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Update Update Update


Wow! Has it been a year since I last posted? So much can happen in a year. A year ago, I was in Maryville, Tennessee, we’d had a presidential election, and I had a new book out. I didn’t now my life was about to update.

A few months later, I accepted a job teaching creative writing at Full Sail University in Florida. I packed up half my life and moved. I say “half” because my other half remained in Tennessee along with my son, my dogs, my family, my home, my mountains, and everything familiar.

I’ve learned a lot since this life update. I’ve learned I am not suited for living in a condo complex. No, communal living is not for me. I love the beach and the sound of wind in Palm trees. Meditation is amazing. It’s hard to make new friends. Teaching is not like I thought it would be. There’s more frustration than success. I didn’t anticipate that. I have a lot of self-work that needs my attention. I thought I’d have another book out this month. This type of delay was not in my plan. The continual state of change in my life has slowed everything. At the same time, everything has speeded up.

This week, the other half if my life moves south to join me in this new adventure. I’m thrilled and uncertain. Where will we live? I don’t have a lot of answers, but I know this. I need the rest if my life here with me. Out next home will be a place of peace and serenity, much like the home we are leaving. It may not be easy, but we’ll find it. It’s here waiting for us.

Leaving our home of eighteen years won’t be easy. Tears will flow. But at the end if our journey, a new home and adventure await.

Doing Dallas with Dixie


This week, I’m taking a break from my East Tennessee winter. I decided in December that I needed something to look forward to after the excitement of Christmas. You know how there’s always a bit of a let down after the holidays: the decorations go down, the weather gets yucky and rainy/snowy/icy, everything is gray and blah. So I scheduled a trip to Dallas.

My best friend Dixie (yes, the one from the books), aka Janene Cates (formerly Satterfiled) Putman, defected to Dallas after marrying her Mr. Everything, Shane, last May. This is my first visit since she  moved, and it won’t be my last. We have had a blast! We have shopped, we had a photo shoot at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Arlington. (I needed a new publicity photo. Can’t wait for you to see it!) We saw a movie. We’ve gotten a little work done. And we’ve had some girlfriend time. Something I never, ever get enough of in my house full of men. I’ve been posting pictures and updates of our #Deb&DixieDoDallas adventure on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to check that out. (@debgstaley, @jdixie0105, @debanddixie)

Last, but certainly not least, a new adventure begins. Practically since Dixie and I met, we’ve said that some day we were going to do the Deb & Dixie Show. Have a tour bus and the whole nine yards. Well, it’s a small scale start, but it’s a start. Our blog is live! www.debanddixie.com. We are going to have so much fun. Every month we will discuss our unique spin on books/movies/other media, current events, our favorite things, and rants (which can cover anything from stupid drivers to conspiracy theories). And each month, we will have a special event that you can attend. This month, we are having an Oscar partyon February 24. ! I promise you, it will be a blast! So hop on over and follow our blog.

Until next time,


P.S. You can now read my blog on my website. Visit http://www.deborahgracestaley.com/blog.html