The Debutante Ball Welcomes Lena Roy! Contest!

The Debutante Ball is delighted to welcome Léna Roy for a turn around the floor.  This week, Léna joins the Debs in talking about balance. Léna Roy was raised in NYC, in the cloistered environs of a theological seminary, with extracurricular education provided by Manhattan’s club scene. When not writing, she’s worked as a bartender, an actor, and with at-risk adolescents in Utah, California and NYC. She now lives with…

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Deb Tawna’s idea of a balanced meal is not the same as her husband’s

My parents did an excellent job teaching me the importance of balanced nutrition. As an adult, I’ve added my own neurotic twist. All food groups must be represented in a meal. I start to twitch if there’s not a fruit or veggie on my plate, and I would cheerfully suck milk straight from the cow if it were the only way I could get my three servings of dairy. My…

Friday, December 10, 2010

4 Things That Help Deb Sarah Feel Balanced (Even When She’s Not)

Oh, balance, where art thou? Somewhere in the last four years (note the milestone here–four years ago was when my first son arrived!), I’ve lost hold of her. And in her place? Her evil sis, chaos, has entered. But, this doesn’t mean I haven’t fought–hard–to get my grasp back on balance. Sometimes I manage, other times I don’t. But any hard-working, super-busy mom–or any hardworking super-busy person–knows that balance isn’t…

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Balance: Deb Kim Found Hers on Sesame Street

Balance and I parted ways many years ago. I don’t miss the illusory term, as if I can neatly compartmentalize my life into properly weighted boxes that hold my emotions, family responsibilities, work role, mythical “me time” and of course charity work.  (Kidding on that part.) Our household is incapabable of balance because autism times three has made it that way. Now, does that mean we’re topsy turvy upside down…

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Deb Eleanor Is a Little Off-Kilter

Yeah, I literally am. I went to college in Minnesota.  You may have heard it gets a little chilly up there from time to time.  And one day I’m walking across campus after a recent snowfall.  They’ve cleared the sidewalks, but I do see one patch of ice in front of me.  And I think to myself, “Self, you should probably avoid stepping on that piece of ice.” Um, yeah….

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

On Balance, a.k.a. The Blog Post Deb Elise Should Not Write

There are some topics on which I have no right to blog: Raising twins (don’t have ’em), Skydiving (won’t do it), Sword-Swallowing (ow)… Yet even considering all those, probably the topic on which I have the least right to blog is Balance, and I mean that in every sense of the word.  I will fall over if I try to do tree pose, I’m too impatient to find that perfect…

Monday, December 6, 2010

News Flash: December 5, 2010

Contest Winners! Congrats to Linda G. and Renee Taylor, who won the Bob Mayer giveaway! From the 2011 Debs… Deb Eleanor had the infinite pleasure of hanging out with upcoming Deb guest Siobhan Fallon this week.  Siobhan’s incredibly affecting short story collection, You Know When the Men Are Gone, debuts the same day as Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters – January 20th! Deb Tawna just did a week-long blog series…

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Debutante Ball welcomes Janet Skeslien Charles

We’re thrilled to pieces to welcome Janet Skeslien Charles to join us for a spin around the dance floor at The Debutante Ball. Janet is the author of Moonlight in Odessa and the first American recipient of the British prize for comedy romance, the Melissa Nathan Award. Originally from Montana, she lives in Paris, where she is the Programs Manager at the American Library. Her debut novel, which was based on…

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Deb Tawna’s creative well may be running dry

For over a decade, I’ve been designing my own holiday cards. It started with a silly Photoshop job that made it look like my husband and I were hanging miniature versions of the family pets on the Christmas tree. Then there was the year I Photoshopped a rather bizarre mistletoe love-fest with the dogs French kissing and a cat humping my husband’s leg. There were innocent ones with the pets…

Friday, December 3, 2010

4 Creative Skills Deb Sarah Wishes She Had

True, you have to be creative to be a writer, and I’m grateful that I’ve been able to tap into my creative reserves in my new foray into fiction. While I’ve had to wear my creative hat for years as a magazine writer, there is something so new and exciting about fiction creativity–you can take your characters anywhere, make them do anything. It’s fun and freeing. And, a side note,…

Thursday, December 2, 2010