#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
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Someone asked if I’d read the book, THE KILLER ANGELS.  The answer is: YES.   In fact, my good friend, actor/artist Buck Taylor, appeared in the movie, GETTYSBURG, which was based on Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer prize winning novel.  I’m heading back to my favorite town in Pennsylvania to attend the re-enactment of the famous battle, which took place on July 1, 2, and 3, of 1863.  I have costumes and there will be pictures and videos.  :)

I’ve been writing and writing, and loving the process.  Yesterday, my keyboard went haywire, and I was so frustrated (even though I’d done the damage myself, by spilling something on the keys), because I wanted to keep writing.  Super Jen picked up a replacement, but it was too small.  Nevertheless, I wrote my current quota of 10 pages, but this morning, I remembered my art computer down in the basement, and asked Kat to attach the keyboard to my Mac.  Voila!  It worked, and I wrote another 10 pages.  

My eyes are pretty tired by the end of the day, so I listen to audiobooks instead of reading.  I just finished a second book by Jonathan Franzen, FREEDOM, and am now listening to DISPATCHES FROM PLUTO, by Richard Grant.  This is a memoir, my favorite kind of book, except for Civil War histories, and it’s a real education.  Grant, a British journalist, moved from New York to the state of Mississippi, and the book is a fascinating account of his experiences there.  The level of poverty in that part of the country is heartbreaking, worse in some ways than parts of West Virginia.  

It’s dark now, and the dogs are outside, barking at something through the back fence.  I’d better go and make sure they’re not challenging a pack of coyotes.

Send me questions, and I’ll do a Q&A blog.

 

Back to the Blog

First, this week’s winners: Janet Hurt and Bonnie Kewitsch.  Each will receive an autographed book from yours truly.  There is also a new contest running; as usual, all you need to do is comment, and you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and announced on the blog.  

Some of you will recall my mentioning my goal of doing at least one new thing, large or small, for each month of the coming year.  I’ve set aside a special place in my bullet journal to record the results, and, so far anyway, I have one entry for January.  Last Tuesday evening, for the first time in my life, I made yogurt.  (No, yogurt isn’t Paleo and yes, I eat it anyway.  As we all know, yogurt is good for a person as long as they’re aren’t lactose intolerant, which, thankfully, I’m not.)  My batch turned out so well–fresh is delicious–that I immediately geared up to make the Greek variety, and that, too, was a success.

The weather here in Spokane has been very snowy and very cold, and I’ve been confined to the house since I don’t like driving on slick roads.  I haven’t minded this much, as I’m so into NORTH OF EDEN.  I’ve been writing contemporary novels for so long, I’d almost forgotten what a pleasure it is to set a story in an earlier time period.  The Civil War, of course, has been a special interest of mine for many years, so that’s even better.

This past week, I’ve listened to several books, including THE CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen.  There were others, but since my policy is never, ever to criticize another writer’s work, I won’t mention the titles.  :)

Well, it’s the end of a fairly long day and, frankly, I’m pooped.  See you tomorrow. 

From the end of the Civil War until 1890, some 10 million head of cattle were driven from Texas to Kansas.

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