#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
I’ve been swamped…

Bless your hearts.   I’m so sorry some of you were worried about me.

I’m fine–I just ran out of day before I ran out of things to do.  :)

I’ve finally got a handle on the opening of CHRISTMAS IN MUSTANG CREEK–phew!  The first chapter is always a little more difficult than the ones to follow, I guess because I’m getting everybody on stage at the right time. 

I’m up later than usual tonight–I’m waiting for angels.  No, really.  I am.  :)

Here’s why: my good friend Joan sent me an interesting email, asking if I’d like to be visited by five angels for five days.  Well, heck, that was a no-brainer–sure I would.  What’s involved?  Well, I was instructed to set up a small table somewhere, with an apple, a flameless candle, a white flower (I used a lovely yellow daffodil instead) and a letter welcoming the angels and outlining three wishes–one for the planet, one for my family, and one for myself.  I sealed the letter and placed it on the table, which is in front of my office window.  There’s one more step–at 10:30 on the dot, I will open my front door, candle lit and in hand, and welcome my guests.  After five days, I will burn the letter and eat the apple.  I’ll be sending the same invitation Joan sent me to three of my friends.  (I suppose this qualifies as a chain letter, and I don’t do those, but Joan is one smart lady and the idea intrigues me.) 

I’ll be sure to report on the whole experiment, and if any of you would like the instructions for your own angel visit, let me know, and I’ll see that you get them.

Tomorrow is Weight Watchers day, and I’ll bring you up to speed on that, too.

In the meantime, keep commenting.  You may be one of this week’s winners.

 

This Week’s Winners + ETC.

Well, friends of mine, it’s Friday.  Again.  How does this happen?  :)

I’m writing today, but will probably duck out later to soak up some of this lovely spring sunshine.  I’ve had all the winter I need and then some, and I’ll bet you have, too.  Bring on those flowers!

No reading done last night–I was too tired, plus I don’t want MISSING YOU (Harlan Coben) to be over.  It takes that man way too long to write a book.  (Now, where have I heard that before?) :)  However, since I don’t seem to be able to go to sleep right away, even with a favorite stone in each hand (my favorite Labradorite is the current fave, along with a beautiful golden onyx from Mexico), I have to plug in to my iPod and listen to an audiobook.  Last night’s was called HANNA’S SUITCASE, a true story about a little Czech girl and her family during the Holocaust.  This one was pretty short–two and a half hours–so it was just about right.  (Usually, I drop off somewhere in the middle and have to go back and find the last scene I remember.)  I tried to listen to a biography of author Pearl S. Buck (THE GOOD EARTH, among other famous books), but it just didn’t grab me.  I was about to say I found it depressing–to which the inevitable response would be, “And the Holocaust isn’t depressing?”

I’ve said it before, but here it is again.  It’s important to remember, and to acknowledge what happened to millions of ordinary people with lives and families, homes and pets, dreams and hopes, favorite songs and precious memories.  There are those who want to believe the Holocaust didn’t happen, and that is not only wrong and disrespectful toward those who survived, as well as those who didn’t–it’s dangerous.  That old saying comes to mind (paraphrased here): Evil thrives when good people do nothing.  When they look the other way and pretend the emperor is all gussied up in new clothes, things are only going to get worse.

So, I’ll step down off my soapbox, now that I’ve had a good rant  :)

And now for our winners–drumroll, please–Lynn Allen and Marcy Collins.  Congratulations, both of you.

As always, a new contest begins on Monday.  Same prizes as last week: a copy of POSITIVITY and an autographed LLM book for one winner, and a necklace and autographed book for the second. 

I plan to write this weekend, and make a few artist trading cards, etc.  I’ve just received new issues of SOMERSET STUDIO and CLOTH, PAPER, SCISSORS, my favorite, favorite magazines, and I’m definitely inspired by some of the projects.  I’ve started a project for CPS’s “Reader Challenge”, having decided I need to get out of my comfort zone and submit a piece now and then.  I find Pinterest to be a good source of ideas, both for Simply Filling/Weight Watchers recipes and crafting stuff.  I am constantly amazed at how creative people are.  I also love Youtube–whenever I need a demonstration of any kind, I tune in.  So far, I’ve learned lots of art techniques, how to clean my one-cup coffee maker and how to use just about any other gadget you can think of, and there are all kinds of videos about gemstones and crystals.  Of course, one has to take some things with a grain of salt, but hey, we ought to do that with everything, in my opinion. 

 

Have a terrific weekend.    

 

The term “keep your ear to the ground” comes from literally putting an ear to the ground to listen for hoof beats.

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