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

Deb Amy Says Her Inspiration Is All In The Family

The inspiration for my forthcoming novel, The Glass Wives, can be summed up with a short question: What makes a family?  Is it this? Or this? Or this? To write The Glass Wives I didn’t have an “ah ha” moment. No epiphany. No strike of lightening. So, what happened? I lived amidst a litany of life changes. I got divorced after being with my ex for twenty years. And about…

Friday, September 21, 2012

Deb Amy’s Bold, Beautiful, Dramatic Hobby

If someone asks about my hobbies (which seems to have just happened right here), I’m not sure what to say. A hobby, by my own definition, is something that I spend a lot of time doing that I really like.  Oh, like, writing perhaps?  But that doesn’t count when it’s your job or when I was an aspiring author whose ambition was to no longer be aspiring. That time I…

Friday, September 14, 2012

Where Deb Amy Writes. Be Afraid. Be Very, Very, Afraid.

It’s a big deal to be a Deb, and here I am, confessing right out of the gate. Well, that’s the point, right? To share the scoop, offer insights, challenge some conventional notions perhaps, and all the while, keep dancing.  What does that mean to me? It means I tell you where most of my early writing REALLY gets done. I have desks, sofas, chairs, beds, a patio, and a…

Friday, September 7, 2012