#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Return of the Barn Goddess

I seem to be locked in low gear today, even though I got up at the regular time (around 5) and did all the usual things–dogs out, dogs in, dogs out again, etc. Coffee perking. Journaling and Morning Pages. To-do list done. Now to do the things ON that list. :)

I finally wrestled Chapter 1 of “The Bridegroom”, Stone Creek #4, Gideon’s story, into the shape I wanted. So today, I’ll polish it and go on to draft Chapter 2. I’ve been working this job for a lot of years, and it STILL surprises me that Chapter 1 nearly always presents a special challenge–i.e., everybody on stage and headed in the right direction.

Larry, aka the Canadian Wrangler, is off to visit family in B.C. tomorrow, so I’m back in the horse-feedin’ game, since the other ranch hand, Jodi, is still helping her family bring in this year’s hay crop. (I told you we was country.) I went out this morning and helped out, to make sure I knew just how the crew (horses) wants things done. :) I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t spent any time with the horses, and it felt real good to be out there in the barn and pasture again. Even though it’s early, there’s a tinge of fall in the air–I love fall.

On the art front, I’ve been making ATCs like crazy. I’m working on an Advent Calendar now, with a card for each of the 24 days. I’ll put backs on them, when they’re finished, and ribbon loops so I can hang them on a table tree, one every day. (I’m still a kid when it comes to Christmas.) I’ll be at the National Finals Rodeo for some of those days, but I can hang up a gob of them when I get home.

Now, I’m starting to ramble. Best get in the saddle before the herd scatters.

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