I’ve made it to the Humor Section…

Why is it that fast-food burgers taste like HEAVEN when you get them hot and fresh, but that same burger will taste like burnt seaweed a few hours later when you re-heat it in the microwave?  I’ve seen workers warm up burgers in microwaves at fast-food joints a million times.. so what am I missing?  Do they have access to some revolutionary “waves” that I need to get a hold…

Thursday, January 21, 2010

All hail Queen Maria!

This week The Debutante Ball celebrates the launch of Deb Maria’s debut, 101 WAYS TO TORTURE YOUR HUSBAND. Here’s a snippet from the back cover: “Let’s face it: Even the best of husbands needs a little punishment every now and then. When he steps over the line⎯and onto your s**t list⎯there’s only one viable recourse: torture.” My personal favorite torture tip is #45, from Chapter 3, the “quick torture” section:…

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rolling out the red carpet for Deb Maria’s debut!

Torture my husband? Never. The man’s a saint. Well, maybe there’s one tiny little thing he did recently that would warrant a bit of torture: He walked over to me and calmly asked, “Where do you keep the diapers?” I wouldn’t have known how to adequately punish him had it not been for Maria’s book, 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband. Maybe it wouldn’t have been such a shocking question…

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

First 2010 Deb Now Published!

Today is a big day. If you live near New York, you may hear Deb Maria — Maria Garcia Kalb, to be exact — whoop with excitement. (Actually, if you live near New York, you probably hear her on the radio!) Today is the day her book, 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband, is officially published! 101 Ways To Torture Your Husband is a humor book full of Maria’s “tips”…

Monday, January 18, 2010

News flash, January 17

Deb Alicia’s debut, SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH, forthcoming from Dutton in August, received the following endorsement from Marisa de los Santos, bestselling author of Love Walked In and Belong to Me: “This story of a young widow edging warily back into the world is full of vivid characters and grace. Imbued with hope but blessedly lacking in sentimentality, it is a fresh, stirring take on the devastation of grief and the…

Sunday, January 17, 2010

In the Eye of the Beholder – Guest Deb C. J. Omololu

C. J. Omololu writes everything for kids from picture books to young adult novels. Sometimes writes about writing, but sometimes is just wasting time to avoid the blank laptop screen. She is the author of the upcoming young adult novel, Dirty Little Secrets. “[A] disturbing appraisal of how a mother’s obsessive hoarding affects her teenage daughter in this frank novel that spans a tense 24-hour period.” —Publishers Weekly “Powerful and…

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I Always Wanted to be a Supermodel by Deb Joelle

Art has always been about the doing of art, more than the viewing of art for me. When I was little, I used to play for hours with paperclips, coloured notecards, scissors, yarn, etc. and try and make “something.” I also was big on drawing. For all my interest and practice, I was pretty average, but once I learned to read, that didn’t bother me much. However, an interesting thing…

Friday, January 15, 2010

Art is “yummy”

When I took an art appreciation course in college, I figured it was an easy-peasy way to kill a couple of credits and catch some shut-eye to make up for the endless partying at the Orange and Brew (popular hang out where the bartender gave me free drinks in exchange for impromtu Spanish lessons.)  I planned to breeze through this class, and not let it really sink in.  I had…

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Writing + drawing = art

I’m becoming enamored with the art form of the graphic novel. It fascinates me, how the creators of graphic novels master not one craft, but two — storytelling and drawing — and blend them. I know very little about graphic novels, and I want to learn more. The first graphic novel I read was Watchmen, considered the Big Daddy of graphic novels, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. It’s easily…

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Deb Sarah pits Art against Craft

Out of all the posts I’ve written for the Deb Ball so far, this has been the toughest one for me. Usually, I glance at the week’s topic and an idea instantly springs to mind.  Taking my author photo? Easy-peasy. Writing about deadlines? No problem; deadlines are my old frienemy. But Art…. well, you see, I’m not artistic. I don’t paint, dance, sing, or sculpt. My husband chooses all the…

Tuesday, January 12, 2010