#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
The Firefly Syndrome

Over the weekend, I discovered that I suffer from the Firefly Syndrome. Especially when it comes to art–with writing, I’m pretty disciplined and focused. With art…

Well.

I go from one fascinating project to another; rubber stamps here, watercolors and artist trading cards there. The centerpiece for my Lincoln tribute, which is a sort of visual journaling process. (I flat out admire Honest Abe, but beyond that, it’s a plotting system, a colorful chronicle of the first Civil War book.) I LOVE the idea of recording the journey in polymer clay and collage. I also tried a great candle technique I saw on Carol Duvall–you take an ordinary inkjet print of a photograph, pin it to the candle, and making sure the candle is upright and on wax paper or something, you use a heat tool (rubber-stampers, you know what I mean) and carefully go over the picture. The wax seeps through and the picture is bonded to the candle in the coolest possible way. You heard it here second. :)

Jamie and Gil and Martha, I so enjoyed seeing you at the signing at Waldenbooks this Saturday. Jamie’s first book, “Betrayed”, was just published by Tor. It has a wonderful premise. Haven’t read it yet, but I certainly intend to. If you like paranormal stories, check it out!

See? The firefly thing again. Off I go, chasing this firefly, and then that one.

The world is just TOO full of interesting people, of beauty and color and texture! Indeed, we should all be as happy as kings. (Or queens.)

Enough already.

Dateline: Spokane

Today, some minor revisions to the outline I did for “Taming Dylan”. Have I mentioned that I have the best editor in all universes? Since it’s Friday, I plan to spend most of the day doing more of my art work. I’m really getting into these Artist Trading Cards–I like working in miniature.

I went back to Weight Watchers last night. This is the only plan that really works for me. Thank heaven, I only gained back about half the weight I lost, so that’s something in the debit column! So add some shopping to that short list of things I plan to do today–gotta stock up on fresh vegetables (thank heaven, I LOVE vegetables–that’s important on WW.)

My friend Josanne Lovick is having meetings with the Hallmark people about a possible TV movie of “The Man from Stone Creek”. Keep your fingers crossed! Josanne made “The Last Chance Cafe” for Lifetime, and did a great job. There are some other projects in the works, too, but still too early to talk about them. Exciting!

On a more mundane level, I was at the casino last night–first time in weeks–before Weight Watchers. I managed to come out with some money left, which is about the most positive thing I can say about it. I always enjoy seeing certain friends there–Nancy, who works in the Chinese restaurant, and Shirley, who plays some of the same machines I do.

Tomorrow, I have an autographing at Walden Books in the Spokane Valley Mall. 12-2. If you live in the area, come by and say howdy. Good chance to pick up the latest Mojo adventure, “Deadly Deceptions.”

Back in earlier days, a cattle drive would average 10-12 miles a day.

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