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Guest Post by Danielle Younge-Ullman + #DebBallGiveaway of EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED

We are so thrilled to welcome back to The Debutante Ball former Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman! We were so thrilled to get the news about Danielle’s new book EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED – Congratulations, Danielle! This novel, that Quill & Quire called in its starred review “An emotionally resonant, fabulously crafted novel,” was just released…
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News Flash: October 23, 2011

Congrats to Gayle Lin, winner of a copy of Kristine Gasbarre’s book How To Love An American Man!

From the 2012 Debs…

Deb Joanne was ecstatic to get her first five star Goodreads rating from NYT Bestseller Lisa McMann

Deb Erika was thrilled to learn that Little Gale Gumbo was reviewed on Reader Unboxed–the all-new sister site to Writer Unboxed!

Deb Linda is happy to be back amongst the living after more than a week of feeling like she was on the wrong side of the Zombie Apocalypse. Yay, drugs! (Antibiotics, that is. Not the fun illegal kind. She would never indulge in illicit behavior, because she has a big yellow stripe down her back strong social conscience.)

Past Deb News

Deb Sarah will be at the Arboretum Club on October 24th in Buffalo Grove, IL. Click here to register!

Deb Eleanor shared a peek at The Weird Sisters cover for the UK mass-market paperback which drops April 12, 2012. We love it!

Deb Anna also got a shout-out from Reader Unboxed for her recently-released Falling for Me!

Deb Danielle was featured on Caroline Leavitt’s blog, talking about writing, divorce and dysfunctional families as the motivation behind Falling Under.

Friends of the Debs

Deb Guest Elizabeth Stuckey-French will be appearing at the Escape to Create: Mystery Writers Workshop in Seaside, Florida on October 29th!

Deb Joanne or Jodie Foster? Who knows?

Deb Dish — What celebrity have you been told you resemble?

Deb Joanne – surprisingly (and I don’t see it at all) I’ve been told by a few people that I look like Jodie Foster. I don’t see it, but I’ll take it.

 

Deb Erika has been told Helen Hunt, Meryl Streep and Bette Midler, in no particular order. Talk about flattery will get you everywhere! To be compared in any way to Bette Midler  is a dream.

 

Deb Molly My students always used to tell me I looked like Drew Barrymore. I argued with them — until the day one of my students told me I looked like Supernanny! Um, I’ll take Drew, thanks.

 

Deb Rachel People mention Keri Russell sometimes, but only circa Felicity and only because of the curly hair. Someone once said Drew Barrymore, which was weird since I think we look nothing alike. These days people have been saying I remind them of Emma Stone. I think that one’s all about the freckles. Still, I’ll take it. To be compared to any of those women is quite a compliment!


Deb Linda – Back in the day, when I wore my hair longer and, yanno, golden-blonder instead of the *cough* extreme blonde (my hair stylist’s term for it) Mother Nature has turned it into, people used to tell me I looked like Shelley Long, of the sitcom Cheers fame. Now, TG sometimes tells me I look like Katherine Heigl, but only when we’ve had a few martinis and he’s trying to get lucky. Personally, though, I think I’m starting to look a bit like Groucho Marx. What do you think?


 

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News Flash, December 14

Deb Meredith got a glowing review from Genre Go Round Reviews for Posed for Murder. “POSED FOR MURDER won the St. Martin’s Minotaur/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and readers will see why. The plot flows smoothly with a wonderful whodunit and why keeping reader attention… Readers will admire Lydia for her New York City grit and courage as she takes charge of her life although she fears the killer. This is a fun opening tale, which hopefully is the start of more amateur sleuth adventures.”

Deb Kristina is excited to see REAL LIFE & LIARS featured in the HarperCollins “First Look” program, here. In this program, you can enter to win a chance to read and review an advance copy of a particular book. From the website: “Reviewers for each book are selected in random drawings. A minimum of 10 advanced reading copies of each book offered will be distributed to chosen readers along with instructions for filing the review.” Go ahead and sign up! You might get a sneak peek at LIARS, or if you strike out, other cool HarperCollins releases. The deadline for LIARS entries is Dec. 30 with the drawing held Dec. 31, and a review deadline of Feb. 1.

In further LIARS news, Deb Kristina is humbled by this lovely quote from Deb Friend and New York Times bestseller Allison Winn Scotch, author of TIME OF MY LIFE and THE DEPARTMENT OF LOST AND FOUND: “Real Life & Liars, Kristina Riggle’s sumptuous and rich debut novel, examines the complications that arise in family and marriage, love and heartbreak. With lush writing and nuanced, relatable characters, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever been both grateful and driven mad by the people they love most: their family.”

Deb Gail is a Best of Dr. Drew Live and also on his recommended book list! She will be signing books at Waldenbooks in Racine, Wisconsin this Tuesday, December 16th. On Friday, December 19th she will be interviewed live (8:15 am EST) on NPR’s In the Morning with Bonnie Grice. She also received a great review on Booking Mama this week!

Check out Betty Confidential for a rave review of Falling Under plus an interview with Deb Danielle and a chance to win a signed copy of Falling Under.

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News Flash, November 9

Founder Deb Tish Cohen‘s novel The Invisible Rules of Zoe Lama is set to become a live-action TV series from Canadian producer 9 Story Entertainment, aiming at a September 2009 or January 2010 airdate! And if that isn’t enough, she’s landed a new book deal, this one for her young adult debut titled Little Black Lies,about a teenage girl who enters a school for brilliant, entitled students — as her father is hired by the same school as the new janitor, sold to Regina Griffin at Egmont, and Lynne Missen at HarperCanada. Congratulations, Tish!

Deb Meredith has been invited to participate in the Virginia Festival of the Book in March, and is excited to be going back to her hometown for the event.

Deb Danielle (of 2008) is being featured at two great book sites this week.

First, Anna Horner at Diary of an Eccentric has posted an excerpt of Falling Under and an interview. She’s also given the book a fabulous review and is giving away a free, signed copy to one lucky winner. Check it all out, here.

Second, head on over to author (and guest deb) Jessica Brody’s brilliant new site, Free Book Friday this Friday, November 16th, where you’ll be able to hear a podcast interview of Danielle win a free copy of Falling Under.

Deb Friend News
Allison Winn Scotch‘s new novel Time of My Life just hit the New York Times bestseller list! Brava, Allison!

Debs are reading
Deb Kristina is reading Lisa McMann‘s bestselling Wake, which she would absolutely devour in one sitting, if she ever had time anymore to read a novel in one sitting!

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Not A Sonnet, But Something In Purple Satin by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

I wrote goofy sonnets for each of the other deb releases this year. I don’t know if I can do that for this book. But bear with me…

What I want, after reading Cancer is a Bitch, is to run out and live my life. I want to hurl myself into the person I am supposed to be, the person I’m still becoming but some days backsliding from, hiding from, running away from.

I want to shut down the restlessness that keeps me awake at night and drives me to haunt real estate listings looking for my dream house, my dream city (or charming country town), looking for a place in which I can finally be me and my family can be happy and safe and less stressed. Because of course I would get there and start yearning for something else; a cottage, a farmhouse, a houseboat, more happiness, more safety, less stress…

I want to look at the flaws in myself and the people around me with more patience and acceptance. At the same time I want to fix everything immediately and stop tolerating all bullshit, from any source.

I want to go to Italy and run
A marathon, or maybe just a half…
I want to accept that I hate to run.
I don’t want to, but I’ll rhyme the line with calf

And think about hospital staff
And Gail, sometimes joking
And sometimes avoiding their eyes,
And pressing pen to paper in her solitary hut,
Candle lit, mojo burning,
And waking up each day asking for more,
More life, more everything.

And praying and fighting and thinking and worrying
About thinking and worrying too much,
And looking for change and truth and
Finding everything changed and also nothing at all…

I want to not write a sonnet when a sonnet doesn’t want to be written,
To take bellydancing and kiss Michael more often,
And somehow memorize everything, say everything
And not spend a fraction of a second of my time
on people who are stupid or shallow or mean
or who want me to be less—less of anything.

I want to be brave and give freely
And dress my scars in purple satin,

And cure cancer, damn it.

Deb Danielle (who is still wearing her tiara, misses you all terribly and is so proud and honored to be part of this incredible and expanding group of damned scribbling women)

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News Flash, September 7

Debutantes past and present got a lovely mention in the Library Journal, with particular attention paid to Deb Tiffany’s The Little Giant of Aberdeen County as potentially “one of the big buzz books of the fall.”

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County just received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, which said, “Baker’s bangup debut mixes the exuberant eccentricities of John Irving’s Garp, Anne Tyler’s relationship savvy and the plangent voice of Margaret Atwood….It’s got all the earmarks of a hit—infectious and lovable narrator, a dash of magic, an impressive sweep and a heartrending but not treacly family drama. It’ll be a shame if this doesn’t race up the bestseller lists.” Look for it in early January!

Deb Kristina‘s essay “Small Sacrifices” about her daughter’s first year will be featured in A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers, slated for this spring, right around the same time as her debut novel, All Happy Families. Also, if you’re in Chicago in February, you can catch her at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs national conference at a panel with her Literary Mama colleagues discussing literary community building. More details as we get closer to those dates!

Deb Gail received a nice mention in another Library Journal round-up. And a terrific review on Readerville. She also had an interview with Brava Magazine this week and they’re sending a photographer out next week for a (two outfit!) photo shoot. Also look for her essay about how training for the half marathon helped heal her on the Health Magazine website. More book tour events… in addition to everything listed here… and special mention here… she will be reading at the Madison Wisconsin Border’s on October 11th at 7 pm to be followed by a HUGE party at a location TBD (ALL of you are invited, of course!). She will also be at the Wisconsin Book Festival on October 16th at A Room of One’s Own at 7 pm (new date and time!) with ex-Deb’s Jess and Danielle and on October 21st she’ll be reading at Books and Company in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.


Founding/Graduate Deb News:

Graduate Deb Danielle will be featured this week on XM Radio’s Fiction Nation. The piece will include both an interview and a reading from Falling Under.

Graduate Deb Danielle’s Falling Under was also chosen as on of September’s Best Books by Caroline Leavitt at Dame Magazine. Here’s what she said: “Fierce, erotic and absolutely fearless, this riveting debut tunnels into the psyche of a young artist who’s as self-destructive as she is talented. To transform her career and have any sort of shot at happiness, she must grapple with thorny secrets from her past and open herself up to the terror of love. Shocking and moving, Falling Under is as edgy as a razor blade and unlike anything you’ve ever read before.”

And, finally, The Ottawa Citizen has listed Falling Under in its roundup, Fall’s Big Books. Danielle is wowed at the company she is keeping on this list of Booker, Giller and Governor General winners and nominees…!

Founder Debutante Mia King is celebrating the release of her second novel, SWEET LIFE! It’s a featured alternate for the Doubleday, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club book clubs. Founder Mia has an amazing give-away going on. Visit her website at www.miaking.com for more details.


What the Debs are reading:

Audiobook-addicted Deb Katie is listening to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.

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Glancing Backward — and Forward! by Guest Author, Kate Veitch

It is with great pleasure that I introduce the 2008 Debutante season’s final guest author, Kate Veitch. Kate and I met recently at Books Inc in San Francisco where I read from Falling Under, she read from Without A Backward Glance, we held a Q&A and then hung out afterward with some friends and fellow debs. I loved Without A Backward Glance–it is deep and powerful with vivid, complex characters and beautifully nuanced writing. In addition, Kate is a great reader, a lovely, intelligent woman and Serious Fun. (she’d better come to the Deb Utopia of my Thursday post!)

I am posting her official bio below the post, but let’s get to Kate herself…

Let me begin with a grateful curtsey, for I’m honored to be Guest Deb-in-the-Middle at this wonderful Ball, at such a significant moment. Liminal Deb, that’s how I think of myself, standing in the doorway watching one lot of lovelies leave the dance floor, nursing blisters and a wealth of stories, as a new group sashays forth, tiaras sparkling. “What a year you’ve had!” I murmur to the debs departing, “And what a year you’re about to have!” to those just stepping forward.

I should know. I’ve been a deb myself — twice! My recent deb experience in North America has been so very different to that in my native Australia as to be like a first time. (And I thought you could never be a virgin again!) At home, everything that is not meant to happen with a debut novel, happened — the manuscript scooped promptly from an agent’s slush pile, snapped up by a big publisher, featured book in Australia’s biggest women’s magazine, reviews and interviews up the wahzoo. It was unbelievable. The day I opened the weekend paper in my hometown of Melbourne and saw my book, LISTEN, on the bestseller list, I was so startled I literally fell off the sofa. Then, that thrilling news: an American publisher. Oh boy oh boy!

And now, ladies and gentlemen, having debuted for the second time — same book, different title: WITHOUT A BACKWARD GLANCE — I know what the more usual first-time author experience is like. Here, I’m just a teeny little fish in a very, very big pond. Australia’s population is one-fifteenth that of America’s, and the flood of new books released in the US is relentless. I went into the Barnes and Noble store on Union Square in New York City, rode the escalators up through floor after floor of books to find my little offering tucked away in the deepest recesses of the fiction maze, and felt discouraged almost to the point of tears. Why in the world would anyone choose to buy and read my book, I asked myself, when it had received no media attention, and another couple of thousand titles are pouring onto the shelves each week?

In late July I went on tour, feeling like a hatchling turtle scuttling down the beach toward an unimaginably vast and unknown ocean. My lowest point: the reading at an out-of-the-way bookstore in Austin Texas attended by just one person, a gal I’d met at a bar the night before. (Donna, my lone star — thank you!) The high: sharing a reading in San Francisco with Deb Danielle, with Debs Jess, Lisa and Jenny and a goodly show of other folks there too, cheering us on. You could truly say we had a ball! And over after-drinks we moaned luxuriantly about publishers, publicists, book covers, media, and anything else that came to mind. Just like new mothers; it was so good to talk honestly to other women, all going through the same exhilarating, anxiety-inducing, often painful experience.

My epiphany came a few days later, after a reading at the fabled Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver. A couple attended whom I’d met for ten minutes in Bali, months before, and as we talked (yes, again over drinks: reading from your novel is thirsty work!) they told me why they’d hired a babysitter for the evening, even though their son is sixteen: he has severe cerebral palsy. As they told me, with love and calm dignity, about how their son’s condition has changed their lives, I felt all my anxiety about my foundering literary debut just melt away. So my book wasn’t going to be the hit in the US that it had been in Australia — so what? Look at how lucky I am, to have achieved something once only dreamed of. Enjoy! Smell the roses!

For the rest of the tour I felt touched by grace. I met wonderful people, and had a marvelous time. In Portland, Ann Patchett, whose droll and incredibly timely article about the trials of book tour in August’s Atlantic Monthly had given me heart, read the night before me at the great Powells bookstore and — imagine this! — I got to sign their Visiting Authors book on the page opposite her. Then, just before I got on the train to Seattle, I received an email from my agent in New York. She’d just had a call from my publisher to say how thrilled they were with the sales of WITHOUT A BACKWARD GLANCE. 30,000 copies shipped! 3,000 in the previous week alone! In its third printing! My jaw fell open and stayed that way. I had to read that email 47 times before I believed it. And then I started to get reviews — good reviews! Here, you can read them for yourself, on the MEDIA page: www.kateveitch.com

So, what have I learned from my North American debut? That, like that little turtle scuttling for the ocean, we owe it to our creativity, our art, our writing, our lives, to give it everything we possibly can. Why be half-hearted? There’s a lot of hungry fish out there: swim like mad! And what advice might I give all you dear and beautiful and talented Debs, both those passing their tiaras on and those about to step onto the floor? Simply, to remember always how lucky we are to be at this wonderful Ball. A curtsey to the orchestra, to the chaperones, to our fellow dancers and to those who are so kind as to applaud our efforts, for we’re all in this together.

Thank you for inviting me. And may your dance card always be full!

Kate

Kate Veitch was born in Adelaide in the mid-1950s and left home and school early, eager for color and movement. Her work over the years includes writing articles and reviews for the Sydney Morning Herald and Vogue, collaborating with other mothers on Feeling Our Way, a book about becoming parents, and producing a series on women writers, Their Brilliant Careers, for Radio National. She lives part-time in Manhattan and part-time in Melbourne, while she and her partner build a home for themselves in northern New South Wales. Without a Backward Glance is her first novel. To read more about Kate, go to www.kateveitch.com.

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The Debs Take Utopia by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

One of my biggest dreams came true this year with the publication of Falling Under.

Of course, it didn’t all happen the way I imagined it, which means it was both more and less than I expected. I didn’t realize it would be so stressful. I didn’t realize how little control I would have over the process. But I also never dreamed of the friendship and generosity that could be found in the reading and writing community, starting right here at The Debutante Ball.

It pains me to have it end, though of course it is time and I’m certain the community will continue and grow though us and the fabulous 2009 Debs, who you will meet next week.

And now, in our last days here, I’ve got another dream; a daydream of sorts…

In this dream, the 2008 debs all move into houses on the same block, in the same city. All of you readers and friends, plus past and future debs would be there too (only if you wanted to), plus many of our guest authors and writer friends and whatever family members we deem desirable.

Our neighborhood would have artists and musicians and writers, readers of all kinds, a B&N where we would go with our laptops, drink lattes and pretend to write, plus a funky independent bookstore, ideally run by Kathy Patrick (a deb guest author who runs the only bookstore/beauty salon in North America). She would run her wild, wonderful book clubs and we would all go there to get beautified, hang out in our tiaras and talk about books and writing and family and marriage and kids and pets and exercise and chocolate and politics and the state of the world.

On brave mornings, I would meet Jenny and Gail for a crack-of-dawn yoga class. Other mornings I might sleep in, then wander over to grab a cup of coffee with Jess who would be in her backyard tending the garden and watching butterflies hatch, ready with her wicked wit, quirky perspective and penchant for party-crashing. There would be cheese, and I mean that in a good way, since she is from Wisconsin and occasionally even makes false claims of being “from a farm.”

Eileen would see us from her window and make her way over. Even on the grimmest day, (not that we’d have many grim days) Eileen would give us a worldly-wise look and say something that makes us snort and possibly spit out our coffee. Only upon later reflection would we realize how her humor put the day in perspective and made us feel good and normal and human…in the moment we are too busy laughing.

We’d mosey to the front yard just in time to see Lisa peel by in her awesome Mom vehicle on her way to drop her kids off, give 10 interviews, teleport to 14 different cities, write a couple of books, save some relationships and be back to join us for dinner, at which time she would kick back with a lovely glass of champagne and share some of her hysterical, no-nonsense wisdom and trade-secrets with us.

If we were procrastinating (and we would be) we might hop the fence and find ourselves in Gail’s backyard, tiptoeing around her writer’s hut, giggling and peeping in the windows, trying to lure her out with promises of dark chocolate and hot gossip.

Gail would come out, of course. She would be glowing with good health, full of interesting contradictions and complete self-awareness and ready to laugh, listen and ask intuitive questions. And she’d have freshly baked…something…healthy yet delicious…a kind of baked, sweet version of a celery stick, full of antioxidants and such, that we would gobble gratefully, along with our coffee. We would all vow to start running marathons with her and some of us might even do it. (uh, not me, alas)

About that time Jenny’s dogs would escape and she would arrive, post yoga and still retaining some Zen (though Jenny’s Zen might include some wry observations and smart-assed remarks as opposed to “one with the universe” stuff) despite the marauding dogs and crazy parrot, and wearing her signature hot pink. Jenny might have half the neighborhood with her, since she knows everyone, and she’d have told each and every person about all of our books, pushing as hard for us as she does for herself and whipping us into shape to do the same.

We might fly to Florence to lunch, or join Lisa on television for a weekly deb segment, and then all retire to our homes for a late afternoon siesta, some family time, perhaps some self-googling, and finally a bit of writing, since we are all NYT Bestselling authors and our fans, not to mention Oprah, are clamoring for our next books.

In my dream deb neighborhood, we would convene in one another’s kitchens and back yards and never stop talking—offering celebration, commiseration, inspiration and advice, egging each other on, and laughing until there were tears rolling down our faces. We would wear whatever we wanted to, (gloves, tiaras, tutus, sweatpants) speak the truth, dance on the coffee table (okay, that might just be me) and take the world by storm.

(We would also all have house-elves for laundry, house-cleaning and such, and there would be a clubhouse for the deb spouses, complete with ice-fishing, ping pong, poker tables and a beer fridge, in case you’re feeling sorry for the poor men.)

So…dear friends, if you start missing us, imagine us there…and feel free to join us. (BYOB)

Okay…finally and seriously…to Kristy and the founding debs, to our wonderful readers and friends, and to my fellow debs of 2008, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and depths of my soul for this wonderful, crazy, year-long dance. You were magnificent.

Deb Danielle

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Newsflash, Sunday August 17 2008

Deb News:

The Debs were quoted in this week’s San Francisco Chronicle. You can read all about it here.

Deb Jess is beyond excited to announce that Driving Sideways has just gone into a FOURTH printing! Thanks so much to everyone who picked up a copy to help her reach that milestone!

And thanks to the lovely women across the pond at Trashionista for the wonderful review of Driving Sideways …Five out of five stars! From the review: “It’s funny, snarky, sweet and gripping. I loved it.”

Jess will be at the Appleton, Wisconsin Barnes and Noble today (Sunday Aug. 17) from 1-3 pm. Stop by if you’re in town!

Deb Jenny’s novel, SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER was chosen by DearReader.com as their book pick this week! It’s a fabulous website and if you have a minute please do stop over there to check it out!

Deb Gail is thrilled to announce her first online review written by the funny and talented Katie Schwartz!!

Gail also has some confirmed book tour dates in San Francisco and NYC and also some in Wisconsin. Most are listed here. More are being added soon! PLEASE please please come out and bring your friends! I would love to meet/see ALL of you!!

Also check out the latest Writer’s Digest… Deb Gail’s interview with Jordan Rosenfeld is in there!! Thank you Jordan!

Deb Danielle has received another great review for Falling Under from the excellent site A Bookworm’s World. “Danielle Younge-Ullman’s debut novel Falling Under grabs you from the first page and just doesn’t let go until you reluctantly turn the last…an outstanding debut from this bright new Canadian author. This intense, edgy novel would generate lots of discussion for a book club.”

Falling Under was also reviewed (and discussed!) at the Good Housekeeping Blog. Here are some highlights: “[T]his debut was hard hitting and explosive, with a raw energy that left me breathless. Falling Under is a fascinating journey into the mind of a real woman in search for the right man. Ullman’s book is one, like a good friend, that tells you like it is but leaves you feeling good when the conversation is over.”

Deb Lisa’s book Fifteen Minutes of Shame has been chosen as next month’s book club pick for Chicago’s 24-8 Book Club. Also, the new season of the DAYTIME show is starting in 2 weeks. Be sure to tune in, you can see Lisa Daily every Monday.

Founder News:

Founder Deb Mia has a cover trailer for her book, SWEET LIFE, which is out in three weeks!

Also! This Monday, August 18th, Seize a Daisy’s post will feature “Mia King and Sweet Life.”

Contest!

Congratulations to Amy Nathan, our winner of the After-Launch-Week, Launch Week Contest for Falling Under. Ms. Nathan will receive a signed copy of Falling Under, a suprise gift and postcards from each Deb.

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Existential Ennui (or where is Danielle’s Daily Routine?) by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

My daily routine is having a crisis.

It is not quite sure whether it even exists, which makes this an existential crisis.

It needs therapy, vitamins, feng shui or possibly a cleanse of some kind. (But not the colonic kind, please.)

Seriously, I am not the most regimented of people, though you’d think having first a dog and then adding a child, would have forced it upon me by now. To some extent it has, but I have to fight myself every step of the way to achieve anything. Left to my own devices I would sleep late, spend the remainder of the morning drinking coffee and eating pastries in my PJs while curled up on the couch with a few books…and ideally my husband, my kid and my dog, not that they’d stay on the couch for very long, much less let me read, but hey, I can fantasize.

I’m not saying I don’t get a lot done and I’ve always been very prompt and fairly responsible, but in terms of routines and things that take ongoing discipline, writing is the first thing I really got disciplined about. My ability to set a routine for writing was one of my first clues that I was finally on the right path in my life, and it did a lot for my belief in myself just to finish the first book, and then the second, regardless of what the eventual outcome would be.

Right now though, and for the past few months my routine, especially my writing routine has suffered. (Not to all writers: getting published is bad for writing–at least at first.) Needless to say I’ve been a bit distracted with Falling Under being sold, edited and now (finally!) launched.

So here’s my ideal routine, one that I’m hoping to get back to very soon. Like today.

8-10am: (with Oppressor) wake, shower, dress, dress & feed daughter, walk and feed dog, drink coffee, have breakfast, respond to any urgent emails–not necessarily in that order

10am: internet OFF, in office, writing until 2pm, with one coffee/snack/water break

2-3:30pm (during little one’s nap) respond to all emails, deal with all other work related stuff

3:30-8pm: hang with family, walk dog, do all house-related chores (did this today with 2-year-old “helping” fold laundry) make/eat dinner, bedtime for munchkin

8pm: relax?

How does that sound? And what’s your secret to getting everything done?

No really, I want to know.

Deb Danielle

By the way, you can read some of my 1st Book Story this week over at Meg Waite Clayton’s very cool blog.