Hello. My Name is Grace Makley.

I am 27 years old, and I graduated from Northern Michigan University in May 2012 with a double major in Illustration and Writing. I spent most of the last year (2015-2016) teaching English in Thailand, and I’m currently searching for structured employment in the area of Portland, Maine, while building a freelance business in editing, proofreading, and portraiture.

I also write novels in my free time. This blog began in 2012 as a record of my struggle to finish and publish a novel. I’ve started new novels and a lot of life has gotten in between, but writing has remained the blog’s central theme. As with all goals truly worth achieving, my goal of becoming an author will require perseverance, and dedication, and time. It doesn’t happen right away. One-year plans become five-year plans, and five-year plans become seven-year plans, but we keep working, and writing, and not giving up.

Please see the links below my website banner if you are interested in my editing or portraiture services. You can also shoot me an email with any questions:

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  1. Thanks for Following “The Written Word” Grace


  2. Glad you liked my post, Grace. You’re welcome to visit “Swords, Specters, & Stuff” anytime. Good luck with your writing.

  3. Well, you’ve just gained a follower!! 🙂 Lovely blog here! While still in College, I have always dreamed of writing a book, and am actually in the process of writing one right now called ‘Shattered’. Good luck on your book and career!

  4. Hi Grace,
    Thanks for the like on my blog. May you reach all of your goals!

  5. Hi Grace, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. You don’t have to feel obligated, but I think it’s a sweet tradition for newcomers. You can find it here:

    • I mentioned it on the blog forever ago but I just realized I never even *thanked* you for the nomination. So: Thank you! With any luck I’ll get to answering the questions and handing out my own nominations sometime this week. 🙂

  6. Hey, Grace! I just heard an update about you, and am enjoying (and admiring) your blog. Congratulations on your degree. Your accomplishments are wonderful. I wish you all the success you deserve!

    • Hi Pat,
      It is so nice to hear from you, and I’m so glad you found and enjoyed the blog! Thank you very much for your kind words. I have just enjoyed perusing your portfolio site as well; I’m working on getting better at portraying nature, so I especially enjoyed the woodland scenes in your painting section.

  7. Grace, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award- I’ll be pinging you on Monday!


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