WELCOME TO COURTENAY BLUEBIRD’S ABOUT PAGE!
OR, SAID ANOTHER WAY: WELCOME THE ONE PLACE ON BLUEBIRD BLVD. WHERE COURTENAY BLUEBIRD WILL REFER TO HERSELF (ANNOYINGLY, SHE THINKS) IN THE THIRD-PERSON FOR AN ENTIRE PAGE.
A BRIEF BIO
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.
A MUCH, MUCH, MUCH LONGER BIO
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. POSTING SCHEDULE
Bluebird Blvd. posts two items every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
(Sometimes, there are surprise posts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday!)
ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION
To email Bluebird Blvd. directly, please use this handy contact form:
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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.
COPYRIGHT, THE CURATOR’S CODE AND BLUEBIRD BLVD.
Bluebird Blvd.’s copyright page covers the important details: the specifics of how Bluebird Blvd. allows, and does not allow, its original content to be used; an explanation of our use of outside photography and videography sources; and our strong belief in Creative Commons copyright law, Fair Use, and the curators’ code.
As such, we proudly follow and support the guidelines laid out by the Curator’s Code, which we believe is becoming the accepted practice for original creators and digital curators on the Web. In addition to the text hyperlink, the Curator’s Code symbol above this paragraph will lead you to the non-profit Curator’s Code website.
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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT AWARDS:
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!