I need a tissue

About ten years ago I made a resolution to never make a New Year’s resolution again.  I figured I had tortured myself long enough, and I was done with this ridiculous tradition.  I mean who the heck came up with this stressful over-achieving exercise?  I’ll tell you who….a masochist.  Every year I would beat myself up for being too fat, spending too much money, and wasting too much time actually…

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Belly-laughing & Self-betterment

From year to year, my resolutions don’t seem to change much. In general, they’re a collective vow to take advantage of the time I’ve been given — however much of it remains. This year my resolutions came early. One November morning I found myself making a list of things I would like to start doing, toward the goal of self-betterment. Because the better I conduct myself, the more positively I…

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Deb Sarah Promises to Try…

Dear Diary, Here are my resolutions for 2010: 1) Will simply ASK acquaintances to tell me their names once again instead of pretending to remember and spending the rest of the (wedding, reunion, party, etc) paralyzed with fear that someone will come up to us and require an introduction, revealing me to be the cowardly lying fraud that I really am. 2) Will never again passively-aggressively torture my nemesis (Hyper-Competitive…

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Resolutions, by Deb Emily

Resolutions for 2010: 1) Finish the next book. 2) Exercise more frequently; cook more; snack less. (I find this less daunting and mind-twisting than “lose weight”) 3) Do a little email replying and a little tidying each day, so that I don’t end up with intimidating masses of Things That Need To Be Done. The theory is that I need to change just a little of what I do every…

Monday, December 28, 2009

Where are you on the gift-giving ladder?

Tracy Kiely’s debut novel, Murder at Longbourn, is a mystery set on Cape Cod, and combines Tracy’s love of the classic English country-house murder with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Jane Austen fans will welcome Kiely’s spirited debut … an engaging adventure that will hopefully be but the first of many.” Set in a picturesque B&B on New Year’s Eve, Murder at Longbourn follows Elizabeth Parker, a young woman on…

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Gift of a Mantra by Deb Joelle

I’ve had a pretty darn good life so far. Not that I’m planning on giving it up any time soon or anything, but on reflection, even the darkest moments were eased by other wonderful things happening at the same time. The other day, I was having breakfast with some friends and one of the women started pointing across the room. I immediately looked around behind me to see what she…

Friday, December 25, 2009

The priceless gift….

When you are a kid, gifts are your reason for living.  One of my favorite presents EVER was going to Lionel Playworld with my parents on Christmas Eve, and being told I could choose a giant metal swing-set for our backyard.   I remember I couldn’t decide between the slide combo, or the monkey bars addition.  My head nearly burst with excitement when I spotted the delivery truck heading up our tree-lined…

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Giving and receiving

In the opening scene of SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH, my narrator Zell finds a gift intended for her in a very unexpected place. The gift, she assumes, is from her late husband, who hid it before he died. She doesn’t open it right away. Sometimes you have to wait for your life circumstances to shift and resettle, before you’re ready to receive. Take inspiration. I didn’t know it at the time,…

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Deb Sarah has a gift to give…

I love giving presents. I love getting them, too. Hard to say which is better. But this week, I’m going to focus on giving. I’ve got one ARC of The Opposite of Me and I’ll send it (along with a little box of chocolates, just to sweeten up your reading experience) to one of you -or you can pick another recipient and I’ll ship it to them. Just leave a…

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Opening Presents, by Deb Emily

Patience is a virtue. And squeezing and shaking the wrapped presents under the tree is a time-honored tradition. Presents are meant to be unwrapped on Christmas morning, after the sun is up, and when the whole family is gathered around in our pajamas, right? Not this year! Sure we get our kids a couple of special gifts each year, but mostly their gifts come in the mail from relatives. Saving…

Monday, December 21, 2009