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While Delilah is incommunicado…a contest!
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Early this afternoon I noticed I hadn’t received any new emails, and that just never happens. I called my Internet provider, and after two and half freaking hours talking to a very nice Indian who had me run every diagnostic in his notebook, we finally threw in the towel and decided a technician needed to come out to fix it. I have satellite, and I live in the boonies. So, it might be as long a week before I’m up again.

I made the trip to Hot Springs to visit my daughter and use her satellite to post this message. And I’m pre-posting several more to tide you all over until I can be here live again. To keep you stopping by I’m running a contest. Here are the rules:

Stop by every day and leave me a note. One posting = one chance to win.

Simple right? I’ll give away two $25.00 gift certificates to two lucky winners.

I’ve pre-posted excerpts and sneak peeks at some things that will be released in the coming months. You’ll be entertained. I can’t wait to see what you all have to say. And if some of you would be kind enough, please hit the tweet button every day to get the word out!

41 comments to “While Delilah is incommunicado…a contest!”

  1. Lisa J
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 8:08 am · Link

    I guess having dial up service isn’t such a horrible thing. (I know it’s sad to have dial up, but I don’t want to pay through the nose for high speed, plus I can use internet at work)

  2. Linda B
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 8:40 am · Link


  3. Sue Brandes
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 8:51 am · Link

    I hate internet problems. I have high speed cable internet and I have been having nothing but; problems since May. Works when it wants to. Had the guy come out twice. First time it was my modem)was over 5 yrs old). Worked for a week. Last couldn’t find anything says it’s the whole area~will take 2 days. That was last Wed(6/16). Still not working right. Says doing matience when you call. Grrrr nothing pisses me off more than no internet!! Hope yours gets fixed soon. I feel for you!

  4. Rachel Lynne
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 9:03 am · Link

    Oh no, DD! I know you are going through major withdrawals ๐Ÿ™‚
    I hate, with a capital H, dealing with customer service that routes you to foreigners. I can’t understand a word they say and since the topic of pc/technology goes right over my head at the best of times, I’m always well and truly screwed! Then I lose my temper and have to bite my tongue because the poor people over there are just trying to make a living and it isn’t their fault AT&T is filled with incompetant management that causes me to be transferred all over the world three times before I get to speak with someone who can actually fix my problem only to find I can’t understand them- can you tell I’ve been down the road you’re on more than a few times? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Catch up on your reading and cheer up; with no internet you can’t be distracted from your writing!

  5. Paige Purnell
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 9:08 am · Link

    Oh no hopefully you can get everything up and working soon!!

  6. Valerie
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 9:09 am · Link

    Internet withdrawals are the worst kind. Hope everything is back up and running asap for you!!!

    in Germany

  7. Judy Cox
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 9:24 am · Link

    I agree, internet problems are the worst!! I also could not go back to dial up!! I have high speed (of course I am not problem free), but my son next door cannot get high speed ( we own 20 acres out here in our boonies, I am near the road is why I am able to get high speed, where he is on the other 10 acres away from the road, so they will not run the cables ๐Ÿ™ )

    Hope you are up and running soon, I know how irritating it is not to have something you need ( or think you need) !!

  8. Fedora
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 9:25 am · Link

    Oh no, Delilah! I’m sorry to hear that–I get so frustrated with technical problems, especially ones where I have to rely on others to repair! Hope things go smoothly and you’re reconnected in no time!

    In the meantime, hope you get lots of writing done without us to distract you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. kimmy l
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 9:53 am · Link

    internet scroogie? I think we all experience this and it’s complete hell. Hope your back up again when u get home.
    Love the bookcovers by the way. They just keep getting hotter and hotter. Must be the summer heat getting yo us. LOL

  10. Ilona
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 10:13 am · Link

    Iu hope your estimate of how long you’l be incommunicado is overly long and we see you back real; soon.
    BTW my husband has added a new dragon to his collection : what do you think? Nice huh? ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Stephanie
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 10:32 am · Link

    While it totally sucks to be out of touch, here’s hoping your word counts grow by leaps and bounds!! :mrgreen:

  12. Julie Kiesow
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 11:21 am · Link

    ugh, no internet sucks….No cell phone with net abilities? I will miss you but look forward to the things coming! take care, maybe this was a godsend and you will get some needed things done or even so well needed rest I am sure:) take care!


  13. denise
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 11:26 am · Link

    Good luck getting it all fixed! It would suck not having internet!

  14. Gayle O
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 12:31 pm · Link

    Sorry about your internet. I hope they fix it quick. My son talked me into ordering a droid cell phone so I can still check emails when I’m away or my computer is down. I can’t wait for it to come but I’m afraid it will be too complicated. Good luck on getting back up and running.

  15. Dalane
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 1:18 pm · Link

    sorry to hear about your problems with your internet. I’ve had high speed for years and only had problems with it twice I guess I’m one of the lucky ones.

  16. Miranda
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 1:28 pm · Link

    Best wishes with the internet issue. We live out in the woods too – so I know the feeling. Thank godness I work at a college with T-lines!

  17. Valerie
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 1:31 pm · Link

    Ilona, that dragon is beautiful!! I want one too!!!

    in Germany

  18. Anna Shah Hoque
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Hey Delilah,
    Sorry to hear about the internet woes…hope it gets sorted out soon.

    We just had an earthquake here in Ottawa today. I’ve never been so freaked out! The last quake was like 6/7 years ago but it was nothing huge. Today’s quake registered at 5.5 on the Richter scale and was so unexpected…there was no warning.

  19. Jane
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 3:08 pm · Link

    We had a an internet and cable outage a few weeks ago. It caused me to miss the Dancing with the Stars finale and a baseball game.

  20. Marty Rayne
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 3:34 pm · Link

    I can understand your delimia (spelling?) Where’s spell check when you need it? Anyway, I use Satelite too and it goes out often *sigh* it’s either this or dial up *shiver* where I live. Needless to say, rainy days suck for working, and living in FL, I have many of those. *sigh* Hope you get things fixed soon. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  21. Jody F.
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 3:37 pm · Link

    Losing internet capabilities is akin to torture in my opinion. The government should actually declare it as a form of torture. Whenever mine has gone out I get cranky and jittery and at a loss as to what to do with myself. I feel so disconnected. And I wish there was a fast way to get these problems resolved, afterall I’d consider being without internet an emergency.

  22. catslady
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 3:42 pm · Link

    The sad part is we are all so hooked – me included. It’s so frustrating and since I’m not very technologically savy, it’s pure torture trying to talke with foreign techies. I wish you luck!!!

  23. Rasha
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Sad not to see you here DD ๐Ÿ™ One time my internet provider was disconecting the service for another client in my building and they cut mine off instead. It took me 3 hours of constant phone calls to get them to send someone over in 2 days because they refused to admit that it was their fault.

  24. lauren lange
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 4:28 pm · Link

    hope everything works out with ur internet. Hope you are having fun while you away.

  25. Gabrielle J.
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 5:27 pm · Link

    Aw! Too bad, all the unlimited technology we have and there’s still the occasional screw up.

    Well good luck with the repairs!

  26. Armenia
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 5:46 pm · Link

    Oh, no. I can go without cell phone service, but not internet. How frustrating. I hope the fix isn’t too major. ๐Ÿ™

  27. Maria
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I’m so used to being on the internet all of the time that I can’t imagine having to be without it for more than a couple of hours…hope they make it to your house fast and can solve the problem soon!

  28. Estella
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 6:09 pm · Link

    Hope your internet is up and running soon!

  29. Brinda
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 6:13 pm · Link

    When my internet goes down, I get the shakes. It’s terrible to be addicted. Hope it’s back soon.

  30. Natalie
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 6:24 pm · Link

    I remember the days of living without this technology and now its part of the routine. I hope your time without the internet is not too bad.

  31. Courtney S
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 7:28 pm · Link

    I am TOTALLY feeling your pain on the internet issue!! I got a virus on my laptop & couldn’t get on the ‘net for most of the week! My poor inbox had almost 100 emails because it took so long to check/read em from my BB…lol

  32. Brandy W
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Internet problems suck and that tweet button is simple and fun. I love getting the word out for an author a love.

  33. savonna
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 8:26 pm · Link

    Sometimes technology can be the best and worst thing all at the same time!! I hope it gets fixed soon!

  34. Sherry S.
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 9:58 pm · Link

    I hate it when my internet goes out it makes me very cranky. I hope they get your internet fixed soon.

  35. Pamk
      · June 23rd, 2010 at 10:37 pm · Link

    I’d go insane if I lost the net. It and books and my safetly outlets.

  36. Sue A.
      · June 24th, 2010 at 2:19 am · Link

    I hope they figure it out post-haste! Good luck!

  37. Beth C.
      · June 24th, 2010 at 2:53 am · Link

    Hope you get your net back soon. If I lost mine for a week I’d be a little antsy, but I sure would get a lot of reading done. But my daughter, now that’s another story. After just a day she’s be going through withdrawal. About the evening of day 2 I’d be resisting the urge to strangle her.

  38. Carol L.
      · June 24th, 2010 at 3:45 am · Link

    Sorry about your internet problem. I had so many problems with dial up and went a whole month without . I switched to Fios and high sped, still experience problems once in awhile.
    Hope it’s up and running for you soon.
    Carol L.

  39. CrystalGB
      · June 24th, 2010 at 10:33 am · Link

    I know what you mean about living in the boonies and having internet problems. It is a pain.

  40. Ilona
      · June 24th, 2010 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Valerie thank you for your kind comment about the dragon. As Delilah knows it is just the latest in a vast number that he has collected over the years. The others can be seen in my Facebook album ๐Ÿ˜€ (Just look for Ilona Fenton)

  41. Debby
      · June 24th, 2010 at 6:58 pm · Link

    I would hate to be without internet. It is a bummer. best of luck