Hi! Lisa here, resident guest wrangler. (Did you know we each have blog jobs behind the scenes? Yep!) We don’t have a guest this week. Instead, as we wind down our year on this wonderful blog, we decided to reminisce. We’ve had a ton of fun exploring topics ranging from surviving public events to cooking disasters to writing craft. Of course, let’s not forget our launch weeks, every Deb’s moment in the debutante spotlight. What a privilege to read each others’ novels before publication and write about them. So fun!
Here are some of our favorite blog posts:
Wow, this is a tough assignment, because do we mean our own favorite post? Or someone else’s? Well, my own might be the one about first days, because it captures pretty nicely what the Deb experience is about—going from unpublished to published writer. But my favorite post by someone else was the post by guest author (and friend!) Hank Phillippi Ryan, because the topic of self-promotion was perfect for the Debs and for the people debuting along with us. Also, she stuck around to offer so much generous help to anyone who asked for it. It was a great lesson on how to do the job.
The week we chose “orange” as our topic seemed destined to be a disaster (yes, it was a last minute procrastination thing). And while many of us took it in a silly direction, Susan’s post, “Orange is the Color of Home,” was so heartfelt it stayed with me. Maybe it’s because I’m a sentimental homebody at heart, or maybe because it was just so beautifully written: “It’s the smell of clementines as my young son smacks on a segment, the juice dripping off his chin. Orange is Dreamsicles, sherbet, sunflowers. Cheese. Glorious cheese. Orange is happiness. Orange says welcome.” I read this and thought, yes, I get this.
I loved “Inspiration Stew,” one of Lisa’s first posts. She talked about how a roller coaster of a year, including the death of a parent and the discovery of a secret sibling, inspired the idea for her first novel, Kilmoon. It goes to show how you never know when you’re in the middle of something, no matter how hellish it might be in the moment, how it will shape you later.
There were so many articles this year that I found inspiring or funny, or moving from each of the debs. But one post struck a chord with me recently, right in the thick of my writer doubt and writer’s block — Natalia’s “5 Sure-Fire Ways to Kill Creativity or Your Money Back, Guaranteed“.
Maybe I’m just in a silly mood today, but one of my favorite posts is titled “The Final Frontier: How Star Trek Helped Me Become a Writer.” I remember writing that post, thinking, Do I dare admit to playing monkey-sex games with my Barbies when I was a kid? Back in October, I wasn’t sure about how to act, so to speak, here on The Debutante Ball. Come to find out — anything goes! We each let loose in our own ways, showing our humorous selves — I liked that. Heather with buttholes, Susan with her snack fear, Lori with leaping forward, and Natalia as the world’s worst restaurant hostess.
We’ve had poignant posts, inspirational posts, funny posts, wise posts, and educational posts, and now we’re looking forward to seeing what the 2015 Debs write. Bring it on, gals!