Spread the Love by Deb Joelle

Some people say you shouldn’t use the word love lightly. I suppose there are cases where this is true (like on a first date, gentlemen), but for the most part, I’m all for throwing it out there. Sure, there are different types of love…I mean, I don’t feel the same kind of love for my husband as I do for an avocado, but a good avo is hard to beat,…

Friday, February 12, 2010

We’ve covered that already by Deb Joelle

Being the Friday Deb means that I get to blog about a topic that you’ve all read about four times already. Every Deb’s post is different, of course, and they’re all interesting, but it has been challenging as a writer to still be interesting by Friday! Not that I’m complaining, I kinda love the challenge. That said, when I saw this week’s topic, a bunch of spins and twists on…

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snow by Deb Joelle

When I lived in England after college, I worked at Outward Bound in the Lake District. The closest town was called Penrith, and I would go there on my days off to eat at tea shops and browse the local bookstore. It is a lovely shop, still there nearly twenty years later, called The Bluebell Bookshop (the link is not for the store, just their address as they don’t seem…

Friday, January 29, 2010

Lost by Deb Joelle

So…it’s Thursday night and I still haven’t blogged about Deb Maria’s new book. Usually, I’m pretty organized, but the thing is, every time I go to read it, it’s missing. It keeps disappearing from my desk. The other day, I searched high and low for it and guess where I found it? In the recycling bin. Now I know I didn’t put it there…so what happened? The next time I…

Friday, January 22, 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

There’s a string on my finger by Deb Joelle

There is something I am supposed to do tonight. I just can’t remember what it is. I know there is, because I have a red string tied around my finger. I put it there for a reason. It’s on my wedding ring finger, which means “do it by Thursday.” Why does the wedding ring finger mean Thursday? Well, I start on Monday, which is my thumb. My index finger is…

Friday, January 8, 2010

Goals Instead of Resolutions by Deb Joelle

I’ve noticed that I generally only make resolutions if something’s not right in my life – like I’m going through an unhappy spell – and honestly, I’m usually pretty darn happy, so I’ve made very few resolutions in my lifetime! I do, however, like to set a few goals at the beginning of each year. A few years ago, I thought I’d like to learn to sew. I tried it….

Friday, January 1, 2010

The Gift of a Mantra by Deb Joelle

I’ve had a pretty darn good life so far. Not that I’m planning on giving it up any time soon or anything, but on reflection, even the darkest moments were eased by other wonderful things happening at the same time. The other day, I was having breakfast with some friends and one of the women started pointing across the room. I immediately looked around behind me to see what she…

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dedicated Storytellers by Deb Joelle

When I got the idea for Restoring Harmony, it hit me like a ton of bricks, which was pretty cool. The scariest thing about it though, was that it wasn’t like any story I’d ever written before (aspiring writers take note – novels I’d written before = unpublished, taking a chance with RH = published manuscript) and I honestly didn’t know if I could do it at times. The thing…

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Writer’s Guide to Research by Deb Joelle

Research – a writers guide to the different terms and their meanings In Depth – research that must be completed outside the home, prior to even one word being committed to paper. Usually involves many cups of tea or coffee on location, so ambiance can be soaked up. Also, writer must carry either a small notebook and expensive pen, or a Mac Air. Total immersion in subject being studied is…

Friday, December 11, 2009