Deb Kim on Mentors

It would be easy to come up with several teachers who have been my writing mentors. Jim Bride, who introduced me to Ray Bradbury; Pete Mansfield who instructed us on grammar; Vinnie O’Brien who drilled us on history facts and gave me the parlor trick of being able to name every president up to Lincoln within ten seconds (comes in handy on Jeopardy.)  Mark Harrington who made Latin class hip…

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Kimmy!

In the kitchen! Yay! I can do this. I know the kitchen. I love the kitchen. I keep saying, “My next house will be nothing but a giant kitchen and bedrooms.”  Have you seen my website? (Dear God please say yes.)  It’s a retro kitchen.   But what does the kitchen have to do with writing? Plenty. Writers have voices. Sometimes we hear voices too but that going to be another post during…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Looking For Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters? Deb Kim Will Help You.

BREAKING NEWS!  Just got an email from Amazon and The Weird Sisters is on the Best Books of January list! Congratulations to Deb Eleanor on the debut of her critically acclaimed  novel The Weird Sisters.   To find a list of fine retailers, visit Eleanor’s site HERE. And don’t forget to  Tweet, FB link and leave a review as many places as possible after you’ve enjoyed the book. So what is The…

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How Deb Kim Huffed and Po’d Her Way to an Agent

I love my agent story. I write about it in my BOOK  and I’m happy to share how I tackled the dreaded querying process.  I gave it an end run by meeting agents in person. It’s not as hard as you think! And it does NOT involve stalking.  I began writing as cheap and non-alcoholic form of therapy when my husband lost his job in 2003. This story just worked its way into…

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Deb Kim on Beginnings That Make You Smile

Beginnings can be exciting, wonderful, frightening and most are inevitable.  Life changes whether we like it or not.  I love December 23rd. To me that’s the beginning of the actual Christmas celebration without the stress and work of the 24th or the 25th. It’s my favorite day of the year. As kids, my sister and brother and I used to fight over who got to put the first spoon into…

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

When The Day is Done: By Deb Kim

I have many quotes I adore. Some poignant, others not so – like Lewis Carroll’s gibberish poem Jabberwocky – “Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe..”   But one stanza of a certain poem sticks with me. My Dad is 88 years old. He was born in “nineteen hundred and twenty two,” as he says, in his Boston accent. His memory is still keen. And although…

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Deb Kim on Holiday Tradition: Old, New and Retro Too

If you’ve seen my website Kim Stagliano, you know I love all things retro. I was born two decades too late at least. One day, I hope to have a fully modernized retro kitchen loaded with appliances from (Elmira Stoveworks). My friend and former Deb Jenny Gardiner wrote “Sleeping with Ward Cleaver,” and the title was meant to be snarky. (Have you read that book? It’s great!) My first thought…

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Reject: When Syllabic Emphasis Counts

Reject. To turn away. Re-ject. Big fat loser. Same spelling but the pronunciation makes a world of difference. As writers, we get rejections on a regular basis from agents, if we’re querying, from literary, newspaper, blog and magazine editors. So many people out there who can tell us, “No.” It’s hard not to feel like the second pronunciation, a real reject. The loser kind. Some folks can’t handle the rejection and quit…

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Balance: Deb Kim Found Hers on Sesame Street

Balance and I parted ways many years ago. I don’t miss the illusory term, as if I can neatly compartmentalize my life into properly weighted boxes that hold my emotions, family responsibilities, work role, mythical “me time” and of course charity work.  (Kidding on that part.) Our household is incapabable of balance because autism times three has made it that way. Now, does that mean we’re topsy turvy upside down…

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

KimmyKat was Deb Kim’s Creative Phase

NOTE: Before I get started here, I’ll be in Dallas tomorrow night Thursday, 12/2 at the Borders Lovers Lane at Greenville Avenue at 7pm for a signing. I hope you can join us! And I’ll be on Good Morning Texas on WFAA that morning. Ah creativity. Writing is great, but it’s kind of lonely and it always looks the same whether you are typing, “It was the best of times,…

Wednesday, December 1, 2010