How To Love Researching Your Novel

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Most of the time—to my surprise—I look forward to writing my weekly post for The Debutante Ball. This week, however, I dreaded it. This was for two reasons: first, last week’s post on the differences between the expectations and realities of publishing a novel completely drained me; and second, on today’s topic, I got nothing. Well, almost nothing. We are supposed to be writing about research: how much we did,…


Inside Kimmery’s Brain: Deadline Edition

Kimmery's Brain: Deadline Edition
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

  One week until article about deadlines is due. No problem; is loads of time. Would start immediately, except, much like childbirth, you cannot force creativity. It happens when it’s ready to happen. Well, technically you can force childbirth, but you know what I mean: forcing creativity would result in boring article. Which is not to say, of course, that forcing childbirth results in boring child. Omigod, Kimmery, please focus….


Writing in Troubled Times

Monday, January 8, 2018

I’m a political junkie. It’s an inherited trait. I’m a government brat. My parents have both worked at the state and local level on and off throughout my life — in fact, it’s hard to think of a time when one or the other of them wasn’t in public service of some kind. Since my sister and I have been old enough to grasp the concepts, dinner conversations have often…


Give Me A #$@&%*! Break

Thursday, January 19, 2017

This week, we’re talking about self-care. I know I’m speaking to the choir when I say my day is generally jam packed and I’m pulled in a million different directions. Friends, why do we do that to ourselves? Sometimes, I honestly think the answer is because we don’t have a choice. I’m a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a colleague. I’m also an author….


Who’s the Boss: Making It Your Business to Write

Monday, November 4, 2013

When I think of the business of writing, I think of what Debutante Ball guest author Clare O’Donohue says about writers needing to run their careers as they would a small business. Because a publishing writer is a small business. (Just ask your tax professional.) So small that for a long time, it’s just you. But even as you attract an agent, then a publisher, then some pals down the…