The Best Writing Advice Deb Kelly Ever SHOUTED AT YOU!!!

I have gotten, and given, in my life, a metric buttload of writing advice. The only advice that works every single time, of course, is to put your bottom in a chair and write. Writers write. You know that. I know that. And yet. I have met approximately four billion people in this world who want to be writers and don’t write. There have been times that I am one…

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Deb Kelly Will Make You Long for Rejection…

Okay, I might have oversold it a bit at the title. But here’s what I’m about today: I’m shoulder-deep into a book called DARING GREATLY by Brené Brown, whom you’ve surely heard about from her lovely Ted talk about vulnerability or from your friend in Chicago who gives good book recommendations or from Oprah because am pretty sure Oprah is into this lady too. The thrust of this book is…

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Deb Kelly is a Fool for April

Q: April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? A: Who the hell cares, as long as it’s not March. There are few things I love as much as turning the calendar from March to April. In my house, March has been called everything from Smarch to Fartch. It is the worst invention ever, and one day when I am Queen of Practically Everything I will eliminate Smarch…

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Deb Kelly Knows How to Wait. She Just Prefers Not To.

I’m not an especially religious person (unless you count science as a religion) but with this week’s topic being about waiting right in the midst of Passover, the week of Palm Sunday and Good Friday, my mind does turn to spiritual matters. I’m a wildly impatient person and the thought of having to sit around waiting for the 10th plague to pass or waiting for history’s first frenemy to betray…

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5 Dialogue Sins Deb Kelly Has Committed

1. Hello, My Name is: “Hi Susan!” “Hi Carol.” “Susan, how are you?” “Awesome, Carol. How are you?” “So awesome, Susan. Have you seen the new book by Kelly Harms, Susan?” “No, I haven’t, Carol. Do you think it’s any good?” “No, Susan, I don’t. Not unless she got a really good editor.” 2. Play-by-Play and Color: “Hi again, Carol! I’m just going to go turn on this light in…

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Deb Kelly Dreams of Greenie

There’s a gorgeous story in this month’s Martha Stewart Living (I read it for the articles, I swear) about the gardens of celebrated American writers. Women all, and apparently in possession of the greenest of thumbs next to their other ink-stained fingers. Eudora Welty kept clambering pink roses, Edith Wharton trimmed shrubs into perfect submission, Edna St. Vincent Millay weeded her peonies in the nude. I am no Edna St….

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Deb Ball Welcomes Becky Aikman!

A graduate of the School of Journalism at Columbia University, Becky Aikman was a writer and editor for Business Week and a reporter for Newsday.  She lives in New York City. She joins us today in honor of the runaway success of The Saturday Night Widows, the story of six marriages, six heartbreaks, and one shared beginning. In her forties – a widow, too young, too modern to accept the…

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Deb Kelly’s Deb Choice

You know it’s the kid, right? You give me a choice, I’m talking ’bout the kid. Somewheres around January, Beloved Little Boy started talking about snow plows. He was already pretty passionate about other kinds of truck, especially garbage trucks, and buses too, so it was only a matter of time before he got wind of snow plows. Problem is, the word snow plow, in 19-month-old speak, sounds very very…

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Deb Ball Welcomes Samantha Wilde!

Samantha Wilde is the author of I’ll Take What She Has and This Little Mommy Stayed Home. The at-home mother of three small children, she moonlights as a minister and a yoga teacher. She is the graduate of Smith College and Yale Divinity School and the daughter of novelist Nancy Thayer. In I’ll Take What She Has, Nora and Annie have been best friends since kindergarten. Nora, a shy English…

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Deb Kelly Barely Has Time to Write about her Bad Habit

There’s nothing like biting off more than you can chew, and then chewing anyway.  ~Mark Burnett Does anyone else take on too much? I mean, way, way too stinkin’ much? I know the answer is yes, because this blog is largely read by women, and I think at least among my subset of girlfriends, women take on too damn much. Men probably do too but I haven’t talked to them…

Wednesday, February 27, 2013