The Debs Welcome Seré Prince Halverson!

Today at The Ball we have Seré Prince Halverson, who’s getting ready for the paperback release of her debut novel, The Underside of Joy. To celebrate the paperback release of The Underside of Joy on November 27th, book clubs are invited to schedule a Skype visit with Seré and enter the Win a Picnic for Your Book Club drawing. Details will be available on Seré’s website and blog on November 27th or contact her here….

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Deb Amy Loves Leftovers—In The Fridge And In The Manuscript

It’s the day after Thanksgiving so if you’re reading this, you’re either still in a triptophan stupor, you’re back from shopping at midnight, or you, like me, prefer to guard the leftover stuffing instead of to fight for the best deal on hat and mitten sets. And while many would say they don’t like leftovers, I think there is a lot to be said for making something last and revisiting…

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Driving Force Behind Deb Amy’s Inspiration

For me, inspiration is not a whisper or a tap, it’s more like a slap.  For me, inspiration is not conveniently timed, because more often than not, I am driving.  And let me tell you, that is the last place you want to try to write something down or even find the right  button on any gadget to record said inspiration.  I’ve pulled over to the side of the road…

Friday, November 16, 2012

Deb Amy Reveals The Rituals Of Her Past. Well, Some Of Them.

When I think of rituals, my brain goes right back to college. I, my friends, was a sorority girl. And sororities are steeped in rituals. Unfortunately, they’re all secret. As is the handshake. So we can’t go there. Too bad too, because those rituals are all kinds of awesome. Because if I told you, you know, I wouldn’t be able to…well, I can’t tell  you. But there is a long-ago ritual that…

Friday, November 9, 2012

Deb Amy Rethinks Fear In The Wake Of Superstorm Sandy

I’m near Chicago and Hurricane Sandy brought us one one much-windier-than-the-usual-windiness kind of day, while some of my friends and family on the East Coast are still without power — and it’s Friday! Some have suffered damage to their homes, and all have sustained a blow to their spirits. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, many have revised their definition of fear. I know I have. Frankly, once everyone has power,…

Friday, November 2, 2012

Deb Amy And The Story Of Villainous Spam

Spam means different things to different people. There is this kind of Spam: I don’t care for it, but doesn’t get in my way, clutter my inbox, or try to get me to buy, let’s say whole-sale-something-or-other. I don’t have to pluck it off the shelf if I don’t want it. I don’t need help removing it if by accident someone throws it into my cart.  This Spam may be…

Friday, October 26, 2012

Deb Amy Hangs The Moon On Some Halloween Memories

I live in a very small town. The official count on the official sign is officially 9200. It’s a family-oriented place, a great place to raise kids, but for some reason my neighborhood has always been Halloween-challenged.  I think the doorbell rang twice last year. Maybe three times. I didn’t recognize the kids and let them take as much candy as they wanted. I’m always hopeful that the tide will…

Friday, October 19, 2012

Deb Amy’s Surprising Blog Post About Writer’s Block

My biggest surprise during Surprise Week here at The Deb Ball was that I couldn’t think of anything to write.  SURPRISE! Deb Amy has writer’s block! I usually think of a surprise as something wonderful and unexpected.  I’ve received many lovely surprise gifts. Flowers, an iPad, a card or letter from a friend.  Emails from friends I haven’t heard from in a long time are always welcome and special surprises. …

Friday, October 12, 2012

Deb Amy And The Art Of Finding A Tribe, And A Kitten Sweatshirt

When my kids were little it was easy to make friends with other moms. When I was married it was easy to make friends with the wives of other golf-obsessed husbands. When I was in college it was easy to make friends with sorority sisters and the students within my major. I found myself in the same place, and having the same experiences as these people. I didn’t need to…

Friday, October 5, 2012

Deb Amy And The Terribly, Horribly, Funny, Divorce Story

Divorce is not a joke. Rarely is it funny. Except in the case of one of my best friends giving me a refrigerator magnet I could not put on my refrigerator, so I carried it in my wallet until that wallet was lost. It said this: There are two sides to every divorce. Yours, and shithead’s.  I’ve been single for over ten years and that makes me laugh as much now…

Friday, September 28, 2012