napping

Posted 90 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 91 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 91 weeks ago
The best part about writing is how easy it is.
No Writer, Ever
Posted 91 weeks ago
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Browsing Archive: May, 2011

A silly picture of me

Posted by Blakely Lord on Tuesday, May 24, 2011,
I like the juxtaposition of fancy party dress and clown nose.

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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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Mix Tapes

Posted by Blakely Lord on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Life 
First off, I know they're CDs now, not tapes, but Mix CD just doesn't have the same ring.

Second, I made a bunch of mixes today. Some were for a road trip to Richmond this weekend. The others were for the roommate.

VERY different mixes.

The road trip CDs were upbeat car music, heavy on sing-along 80s music and featuring only one or two songs by any given artists.

In contrast, the CDs for the roomie are basically gifts of music. Each CD (3 in all) contains songs by 3-4 different artists, grouped...
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Dog Musings

Posted by Blakely Lord on Monday, May 9, 2011, In : Writing Craft 
My roommate got a dog. Her name is Gypsy, and she is a super-sweet, 7 year old Golden Retriever. I know she belongs to my roommate ... and I know my roommate is moving to her new house in less than a month...and I know I'm leaving for summer camp in June...

But I LOVE this dog. We hang out all day. She mostly just lies around, while I work. She is sweet and loving and if I get up and move around, she follows me.

When I was a kid, I always had a dog - well, my parents always had a dog - and as ...
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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.