About Courtenay Bluebird

This way to the circus, ladies and gents!





Courtenay Bluebird is a professional writer and photographer with a background in print journalism.

She is madly, deeply, gloriously in love with words, music and pictures.

And she is overjoyed to share those words, music and pictures, here, with you, on Bluebird Blvd.



Courtenay Bluebird studied poetry and writing, formally, from a young age.

Bluebird’s poetry and fiction were first published in her early teens by a fair number of juvenile organizations and prize foundations in her region.

In her youth, she was also a trophy-winning Irish Step-Dancer, a piano student, and a massive goofus.


When she turned eighteen, four of Bluebird’s juvenile poems were collected in a popular anthology from a small professional publishing house alongside a small group of poets with promising professional writing careers in their future.

Bluebird’s poetry and fiction were published at a pretty steady rate through her late teens and early twenties, sometimes for pay.

Bluebird was also the first arts and entertainment editor for her university’s newspaper in its 130 year history.


In her last year of university, Bluebird went to work as an editorial assistant for a high-circulation newspaper. Months before finishing her BA, she was a full-time freelance writer and freelance stylist for this newspaper’s features department.

An editor once tallied up the stories and pieces Bluebird wrote for nearly every editor in the department that first freelancing year: She had written over 350-odd stories in 12-months time.


Bluebird completed work on her first collection of poetry and photography that year as well, which was published by the same press that had anthologized her poems a few years earlier. She was offered a a two-person photography show in to showcase the photographs from the book in an up-and-coming gallery.

Because she had been performing poetry in galleries with live bands during her entire undergraduate career, Bluebird and her favorite musician producer got together to create a labor of love CD music version of the published book. Over a dozen musicians, one producer, and a well-known recording studio donated their talent, expertise, time and lots and lots of soul to this short but potent recording.

In other words, she didn’t get a good night’s sleep from the age of 19 to the age of 25— and it was totally, totally worth it.


When Bluebird turned 25, Bluebird decamped to the West Coast to do her MFA at a respected art school, where she pined for home, wrote her second (unpublished) novel as her thesis, grabbed up her MFA and ran straight back to South Texas where she spent a solid six months just listening to cicadas and watching mimosa trees bloom.

In recent seasons, Courtenay Bluebird has had the opportunity to teach writing, literature, and critical thinking skills at colleges and universities; to enjoy three more two-person photography shows at local galleries; to act as assistant editor to a scholarly journal with an international readership and a broad repertoire; and to freelance for both newspapers and magazines throughout the country. In the late oughts of the new century, Bluebird had to take a few years away from public life to deal with some severe health issues; she returned to writing in 2011 to find that the digital writing world had blossomed and grown into something marvelous during her absence.


Today, Courtenay Bluebird designs, writes, edits, and lays out the internationally-read, twice Freshly-Pressed, published four-times-a-week blog, Bluebird Blvd., her most dear creation and her one true home, where she keeps the door thrown open for all of her friends.

Courtenay Bluebird is concurrently working on her next writing project, a history of modern photography.

It’s a good life, and she loves to share it here, with you, on Bluebird Blvd.

And she is still a massive goofus, by the way.





Bluebird Blvd. posts nine stories a week, every week.




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Courtenay Bluebird began Bluebird Blvd. with the full intent to make advertising revenue from her writing and photography through this blog.

She has discussed this freely whenever it has come up on Bluebird Blvd.

Courtenay Bluebird believes businesses, especially online businesses like blogs, where the lines of personal and profitable are blurred, should be as transparent as possible about their intent.

Her hope with any advertising on Bluebird Blvd. is to provide the most use and enjoyment and extras to her friends and readers with the least amount of disruption. She continues to seek ways to streamline and better her friends and readers’ experience on Bluebird Blvd.

Currently, Bluebird Blvd. is an Amazon Partner. When Courtenay Bluebird posts links from Amazon and you click and buy items that she has mentioned in her stories, Bluebird receives a small commission. This money is what keeps the lights on for Courtenay Bluebird and Bluebird Blvd.

Because Courtenay Bluebird is ethical, she links almost exclusively to Amazon items that she already read, owns or uses, or has borrowed from the library, or would like to own personally but does not own yet (meaning she’s done her research, but hasn’t bought whatever it is. I don’t think this issue will come up very much.). As she owns thousands of books and a fair amount of music, it’s altogether likely that Bluebird Blvd. will never come to the end of honest-to-goodness book and music recommendations.

Your purchases from Amazon through Courtenay Bluebird’s recommendations are the primary income that keeps Bluebird Blvd. up and running.


If you have any questions about the advertising that appears on Bluebird Blvd., or money in relationship to writing as a professional career as it relates to blogging, please send an email via the handy contact form listed above.

Courtenay Bluebird would love to discuss the related themes of income, professionalism, and art.



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I do not accept peer-reviewed awards at this time.

I’m crazy about y’all, but here’s my reasoning:

What energy I do have, I need to use to write, and these awards can take an awful lot of time.

Secondly, and more importantly, I talk about bloggers I adore regularly and with great adulation, so I don’t need a special occasion in order to celebrate your talent.

Thank you for being so understanding! And have fun!



  1. It’s true…she does have an infectious laugh. I’ve heard it.

  2. Are M—— not a happy Bird? What about the purple ones? I think purple is a happy colour. If a Purple M—— were Blue, would he be a bluebird? And if he were a blue bird, would he be sad?

  3. Sometimes, a bluebird is just a bluebird, to paraphrase Freud. This bluebird is happy because it is Sunday.

  4. I miss that laugh. A lot. I also miss sharing coffee, conversation and thoughts. I was leafing through an old journal a few weeks back and I found a conversation in scribbled notes between the two of us. I laughed so hard I cried.

    • I miss laughing with you! What I remember is that we got each other all wound up, add coffee and we became dangerous.

      Even though everything changes, nothing changes. I miss you and I miss the way the corner of your mouth would twitch up like a wink when you were about to say something funny and dry.

      I am so, so glad we’re back in touch.

  5. Your blog is so much fun!

  6. I really do love your blog, it’s brilliant! It just makes me smile…!

    Thanks for following by the way :)

    • Thank you so much! The feeling is genuinely mutual! I’m really excited about your current project of drawing and amateur-bookbinding, and I just loved your two commuter-sketches. YAY!

  7. NICE BLOG! Keep up the good work!

  8. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. I hope you accept!
    Thank you for making my blogging experience worthwhile.

    • *Hey! I’m just popping in for a second during my hiatus!* Thank you! I’m really flattered, as I’ve been really enjoying your blog. During this weekend, I will do my Versatile Blogger post! So excited.

  9. Hi Courtenay,

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award because I like your blog.

    These are the rules:

    *Thank the blogger who bestowed the award.
    *Pass it on to five other bloggers, who must have fewer than 200 followers.
    *Notify the nominees.
    *Display the award on your blog.

    Looking forward to more of your posts.

    • Thank you so much, Yearstricken! I will do my very best to be an upstanding recipient of the Liebster Award! I will have a post ready and prepared on Monday for the Liebster Award nomination. I am tickled fuchsia!

  10. I really enjoy your blog! Just found it today. Thanks for sharing all of this and I can’t wait to see what else is to come!! <3 Ashley

  11. You have been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award. Click here to pick up your prize. Congratulations, and please don’t let it go to your head.


  12. Your posts make me smile :) (And so did the above picture of you, lol) So I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. You can read about it here: http://bethylicious.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/versatile-blogger/ but don’t feel obligated for participate. It’s just for fun :)

  13. Not to tell you what to do, but let me tell you what to do! You should post some stuff on Open Salon. It is, of course, the baby site of Salon, and it’s a great opportunity to experiment and get some major exposure (with plenty of chances to make it into Salon). I’ve got a few pieces up: very different from WP, much more pop-culture/op-ed type stuff, heavily laden with first-person pronoun. Check it: the world is much better for your work (and yes, I know how unbelievably cheez-wiz that sounds, but I seriously mean it ;)..


    • BRIAN! I am BLOWN AWAY by your Salon pieces! I devoured three of them in about five minutes! Have you put a link on your WP blog to your Salon blog? Good gravy on a popsicle stick! You are a writer through and through, man. (Okay, give me a second to calm down here. I have either had too much coffee or not enough this morning.)

      We definitely need to talk more about your freelancing career. I am so excited for you!

      And thank you for the suggestion wrapped in a super-encouraging comment. I’ve been wanting to send a query to Salon since 2000, but I have never figured out what it was I would write for them, specifically. I will definitely consider it. And meanwhile, I have found yet another dimension of your writing to enjoy! (I am blown away, honestly. Great, great stuff.)

    • Yes, let’s talk. I would love nothing more than day job distractions around what I really want to do with my life. ;) E-mail anytime…

    • Oh man, your job actually sounds very demanding. The few non-magazine/newspaper/poetry journal freelance-writing jobs that I did over the years that involved tech writing were exhausting. Translating tech-speak to English takes some elbow work.

      I’ve been very blessed and lucky to have many, many writing gigs that don’t involve rewriting jargon into actual words

      So does fact- and page layout-checking, which is the biggest part of your job, right? That’s hard work.

    • I don’t even get to write! Strictly proof-reading for item/price/image and baby-sitting pricing teams to get the above right. For 175 stores in five states. Weekly. Thud (I have collapsed and hit my head on my desk…)

    • WHOA. That is a LOT of fact-checking.

  14. Oh, and of course, holy major thank you, Robin…er, Bluebird. Keep this up and you’re going to give me a confident complex. (And maybe help me write out of the Cube…)

    • You will get there! If you keep writing and revising and editing at a steady pace like this, you’ll get there quick as a wink. (Form one freelancer to another– just give yourself breaks, please. Burn out is rough.)

  15. Don’t miss this–http://thegirlinthehat.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/blog-faces/

    • ANNA! I’m so sorry I didn’t respond to this on my blog last night, but ohmygoodnessgraciousgooglymoogly! Thank you for including me in such an amazing list of blogs, and thank you twice for introducing me to your writing.

      Good grief, you can REALLY WRITE! (And the design of your site, hoo-boy!. GORGEOUS.)

      I’m also a huge Cindy Sherman fan! I’m so, so excited to be reading your blog, and so, so flattered and humbled by your wonderful post. I was dancing on air last night from this comment… in between trying to edit today’s post. :)

  16. Sorry, I wondered you received my email on book swap?

    • Please excuse the late reply to both this message and this email! My computer has been acting funky, and I have been quite sketchy about checking my email this weekend as well as Monday morning. The computer is in the shop, and a family member has graciously loaned me a PC, which is much appreciated. I will be checking email and replying to you within the hour. So sorry about this!

  17. Hey Lady, I was given one of those nifty Sunshine Awards and I am passing it along to you!
    Here is the link: http://letitbelovely.com/2012/02/15/sunshine-award/

    • HEY! Thank you! And congratulations, Lovely! That’s fantastic! (And for such a ray of light as you, so fitting!) Oh, thank you so much!

    • I have sung your praises on the pages of FB!


      Please promise me you’ll take a few minutes to savor your first award. That is so, so awesome!

    • Yay! That makes me so excited! And I will take your advice. Savoring!!

    • Thattagirl! You just need a moment to frame out how cool this is in your head and how much you deserved this award! And then tuck it away for a rainy day. And think on this– you’ve only been blogging for, what, five weeks? You hit 1000 pageviews and won your first award in five weeks! That’s awesome!

    • I am pretty excited! I just hope there will be a way, somehow, for me to do this, um forever, and possibly even for a living. I LOVE IT. I feel like I might be improving myself as a person as I go along.

    • After years of writing for print publications, it’s taken me a little bit to get used to the intimacy and the immediacy of blogging.

      But, my five-month-a-versary of blogging will be on March 3rd, and I cannot imagine writing anywhere else or for anyone else.

      I love the people I am meeting as a blogger. There’s nothing like it, is there? And WordPress makes this experience even sweeter!

      And yeah, I do think creating Bluebird Blvd. has made me a nicer person. Scratch that. I KNOW creating Bluebird Blvd. and interacting with some of the best folks in the world has made me a nicer, better person!

  18. Thanks so much for the Versatile Blog Award, check this out for my sincere gratitude for your thoughtfulness to nominate me :http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/02/21/whew-more-versatile-blogger-awards/
    Cheers! Enjoy and have fun :)

  19. hello

    David in Maine USA

  20. Hello_____,
    Your writing is an art; it’s beautiful. I think if you keep doing what you’re doing now, you will have good future. So keep it up my friend! :-)
    I have a joyful ride in your blog, and now I’d like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you and have a wonderful day, my friend! :-)
    Subhan Zein

  21. Just so you’ll know, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! http://goodoldgirl.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/its-not-nepotism/

    I did it because your blog is not only creative, it’s wonderous!

    PS: I love your sense of humor.

  22. I have nominated you for the Beautiful blogger award. You can just bask in the glory and not pass it on if you like, I totally understand! :) Just sending you my appreciation.

    • Aw, Metan, you are the best! Congratulations on your win! You really deserve many accolades for writing about some fabulous subjects with great verve, as well as being a truly warm and welcoming presence in the blogoverse. I am so glad you are you, Metan! And I am basking in your appreciation!

  23. I believe our lives may be complete…..SKA made it to the Olympics, Madness played the closing ceremony!!

  24. Cool Blog Courtenay! I love the “5 Minute Dance Party”, anyone who likes the Pixies and finds a Julia Child remix is rad in my books. Take care!

  25. This is looking fantastic Bluey! I loved the old look but this feels streamlined and more elegant somehow. Very nice. :D

  26. You just liked my most recent post and I got:

    Congratulations on getting 1,000 total likes on Evolution Of Insanity.

    So well done on being the person that gave me my 1000th like! :)

  27. Long time no speaky Bluebird! There is the most awesome advert for freeview tv on over here at the mo – why awesome? because it features the Melbourne Ska Orchestra – a 60 second cheer up song with happy shinny people having a bit of foot stomping Madness……I thought of you, and hope this link to Youtube works, if not, search for “freeview and best things in life are free” enjoy!

    • Courtenay Bluebird

      Hi ANNA!

      How are you? Melbourne Ska ORCHESTRA? Why is it that Australia has all of the best stuff all the time?

      I’m so glad you popped by, and I can’t wait to watch this!

    • wordswithnannaprawn

      Have my fingers crossed that they’ll release a full version, I soooooo need this on my i-pod!!

    • Courtenay Bluebird

      Oh, they had better! And when they do, will you let me know? Maybe they’ll do an American iTunes release!

  28. CB– I’ve been meaning to ask. Do you post everything you write? And, if so, do you feel that will inhibit your ability to publish it elsewhere? Just wondering. xoox

    • I can answer this question, AF! No, I do not publish everything I write on Bluebird Blvd. There are projects that I work on as a freelancer that I don’t mention because they aren’t my projects, if you get my drift. (I’m just the freelance writer.)

      And, with some of the things I’m working on, I would rather submit them to other places, so I don’t publish them here, just in case that’s a conflict. Even with the manuscript I am working on right now, I will only be publishing excerpts.

      But, honestly? I don’t know whether publishing stuff on one’s blog has any effect on whether something gets published elsewhere, or not. I’m still trying to sort that out. If I do find anything conclusive or helpful, I’ll be sure to share that information with you. (And likewise, if you find anything, please let me know. This issue is a big question of mine.)

    • All of a sudden, litmags are saying they don’t want to see anything that’s been seen anywhere, even on a personal blog, no matter how few readers. I can’t interpret if this is just a handful of cranky, old school journals or if this is the beginning of a trend.

    • Wellll, litmags. The top (oldest) three or so are a universe unto themselves. To be fair to the lit mags, writing and blogging can be two very different disciplines. To be fair to writers who blog, old school litmags aren’t the end-all, be-all. If it were me, I would start looking at post-1950 litmags in the UK. I wonder what they’re up to these days. As for this being the start of a publishing trend across the board: No.

      Now, should you want to pitch a story to a mainstream large circ. magazine or major circ. newspaper— they need new content. And they buy that content in perpetuity. Then, you have to make special arrangements when you want to republish it in book form.

    • Oh, maybe I’m just in a publishing dither. I don’t know. Probably looking through my blood- colored glasses today. Tomorrow it will all look better! (Can’t wait to hear about your projects. Please distract me with some inkling.) (How about fauxfanity?)

    • I love “blood-colored glasses.” Tomorrow always looks better, IMHO.

      Right now, I am doing all of the organizational stuff to prepare for working heavily on my “modern history of photography” project. I have lots of hands-on research to do, and I need some sort of weekly framing in order to make this project gel. I am also going to go back and work on a poem that I’ve been meaning to shop around to lit mags— it’s a big and theatrical piece about a place. I’ve tried to scale that wall and finish it, and I have slipped more than once. Additionally, I have been thinking about “fauxfanity” and about how I could pitch that project.

      This is the time of year when I make my publishing wish list for the next couple of years. (“Modern History” is more like three, four years down the road.) Do you ever do this? I find it really helpful. (I haven’t done it in about five years, though. That should tell you something.)

      I always try to have a fresh project started, and in the docket for the lull after one finishes a big project. Honestly AF, I slump hard when I am done with a long-term piece if I don’t have a new thing in front of me. And waiting around for things to happen drives me batty.)

    • Courtenay, you are so effing organized. And busy. Do you sleep? No wonder you write so much I can’t keep up. My process looks like finger painting compared to yours.

    • AF, I adore you. Here’s how my life works. I can be hyper-organized towards my writing life— I can set, and meet, deadlines for myself and for my freelance work. I can also do this with photography deadlines (same situations as last sentence).

      But the rest of my life… requires a mixture of Post-Its; complex calendars; reminders on large pieces of newsprint by the bed; notes pinned to sweaters— all to make sure basic events and duties get done on time. Even so, dishes are burned on the stove; thank you notes run late or are replaced by phone calls; the house gets tossed to find a missing shoe; birthdays are forgotten (even my own).

      General chaos descends around here comically and regularly. That’s how it works. :D

  29. I love the way you handled “awards.” Well done.

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