Deb Tawna finds philosophy in her pants

I wasn’t feeling very inspired by this week’s topic of “favorite quotes,” so I took off my pants. What? That’s not what you do for inspiration? I got some new jeans, and quite by accident, discovered something printed on the waistband: As a romance author, I feel obligated to point out that in order to see this meaningful message about following your heart, you have to remove your clothing. I’ll…

Friday, December 31, 2010

Deb Sarah’s 5 Favorite Motivating Words

I’ll admit, I’m a pretty wound-up person. Keeping stress at bay can be tough sometimes, so I try to remember these words when I’m juggling a million things. They help me remember to breathe and to keep plugging away. (You can find the above print, and a zillion other cute and motivating sayings for your office or home here.) Also, at some point in high school, I came across a…

Thursday, December 30, 2010

When The Day is Done: By Deb Kim

I have many quotes I adore. Some poignant, others not so – like Lewis Carroll’s gibberish poem Jabberwocky – “Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe..”   But one stanza of a certain poem sticks with me. My Dad is 88 years old. He was born in “nineteen hundred and twenty two,” as he says, in his Boston accent. His memory is still keen. And although…

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Deb Elise Posts From the Happiest Place on Earth!

Happy Holidays from Disneyland! Yep, I’m here, in the middle of a mini-vacation with my husband and daughter.  We live only about forty minutes away (without traffic), and we’re Annual Passholders, so we come ALL the time — to the point of glorious ridiculousness. Can’t help it — I’ve been a Disney geek forever.  Long before I had a kid, long before I was married, I still had an Annual…

Monday, December 27, 2010

News Flash: December 26, 2010

Contest Winner!  Congrats To Leslie Nagel who won Laurie Halse Anderson’s FORGE. From the 2011 Debs… Deb Sarah is excited to share that the editor in chief of Penguin/Plume had this to say about Sarah’s debut novel, The Violets of March, in the cover letter that accompanied the Summer catalog: “[THE VIOLETS OF MARCH is] … the original novel we think has the strongest commercial potential.” Sarah needed to be resuscitated…

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Debutante Reunion: Books We Loved in 2010!

Deb Books Released in 2010: Deb Founder (and Deb who stayed at the party for two full years) Eileen Cook was pleased to have Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood come out in January 2010. The paperback version came out this fall and has already gone back for a second printing. Deb Emily Winslow‘s delicious The Whole World was released in May! We celebrated the release of Deb Kim‘s All I…

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Deb Tawna’s family traditions aren’t so traditional

Being a Fenske is a bit like being a member of a bizarre gang. We don’t wear matching bandannas or commit felonies, but we do have a complex set of rituals that make no sense to outsiders and must be strictly followed under the threat of death. Take phone calls, for instance. If I’m speaking with my parents or brother and the conversation starts to wrap up, here’s what you’ll…

Friday, December 24, 2010

Deb Sarah’s Favorite Little Sneaky Secret Santa Thing to Do in December

I’d love to tell you about my family traditions—egg nog, fruit cake, Advent calendars, Christmas music starting somewhere in mid-November (I know), but I’d bore you to tears. So, let’s chat about something else. Echoing what Deb Eleanor wrote about wanting for nothing, I’m in the same boat. If I sat down to write a Christmas list, I’d stare at a blank page for hours! (OK, Jason, if you’re reading…

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Deb Kim on Holiday Tradition: Old, New and Retro Too

If you’ve seen my website Kim Stagliano, you know I love all things retro. I was born two decades too late at least. One day, I hope to have a fully modernized retro kitchen loaded with appliances from (Elmira Stoveworks). My friend and former Deb Jenny Gardiner wrote “Sleeping with Ward Cleaver,” and the title was meant to be snarky. (Have you read that book? It’s great!) My first thought…

Wednesday, December 22, 2010