Adieu, I’ll Be Seeing You….

UnknownSo Karma worked on her post for five days. And I forgot that today was my FINAL Thursday here on the Ball. I am hanging my head in shame. But honestly, I think that the whole idea of saying goodbye to this debut journey and all the lovelies I’ve met here was just too much. So much that I kicked that pesky little thought right out of my head.

It’s been said here before, but — and man, I hope I don’t get weepy here on the middle of a busy Thursday afternoon — the Deb Ball is a unique institution. It’s a family, really, and each class that joins it joins a sorority of nurturing, guiding, FUN women who’ve lived this journey before them. I started reading the blog long before I was ever eligible to apply, dreaming of the day that maybe I too could be a Deb. When I finally did get to send my application in, I waited with bated breath, expecting defeat. I was thrilled to be able to call this family my own.

What I’ve learned this year is that publishing is tough, bumpy, thrilling ride, and you truly need your friends by your side. These smart, sweet, funny ladies have become confidantes, and I am thrilled that I get to keep them. It may be the end of my time in the tiara, but I’ll be sticking around, cheering on the Class of 2016, leaving comments, Tweeting at them. I hope I’ll still get to interact, too, with the Deb Ball readers, who always have such staggering insights to share.

In the meantime, you’ll be able to find me on Twitter or on my own site, which is currently being updated. And tune into Sundays News for some fun, uh, news from all of us!

Adieu, my friends. I’ll see you soon.

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An entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by The New York Times, People, ABC News, MSN, Cosmopolitan and other major national media, SONA CHARAIPOTRA currently curates a kickass column on YA books and teen culture for Parade.com. A collector of presumably useless degrees, she double-majored in journalism and American Studies at Rutgers before getting her masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films) and her MFA from the New School. When she's not hanging out with her writer husband and two chatter-boxy kids, she can be found poking plot holes in teen shows like Twisted and Vampire Diaries. But call it research: Sona is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company with a decidedly diverse bent. Her debut, the YA dance drama Tiny Pretty Things (co-written with Dhonielle Clayton), is due May 26 from HarperTeen. Find her on the web at SonaCharaipotra.com or CAKELiterary.com.

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