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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.