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Free Publishing Consulting

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Are you looking to start a publishing company, but have no idea where to start or a whole lot of questions? I will gladly donate (free of charge) consulting time to anybody who is looking to start a publishing company dedicated to telling the story of marginalized/under represented communities. If you’re thinking about it or already on the way, I’m ready to help out. You can send an...

Because I love You – Here’s a Gift

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For all of its evil and banality, sometimes the internet does cool things. A few days ago Youtube sent me down a rabbit hole where it introduced me to the Ukranian band DakhaBrakha. And now, because I believing sharing is caring and that you need more music in your life, please enjoy “Baby” by DakhaBrakha–the best new music I’ve heard in a really long time. After...

Professional Update – Brief

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I’ve dipped a toe back into publishing waters. I am now a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Crooked Lane Books. If you’re somebody who wants to query me or ask questions about what I’m looking for, you can do so using this email address — ben.leroy@crookedlanebooks.com I’m looking for things not unlike what I published at Bleak House Books and Tyrus Books which, for...

My Health Update #5 – (follow up at the plastic surgeon)

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Almost a month to the day of the Mohs surgery (12/6) that took a substantial chunk out of my face, I went in to see how the plastic surgery I had on 12/23 was healing. It’s absolutely incredible to me how much the body and modern medicine can do together. If you look at the initial wound in the gallery and you look at the same wound after the bandage was removed yesterday, you’d be...

High School Fiend Club

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I don’t remember much about this particular photo, but I remember high school. High school was from 1990-1994. High school was in the Midwest. Despite the commitment it took to grow the devil lock and my hesitance to cut it (sometimes the lessons of Sampson are internalized by boys who didn’t read the Bible until they are 33, an incidental fact, and nothing related to Jesus symbolism...

SCRAP #3

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7000 years ago when we gathered in citiesto worship godsI was next to you,a slight ringing in my ears 5000 years ago when we gathered in citiesmarauders and banditsI was next to youwondering where the time had gone 2000 years ago when we gathered in citiesto watch them burnI was next to youremembering the end of the world Yesterday when we gathered in citiesto light the fireI was next to...

How Many things does “Current Events” mean?

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The idea of being insane. In 2002. Was to speak outover the drumbeat. It is okay to be insane.Now. Saul Williams on Sway in tHE MORNING I first heard Saul Williams in 2004 around the release of his eponymous album. I remember where (the Bleak House Books office), I remember the volume (loud), but mostly what I remember is not having the ability to fully process what I was hearing because it was...

Scrap #1

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She digs until her fingers curl in on themselves, the fuse of arthritis lit, slow burning towards generational gasoline. Under her nails the dirt collects and packs solid. The dying C batteries in her flashlight fighting a losing battle against the dark. I would tell you they should be hung up by their ankles and that everything should be done to keep them alive. Give them water. Give them food...

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS RELEASED BETWEEN 2010-2019

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This list is not in any particular order and I’m sure that if I thought about it for another hour or two I’d come up with a half dozen things that should have been added. If something hits me after this list goes live, I’m not going to hesitate to add it because that’s okay. Nobody gave me a ten album limit and there were a lot of super talented musicians making really...

THE WEIRD THING THAT HAPPENED WITH MY BRAIN…

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In an earlier post about my melanoma diagnosis I wrote an aside — There’s a whole lot I’ll write about one day once I understand things. In the days leading up to the biopsy and the immediate days that followed my brain did some really really weird things.  So what was that weird thing? I don’t know. For us to discuss it, there are some things you should know and I know that the...

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Ben LeRoy is spirit trapped in the 21st century on Earth. Someday he will be somewhere else. Until then, he's glad to know you're out there, too. And later elsewhere he will be glad to know you're out there, too.