Deb Eleanor’s Fickle Muse

I’m starting to feel like kind of a loser. Wait, starting? Okay, I always feel like a loser, as has been previously established.  But on these topics – muses and inspiration – I’ve felt particularly loser-ish.  I feel like I should have some kind of routine or plan for inspiration. I don’t. It just kind of happens.  If you come see me at a reading or a signing (more events…

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Muse Amuses Deb Elise

“Musings on the Muse?”  Well, if that’s the topic, there’s clearly only one thing to write about this week. Oh hell yes.  Xanadu.  The best bad movie ever made.  And it’s about The Muses. Did I have the soundtrack on 8-Track Tape?  Oh yes I did.  Did I play it in my 2X-L and dance around my basement?  Oh yes I did.  Do I still know every single word on…

Monday, February 7, 2011

News Flash: February 6, 2011

Congrats to Dawn N. who won Caroline Leavitt’s Pictures of You! From the 2011 Debs… It was a huge week for the 2011 Debs! Deb Sarah had a baby!  Colby William arrived on Monday, January 31 – she’s got some precious pictures on her site! Deb Eleanor‘s The Weird Sisters came in at #18 on the New York Times Best Sellers List, #15 on the Publishers Weekly Best Sellers List,…

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Beth Fish Reads!

Today The Debutante Ball is delighted to welcome one of our favorite semi-incognito book bloggers – Beth Fish Reads! Beth Fish – The Woman, The Myth, The Legend Candace is a full-time freelance book editor whose clients include both major publishing firms and prominent independent presses. She also reviews books, both on her blog and professionally, in a range of genres from adult literary fiction to middle reader fantasy, from…

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Deb Tawna finds her goldfish inspiring

We’ve been talking about mentors & inspirations this week, and I have to say, mine is a bit of a cold fish. Seriously. I acquired Shirley the goldfish four years ago as part of an employee benefit package I negotiated for a new job. (As a sidenote, the fact that my most significant compensation demand was a goldfish should tell you why I’m lucky to have a smart agent handling…

Friday, February 4, 2011

Deb Sarah on Literary Inspiration Through … Music!

We’re talking about mentors and inspiration this week, and while I have had plenty of fabulous and supportive people in my life, my foray into fiction has been very much a solo act, in that other than my husband and a few early readers, I’ve forged on this path without the advice or mentorship of really, anyone. After 10 years of magazine writing and a lifelong love of books, I…

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Deb Kim on Mentors

It would be easy to come up with several teachers who have been my writing mentors. Jim Bride, who introduced me to Ray Bradbury; Pete Mansfield who instructed us on grammar; Vinnie O’Brien who drilled us on history facts and gave me the parlor trick of being able to name every president up to Lincoln within ten seconds (comes in handy on Jeopardy.)  Mark Harrington who made Latin class hip…

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Meet Deb Eleanor’s Childhood Inspirations

My friend Erin Blakemore wrote a lovely book, The Heroine’s Bookshelf, that has had me thinking from the day I first read it.  The Heroine’s Bookshelf is a collection of literary heroines and their authors, talking about the traits that made them special and how we can learn from them. For the next few weeks, Erin’s having a celebration of Heroine Love over at her blog – guest bloggers talking…

Tuesday, February 1, 2011