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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 47 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 69 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 69 weeks ago

I wish I could write a novel...

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

Posted 93 weeks ago

Things my dog has protected me from today:

1) Proselytizing Christians

2) Gutter cleaning

3) Napping

Posted 97 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 98 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 98 weeks ago
The best part about writing is how easy it is.
No Writer, Ever
Posted 98 weeks ago
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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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Indie Publishing

Posted by Blakely on Saturday, April 23, 2011 In : Indie Publishing 
Self-publishing used to be a paper-&-ink enterprise, and the up-front costs of creating a physical book were usually borne by the author. Plus, before the Interwebs matured self-published authors had a limited customer base.

The growing popularity of online book-selling made distribution easier, and opened the door to a "print on demand" business model that eliminated the risk of paying for copies that might not sell. But the game didn't really change until the arrival of e-readers. Not...
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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.