Researching Patoi for The Goddess Twins

patoi proverb
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Most of my book was borne from my imagination, conversations I’ve thought of having, or abilities I’ve only dreamed and desired. I have thought about having the ability to read minds for my whole life. As a child, I was sure my mother could read my thoughts; she always knew when I was trying to lie! And the ability to move objects? I have wanted this since childhood, when I…

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Can You Guess How To Pronounce Apicius?

Monday, July 31, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their character names.  Writing a book set in Ancient Rome means that I have to work with a lot of names that are probably unfamiliar to people, such as Thrasius, Sotas, and Ruan. And, ironically, when I included ancient Roman names that have survived the centuries, such as the name Melissa, my readers told me that the name felt too out of place….

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Handle With Care: On Metaphors and Beautiful Sentences

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I may have mentioned this before, but my first love in writing was not fiction, but poetry. I was seduced by the rhythms of beautiful sentences and the images a good metaphor evoked. By the way language could move beyond the literal to make me see things as I’d never imagined them. And though fiction seduced me for entirely different reasons, that love of poetry remains. It continues to inform…

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#$@!!! (or, Naughty Me) by Deb Lisa Daily

I am a swear word aficionado. I wasn’t always like this. When I was eleven, my mother made me chew Ivory Soap for yelling “damn” when my brother ran over my foot with his bicycle. This was referred to “cleaning your mouth out with soap” around my house, as in, “watch that filthy language, or I’ll clean your mouth out with soap.” ** Note to parents, this is an especially…

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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