Pinned Down

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On August 28, I walked into the clinic. I took off my glasses—blind now—and lay on the table. The clinician strapped a molded plastic mesh mask to my face. She attached it to the table.

For the next 35 minutes, I lay completely still, pinned down. I closed my eyes. I could hear the mechanical arm of the CyberKnife machine darting and turning in the space above, below, aside, and over my head and face. Three-quarters of the way through I began to feel the radiation it was zapping into me: invisible, yet radiating, just like its name.

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📅05 December 2014 8 comments
Shop Small With Me At Boulder Book Store This Saturday!

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I’ve got nothing but love for my local indie bookstore, the Boulder Book Store on Pearl Street. So I was honored when they asked me if I’d consider joining them this Small Business Saturday, November 29, to hand sell a few of my favorite books as part of the Indies First movement. I’ll be at the store starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday—why not stop by, do some holiday shopping, and say hi? >>>Read more<<<

📅26 November 2014 0 comments
A Book For Every Reader

I’m back from a pretty amazing trip to the 2014 Kansas Library Association Conference in Wichita, where I spoke to youth services and public librarians. The librarians of Kansas ROCK, people. They do something so important with so very little. Not only do they do that, but they greeted me at the airport like this. I mean, COME ON.

I came back really inspired and even more enthusiastic about libraries than before. Here’s the speech I gave to the librarians at a very early morning hour:

Thank you. My name is Erin Blakemore. I’m an author and a historian and >>>Read more<<<

📅05 November 2014 1 comment
Where’s Erin?

The Eternal Question
Where on Earth am I?

You’ll most reliably find me at my keyboard, working hard and looking out at the yoga mat-carrying residents of my little neighborhood in Boulder. I suppose I leave breadcrumbs wherever I go in the form of checked-out and long-reserved library books, day trips to the library at the University of Colorado, visits to the gym or doctor’s office or select hiking trails, my continued shotgun stance in Mike’s car, trips to the garden, endless uber-specific Google searches and occasional appearances among friends.

Behind the scenes, something like Progress is happening. Many can’t-really-discuss-them projects are in >>>Read more<<<

📅17 September 2014 0 comments
What I Write About When I Write About Books

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Despite my slow brain, my middling mood, my many insignificant problems, I’ve been writing a lot lately. My return to the world of freelancing has been halting and scattered. I’m going where my interests take me these days. Yes, I’m aware that “I’m a writer who writes about things that interest me” is not really an identity, but it’s a good way in. At the very least it leads me towards topics I find fascinating and personally resonant, and more often than not those topics are books (historical, bawdy and banned) and authors. Surprise!!!!!

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📅07 August 2014 2 comments