New Year, New Format

Monday, September 7, 2020

This year, the 2021 Debs are going to do things a bit differently. I know you’re used to having a daily post from each Deb, but this year, Greta, Elizabeth, Ehsaneh, Denny and myself (Lyn) have decided to incorporate more interaction on Social Media. When The Debutante Ball was born in 2007, Instagram hadn’t been created. People weren’t on social media as much. Now, in 2020, so much happens on…

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Building a Platform

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I want to go on record as saying that I have nothing to add to K.A. Doore’s perfect post yesterday. 🙂 Being part of a literary community is the best thing I writer could wish for. Writing itself is a solitary and lonely, and often isolating, endeavor. But if we’re really lucky writers, we learn some craft techniques and make friends along the way. Then you have people in your…

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Social Media as Competitive Sport

Social Media Chaos
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Social media is about being connected, staying in touch with old friends, finding out what’s happening in the world. Unless, like me, you’re a competitive soul. In which case it’s a matter of keeping one step ahead of, well, honestly, my husband. Yes, yes, I profess to only be competitive with myself. And for the most part that’s true. Unless I perceive a challenge by a boy, in which case…

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The Wonderful World of Social Media

Monday, January 25, 2016

I love social media. In the space of five minutes I can see what a high-school pal is up to, find out the latest real-time information about what is going on in my neighborhood, be inspired by an artist I have never heard of, talk to an author I admire, check out who is reading at my favorite indie bookstore and find out what the muffin of the day is…

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Writing Communities & The Myth of the Lonely Writer

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

When I started writing my first book–my “practice” book–I had no idea what I was doing. I told when I should have showed. I had no writing schedule, and as a result it took me six years to finish the book. There was no outline to follow, and I only thought about tension as it related to the bike in my spinning class. My characters were at times clichéd in…

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Meet My Writer Friends (And How to Get Your Own)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hmm. That title sounds kinda harsh and possessive, doesn’t it? That’s because these are my writer friends and I’m not sharing (kidding). It’s really because, like all communities, each one is different. The people you click with might not be the same people I click with, but the point is, find the people who are right for you. Since there’s no real formula to writer friendmaking (though Lori has some…

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Deb Dana Has No Friends

Okay, so maybe that title is a little misleading. I have friends (Hi, Amber! Hey, Mandi!). Just not writing friends. Other than these lovely Debs, whom I’ve only met virtually, and my sister-in-law, UK author Sophie McKenzie, I don’t know many writers. So what’s wrong with me? Am I shy? Socially awkward? Do I smell? I can say with near certainty that the answer to all of those questions is…

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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Social Media: Brave New World or Dystopian Wasteland?

The fact that I’m here writing this blog post tells you a lot about how I feel about social media. It’s a no brainer, right? I see a lot of benefits of getting myself out there in a way that I’m most comfortable: writing. Writers write. Writers interact with others through words, so using platforms that allow us, from the comfort of our homes—wearing pajamas, if so desired—to interact pretty…

Monday, December 5, 2011
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Everything Deb Elise Wanted to Know About Social Media, She Learned From Deb Tawna

Less than a year ago, I was at a Billy Joel concert with my friend Julie, SCOFFING — not just laughing, actively scoffing — at her because she was Tweeting. “Who are you sending that to?” I asked. “Anyone following me,” she replied. “Who’s following you?” I asked. “Oh, I don’t know.  Just a few random people.  Some friends.  You know.” I didn’t know.  I thought it sounded absurd.  Why…

Monday, March 21, 2011
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News Flash, July 12

Deb Kristina will appear at the Barnes & Noble in Saginaw, Michigan from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 to sign books. Come down and say hello! The second half of Deb Kristina’s interview with Therese Walsh has appeared on Writer Unboxed, with lots of background information about the writing of LIARS. REAL LIFE & LIARS has made a local bestseller list! The Traverse City Record-Eagle last week listed LIARS…

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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