Shivering Pomeranians, Pen Names and Ari Gold

As I write this, my basement is filling up with water. Some sort of tempest swirled up from the bowels of the stratosphere and has, apparently tipped Toronto on its side so driving rain can attack the city from the left. It’s always best to attack from the left. Remember that. I should get off the computer. That’s the thunderstorm rule. Maybe so I don’t get hit by e-shrapnel if…

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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Your Ass or Your Face by Deb Tish

“It’s your ass or your face,” Kathleen Turner once said of turning 35. I’ve never been a huge Kathleen Turner fan–too much forced breathiness when she acts–but the gal’s got a point. I’ve finally reached the stage where this decision needs to be made. Basically, there’s a five-pound spread (cruel, unintentional pun) and at the lower end, your ass looks great in your favorite jeans, at the higher end, your…

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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What’s Your Phobia? by Deb Tish

I’m going to follow this week’s theme of posting off topic and invite you to drop by www.tishcohen.com and check out my new interactive feature “What’s Your Phobia?”. Finally, a place for you to share your deepest, darkest, ugliest or most hilarious fears. It should come as no surprise that Deb Tish has a few phobias under her chapeau. It should also come as no surprise that Deb Tish hopes…

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
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A Girl Needs a Good Tagline by Deb Tish

Marketing guru M.J. Rose is adamant about one thing–every book needs a good tagline. Patry Francis, author of Liar’s Diary, and I took M.J.’s Buzz Your Book class last spring and rattled our brains to come up with taglines that spoke of not only the style of our books, but also our respective audiences. The tagline I came up with for Town House is… an eccentric metropolitan tale for the anxious…

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
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Farmer Girl by Deb Tish

I was pretty much born wanting a dog and a farm to raise him on. Most of my childhood memories involve me positioning myself in front of my parents with a big glossy dog book and a face full of tears. I’d stare into the eyes of a West Highland white terrier and feel how much I’d love him, and him me, if only he could be mine. Then I’d…

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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A Little Tuesday Book Review by Deb Tish

Because I discuss my favorite literary characters in the P.S. pages of my novel, TOWN HOUSE, I’m veering off topic slightly today. I going to discuss Barbara Gowdy’s HELPLESS – which is so good it took over my entire weekend. Gowdy takes on a subject I never thought I could read about – child abduction. A Toronto mother is raising her exceptionally beautiful daughter on her own, oblivious to the fact…

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
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And Then There Were Two by Deb Tish

Back in college I was part of a threesome. We happened upon each other in a massive lecture hall on our very first day. I sat between Lisa, with her avalanche of brown curls, and Tim, with his preppy sweater and topsiders, and we all began to laugh. Early on, it became apparent that Lisa was the studious one, impossibly beautiful. Tim–who somehow ran a large clothing manufacturer in his spare time–was…

Thursday, March 15, 2007
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News Flash!

It’s About Time! Just when this world could use a little saving, along comes Melanie Lynn Hauser’s SUPERMOM SAVES THE WORLD. Support our planet by running to your local bookstore to pick it up today. Literary Mama! Friend of the Deb Ball, Gail Konop Baker has a new Bare-breasted Mama up at Literary Mama. Debs on Debs! Deb Kristy stopped to chat over on Tish’s Diary at tishcohen.com! If you’d…

Sunday, March 11, 2007
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The Year of the Superfluous Guest by Deb Tish

Last year was officially the year of the superfluous guest. What does this mean? If someone is throwing a wedding, bar mitzvah, christening or anniversary party of any kind, and they’ve never met my husband or me, we’ll get an invitation. The sad part is that the band, go-go dancers, appetizers, flowers and truckloads of money spent…it’s all lost on me. I’d rather be sitting on the couch swiping crumbs…

Saturday, March 10, 2007
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Crimes, Misdemeanors and Stories for Cute Boys by Deb Tish

I did some idiotic, not-quite legal things when I was younger–things I’m not sure I want bobbing about on the Internet forevermore. So I’m going to deflect by telling you about bank robberies I’ve been involved in. As a spectator, not as a robber. The first robbery was during the Montreal Olympics when I was ten. My grandfather was visiting from California and he took me, my 22-month-old brother Michael, and my cousin…

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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