Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Ode to the First Draft

I really want to write a rant to all the devastations of the day: the Kavanaugh vote in the Senate, the FBI’s incomplete investigation, the senator from Maine’s weak speech justifying her vote against women, the Senate’s dismissal and nullification of Dr. Ford’s courage. But I have to write for the Debs, it’s that time of the week where the Debs must cull their thoughts for the topic at hand….

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Origin Story

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Origin Story:  I am the sum of so many things and it is at once easy and difficult to place labels on myself. I’ll begin in the most obvious ways: I’m a daughter to an academic; my dad is a mathematician and was immersed in the world of biostatistics and multi-variant statistical analysis for more than a half-century before retiring this year. I saw how much he loves math —…

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Yes! Kimmery Says Self-Promote And Here Is Why

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Imagine an author. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably getting a vision of a scholarly genius, possibly in an elbow-patched smoking jacket, pounding in a fit of literary fervor at the clattering black keys of an antique typewriter. Which, of course, is located in an attic apartment with a skylight, the wide windows open to a rolling vista of Parisian rooftops, the air redolent of coffee and perhaps a…

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A Tribute to the 2017 Debs: My Highlight Reel

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

With gratitude, sadness, excitement, and pride, I say good-bye to The Debutante Ball. I have so much respect for the incoming 2018 Debs, Cass, Kimmery, Kaitlyn, Lara, and Julie, so it feels wonderful to hand the Deb Ball over to these accomplished, smart women writers. I wish them all the very best. And I send my thanks once again to the 2016 Debs for allowing me the honor of participating…

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Guest Post by Danielle Younge-Ullman + #DebBallGiveaway of EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED

Saturday, February 25, 2017

We are so thrilled to welcome back to The Debutante Ball former Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman! We were so thrilled to get the news about Danielle’s new book EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED – Congratulations, Danielle! This novel, that Quill & Quire called in its starred review “An emotionally resonant, fabulously crafted novel,” was just released on February 21st. We Debs are so excited to read this book which is described…

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Social Media as Competitive Sport

Social Media Chaos
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Social media is about being connected, staying in touch with old friends, finding out what’s happening in the world. Unless, like me, you’re a competitive soul. In which case it’s a matter of keeping one step ahead of, well, honestly, my husband. Yes, yes, I profess to only be competitive with myself. And for the most part that’s true. Unless I perceive a challenge by a boy, in which case…

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Rebellion Means Not Writing This Blog Post + Check Out My New Pup!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Today of all days, we commemorate how acts of rebellion can lead to independence. Happy birthday to our country. I’m grateful to have grown up without civil wars, repressive regimes, famine, and disease. Our country’s not perfect, but, hey, it’s good to be here, right? And, today, I’m rebelling by not writing a proper blog post! Seriously. And seriously, is anybody out there to read this post? I’m imagining lots…

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Tired Tale of a Forgetful Self-Promoter

Friday, January 24, 2014

This is a funny state of affairs. It’s 10:30 p.m., Thursday night. I’m sitting in bed with my laptop not wanting to write this post. Not because I have an issue with the topic, but because I reeeally want to sleep. I was so relaxed, so ready to snuggle in with my cat and my dog and my novel, and then with a jolt, I remembered: Oh my god, I haven’t…

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Deb Eleanor Introduces the Goal Queen!

When I saw that the topic for this week’s post was goals, I had only one thing on my mind – I must get Skinny Emmie to do a guest post for us! Emily Sandford is the blogger behind Skinny Emmie, the weight-loss blog of a thirty-year old Biggest Loser reject who has lost over 112 pounds on the journey for a healthy and happy life. By day, she is…

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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Everything Deb Elise Wanted to Know About Social Media, She Learned From Deb Tawna

Less than a year ago, I was at a Billy Joel concert with my friend Julie, SCOFFING — not just laughing, actively scoffing — at her because she was Tweeting. “Who are you sending that to?” I asked. “Anyone following me,” she replied. “Who’s following you?” I asked. “Oh, I don’t know.  Just a few random people.  Some friends.  You know.” I didn’t know.  I thought it sounded absurd.  Why…

Monday, March 21, 2011
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