Deb Kerry Needs a Buddy System

Hi, my name is Kerry Schafer and I am a procrastinator. There ought to be a group for that. Procrastinator’s Anonymous would be a brilliant idea, I think – except that nobody would ever show up. It’s unfortunate there’s no money to be made from this skill, because I could make a killing. Housework? Right after I read this chapter. Bills? I’ll get to it just as soon as I’m…

Monday, May 27, 2013

Deb Kerry Used to be Crafty

Once upon a time I used to engage in a whole bunch of different creative projects. I made cross stitch pictures for weddings and Christmas gifts. I crocheted afghans and knitted baby sweaters. At Christmas I made gifts for everybody (well, okay, not everybody. But lots of people.) Gingerbread houses? You betcha, and none of that buy-the-kit business. My kids wore cute little hand knitted sweaters with pictures of trucks…

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Book Birthday to The Glass Wives

I am privileged this morning to invite you to party week here at the Deb Ball, where we are celebrating the release of The Glass Wives by one of our illustrious Debs – Amy Sue Nathan. I’m sure you’d like to see a picture of the cover, so let’s start there: Very pretty, isn’t it? Sort of peaceful and companionable. But appearances can be deceiving. Evie and Nicole Glass share…

Monday, May 13, 2013

Deb Kerry Loves Cover Art

I love book covers. This is one of the reasons why I prefer paper books to electronic. When done well, they draw us straight to the books we love. When done badly – well – things happen. Mismatches occur. People pick up books they think will be one thing, but turn out to be another. Or they don’t pick up the book at all because the cover doesn’t pull pull them…

Monday, May 6, 2013

Deb Kerry’s Truth or Lie Game

This week is I’ve Got a Secret week here at the Ball – with the caveat that it’s a shareable secret. Which led my brain down a twisted and convoluted pathway of “is anything still a secret if I post it on the web?” When does a secret stop being a secret? Yes, my brain is like that, which occasionally makes life difficult. And here is my response to the…

Monday, April 29, 2013

Deb Kerry Chooses Writing Over the Palantir

I’m going to be honest here today – I’ve started and deleted this post five times already and I still don’t quite know how to say what is on my mind. Last week, somewhere in between the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the explosion at West Texas, I had to take our beloved family dog for his very last ride. I sat on the floor beside him and and…

Monday, April 22, 2013

Deb Kerry’s Best Writing Advice: Just Finish the Damn Book

Writing advice is about as hard to come by as mud in the springtime. These days, writing books, writing sites, blogs, tweets, seminars, and classes are a dime a dozen. You can find them online, at your community college, maybe even free at the library. Don’t get me wrong – I think all of these things (or at least most of them) are valuable. But today’s topic is supposed to…

Monday, April 15, 2013

I’m a Reject, You’re a Reject, and Why This is Okay

Rejection sucks. Big time. I’m pretty sure we can all agree on that. But the truth is, nobody gets through this life without experiencing it somewhere along the way, no matter how rich or beautiful or talented you might happen to be. Everybody’s been there. Some other kid gets the part you wanted in the school play. Another candidate is selected for the job. The person you are sure is…

Monday, April 8, 2013

Something’s Fishy with Random Penguin

When Susan took over on Monday for the big Amazon Sponsorship Announcement, Random Penguin got all excited. (No, he doesn’t care much about publishing and books. For him, Amazon=river=fish. Random Penguin likes fish). So he requested permission to show off some of his fish pictures. (Don’t ask me how he made this request. We’re not going to discuss the conversations I have with RP.) If you’ve ever had occasion to…

Thursday, April 4, 2013

In Which Deb Kerry Doesn’t Wait to Win

I inherited this little jug from my grandmother. I like it because it has history. I’m not so fond of the saying painted on it. “He who waits wins.” Which sounds a lot like that other one that gets thrown around a lot, “Good things come to those who wait.” There’s often a lot of truth to be found in the old adages. In this case, I happen to disagree….

Monday, March 25, 2013