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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 31 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 53 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 53 weeks ago

I wish I could write a novel...

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

Posted 76 weeks ago

Things my dog has protected me from today:

1) Proselytizing Christians

2) Gutter cleaning

3) Napping

Posted 81 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 82 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 82 weeks ago
The best part about writing is how easy it is.
No Writer, Ever
Posted 82 weeks ago
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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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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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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.