Deb Kim Finding The Great Outdoors (In a Book)

Do I love to travel? Of course, who doesn’t? The great outdoors calls to me daily.  I’m a regular “Jackie London.” Well, that’s the call of the wild, but sometimes the great outdoors can be wild.  Prepare to be consumed with envy at this list of places I’ve traveled in the last few weeks: Pecan Springs, TX  Near and Far Sawrey, England  Barnwell, OH  Bainbridge Island Popularville, USA  The Caribbean  The…

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Welcome NYT Best Selling Author John Elder Robison

Deb Kim here. I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming John Elder Robison to The Debutante Ball. I met John a few years ago, after he sold Look Me In The Eye to Crown, a division of Random House. John is tall, dark and Aspergian. He has Asperger’s syndrome, which falls on the autism spectrum. You probably know his brother, another famous writer named Augusten Burroughs.   John’s new book, Be Different was…

Saturday, April 2, 2011

J’aime Lire En Paris: Deb Kim

Oh, yes, I love to read in Paris. In fact, it’s one of the only places I choose to read at all!  The cafe’s, L’Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel tower nearby to amuse me.  It’s glorious. And don’t forget the soft pillow, digital clock at my side and three sleeping children down the hall. I read in bed. And my bedclothes are a gorgeous (no longer available) pattern from Garnet…

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tweeto, Tweetas, Tweetat

OK, so maybe you can’t conjugate Twitter in Latin, but I gave it a shot. Social media…. Oh boy. When I first joined writing blogs and Yahoo groups (remember those?) everyone said that as a writer we needed to build a platform using social media to engage and “presell” readers.  Even fiction writers, we were told, needed a platform to sell. Brother… Writing used to be a solitary art. Anyone…

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Get Lucky with Deb Kim!

What a lucky duck! Did you get lucky? My luck ran out. If it weren’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have any luck at all! The luck of the Irish be with you. What’s luck? Hmmm, I think it’s a lot of hard work. A good dose of timing (over which you usually have no control) and recognizing an opportunity when you see it and acting FAST. I read recently…

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

In Libris with Deb Kim

You know those fancy shmancy bookplates that read, “Ex libris,” meaning “From the library of…. and then you have your name in lovely calligraphy below? I happen to like them very much – I lend books often, and it’s a nice way to mark your books without actually lifting your leg on them. (There goes the fancy shmancy part of our post.)  I decided to call this post “In Libris”…

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Godless Droid By Deb Kim

This week is all about oopsies and writer’s block. I’ve had my share of large, small and one now ten year old human female oopsies. (Shout out to my beautiful daughter Bella, who thank God lives up to her name. Wouldn’t it have been a tragic twist of fate if the child were  butt-ugly?) The one oops moment that will never leave my mind happened when I was a 23 year…

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sites to Behold from Deb Kim

I’ve found the writing community to be incredibly generous and helpful to each other. From the first Yahoo group I joined in 2005, to this blog, support is everywhere. I have a page I send to people who say, “I have this book idea,” or “How do I get published?” It has books, websites and blogs.  Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments. I’d be remiss not to mention my favorite…

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Amo, Amas, Amat, Amamus, Amatis, Amant

I love You love He, she or it loves We love You love They love Love is a million things to a billion people. It can be food in an empty belly in Sudan. The soft touch of a nurse changing a bandage for a soldier. The rustle of pure silk as white as snow coming down a carpeted aisle to a chuppah laden with flowers as a handsome groom awaits…

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Deb Kim on The Muse

This is Boston College goalie John MUSE. I’m a BC grad – class of ’85 with a certain cute footplayer/autism Dad named Doug Flutie.  This is Paragon Park, in Hull, Mass, at Nantasket Beach. An aMUSEment park, long gone but home to decades of fun including several trips there in high school with friends. There was a Dr. Scholl’s sandal on the roof of the Merry-Go-Round that we could see…

Wednesday, February 9, 2011