Sunday, December 31, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
It seems like just yesterday I had my last computer nightmare. But I know it was probably over a year ago. Only this time my problem wasn't with the hard drive.
My nightmare began a week ago. These annoying sounds began coming from my computer. Bells and whistles going off for no apparent reason. The little arrow my mouse points wouldn't go where I wanted it to go. I couldn't type the letter y. I never realized how many times I use that letter.
Call tech support, this little voice inside my head said. No way. Been there, done that many times before. In most of those incidences I ended up fixing the problem myself. Determined to solve the problem on my own, I went to work. Three days later, the computer is on its way out the window when I caved in.
Two hours on the line with tech support running the same test I'd already done and the tech guy tells me I need a new keyboard. He'd transfer me to hardware so I could order it.
Tech support cost me $41.00. New keyboard, $29.00, shipping included.
Next time I'm going directly to the hardware department.
Today the frustration has passed. My new keyboard arrived. Three days before it was due to ship. Imagine that!
Until Next Time...Debra
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I just watched a news report on the growing demand for organic food. When I began my Fay Cunningham Mystery Series, you heard little news about organic farming. Over the years I’ve been known to do things before others. Perhaps that’s why Mitch Malone, one of my main characters, retired as police chief to become an organic farmer. Wish I could remember exactly how I came up with Mitch’s new line of work. I’ll have to dig out the original notebook I used for character sketching when I began the series.
It seems agents and editors don’t want a mystery series unless it has that super powerful hook. We have hooks that include, recipes, wineries, hairdressers, house cleaners, veterinarians, and a ton of others.
Dare I say it? Have I been incorrectly marketing my series? After all, I don’t recall a series that teams a retired police chief, turned organic farmer with a menopausal small town newspaper publisher. You have to admit the odd pairing makes creating conflict on the page inevitable. And of course a whole lot of fun for me.
Until Next Time...Debra
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
But if you're ready to make the purchase now, give a run over to my publisher's website.
I'm anxious to hear what readers have to say about Deadly Arrows. If you're one of them, give me your thoughts on the book.
Until Next Time....Debra
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Be back with you the minute I have more news to report. Until then...Debra
Friday, July 21, 2006
My emotions are all over the place again. I wrote my love story, Heartbeat years ago. After the bombing in Beirut when over two hundred of our G.I.'s were killed. At the time, all I could think about was the heartache those dead soldiers families suffered. Eventually, these two characters started to talk to me, telling me to write their story. Hence, Heartbeat.
Heartbeat is the story of two young lovers compelled by fate to live apart, yet destined to love each other forever. Moving from Pennsylvania to California and finally war-torn Lebanon, this is a genuine love story.
I don't want characters who suffer the aftermath of this dreadful violence in Lebanon to start talking to me again. Please stop the killing.....Until next time...Debra
Monday, June 12, 2006
One thing I've been doing is creating a page at myspace.com. I can't believe the number of authors I'm finding there. Here's the link if you want to go have a look. It took me a while to figure out how to add my book covers. I needed to learn more of that dreaded coding stuff.
Something else I've been doing, which is a lot more fun than learning codes, is more research for my next Fay Cunningham book. I can't have Fay trying to outrun a killer on a jet ski without some first hand knowledge on operating one, now can I?
You probably noticed my hair style's differnet in this picture. I thought I'd go long again. Don't tell anyone, but I think it has something to do with turning fifty recently. Maybe that's another reason I'm jetting up and down the Susquehanna River most weekends. If I don't drown or get run over by a speed boat, I'll give a more detailed report on my river adventures soon. Until next time...Debra Lee
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Until Next Time...Debra
Sunday, March 26, 2006
The next time I'm reminded my blog needs an update, I hope to report a successful surgery and murder. Until next time...Debra
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Besides updating my email address everywhere, I'm rewriting a manuscript for the-okay, I'm not mentioning numbers here. Let's just say I'm doing the last draft. One can dream you know.
Until next time...Debra