#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Deep Breath….

OK, so I wrote this very chatty blog entry on New Year’s Day, filling you in on my holidays (quiet and marvelous) and describing my personal N.Y’s Eve ceremony in intricate detail–AND the whole works disappeared into the Black Hole that is cyberspace!

I’m normally a pretty tough ole cowgirl, but let me tell you, that got my goat.  Cursing Bill Gates under my breath, I shut down my computer–swearing to switch from this PC to a Mac, pronto–shut off the lights, closed my office door (so the dog wouldn’t sneak in and pee on the hardwood floor) and walked away, disgusted.

As you can see, I’m back.  :)  If this one gets eaten, well, you might hear me swearing even if you’re on the other side of the planet.  I mean, for heaven’s sake.  How much frustration is enough?

Christmas was quiet, and it was lovely.  At my request, most of my gifts were donations of pet food to various animal shelters, and I got so much satisfaction out of the idea that I’ve made it a permanent policy.  Of course, there are always a few renegades–Sally, who is Thankful Rose on Etsy, as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, sent me one of her lovely repurposed sweater creations.  I’ll be posting a pic on Facebook as soon as I’ve had my hair trimmed.  :)  (Hey, I never said I wasn’t vain.)  Debbie Macomber sent a beautiful handcarved cross, which she picked up on last summer’s visit to Africa, and there were a few other goodies, too: daughter Wendy gave me the world’s coolest candle, with a beautiful ring hidden away in the wax, and a set of Abraham Lincoln bandaids, now proudly displayed on a bookshelf here in the office.  Since my big dream is to write a Civil War novel, I told her I’d keep the bandaids handy in case of bruising reviews.  :) 

Since I don’t trust this computer much farther than I can throw it, this blog will be continued.  :)

33 comments to “Deep Breath….”

  1. Laura Ann Harris
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Happy New Year Linda! May The Lord bless you and your family in abundance in 2015!



  2. Renae Kinsey
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Happy New Year!!!



  3. Diane Sallans
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 1:55 pm · Link

    I gave my niece two of those candles (there was a 2-for-1 deal) and am curious to see what she gets! :roll:



  4. Violette Ruffley
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 1:55 pm · Link

    May your New Year be filled with wondrous blessings. A computer that doesn’t chew up your correspondence and then spit it out into cyberspace!

    Your humorous take on life in general is greatly enjoyed by your fans. Have a splendiforus week!



  5. DONNA
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Happy New Year!! My Christmas ( & New Years) was also quiet. Like it better that way. It’s not about gifts or lots of noise,



  6. Joanne Bitts
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Linda I’m so glad your Christmas was a Merry & Happy one. Your New Year is going to be the same.

    As for switching to an iMac you will be ever so happy. Our old PC, Bill Gates special, was hacked one too many times for my liking. I Told my darling husband enough was enough. My friend & neighbor had an iMac which was 8 years old with never a problem. We went to an Apple Store & viewed all the various machines. Talked about them on our way home. We went on line, ordered one & have been happy clams. No hacking or other problems since.



  7. Patricia Taylor
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Hmm…I’m wondering if you have a virus or bug in your computer or maybe a problem with your internet connection. I lost a post I was working on when our power went out the other day. I didn’t bother trying to recreate it. I just figured it wasn’t meant to be…lol.



  8. Lois Rotella
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 3:02 pm · Link

    I saw your blog about the candles. Wishing you a Happy New Year !!



  9. Virginia H
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Happy New Year. I have had some computer issues lately and my men here got windows 7 for me for Christmas so it is doing better although they thing the video card is going out, time will tell. I have been sick the past few days with some kind of crud that is going around and I can’t get rid of it. May have to see the doctor.



  10. Dixie Hadley
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 3:26 pm · Link

    I love every word I’ve read so far :-) I understand your frustration with these blasted computers though. I have experienced the same thing on several occasions myself. Makes me frustrated enough to throw the darn thing right out the second story window. I’ll continue reading your next blog.
    Dixie



  11. Linda Ferrell
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 3:33 pm · Link

    Happy New Year Linda. Looking forward to you new book. Still in search of some of your older ones. I think I need 7 or 8 to complete my set of all your books. Love reading about the olden days and all those hot , tough cowboy’s. Love everything of yours that I have read.



  12. Sherry Wallace
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Civil war band aides? Never heard of such a thing! BTW, have you read Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln? Very good book as well as being insightful. I learned things I never knew about Lincoln as well as that era in history!



  13. Shirley
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Happy New Year and keep writing those awesome books. YA’ll write the best stories!! thankyou



  14. marian wilson
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Happy New Year’s Linda , I love the Idea of Giving to Animal Shelters ,Im going to Steal yur Idea,with yur permission an tell my Friends an Family to do the same for me …Take Care ….



  15. Garen
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you and yours.



  16. Dennis
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Happy & healthy 2015!! You deserve it!!



  17. mary D. Wornick
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Happy New Year to you and yours and good health to all of us!!



  18. Judi Schultz
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Happy New Year!



  19. Tina
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Civil War novel…. Are you talking about fiction or nonfiction book? I love historical romances :)



  20. Ruby Norwood
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Well it sounds like you had a great Christmas Linda!! I don’t think I have ever seen any Abraham Lincoln bandaids, so that sounds like a pretty good little gift to have around to remind you of that Civil War novel. Hope you have a good year in 2015.



  21. rita hutcheson
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 6:16 pm · Link

    I don’t know what happened on your side but I received you blog on the events of New Years Eve with the candles. Beautiful. Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year and now that the snow is getting rain make sure and wear your mud boots outside. We never know what kind of weather we are going to have here in the N.W.



  22. Melaine
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 6:42 pm · Link

    Linda, so sorry you had to deal with the frustration of losing another blog, but it’s a kick reading about it. One of those, “yep, been there, done that”, moment.

    As a Seattle native I used to give myself the give of donating to PAWS in Lynnwood every year; now living and loving life just outside of Tucson, I donate time and $$ to the Humane Society of Southen AZ.

    Wishing you and your family the best for 2015!



  23. Paula
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 8:17 pm · Link

    It is what it is….LIFE is good and at least you got a note out to us… :-P



  24. Pam Ferrell
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 9:05 pm · Link

    I am so glad you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year! If the candle you received as a gift is a Diamond Candle, it is made right in my home town!!! :) We love them and have never smelled a bad one!! and the rings that myself , my friends and co-workers have gotten are very nice. We think that one of the rings is a real stone( not cosmetic) but the co-worker has not had it appraised. The people that own the company are great and are Christians which makes it even better. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy the many I have.

    We also Love your books and are re-reading the Creeds now.
    Many Blessings!



  25. Ida C.
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 9:12 pm · Link

    Happy New Year Linda and I hope your computer acts properly for a while. I get very frustrated when they do their own thing too, but when they eat stuff .. well I get quite cranky to say the least. Your Christmas gift idea sounds wonderful!! All the best for 2015 to everyone! :-D



  26. Roberts Giordano
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Sorry your blog got eaten but glad you didn’t give up. My sister needed new computer decide to spend a little more and get the Mac she said best thing she ever did.



  27. Leanna
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 9:38 pm · Link

    At least it was just a blog post and not a book. We would all be sad if you lost part of a book. Glad you had a happy holiday!



  28. Marlene Kubick
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      · January 5th, 2015 at 11:24 pm · Link

    Linda, So the Holidays are over and we have to get back to the regular hum-drum days. I must sympathize with you and your computer. I have an ancient laptop and I swear at it every single day. It’s my brother’s hand-me-down so I guess I shouldn’t complain. I just put it out there for the family that if someone wanted to get a new laptop, I’d be happy to take the old one off their hands. Money is tight with the Holidays and upcoming surgery. I’ve worn out one of my knee replacements. So, I need a “re-tread”. That’s my own term for the replacement of the plastic in the joint. I will look forward to reading about your perils with you PC. :roll:



  29. Carol Luciano
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      · January 6th, 2015 at 2:09 am · Link

    Happy New Year Linda to you and your family. My holidays were very quiet but happy. Wishing great health and happiness this new year.
    Carol L



  30. Chris
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      · January 6th, 2015 at 2:09 am · Link

    Must be having the same computer gremlins. We had a bad storm yesterday and the Internet server went down…..



  31. Ann Bartholomew
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      · January 6th, 2015 at 9:51 am · Link

    I would love for you to write Civil War novels. Your historical settings are among my favorites – the McKettricks, Yarbros, orphan train, etc. In fact, Caroline and the Raider was one of my last reads.

    I’ve missed your blogs, but am glad you had a great vacation for the Christmas/New Year holidays!



  32. mary D. Wornick
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      · January 6th, 2015 at 9:56 am · Link

    Good Morning,
    Hi all its in the 30’s here, just got in from walking the pups and feeding them and making sure they all were okay and nice and warm. Got hay for the dog houses so Sassy would be nice and cozy………..Love my 4 legged pups.
    Bye for now take care keep warm, god bless.
    :wink:



  33. Deborah Rae Nelson
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      · January 6th, 2015 at 6:35 pm · Link

    My blog entries are made into WordPress which automatically performs a frequent save of the draft. Perhaps you could check to see if your blog software has such a a feature.

    Doesn’t matter if it’s Mac or PC, it behaves the same way for me.

    Good luck



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