Poetic Musings & Ward Cleaver by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Deb Jenny, forgive me. Your book (your excellent, hilarious book, SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER which was officially released THIS WEEK!!) has moved me, has pushed me over the edge, to the point where I… Where I… Where I feel the need to write not-good, somewhat-sonnet-like poetry. And, okay I admit, Gail and Lisa kind of covered the things I wanted to say in their excellent posts, leaving me frowning and…

Thursday, February 7, 2008

How I Became a Writer by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

All week I’ve been wracking my brain for something clever and/or deep to say about stereotypes. The Oppressor (aka my husband, Michael) suggested I turn it around and talk about “types of stereos” and earlier today I seriously considered haiku or possibly writing in iambic pentameter. But finally, just as I’ve run out of time and must write something, I’ve realized I could tell you about how I came to…

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Another Letter to The Oppressor by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Dear Oppressor, I appreciate that you’ve found me a warmer house–I don’t mind being outside sometimes, but I prefer to spend my nights indoors. I enjoy your company, when you grace me with your presence and I have kept your secret about the music you play when we’re alone on the road–no one needs to know about your penchant for Poison, Whitesnake and Bon Jovi since we are, after all,…

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Not So Tough: Deb Danielle on the Road to Publication

When Falling Under went out on submission I thought I was ready. Yes, I upped my email checking from, say, twenty times a day to, oh, two hundred. And of course I hovered by the phone and studied the submission list, ate more chocolate and drank more coffee than usual, took up and put down a few dozen projects–knitting, photo albums, muffin making, etc. But I thought I was ready…

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Smug Resolutions by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

New Year’s resolutions frighten me. They have a habit of getting broken, thus undermining my belief that I can achieve legitimate, important goals and generally leaving me a self-pitying mess. But this year, I’m going to keep my New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to keep them with ease and sit back with a smile as those around me fall off their various wagons, plunge into self-hatred, depression and all-encompassing bitterness…

Thursday, January 3, 2008

You Can’t Take It (your stocking) With You! by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Everyone on my mom’s side of the family has a homemade stocking. They are made of felt and usually have a snowman with a variety of jaunty hats, vests, buttons, etcetera, and the person’s name in letters along the top. (The exception is the one my aunt made for my grandmother in the 60s which is decorated with many flowers and has the word “PEACE” instead of my grandmother’s name.)…

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Recipe For Disaster by Deb Danielle

It’s a rare thing for me to cook, from a recipe or otherwise, but a few years ago I made eggnog Christmas morning and it was so delicious, it nearly became a family tradition. Notice I said nearly. Because this eggnog is not only delicious, it’s deceptive, dangerous, devilishly prone to producing drunkards, dozers and all kinds of family debacles. (Not to mention, just the memory of it awakens Deb…

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Give Me A Messy Hero by Deb Danielle

I agree with much of what’s been said this week about heroes. In fact, I was afraid I’d have nothing further to say. But fortunately the talk of what constitutes a real-life hero led me to thinking about fictional/literary heroes and heroines and I do have some thoughts about that. In fiction, the hero is defined in broader terms than in life—if you’re the main character in a book (and…

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A Conversation With Meg Tilly by Deb Danielle

A few weeks ago I met author (and former actress) Meg Tilly at a reading of her novel, Porcupine. I was so moved by her reading that I devoted the next day’s blog to it. I was also impressed with her writing and she was so open and lovely to chat with that I invited her to The Ball. And so I am obviously thrilled today, to have Meg Tilly…

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Tough Road Home-Part 3 of Deb Danielle’s Worst Vacation Ever

Day Six Dear Mom, I am as much “at one” with nature as I ever hope to be. More, actually. Tomorrow we’ll be back near the Outward Bound cabin/office and I’m sure when I call to explain everything you’ll agree I should come home. You wanted me to do this because the boys both did it but they stayed in CABINS and besides, they both probably loved being smelly and…

Thursday, November 29, 2007