On Dream Jobs: Kimmery’s Fork In The Road

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

  Today we are writing about the road not taken, a subject I like to spring on unsuspecting people at dinner parties. “What would you do if you weren’t managing hostile corporate takeovers?” I’ll say to the man next to me, and he’ll look at me like I have four heads and then mumble something about how he also likes hedge funds. On reflection, maybe my city is not the…


The Accidental Academic and the Literary/Commercial Divide

Friday, October 16, 2015

By day, I teach creative writing at UC Berkeley. I direct the Poetry for the People program, founded by the late African American poet and essayist June Jordan. My courses are in poetry and spoken word, but in the context of the African American Studies Department. Therefore my colleagues are mostly social scientists, and not writers of poetry or fiction. I call myself an “accidental academic,” because I never set…


Going All In

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Work on I LIKED MY LIFE began as something to tinker with when I couldn’t give the corporate world any more; nights I couldn’t sleep, long flights, weekends. It was slow-going. Then the kids came along, eleven months apart, and writing was replaced with ear infections, diapers, and feedings. It was as if I had two identities—one in a business suit creating and presenting global sales programs, and the other…


Day Jobs (Or How I Turned My Traumas into Art)

Picking kiwis in Israel
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

We’re talking day jobs this week on the Deb Ball. Oh, the joy of the day jobs. I’ve had day jobs I have loved. Loved, loved. And I’ve had day jobs that I’ve hated. Like poke-my-eyeballs-out hated (which would be a much better image had I not smacked into a branch last week while running and given myself a corneal abrasion. That I suppose is a story for another day:…


Stephanie Clifford on EVERYBODY RISE + GIVEAWAY of this instant NY Times Bestseller

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Debutante Ball is excited to welcome guest Stephanie Clifford, author of instant NY Times Bestseller EVERYBODY RISE, a book about fitting in and figuring out who you are. It follows a 26-year-old from Maryland who moves to New York, hasn’t quite found her place, and thinks she’s discovered it when she gets a job at a social-networking site aimed at the elite. She’s suddenly in a promised land of Adirondack…


The Debs Interview with Carolina De Robertis + GIVEAWAY of The Gods of Tango

Saturday, September 12, 2015

As this year’s Deb class moves toward publication of our first novels, I was inspired to call on one of the women writers who inspires me, Carolina De Robertis. I met Carolina when she was waiting for her first novel to come out (and expecting her first child!) I have carefully observed her career as a novelist, a wife and mother, and a cultural critic. I am thrilled to have…


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…


Deb Joanne Keeps It Cool

First: Important news! Congratulations to Kerry Ann Morgan who has won an annotated copy of SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE. Thanks for celebrating my launch week with us! Now, to today’s business. This week’s theme is heat. Quite timely, considering this extreme heat wave. Even though I’m in Canada, it gets pretty hot up here and we do get humidity, so it’s fair to say that the last week has felt…

Monday, July 9, 2012

Deb Molly Talks About Sex (and Publishing)

Remember the first time you had sex? Maybe you spent months — or years — dreaming about the moment when it would finally happen. Maybe you didn’t think about it much at all. Maybe you were impatient because all your friends had already done it, and you couldn’t wait for your turn. Maybe you were determined to be the first one of your friends to do it. Maybe you were…

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Deb Elise on Writing and Eating at the Same Time

Allow me to clarify. Despite the subject line of this post, I’m not talking about the bowl of mixed berries and Corn Chex I’m gobbling as I type (I know, carbs at 10pm — what am I thinking?!). I’m talking about making a living writing, which is very different than writing for the pure passion of it. If you want to write only those things that take your breath away,…

Monday, May 9, 2011