#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Catching Up

Well, I missed two blogs, and some of you were concerned, which I think is very sweet. Here’s what happened: I finished “A McKettrick Christmas” sooner than expected, so I decided to goof off! I went to Walmart on Thursday, early, and by the time I got home, I was, as my mother says, too pooped to pop. Yesterday, Jen, Mary Ann and I went on a day-trip to Canada, with a stop-off in Northport to visit Auntie Marian. (She’s Mary Ann’s mother.) She was making soup for Soup and Games night at the church, and did that house ever smell delicious.

Boxes of art supplies have been rolling in–I’m on a real tear. I made a great necklace from an old photo of Dad and I on his horse, Peanuts. It must have been taken in 51, 52 at the latest; I was about two, and sitting that old horse like a pro. Anyway, I shrunk that photo down and cut it to fit a necklace setting I’d bought on eBay. I had several false starts before I got it right, but if there’s one quality I can lay claim to, it’s persistence. (A good trait everywhere but at the casino.) First try, the ink bled, so I painted the next attempt with a sealer. That didn’t work, either, because the sealer was water-based. So then I took a different trail and used liquid polymer clay instead of sealer. That worked great, but the lines where I’d drawn the circle around the photo showed. So I ripped that one out, too. I finally succeeded, and poured a wonderful product called Diamond Glaze over the picture. It hardens to a beautiful transparency, and there are Dad, Peanuts and me, looking out of that locket.

I plan to do some more goofing off today. I got way behind on it when I was working on the last book. :)

Monday morning, though, I’ll be back at the computer, dealing with Olivia O’Ballivan, direct descendant of Sam and Maddie, in “A Stone Creek Christmas.” Olivia is an animal communicator, as well as a veterinarian, and the appearance of a reindeer named Rodney at the foot of her driveway starts a whole chain of events. A reindeer in Arizona???? Well, that’s a stretch even for Olivia.

If you can goof off today, do it. It’s refreshing. :)

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