#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Dentist Day

Yikes. I hate it when I have to go to the dentist, even though Doc is a very nice guy. I would much rather: write, collage, play with the dogs, or transfer images onto polymer clay. (I get such a kick when I pull back that t-shirt transfer paper and see that it worked.)

I wrote a full chapter yesterday, and will do an outline today. After the chapter, and a trip to the grocery store (you have to shop for fresh vegetables a lot on Weight Watchers), I worked on an affirmation collage–meaning I am incorporating an affirmation into the picture. (“I choose to be GRATEFUL”) I am actually quite pleased with the way the piece is turning out–most of them end up recycled or in the trash, if they’re bad enough. :) I adhere firmly to the old saw that you have to be willing to do things badly for a long time if you want to do them well. And I am certainly doing most of them badly, so I must be on track!

It reminds me of a Lincoln story. (Just about everything does, alas.) When he first met Mary Todd, he told her he wanted to dance with her ‘in the worst way’. She later confided to her sister or a friend that he certainly did dance with her in the worst way!

I’m caught up on the HBO mini-series, “John Adams”, and I’ve got to tell you, I am blown away by the production, the actors, all of it. (Could have done without the pox innoculation, but medicine has come a long way since the 18th century, thank God.) I think this cast is going to carry off every major award television has to offer.

And I can’t help dreaming a little. Suppose my Civil War books, big and sprawling and historically accurate as they will be, became a mini-series????

WOW. That vision is enough to get me right through my dentist appointment!

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