#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


My Weekend

I attended Kathy Bannon’s memorial service on Friday, in her hometown of Kettle Falls, WA. I fully expected to work on Saturday and Sunday, as I’m on a deadline and “Garrett” is flowing so well. Alas, saying good-bye to a dear friend and cousin took a lot more out of me than I expected.

On Saturday morning, I took my time with my journaling and did a few sketches. Later I visited JoAnn’s and Spokane Art Supply, which is one of my favorite haunts. When I got home, Sadie and Bernice threw a welcome party, as they do whenever I come back from anywhere, be it the mailbox of the Great Wall of China.

Alas, I ended up playing with paints from then on. I did backgrounds, watched videos, experimented with colors and textures. I napped and read and listened to books on my iPod. I neither tweeted nor blogged.

I was totally self-indulgent. This would normally arouse a lot of guilt–protestant work ethic and all that. Zero guilt this time, though, because there’s a reason why ‘you’ve got to refill the well’ has become a trite old saying–because t’s been true so long.

Be kind, not only to others, but to yourself.

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