Fighting Temptation? Deb Linda Says Choose Your Battles

  The was a Star Trek (TNG) episode once where the Enterprise was assailed by wave after wave of some sort of force. The intensity of the waves kept increasing, due to something they called “the Harmonic Amplification effect.” (Yes, I’m a big nerd.) Anyway, the more they turned up the shields, the more powerful the waves became, until they came close to destroying the ship. (!!!) It was very…

Friday, May 4, 2012
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Bungee Jumping Naked, aka The (Chaotic) Deb Linda Approach to Plotting

Boy, what my sister Debs must think of me. Just because I’m an admitted pantser (or should that be “pantster”? I mean, I don’t go around pantsing fellow writers or anything … nah, pantser just looks better), and made one little reference to Bungee jumping in the comments on Tuesday, they’re tweeting stuff like this and this about me. Not that I can blame them. I mean, I suppose I…

Friday, April 27, 2012
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Deb Linda Says When it Comes to Pitching, the Right Catcher Makes All the Difference

Thanks to everyone who entered our Query Critique Contest! The contest is now over, but stay tuned each day this week to see who our winners are (remember-we said we were giving away 5 critiques!). Today’s winner is SuzeW! Congratulations, Suze! We’ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query! And now onto pitches: I grew up in a neighborhood where (and when) kids…

Friday, April 20, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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