#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Fridge-Magnet Wisdom and assorted ramblings

I’ve been thinking about refrigerator magnets lately.  (Don’t ask why, because I have no idea.)

Still, one can tell a great deal about a person, I think, by studying the various items affixed to their refrigerator door.  The most obvious example: children’s art, schedules for soccer games, ballet lessons, etc., and school photos.  Here we have proud parents or, of course, grandparents.

My own attachments reveal me to be a motivated type, I expect–and a slightly irreverent one at that.  :)

Some of my favorites:

(From the Cowboy Poetry set): “If my nose was full of nickels, I’d blow it all on you.”

“Your proctologist called.  They found your head.”

“There is no use in trying,” said Alice, “one can’t believe impossible things.”  “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen..  “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Lewis Carroll

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.  That will be the beginning.”  Louis L’Amour

“All I ask is that you treat me no differently than you would the Queen.”  (Fat chance that’s going to happen around here, but I can dream.)

“Let us go forward together.”  Winston Churchill

“Never, never, never give up.”  Winston Churchill again.

“What if we just pretended everything was easy?” Mary Ann Radmacher.  (A fine idea, I think.  If only I could manage to do it.)

“Old enough to know better…too young to give a rat’s ass.” (By that artist who does the funny cocktail napkins.)

And finally, “Avoid making irrevocable decisions when tired or hungry.”  Robert Heinlein.  (Amen, Mr. Heinlein!  Low blood sugar and exhaustion are not condusive to clear thinking, not in my experience anyway.)

Now for the assorted ramblings: Weight Watchers went well enough–I was up half a pound, but that isn’t surprising since I always retain water when I fly.  I’m following the program and expect to do better next week. 

What I’m listening to: LADY OF ASHES, by Christine Trent.  Christine was among the other authors signing books at Turn the Page–this is the first of a mystery series set in 19th century London, just as the American Civil War is beginning.  The heroine is, interestingly enough, a mortician.  It’s a good story, well-written and well-researched, including appearances by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, among other notables.   I’ll be following up with STOLEN REMAINS, the second installment. 

I’ve just finished WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD, by Susan Crandall.  This is an excellent book, but not for the faint of heart.  I had to skip one part when an animal was injured, and the story demonstrates the cruelty and short-sightedness of racial prejudice.

As promised, I tracked down the name of our one male author at last weekend’s signing–Matthew Mainster.  I’m sorry I didn’t get an opportunity to meet Matthew, but I certainly saw a number of his books in the hands of Turn the Page customers on their way to the cash register.

That about covers the waterfront for today–and yesterday.  :)  I’ll close with a favorite quote from the Course in Miracles.  “Resign now as your own teacher.”  (Page 272 of the text.)  Guess that’s God’s gentle way of saying that when ever I try, I do a lousy job.  :)

Until tomorrow.

Home again, home again, jiggety jog

Well, my friends, the trip to Boonsboro, Maryland, and the fabled Turn the Page Book Store, was just plain magical.  Jenni and I flew out of Spokane early (very early) on Friday morning, stopping briefly in Salt Lake City before jetting on to a landing at Baltimore-Washington International–and it was remarkably easy, this journey, with not one hitch along the way.  We were exhausted on arrival, but after a meal at the Cracker Barrel, one of my favorites, we both rested comfortably at our modest hotel, setting out for Boonsboro in our rented orange extended cab pickup truck first thing in the morning.  The day was beautiful and so was the countryside–oak trees everywhere.  The temperature was high, but no one was complaining.  :)

Surrounded by all this beauty, sparkling streams and a sugar-bowl sky and every shade of green, I dreamed again of the project of my heart–a big, thick Civil War novel.  Maybe even several of them.  It will be a while before I can tackle this enterprise, but I’ve been doing research for a long time, getting ready.  Stay tuned–you’ll hear more about it right here on this blog.  The working title is NORTH OF EDEN, and if I have anything to say about it, the book will debut in hardcover.

But back to Turn the Page.  What a day!  The staff was amazing–and so was the line-up of authors, headed by the inimitable Nora Roberts, and including Maya Banks, Jennifer Armentrout, Shiloh Walker, Christine Trent, Stephanie Evanovich, and a gentleman whose name illudes me at the moment, but I will find it and give him proper mention.  (He was at the far end of the authors’ table and I never had a chance to hobnob.)  Maya, Shiloh, and Jennifer were close by, and getting to know them was a genuine pleasure.  Christine writes the Lady of Ashes mysteries, and I’m eager to delve into STOLEN REMAINS.  We didn’t get much of a chance to talk, due to the lovely crowds, ditto Stephanie, who was seated next to the sole male in our company and therefore out of shouting distance.  Stephanie, a niece of that other Evanovich we all know and love, is funny, I can tell you that much, and I’m definitely going to read her latest, BIG GIRL PANTIES.  You’ve gotta love a title like that!

See the Official Linda Lael Miller Facebook page for a photo of Nora and me.  (I’m the awe-stricken one.)

The big event (and trust me, it was BIG), originally scheduled to start at 12 noon and end at 2 pm, lasted until 6:30 instead.  Holy line-around-the-block, Batman–there were something like 500 people in attendance!  Nora and staff said the turn-out was unprecedented, and coming from them, that’s saying something.  As we all know, Nora can pack a house to the rafters, and, by the way, she’s the only person I’ve ever seen who can sign her name while fully engaged in a conversation.  :)  All of us signed books and signed books, posed for pictures, and chatted with smiling readers–I was blown away by their good-natured patience, after waiting for so long on such a hot day.

One reader, Sandra Pennese of Gettysburg, PA, who was on crutches and wearing a surgical boot, no less, brought me a gift–a beautiful hand-tooled leather bookmark she’d made herself (I’ll treasure it) and a coaster set with a Western theme.  The latter is proudly displayed in my living room as I write these words–thank you, Sandra.  Wow.  I’m still floating on the recollection of all the smiles and kind words that came my way–I’m revitalized and reinspired! 

I had originally planned to stay a few extra days and visited Washington, D.C., but alas, the writing schedule didn’t allow.  Sigh.  (Which is not to say I’m not thrilled to be back at my computer, because I definitely am.)

Now, for last week’s winners: they are, Paula L. Rollins and Jessica W.  Both will receive an autographed copy of THE MARRIAGE PACT.  What’s that?  You’re not Paula or Jessica, you say?  Well, no worries.  The new round begins today and, as always, you can enter simply by posting something in the comments section.  :)  One of these weeks, I’ll be announcing your name, so hang in there, pardners.

So, that’s the blog for today, my sweets.  Do or say something kind–or both.  You’ll make a big difference, whether you ever know it or not.  So, cast your bread upon the waters….

In the old times sometimes cowboys referred to beans as “Deceitful Beans” because they talked behind your back.