Deb Rachel Says Goodbye. Or Lets The Movies Do It For Her.

After a year together, I guess great Debs think alike. Which is why two of my dance partners have already posted goodbye clips rather than try to say the farewell entirely on their own. Because, really, can anyone capture the turmoil of parting ways as perfectly as a good on-screen moment? No. Just, no. Farewells are filled with mixed emotions, and I’ve got them all. There is, of course, straight…

Thursday, August 30, 2012

IN A FIX Launch Week: How To Keep Track of Complex Plots

Wahoo! It’s In a Fix week! I’m so excited to celebrate Deb Linda’s launch—and can’t believe that when we first met, none of us Debs had books in the world and now we can all hold copies in our hands. We’ve grown up so fast! After getting to know Linda over the past year, I thought it was especially fun to read In A Fix because it felt just… so…. Linda….

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Deb Rachel Is a Procrastinator

How fitting that I should be writing about bad habits at 11:15 the night before this post goes live. If you can’t tell, my worst habit when it comes to writing is….drum roll…procrastination. For as long as I can remember, I’ve worked best on a deadline. In tenth grade, I’d start my papers the night before they were due, long after everyone else had gone to sleep. Sometimes I write…

Thursday, August 16, 2012

To Tap Into Her Voice, Deb Rachel Writes A Letter

Ah, voice. Thankfully, my fellow Debs have taken an admirable crack at defining this most literary of terms, because I would be at a total loss. Like Joanne said, and Erika too, it’s a nebulous concept. Voice is like porn. You know it when you see it. As a writer of nonfiction, my greatest intention is for my voice to be true to who I am. That the person a…

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Deb Rachel Names Her Literary BFFs

I’m reposting an excerpt from my personal blog today, because I love this list and I’m dying to hear who you’d add! (And I loved that Deb Joanne touched on this too… It’s a fun game!) Here, the literary characters I would want as a best friend: 1) Boy, The Giving Tree. Some say he’s selfish and greedy, I say he’s lonely. He loves his tree. He could use a BFF. 2) Jo March, Little Women. Or maybe…

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Deb Rachel Knows Marketing Is In The Job Description

If you’ve been keeping up with the Debs this week, you know that everyone’s marketing plan is a bit different. We share elements–Facebook and Twitter and blogs, oh my!–but everyone emphasizes different aspects of the promotional plan, and that largely has to do with the content of  the stories. For example, since my publication, I’ve spent a lot of time visiting and Skyping with book clubs. For MWF, it made good sense,…

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Deb Rachel Does Nothing

When I worked at O, The Oprah Magazine, we did a whole feature on guilty pleasures. I remember it well, because in the issue the staff each got to name their personal guilty pleasures and it was the coming out party for my greatest silly indulgence: Jeff Probst. I know, right? But what can I say. He’s adorable and I have a total nerdy Survivor fan-girl crush on him. Those…

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Deb Rachel Tackles The Hottest Series Since… Ever?

My first thought when I saw this week’s topic? Fifty Shades, of course. If there were ever a time when hot books were all the rage, it makes sense it would be the year of the crazy heat wave. It’s almost as if Christian Grey himself brought about our 100 degree temps. But seriously, I’m excited to have the opportunity to discuss this latest literary phenomenon. Because I am dying to…

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Launch Week Continues With The Inevitable Question…Can You Say Sequel??

In case you didn’t get this from Molly or Erika’s posts, let me put it plainly: SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE is awesome. It is such a fun read, and the afternoon I spent reading it (because yes, I read it in one afternoon… it’s that kind of “just one more page!” story) was one of those times I can’t believe I get to call what I do “work.” Lilah is…

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Deb Rachel Gets Away to the Couch

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of…

Thursday, June 28, 2012