Julie’s Dedicated Writing Space

Thursday, December 21, 2017

When it comes to writing, there’s really only one place I can consistently focus and get the words down: my bed. It’s not ideal, and it doesn’t do my back any favors, but this is where I do my best thinking. Not only that, my best thinking happens between the hours of 3:45 AM and 6:00 AM. (I know. It’s weird.) Sometimes, I panic when I realize I’m going to…


A Writer Defends Science

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This is a literary website and normally I write about whatever bookish topic has been selected for the week. This week, however, with the blessing of the four other writers for the site, I’m scuttling the piece I had written on staying motivated to write during the dreary days of winter. I’m going rogue. This week I’m writing about censorship. The reason: I sat down the other day, pulled out…


Writing Cave Essentials

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The view from my writing cave today is very winter-esque and cavelike.  If my cropping has caused confusion, this is the view out the sliding glass door next to me as I write this. Yes, there is over 3 feet of snow on the other side of my (thankfully) well-insulated glass window. A warm cave is a good cave. I don’t have an office. OK, that’s a lie—I do have a…


“Halfway out of the dark”

Monday, December 18, 2017

The winter solstice, which falls on Thursday, is one of my favorite holidays. As a pagan, and one who’s quite fire-oriented, it’s a special day. It’s the day we start winning the fight against the darkness, the day the light starts to come back. Throughout my late childhood, teenage years, and early adulthood, I always spent the Longest Night with close friends, those with whom I shared beliefs. Many of…


[News Flash] December 17, 2018

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thanks again to last week’s guest, Samira Ahmed, Author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS. Did you read our interview with this week’s guest, Melissa Bashardoust, author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW? If you haven’t already, check out our interview here: Check out our interview with @mothlissa , author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS https://t.co/UAhVJ2aPNb pic.twitter.com/lNzc0LGmdz — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 16, 2017   News from the 2018 Debs:…


Interview with Melissa Bashardoust, author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Earlier this fall, I (Kaitlyn) had the great pleasure of reading GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS. It was one of my favorite books of the year, and I am so thrilled that Melissa agreed to hang out here on The Deb Ball today! Melissa Bashardoust received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales…


Some Inspiring and/or Relevant Words

Friday, December 15, 2017

I’m not much of a quote gal, but in light of all the lovely posts this week from my fellow debs, I thought I might share a few quotes from women whose work I admire. (Reading recommendation: Because surely you’re familiar with Angelou’s poetry, consider Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, a book of recipes and essays sure to make you laugh and cry.) “You wanna fly, you got to give up the…


Quotes That Kept Me Writing

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  I’m pretty sure Nelson Mendela said something like this, but I swear, I came up with it all on my own. When I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in writing, it seemed impossible. First, I’d have to write a book. Then, it would have to be good enough to get an agent. From there, I’d have to have enough talent to land a publishing contract. All…


Kimmery’s Favorite Quotes About Writing

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    We all know December is traditionally hellish, what with the looming holiday madness, the ten thousand “festive event” obligations, and the ubiquitous viral plague that bitchslaps everyone into total uselessness. Here at The Deb Ball, we decided to take it easy on ourselves this week. So instead of writing real columns, we’re listing a handful of favorite quotes on writing. (Or that’s what I’m doing, anyway. For fun,…


The Quotes That Got Me Through Publishing my Memoir

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

This was my laptop’s wallpaper through out the months of crafting my memoir:   I have posted it on Facebook too many times to count. When I wake in the middle of the night short of breath from anxiety, when the idea of my memoir coming into the world seems too much to bear, I chant it over and over. Your silence will not protect you. I had first read…