2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…

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Lady in Waiting

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx Writers, especially debut writers, universally agree that the pacing of the publishing world is glacial. There have been many times I’ve thought the day would never come that my book would hit the shelves. Like I’ve actually worried I might die of old age first. But now that I’m down to the final weeks before the release of SMALL ADMISSIONS,…

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Invoking the Muse

Monday, October 17, 2016

This week the Debs are talking about how they torture their characters, make choices for them, or how their characters lead the way.  One of the most wonderful things about writing is how the mind seems to unravel the story from a place hidden deep inside. I can’t tell you how many times I have stopped writing after a few hours and sat back to re-read the words and thought,…

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Write Here, Write Now, Write Anywhere I Want!

Monday, September 19, 2016

This week’s topic is “Location, location, location — Where we write and why there?” The Debs will share photos of our workspaces or favorite space to write, and talk about how our choice of physical location influences our work. When I was young, my mom gave me her beautiful pink Olympia typewriter (which I later learned that my parents sold in a garage sale and I was heartbroken). For some…

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My Deb Year: So Delighted That’s Settled!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Although I’ve dreamed of being a novelist since I was a young adult, I am achieving the dream in my 40s. So instead of being the first dream I fulfilled, it’s actually the last one that I’ve been carrying around since my youth. Here’s the list: finish college get an MFA develop a body of work in spoken word produce my hip hop theater show make a living as a…

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Adventures in Anxiety and Spirituality

Friday, June 17, 2016

In 2014, I installed a book altar in my home. I’m a clutterer with a young child in a small house, so there wasn’t much room. But here’s what there was: a triangle-shaped piece of wood that had been mounted on the moldings in the corner of the living room to hold a speaker. But we were no longer using that particular stereo, so the piece of wood was empty….

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Books > Authors > Women > Louise

Monday, May 23, 2016

  Something you should know about me: I am not a big fan of categorization. Of course I am made up of all sorts of sortable facts. You can put me in the female subgroup and the writers subgroup and the cat owners subgroup and the old time banjo players subgroup and the people who hate the taste of cucumbers so much they can’t eat lettuce that has been leaning…

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Putting One Shoe (or Book) In Front of the Other

Friday, May 20, 2016

My daughter is learning to tie her shoes as a kindergartner. This is because, up until now, all her shoes have been closed with Velcro. I think I have unconsciously avoided laces, but this time she went shopping with grandma, and got Hello Kitty sneakers. With laces. I think this is the first task that she is trying to master that I recall so clearly having tried to master myself,…

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Louise’s Half-Time Update

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, March 14, 2016

It feels impossible to me that we Debutantes have already crossed the halfway point of our blogging together. I can’t imagine moving through my debut year without my fellow Debs. They have been an endless source of support—from listening to me freak out to making me belly laugh to telling me to get over some minor detail I am obsessing over (Jennifer Brown gave me a family saying that the…

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Several Seasons of Rejection: Some Hurt More Than Others

Friday, February 12, 2016

At some point last year, I got it in my head that I needed to publish another book. Of essays. This year. I had been writing and placing short pieces in different media outlets, mostly online. At the same time, I had been reading books with essays that had been previously published. I thought, “why not me?” I asked my agent about it, and she liked the idea. We developed…

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