#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Inspiration

As I am temporarily between projects, I am devouring new books.  Some, of course, are only new to me–you may well have read them.  Every Tuesday, I head for Audible.com

Today’s listen is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, though I am nearly through.  On the playlist are: “Drowning Ruth”, by Christina Schwarz, “The Book of Polly” by Kathy Hepinstall, “The House Hunter”, one of James Patterson’s BookShot titles, “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients”, Theresa Brown, RN, “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy”, by Nicholas Reynolds, a book about Ernest Hemingway and his adventures during World War II, “Gone” and “Wait for Me”, by Elizabeth Naughten, both of which are romantic suspense titles.  I love suspense, provided it isn’t too violent.  :)  I listen to/read a lot of nonfiction, especially histories, biographies and memoirs, but this week, I’m mostly in the mood for fiction, it would seem.  Since I haven’t read/listened to any of these books, I cannot recommend them–YET.  What I can recommend is “Lincoln in the Bardo”, by George Saunders–spooky, brilliant, and totally addictive, but also dark.  Once again, “The Five-Second Rule”, by Mel Robbins–I’m so impressed with this book that I’ve watched Ms. Robbins’ TED talk (she looks nothing like I thought she would, listening to her voice) and will be subscribing to her videos on YouTube.

On the musical playlist: Josh Turner’s “Deep South”, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Michael Martin Murphy–I LOVE this guy’s music and the stories told in his songs, Red Steagall, “Dear Mama, I’m a Cowboy” (again, wonderful cowboy stories told in music), Christian artists Chris Rice, Bebo Norman, and the band, Passion.  I also like Bach, Beethoven and Mozart–brain music; call me crazy, but I can feel those synapses firing when I listen!   It’s a little like having a head full of fireflies–but in a good way.  :)  I often listen to music when I write, but I generally avoid anything with lyrics, as I find them distracting.  Music is also inspiring, however, and I often say I can sit down and write a Western if I listen to Marty Robbins, or Waylon and Willie singing “Pancho and Lefty”.  The movie “Legends of the Fall” has a similar effect–I’m not a huge Brad Pitt fan, but I adore the character he plays in this movie–Tristan.  The John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara film, “McClintock” inspired by historical romance, “The Vow”, and that story is still one of my favorite book-children.

Travel certainly inspires me, as does art–doing my own, or looking at that of others.  Animals, prayer, gardens and bold colors do, as well.

What inspires you?  

 

 

29 comments to “Inspiration”

  1. Theresa
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 3:24 pm · Link

    Gardens for sure! Especially the one that I till!



  2. Marcia White
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 3:26 pm · Link

    I love your music playlist, except for Bob Dylan. I’ve never been a fan of his. I have 3 of Michael Martin Murpheys cowboy songs albums. Merle Haggard is my all-time favorite. I am not familiar with the 3 Christian artists; I will have to check them out. Movies are good as well. McClintock is probably my favorite John Wayne film. He also was good in one of my favorite movies of all time: “The Longest Day”.



  3. Marcia White
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 3:32 pm · Link

    I also find travel inspiring as well as animals, prayer, genealogy and gardens. Bold colors not so much.



  4. Gloria Herring
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Right this minute, I don’t know what inspires me, but I do enjoy reading your Blog.

    I hope you’re having good weather at your home…it is cold and windy here in SC. We’re spoiled after having what seems like a mostly Spring-like Winter, and now that it is almost Spring, we get to experience Winter. :)

    Keep doing what you’re doing Linda, as you make lots of people happy.



  5. Linda
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Kris Kristofferson. Anything he sings or acts in. Kris & Willie together, even better. Never tire of The Highwaymen music and never tire of Bob Dylan, acting or singing.



  6. Susan Craig
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 4:39 pm · Link

    I keep up to date with new music through my daughter. I still like the songs I grew up with but I like something new too.



  7. Paula L Rollins
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Family inspires me. I feel colors and always…music and books…



  8. Melaine
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 5:29 pm · Link

    Just about anything country/western inspires me. I loved the movie Legends of the Fall.



  9. Ruby Norwood
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 6:06 pm · Link

    Family and friends inspires me, some traveling and going to a Luke Bryan Concert really inspires me also…and of course reading.



  10. Elaine Key
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Linda: You inspire me. I don’t see how you get all of the things accomplished that you do. I also have a love for animals. I am more of a dog person. I love cats but not as much as dogs.

    I am a Reba McEntire fan. I also love Contemporary Christian music.

    I just finished reading Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs. Now I have to finish the rest of The Lakeshore Chronicles. I am also a huge Karen Kingsbury fan, Debbie Macomber, and so many others I can’t remember their names. At this time in my life, I am reading mostly fiction.

    I enjoy your blog immensely. Keep reading and writing.



  11. Pamela Devereux
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Good rock music that sets the tone for working out at the rehab center. When staying in Denver at my grandmothers house, watching the sunsets. The song may say purple mountain majesty but they were spectacular. So many different shades of purples setting on the Rockies. Listening to the aunts tell us stories of growing up. They are both in their 90’s.



  12. Leanna
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 7:39 pm · Link

    You always have great book recommendations.



  13. Roberta Giordano
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 7:46 pm · Link

    I love country western music !!



  14. Virginia Horton
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Love Josh Turner, Marty Robin, Willie and Conway are my favorites. Also enjoy some rock from back in the 70’s and 80’s but husband doesn’t lister to the country music. So I guess I would have to say music inspires me. When I am out walking or riding in the car I have my music going.



  15. Ann Bartholomew
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Nonfiction is rarely read at our house, but my husband and I are enjoying Portraits in Courage by George W. Bush. The portraits and stories are wonderful.



  16. midge watkins
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Horses and cats at the top, with the white German Shepherd
    I used to have also up there and animals in general. God’s
    hand painting in dawns and sunsets, roses and all of nature.
    I like some classical, especially Strauss; dancing is fine to that,
    but I usually think of riding a horse! Love Ray Orbison, Elvis,
    the Ventures and Creedence Clearwater. Anybody guess how
    old I am?
    Also, I wanted to let you know that I have quite a few horse
    training dvds and vhs tapes of several different trainers if
    you would care to borrow them for your new book.



  17. Lorelei Sawtelle
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Several have said it already, but you inspire me , too.

    Soft rock like Andy Kim’s Rock Me Gently, John Denver’s Annie’s Song, Waylon and Willie, Love A Rainy Night, anything by Hillsong.

    Thanks for bringing us all together



    • Lorelei Sawtelle
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        · March 14th, 2017 at 9:51 pm · Link

      Cant believe I left Andrea Bocelli off my list



      • Lorelei Sawtelle
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          · March 14th, 2017 at 9:54 pm · Link

        I have too thank Tyler Creed for introducing me to Andrea Bocelli



  18. Lois Rotella
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 10:32 pm · Link

    I don’t one paticular artist I listen to. The song is the item that gets me. I enjoy cozy mystery to read and love the mystries on my public tv. Today was a snowy day for us in the northeast. I talked to my nephew because it is birthday today. We are to far apart to visit when I would like. Have a great wednesday.



  19. Deborah Nelson
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      · March 14th, 2017 at 11:52 pm · Link

    I cannot keep up! But I’m adding them to my list ;-)



  20. Brandi N Stinson
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      · March 15th, 2017 at 12:04 pm · Link

    I as well am inspired by mozart, beethoven, Bach. I look to the sunsets of South Texas as inspiration on all kinds of things, I enjoy making silk floral arrangements. I look to the lands on earth and sea and find inspiration everywhere as I see the colors of God’s creations. Love reading your blogs and god bless.



  21. Jo Ann Holcomb
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      · March 15th, 2017 at 8:45 pm · Link

    mainly Country just about all listening or in back ground in car to & from work enjoy your break from writing & the best as usual Jo Ann



  22. Carol Luciano
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      · March 15th, 2017 at 9:54 pm · Link

    I love my classic oldies from the 70’s. But enjoy country western and classical. I’m reading a few of Jonathan Kellerman books with a favorite character Dr. Delaware. Awesome books.
    Carol L



  23. Kathleen O
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      · March 16th, 2017 at 10:21 am · Link

    I have eclectic taste when it come to music. I listen to anything from Luke Byran to Shirley Bassy..



  24. Mae Logan
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      · March 16th, 2017 at 1:46 pm · Link

    After reading today’s blog I can only say “how do you find time to do all that and still find time to write. I just finished reading your Parable series for the 4th time and starting on the Brides of Bliss County, also the 4th reading. Does this tell you how much I enjoy your writing. Forever a Hero will be in my mail box the middle of April. Really looking forward to it. Will be marking my calendar till the Civil War series is out. Happy Writing.



  25. Doris Brooks
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      · March 16th, 2017 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I love music. My favorites are the 50’s music. That will tell you I am older than dirt. Neither do I like music with lyrics when I am trying to concentrate – reading or writing. If you like piano music I’d highly recommend Emile Pandolfi – beautiful and relaxing.

    If you’d like a true ghost story, try “A Haunted Love Story” by Mark Spencer. Mark was a professor at the University of Arkansas and actually bought this beautiful old house and restored it while his family lived in Monticello, AR. He followed it with “Ghost Walking” which ends the story. My daughter married a guy from Monticello, my first grandchild was born there, graduated from high school, and married a Monticello girl.

    You or your readers would love it, if you like ghost stories. I ordered mine from Amazon.



  26. Sharon Sovereign
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      · March 16th, 2017 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Enjoy your reading. Good luck on your next project.



  27. Evelyn Baldwin
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      · March 17th, 2017 at 9:53 am · Link

    Classis Rock and spirtiaul music are my favorite! I am anxious to read your new Mustang Creek book! Wonderful writing! God Bless! Evelyn



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