Do you know who you are?: On a certain captivation with personality tests

Monday, October 16, 2017

I am, and always have been, a complete and total personality type junkie. I have taken, I’m sure, tens of thousands of quizzes over the years, all the way back to email-based ones and things posted to AOL chat boards where you had to tally up the results yourself. I recall the heyday of Quizilla, filling entire LiveJournal posts with colorfully graphic results. I made quite a few of those…

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[News Flash] October 15, 2017

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Congratulations to Terry Pearson, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Unruly Creatures by Jennifer Caloyeras.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, K.B. Wagers! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Beyond the Empire. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with @kbwagers, Author of BEYOND THE EMPIRE. RT to win a copy of this #scifi adventure! https://t.co/GsqgupxckV — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall)…

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How My Creativity Found Me

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I come from a right-brained family. As a child, I’d wander the neighborhood, lost in my imagination, while my brother would stay home and draw. I never thought of what I did as being creative though. That was my brother, who knew he was going to be a comic book artist from a very young age. I left the art to him, and spent all my time reading. But many years…

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Creative, or Just Odd?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My mother always told me that I was creative, by which I think she meant peculiar. I couldn’t draw, paint, or dance very well. Lord help me, singing was not my strong suit either. Writing made my hand cramp, my arm forming the awkward spiral common to left-handed children everywhere. I liked to make sculptures but I wasn’t very good at that either, and I showed no real talent for…

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[News Flash] 2018 Debutante News

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Congratulations to Kelley Blair, @BookLoverKel, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CATSKIN by Artemis Grey! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, COURTNEY MAUM! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of TOUCH. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview + #Giveaway with Courtney Maum, Author of TOUCH. RT to enter, US only. https://t.co/R1xvIVAaNl — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) September 30,…

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[News Flash] 2018 Debutantes

Congratulations to CJ, @CaffeinatedWyrm, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN THINGS by Jenny D. Williams. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Artemis Grey! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of CATSKIN. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Guest Post: Interview with Artemis Grey, author of CATSKIN, a lush YA fantasy. Share to win! https://t.co/dB5h3oaMWo…uthor-of-catskin/ —…

Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Kimmery Investigates Slow Time

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article in National Geographic about the longest train ride through India.  You know how every now and then you read something that triggers some awakening in your mind, as if the author had composed his language solely for you?  To me this article was so arrestingly beautiful, so beautifully phrased, and so poignant that it seemed personal. Bear with me here through…

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Roll for Initiative, Press A to Begin

Monday, September 18, 2017

The autumnal equinox is coming up on Friday, so we’ve decided to make this week’s theme about balance: specifically the balance in our lives between work, play, and writing. This has definitely not always been an easy balance for me to find. While I was drafting From Unseen Fire, I was working full-time at my day job — a day job that often involved evening, early morning, and weekend hours…

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5 people Without Whom My Book Wouldn’t Exist

Thursday, September 14, 2017

  My siblings will not be surprised to discover that I’m going to cheat in my list of five by combining many people within one category. They will also not be surprised to learn that I don’t care that I’m cheating. But here it is. I’ve crammed as many of you as possible into each group. Sorry about the crowd.   # 1 – My parents. Since childhood, they’ve always…

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In Which Kimmery Thanks Five People* You Wouldn’t Expect

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

For this post about people without whom The Queen of Hearts would not exist, I decided to go rogue in order to list a few unexpected influencers: a cranky genius, a maligned but immensely successful author of erotica, a fictional six-year-old, a group of 70,000 over-sharers, and, uh, me. To the usual suspects in a thank-you list (my agent, my editor, my beta readers, my writing groups, and my long-suffering…

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