Life, Death and Body Sharing with Guest Blogger Amanda Ashby

Wow, I love balls – well, not that I’ve ever been to a real one before, but I’m sure that if I had, then I would’ve loved it. And besides, tiaras are so totally my color!!! Anyway, since the Debs have been kind enough to let me loose on this lovely blog I thought I’d talk about my debut novel, You Had Me at Halo, which comes out in August…

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Keeping My Feet on the Ground by Deb Mia

Bear with me now: I’m having a moment. An Earth, Wind and Fire moment, that is. Bars of “September” are running through my head, followed by “Got To Get You Into My Life” and “Boogie Wonderland.” And then “Let’s Groove” … ah, I’m having major flashbacks at the moment – you can almost smell the polyester. Which brings me to my point (yes, there is actually a point to this…

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Take Me to the Water by Deb Mia

I am in need of some water therapy today. Have you heard of the book by Dr. Masaru Emoto, The Hidden Messages in Water? He self-published his first book in Japan, without peer-review, and it generated some discussion for a couple of years. It hit the big time when it showed up in the movie, What the Bleep Do We Know. In a nutshell, Dr. Emoto believes that water can…

Thursday, June 14, 2007

You Want Fire? I’ll Give You Fire by Deb Mia

If I’m going to write about fire this week, you can bet I’m going to write about Pele. No, not Pelé the famous soccer player — Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, dance, volcanoes and violence (see her in the lava on the left? Look closer – she’s there). She lives on Kīlauea, less than two hours from where I live. She has ancestors who live in my town (Pele…

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Love the Space You’re In by Deb Mia

We rent. We rent a tidy 3 bedroom, 2 bath house on an acre of land. This house is home to me, my husband, my six year old, my 16 month old. The kids share a room; the third bedroom is our office. It’s maybe 1,100 sq feet. After a lifetime of travels, I am no longer a fan of putting things in storage. I’ve pared my life down to…

Thursday, May 31, 2007

It’s a Writer’s Life For Me by Deb Mia

You already know that I’ve always wanted to be a writer — a published writer, to be specific. And now that I am, I have to say that it’s kind of nice. Except for the writing part. I’m kidding, of course. The writing part for me is actually the best part, especially now that I’ve had a few months to realize how futile my promotional and marketing efforts really are….

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pop What? by Deb Mia

Confession: I know nothing about pop culture. Confession: The only thing I know about pop culture has to do with Paris Hilton, which I read on Deb Eileen’s blog, which Deb Anna has already commented on, on Monday. Confession: So I Googled it. I actually Googled, “What is pop culture?” (I know, this just gets more pathetic by the moment). And is anybody surprised that I got 85,100,000 hits? I…

Thursday, May 17, 2007

First Lines by Deb Mia

First things first: the winners of last week’s post contest, “Harmony and Balance” can be found at Mia Musings. A big mahalo to everyone who entered — it was a lot of fun! One of the best tools I’ve come across to jumpstart your writing is first lines. I was first introduced to it by Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones. It’s one of the first exercises, or…

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Harmony, Balance and a Contest Give-Away by Deb Mia

Here’s my basic approach to life — there are all sorts of clues and bits of information (experiences gone good, experiences gone bad) that help us develop a greater understanding of who we are and what it is we want to do next. Astrology — just like the I Ching, dreams, “coincidences,” Chinese fortune cookies, therapy and so on — is one of those things. I like to check my…

Thursday, May 3, 2007

A Numbers Game by Deb Mia

Who would have thought that after all the angst surrounding the dream of publication (one I’ve had for a LONG time, as in … forever), I would let my debut novel out into the real world under a pseudonym? The reasons why are long and varied (you can get the entire 411 from my website), but here was how I came up with the name I did, the one you…

Thursday, April 26, 2007