#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Do I ever feel pressured?

That question came from the comment section, which I read and take to heart, by the way. 

The answer is, yes, deadlines can weigh very heavily on my mind–if I let them.  Recently, I’ve been working hard to shift out of that hurry-hurry mode, and the thing that works for me is prayer.  I ask for help.  It’s really so simple–why is it so hard to just do it???  I’ve been a believer since I was ten years old (that seems to have been a pivotal age for me, since it was also when I began writing stories), but for whatever reason, I still have to remind myself to pray about practical things like work.  I ask for inspiration and energy and focus, but I also ask, as I’ve said before, that the words I write will encourage people, make them smile, give them a respite, however brief, from their private burdens. 

Here’s another example of a thought pattern I’m deliberately changing: somehow, I got into the habit, joking around at first, of saying that I was getting old.  Bad Idea.  My deeper mind believed it and started producing symptoms–fatigue, a slippery memory, etc.  Now I’m singing a very different tune.  I tell myself that I’m in the prime of my life and career, and that the best is yet to come.  It will take some work–habits take a while to break–but I intend to press on, and I’m already feeling a difference.

As for that secret I mentioned, well, I’m not very good at keeping this kind of secret.  (Although when friends confide in me, nothing will persuade me to tell).  I’m working with the wonderful people at Montana Silversmiths to design a special piece of Western jewelry that will be featured in “Big Sky Summer”.  Some will be offered as prizes–I’ll alert you when the time comes–and Montana Silversmiths will also be marketing them as a part of their lovely line.  The plan is to introduce a new piece with each new book, and, as a jewelry lover, I couldn’t be more excited!  Special thanks to Steve Miller for suggesting this.

Take good care of yourself today.  You’re important.

11 comments to “Do I ever feel pressured?”

  1. Andrea Lammly
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      · September 27th, 2012 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Amen to your thoughts and comments. Prayer is a free commodity that isn’t taken advantage of enough! I use it every day. So glad to hear about your jewelry line! Can’t wait to view it and to purchase it!

    Happy day Linda!



  2. Sherry Wallace
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      · September 27th, 2012 at 12:12 pm · Link

    Wow, a special piece of Montana Silver jewelry, how unique! Will the jewelry be written into the story of the book somehow? I was wondering what kind of horses you have? Quarter horses are what’s mostly used on working ranches, as you know, but just for riding pleasure & smoothness, I prefer gaited horses. I have Paso Finos, but there are several good gaited breeds. Pasos also make good pets, being gentle but having lots of brio as well :-)
    Have a blessed day, & keep praying
    SherryNan



  3. Kathie
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      · September 27th, 2012 at 1:26 pm · Link

    OH how wonderful!!! Thank you (and Steve) for this marvelous idea. Waiting patiently to hear details.
    Many Blessing to You!!!



  4. Sue
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      · September 27th, 2012 at 2:26 pm · Link

    I use prayer every evening at bed time and have my granddaughters say theirs when they are here with me, prayer has gotten me through some tough times in my life and I thank the Lord for every new day I’m given!
    I can’t wait for your jewelry line to come out just like your new books!!! Love the stories they really draw you in from the moment you read the first page! Keep them coming-no pressure though!!
    And my horses also are a BIG part of my life, they keep me grounded, and they are Gods favorite creation! I have 3 mustangs-Reg black and white paint-a Rocky Mountain gated mare and a mini mare, love them all!



  5. Lois Rotella
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      · September 27th, 2012 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Pray helps me also. I tell me family I am not old but like fine wine I get better with age. I love Montana Silversmith. I won a belt buckle with the Creeds on the buckle. It came in a beautiful wood box. I would enjoy seeing the jewelry as I love southwest jewelry. :-P



  6. Elizabeth Schoonover
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      · September 27th, 2012 at 5:27 pm · Link

    God tells us there is power in what we say. We can speak blessings or curses into our lives. The next time you are feeling old remember how young you really are. Age is just a number. I’ve read all your books and eagerly await new ones. God Bless,,you have a real talent.



  7. Amy Henderson
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      · September 28th, 2012 at 8:50 am · Link

    The jewelry line sounds nice! I love jewelry, especially bracelets…can’t wait to see what you come up with. I’m a big Western fan of anything…I really think I should live in Montana or something…would love to find a real cowboy…if they still exist!! I’ve been praying for a cowboy…or just a male companion would be nice at this time in my life…tomorrow marks 3 yrs. divorced…a divorce I did not want. Love reading your posts and of course your books!! Have a great weekend!



  8. Cheryl Zumbro
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      · September 28th, 2012 at 9:32 am · Link

    Is this Steve Miller from Northport?



    • linda
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        · October 1st, 2012 at 1:10 pm · Link

      No, Steve is my ex-husband’s first cousin. Go figure. :)



  9. Lea Williams
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      · September 29th, 2012 at 12:28 am · Link

    Oh the jewelry idea is wonderful. Really wonderful. Prayer is a part of my daily life. I keep a prayer journal and even though I don’t pray over them individually I pray over the journal. Pray has gotten me through the death of 2 children and parents ect. Could not make it without. I catch myself telling God how I want things and I swear I can hear him laugh at me. The horses are good, have not ridden much with so much smoke in the air but talk to them every day.



  10. Anne
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      · September 30th, 2012 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Linda, I was just on Amazon searching for something to read (Your latest book is on the way my book store and tell me it is running late.) And I found even more books not in my collection. So I ordered a few. I know I am still missing some though and the ones I ordered were not on your website list. How many are there and where can I find a complete list of your work? Can you email me one? Thanks.
    Anne



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