Things I Learned the Hard Way from The Lobster Fest and The Connecticut Question by Deb Gail

After spending most of our thirties making babies, building my husband’s career, moving too many times, digging ourselves into and out of debt, exhausting our free time catching up or gearing up, all in a sleep-deprived daze, we woke up two years into our move to the Midwest to find my husband acutely homesick and me with a dusty, unsold novel and us with no social life to speak of….

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News Flash! September 9, 2007

DEB NEWS: Well, this isn’t enormous or anything, but it *is* a first. Deb Jenny’s novel, SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER, is now listed for pre-order on Amazon! DEB NEWS: A great first endorsement for Deb Jess’s RIDING WITH LARRY RESNICK: “Jessica Riley’s Riding With Larry Resnick is a brilliant and hilarious debut. With the knowing humor of Emily Giffin and the poignant vulnerability of Lolly Winston, Riley proves herself a…

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The strangest but most gratifying ‘Thank You’ card I ever received by Deb Jess

Teaching runs in my family. After several decades in corrections, my father returned to grad school to earn his Master’s degree and now teaches theme-based writing to college freshman. My mother, in addition to teaching me many important things about life in general, spent several years as a CCD instructor. (Despite years of attending CCD classes on Saturday mornings, I still don’t know what “CCD” stands for.) My brother currently…

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My Toughest Teacher by Deb Danielle

Here’s a story I’m not proud of, but it’s a good one as far as teachers and life lessons go… It was my second year at McGill University and I’d spent the first in frustration at not being able to take any “real” acting classes. Finally, I could take Fundamentals of Acting and I couldn’t wait. That first day we sat in a circle on orange/brown utility carpet that smelled…

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Mr. G, Big Man on Playground by Deb Lisa

The first “book” I ever wrote was a serial romance starring Mr. Gemeinhart, our science teacher, read breathlessly to an enraptured crowd of giggling fourth-grade girls under the slide at recess. Every girl in school had a major crush on Mr. Gemeinhart, and we discussed him endlessly at lunch over twinkies and apple slices — his necktie selections, his sparkling blue eyes, whether or not he was cooler than “The…

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What Did You Do Over Summer Vacation? by Deb Gail

It’s Labor Day and by the miracle of computer technology, you’re here and I’m not. And because you’ve been kind enough to take the time to read about me, I’d like to turn today’s blog over to you. Since it’s September and the topic this week is Teachers, I’m asking you the perennial first week back at school question, What Did You Do Over Summer Vacation? So while I sip…

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News Flash! September 2, 2007

Deb News Many thanks to our trusty friend Larramie for tagging us with a Nice Matters Award–a friendly nod for being a blog with a positive influence in the blogosphere. How nice of you, Larramie! And in keeping with the gratitude theme, we’d like to thank everyone who has eased our transition into the Debutante Ball as our first month already draws to a close, including Founder Kristy and the…

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What am I missing? by Founder Jennifer

I don’t watch much TV.  For most of my adult life, I’ve lived beyond the reach of cable or broadcast, in the sticks of Vermont, in a time when your only option if you had to watch Beverly Hills 90210 was a satellite dish that could easily hold a Volkswagen bug.  Also… I didn’t care.  I was contentedly clueless about whatever sitcom or sexy drama everyone was talking about.  Now,…

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