#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Various and Sundry Things

Judging by the comment section, it seems to be time I updated everybody on the Hallmark project currently in the works.

Some time ago, Hallmark purchased the rights to my Big Sky series, with a plan to make a TV movie revolving around the characters.  If the movie is successful, there will probably be a weekly series to follow.  (Naturally, I’m hoping that happens!)  The deal was made months ago, but there are apparently delays are the nature of the beast–I was supposed to see a script by last Thanksgiving, but nothing arrived.  Since several of my friends have similar projects in the works, I’d heard that the process is generally slow, but rapid after all the loose ends are tied up.  When I didn’t hear anything, I did some checking, and was told the script is being rewritten, as I reported yesterday. 

Trust me, when I know anything solid, and I’m given the go-ahead to mention it, I’ll post all pertinent info right here on this blog.  :)

Still working on ONCE A RANCHER as we close out the week–and I’ll be working through the weekend, too. 

No matter how busy I am, I’m always either reading or listening to a book.  At the moment, it’s a ghost story called “Little Girls”, by Ralph Malfi.  Karen White is another author I enjoy–I recently listened to her “The Sound of Glass”, and I liked it a lot.  Another book I enjoyed is, “The House We Grew Up In”, by Lisa Jewell, an English author, and I’m eager to read more of her work.  (I may have already mentioned this one.)  I loved “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” so much that I’m planning to re-read the author’s first novel, “A Man Called Ove”.  (Fredrik Backman.)

Bernicie had a bath and a haircut this morning–much needed, as this Yorkie can grow hair like nobody’s business, and those barn trips are dusty–she’s much affronted by the indignity of it all and currently curled up on her blanket here in the office, recovering from the trauma.  :) 

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a wonderful weekend.  And don’t forget–you can still enter the contest for this week by commenting.  2 new winners will be announced on Monday, after being chosen at random.  Each winner will receive an autographed copy of “The Marriage Season”, and then the whole thing will start all over again.  Therefore, if you don’t win this time, well, there’s always next week.

Speaking of next week, I’ll see you then!

Hello from the Summer Slacker

My only hope is that all of you are slacking off a little bit, too.  Otherwise, I will be consumed by guilt.  :)

I had a good day at Weight Watchers yesterday; down 1.4 pounds.  YES!  At long last, I seem to be headed in the right direction again.  As I’ve probably mentioned, I’ve been okay with the numbers on the scale for a while now–I’ve taken off 50 pounds, after all, and even better, I’ve kept them off.  I think I needed that period in between, if only to adjust to a new normal.  Now, however, I feel ready to move on, take off those last few pounds, and concentrate on keeping them off.  :)  I know I can do that IF I stay accountable and inspired and, for me, that means faithfully attending those meetings.  Stepping on that darn scale every Wednesday.

I wear one of those Activelink bracelets, and it measures how many hours I sleep at night (very important) and, of course, my activity levels for the day.  I’ve been hitting 100% for weeks now, and that makes me very happy.  I usually ride 30 to 40 minutes on my faithful exercise bike, sometimes all at once, sometimes in increments, and of course I walk the D.O.G. twice a day.  I get a surprising number of activity points just by walking from one part of the house to another–this place is big, yes, but it’s not THAT big.  :)  Last night, I discovered that moving around the backyard, watering plants (we’re in the midst of a bad drought, not just in Spokane, but all over the Western United States and Canada), racks up a point or two as well.  (For those of you who don’t speak Weight Watcherize, we count points instead of calories, and activity points are awarded for just about any kind of exercise.  In my case, hitting 100% means I’ve earned 9 points, over and above the ones I get anyway.)

I’m finishing up revisions on ONCE A RANCHER at the moment, and will begin work on the next book in the trilogy, ALWAYS A COWBOY, immediately after I send this manuscript off to my editor.  And that first Civil War book is percolating in the back of my brain, too, about to burst onto the screen!

 I’m often asked about the Hallmark movie/TV series project, so I asked my agent, and she asked Hallmark, and here’s the answer, such as it is: the project is still on.  They’re rewriting the script.

Since I truly believe that, as Phyllis A Whitney said years ago, good things aren’t written, they’re rewritten, I can deal with the delay.  (Mostly.)  As my 96 year old aunt keeps reminding me, they need to get this show on the road, so she can watch it.  :)

In closing, a very happy birthday to my nephew, Jesse Lang.

 

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.

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