Full Circle by Deb Joelle

They say a good writing technique is to go full circle in a story. Like ending your book with something similar to the opening  – the same setting, the same conversation, or even the same line. Since I began my reign as a Deb with a recipe for butter, I thought I’d leave you with a recipe that you could use that butter in – an original cookie recipe for…

Friday, August 27, 2010

If You Liked Restoring Harmony by Deb Joelle

This is a fun topic. Now I can tell you about a bunch of books I love that inspired me. If you liked Restoring Harmony, might I suggest: By Nevil Shute (Adult Fiction) Pied Piper Trustee From the Tool Room Round the Bend By John Rowe Townsend (YA fiction) The Islanders Noah’s Castle Hell’s Edge By Mary Stewart (Adult Fiction) The Ivy Tree By Gennifer Choldenko (Middle Grade Fiction) Al…

Friday, August 20, 2010

Alone at the Party by Deb Joelle

Have you ever gone to a party where you don’t know anyone, only to be ditched by the person who brought you? Well, that’s what happens to my character Kami. This scene is from a novel that will never see the light of publishing (and not just because of all the passive verbs and exclamation points, although they don’t help), but I thought it might be kind of fun to…

Friday, August 13, 2010

Trash is not really my thing…except…by Deb Joelle

As you know from previous posts, I’m not that in to stuff. If it becomes even remotely trash-like, out the door it goes. And other people’s trash is never my treasure. I used to watch those shows where they’d find an old picture frame and distress it and add a mirror and glue on some flowers and everyone would oooh and ahhh and my only reaction was, “You’ve got to…

Friday, July 30, 2010

Ten Things I Learned from Grinder by Deb Joelle

I think it’s pretty clear from my author pic that we’re cat people here. When we first moved to Canada, we brought two with us, Sophie (in the pic) and Grinder. Six days in the car really pissed Grinder off and the second day we were here, my husband smoked up the house with the wood stove (we were new at it) and so he opened all the doors, forgetting…

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sure, I’ll promote that by Deb Joelle

Since I am a famous author – I know this because every time my friend Kelly phones me and I answer, she says, “Hello Famous Author” – I am expecting a slew of requests to come in any day asking me to promote certain products. Any day. Especially since Tiger Woods is…well, not really available for this sort of thing anymore (except maybe #10). I take the idea of promoting…

Friday, July 16, 2010

COW & fireworks by Deb Joelle

My husband is a self-proclaimed OCIT and proud of it. What does that mean? It stands for Old Codger In Training. When we lived in Tennessee, his goal was to be one of those old men that sat on porch in his overalls, polishing his shotgun, and yelling at kids to get off the lawn. Now we live in Canada, so he’s revised that idea a bit and his goal…

Friday, July 9, 2010

Just call me Slacker Deb

If you’re a regular reader of The Debutante Ball, you probably have noticed that by the time you wake up (unless you get up really, really early), the guest post on Saturday is already up. I suppose it’s too much to hope that all of you slept in today. I’m guessing you’re probably wondering what happened to our guest today. Well, I’m here to confess that I think I was…

Saturday, July 3, 2010

How do you spell that again? by Deb Joelle

One might consider spelling a natural thing for a word person to be good at, and generally speaking, on the page, I’m fine. And when I’m not, well, spell-check has my back. Where I have a problem is with visual things. For example, if I go to an event and afterward someone says, “Oh, you were at Fish Farm Protest? How many people showed up?” Like newspaper reporters trying to…

Friday, July 2, 2010