Deb Linda Doesn’t Want to Scare You, But …

My fellow Debs have already provided all kinds of wonderful advice on the submissions process this week. (If you haven’t read their posts, go and do it now. They are full of good stuff! That’s okay. I’ll wait.) See there? They’ve outlined the To-Dos and To-Don’ts so well I can’t think of a thing to add. (Not that I ever let that stop me.) So, as you may have gathered,…

Friday, April 13, 2012

Embarrassing Moments? Deb Linda Says Go For the Applause!

I know what you’re thinking. How can a woman who posts a picture like this…   …in her second ever Deb post possibly be embarrassed by anything? And you’d have a point. I really don’t embarrass easily, but there are things that will abash even me. Especially things onstage. (Hmm. Could be why I switched professions. If I embarrass myself on the page, I usually have the option to edit.)…

Friday, April 6, 2012

Deb Linda Thinks Most Cameras Are a Little Too Candid

My reaction to this week’s topic: I laughed! I cried! I went “Ugh!” Mixed emotions much? Um, yeeeah. And who can blame me? I was traumatized by school pictures like this: (I think I was in the fourth or fifth grade there. Honestly? I’ve blocked it out of my mind.)   I tend to prefer playing photographer to be photographed. Not that I’m any good it, mind you. It’s just…

Friday, March 30, 2012

Deb Linda is Comfortable Being Waited On. (No, really, feel free.)

To me, comfort food is almost anything somebody else cooks for me. I find not having to cook for myself very comforting indeed. Luckily, I married a guy who loves to cook, and is darn good at it. Especially when he has a little help from “Big Bertha,” our cast iron skillet, so named because she is one of the big guns in TG’s cooking arsenal. Here’s Bertha doing what…

Friday, March 23, 2012

Deb Linda Says La-La-La I Can’t Hear You!

I know. Real mature, huh? The thing is, I like it quiet when I write.  I don’t write to music. I don’t make playlists to inspire me. I just sit in front of my laptop, preferably alone in the house, and let the voices in my head take over. (Gosh, when I put it that way, it sounds kind of crazy …) Not that I’m not inspired by music, because…

Friday, March 16, 2012

Deb Linda Ponders Cabins, Lust, and Sheldon Cooper

I have to admit, this week’s topic had me stymied at first. Cabin Fever? What’s that? Oh, I’m familiar with the concept. Theoretically. I know that some people get antsy when they’re forced to stay indoors for long periods of time. It’s just that (like a lot of writers, I suspect) I’m pretty comfortable staying inside.       I’m with Sheldon Cooper, of television’s The Big Bang Theory: “If…

Friday, March 9, 2012

Deb Linda’s Somewhat Inappropriate Suggestions for Keeping the Fire Burning

You know how you reach that point in a relationship where everything is kind of ho-hum? Where you’re just going through the motions, hoping to make it to the part where things will get interesting again? Things aren’t bad, exactly, but the zing is no longer as zingy as it once was. If the relationship were a taco, it would lack picante sauce. If it were a sundae, it would…

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Book Deb Linda Still Guiltily Clings To

In a Fix is the second novel I wrote, and the first one I sent out into the world. I’m very lucky (A) that it got me a wonderful agent (the amazing Never-Say-Die Michelle Wolfson) and (B) that it sold. (Yay, Tor! Hooray, Melissa Frain, Editor Extraordinaire!) Not that I didn’t rack up my fair share of rejections with it, both on the agent front and, later, on the editor…

Friday, February 24, 2012

Deb Linda’s Milestones: Circuses and Time Travelers and Virgins, Oh My!

I think readers have milestone books–books that define different periods of their lives. These books aren’t necessarily the best books they ever read, and may not even be their favorites. (Though they certainly can be.) They are significant as much for their timing as for their content. Here are some of the books that stand out in my memory:   The Book that Made Me a Reader: The warmest spot…

Friday, February 17, 2012

Deb Linda Doesn’t Appreciate Papa

To the left is Ernest Hemingway. On the right, c’est little ol’ moi. To look at those pictures, you’d think I’d be a natural fan of Papa Hemingway, wouldn’t you? Alas, it isn’t so. Though one particular grad school professor of mine would no doubt be shocked to hear that. He *cough* may have been left with the impression that Hemingway was my favorite writer in the whole world. I…

Friday, February 10, 2012