#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Stuff and, perhaps, nonsense

I’m glad to report I did well at Weight Watchers yesterday–down 2.6 pounds.  I’m back on what used to be called Simply Filling, and doing well.  For a while there, I really slacked off and, of course, I began to gain weight again.  Yikes!  For a long time, I just couldn’t seem to get my head in the right place.  For me, mindset is everything, no matter what I’m attempting to do, and in most cases, I can change my attitude by turning a few mental screws.  This time, it was a real challenge–a job for God.

After much fervent prayer, I finally managed the shift.  A big part of the project is simply having the right food on hand–if I get too hungry, and my blood sugar dips, all bets are off.  I will eat anything quick and easy–a Quarter Pounder, for instance.  Now, while I certainly haven’t sworn off fast food–that’s the beauty of Weight Watchers, no food is off-limits–I can’t indulge as often as I’d like–unless I want to be fat.  And I don’t.

Jenni gave me a great quote she found on Facebook: Losing weight is hard.  Being fat is hard.  Choose your hard.

Wise words.

On the dog front, Mowgli chewed the back out of one of my brand new hightop shoes this morning, while I was in the bathtub.  I try to be careful about closing my closet door, but I must have been thinking about one of the several writing projects brewing in my brain.  I heard him chewing industriously–he and Tule were on my bed–but figured it was the antler he’s been working on since yesterday.  Alas, no.  Another shoe has bitten the proverbial dust–preceded by two or three pairs of slip-on Sketchers and a favorite slipper or two.  From now on, new shoes will be stored in their boxes, on shelves.

That silly little critter.  He’s lucky I love bad dogs.  :)

Winners and Other News

This week’s winners in the contest are: Carrie M. Schlawin and Susan Mae Lincoln.  Congratulations, both of you.  As for everyone else, please comment to enter the current round.  That’s all you need to do; two winners will be selected at random, and each will receive an autographed copy of “Once a Rancher”, my latest.

Susan Mae Lincoln, are you any relation to my favorite President of all time?  :)

Well, I’ve come up with a title for the third book in my new historical series.  NORTH OF EDEN and SOUTH OF GLORY are the first two, followed by WEST OF SUNSET.  The release of the first novel is still a ways off, but you can be sure I will keep you updated.  Here’s the plan: these stories will be published first in hardcover, then in trade paperback, then in regular paperback.  If your budget doesn’t stretch to the price of a hardcover, no worries.  (Also, I’ll be giving away one copy of the hardcover each week, right here on the blog.)  I will still be writing about my beloved cowboys and their spunky ladies, and these books will be paperback originals.  Still, you can expect a difference: instead of three separate books, you’ll be able to read about three sets of characters–in the same book.  That way, you won’t have to wait to find out what happened to everyone.  :)  My next two books, ALWAYS A COWBOY and FOREVER A HERO will wrap up the series begun with ONCE A RANCHER.  

I am loving this spring weather!  The tulips are still coming on strong, though my beloved lilacs will soon be gone.  No problem there.  The peonies will be here in a month or so, and I can hardly wait!

What I’m listening to: MAISIE DOBBS, by Jacqueline Winspear.  My dear friend and accountant, Debbie Korrell, recommended the Maisie Hobbs series, and I’m loving the story.  The setting is England and France, circa World War I.  In the to-be-listened-to category: THE RAVEN BOYS, by Maggie Stiefvater, THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER, by Phaedra Patrick, SWEET LAMB OF HEAVEN, by Lydia Millet, THE DOLDRUMS, by Nicholas Gannon and, YIPPEE!!!, BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, by Fredrik Backman.  I loved, loved, loved Backman’s other books, A MAN CALLED OVE and MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY.  As you will possibly notice, some of these books are written for young adults, and I must say, I’ve become a fan of young adult novels, especially those with a touch of magic.

Tomorrow is Weight Watchers, and for once, I’m looking forward to stepping on the scale!  I’ve finally gotten back on track, and that really feels good.

I’m feeling great, now that I’ve recovered from my travels, the flu and a series of rainy spring days.  :)  I’m working on new projects and tweaking FOREVER A HERO, and enjoying the whole process immensely.

The dogs, kitties, and horses are all doing well.  I do have to keep an eye on Mowgli, lest he chew up yet another shoe or steal a bra.  :)  He’s an outlaw, but I love him to pieces.  As I often tell him, and Tule, too, it’s a good thing I love bad dogs.

Cattle drives rarely went more than ten or twelve miles a day, as the cattle had to be given time to rest and graze. A drive from Texas to Montana could take up to five months.