Caeli Widger’s Rebellious Writing Life + Giveaway of REAL HAPPY FAMILY


Today’s guest is quite the rebel (and we wouldn’t have it any other way).  Caeli Widger is the author of the debut novel, REAL HAPPY FAMILY, which published in March and has been described in reviews as a “page-turner that strikes the balance between humor and heart”; a member of the “Tolstoyan literary tradition, offer[ing] both…
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I Broke These Writing Rules & Loved It


In no particular order: 1. Write every day. (Not every day is a writing day. Some days are recharge and reflect days. Others are step-away-from-the-ms-before-you-revise days. Others are go live your life days.) 2. Butt in chair. (Or couch. Or bed. Or blanket on the grass on a breezy spring day.) 3. Write what you…
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The Final Countdown: On the Launch Pad, Engines Lit


We’re sorry to report that we don’t have a book launch for you this week. I know. You were becoming accustomed to the buzz you were getting from our unique brand of energy drink. But we’re not done launching books. In June, we’ll let Natalia’s book into the world, and in July, it’s my turn…
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13 Thoughts & Reflections About #AWP14 & Writers Conferences

Me and Kirstin Chen, author of Soy Sauce for Beginners. You might recall she was a Deb Ball guest author in January.

As I write this, I’m sitting in an airport terminal in Dallas, waiting for my final flight back to Austin. Bare with me, I’m exhausted. Not only did I spend the last four days in Seattle for AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference) with 13,000 other writers, but my flight home got cancelled…
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The Orange in My Favorite Writing Things


With “orange” as a writing prompt this week, it leaves room for silliness and wayward discussions. Strangely, though, I found myself looking for some deep psychological meaning associated with the cheerful color–and that’s when it struck me. Orange evokes a few of my favorite writing things (cue Julie Andrews): Sunrise and starting the day fresh,…
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