#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Return of the Blogger

I have missed you all!  

A lot has happened since my last blog–I traveled to Gettysburg in late June, to spend time with friends (Sandy and Janet, hello!) and check an item off my bucket list: watching part of the re-enactment of the famous battle of Gettysburg, which actually took place on July 1, 2nd and 3rd of 1863.  I saw the staging of Pickett’s Charge, which turned out to be a real disaster for the Confederacy.  And, certainly, for the actual troops involved. 

There were, of course, far fewer men on the field the day I visited than in 1863, but it didn’t take much effort to imagine the scene as it would have been on that long-ago day–soldiers in blue coats as far as the tree-line and well beyond, Confederates in their rag-tag uniforms–most of them butternut in color, rather than gray–facing all those men and horses and cannon.  It was altogether heartbreaking and it felt so real–I wanted to cry, and nearly did, and I had to suppress an urge to shout to the Rebels, “Go back!”  or “Run!”

I stood next to a re-enactor, and he told me those who will fall in battle are chosen ahead of time, which makes sense.  It’s not the greatest duty, given the heat, the humidity, and the bugs.  Often, I learned, the pretend-wounded/dead must remain on the ground for a very long time.

When I returned from Gettysburg, I was just plain exhausted.  Still a little fatigue left over from that round of c-diff I suffered earlier, I guess, and I had been to a conference in Portland, OR. shortly before, so I spread myself a little thin.  I’m trying to learn to pace myself, when it comes to travel, but old habits are hard to break.  I chuckle (ruefully) when I remember days gone by, when I did things like flying to Bangkok, spending the night in an airport hotel, boarding another plane in the morning, bound for Chang Mai, and riding an elephant.  I spent one night there, then returned to Bangkok and joined a tour group, traveling on to Singapore, Bali, and Hong Kong!

Sigh.  Those were the days.   Now, I would need long stopovers in each location, if I went at all.  For one thing, I can’t be away from my kitty and my dogs for that long.

There are still a lot of faraway places I want to see–the Great Wall in China, for instance, the statues on Easter Island, the Greek Islands–but I may have to settle for watching documentaries on Netflix :).   I’ve traveled far and wide, and I’m grateful I did all that globe-trotting when I was younger.

I’ve  been ‘pre-writing’ all this time, which means I was binging on YouTube art videos and trying the techniques that interested me, which are acrylic flow painting and working with alcohol inks.  Zounds!  There are so many talented people in this world–I especially love to watch Rick Cheadle, Caren Goodrich, Danny Clark and Anne Marie Ridderhoff pouring their glorious abstract paintings–it’s all glorious color and sweet suspense, because you never know what’s going to happen after the paints are mixed and poured onto a canvas.  If you’ve never seen this art form before–I hadn’t–check out these talented people, or any of the many other talented folks brave enough to film their projects and put them up for all the world to see.  The alcohol inks are equally fascinating–the colors are so bright, and the results are amazing, even when calamity strikes.

My own pieces are less than fabulous, but each experiment brings me joy and teaches me something.  As Danny Clark often reminds his hordes of viewers, and as I myself have assured many an aspiring writer, if you want to be good at something, you have to be willing to suck at it first, and maybe for a long time.  I’ve had some spectacular failures, as well as some small successes, and I promise to post pictures as soon as I have anything decent to show.

So why did I refer to all this as ‘pre-writing’?  Because painting uses a different part of the brain, and allows the storytelling part to do its magic, bubbling away beneath the surface until it’s ready to go onto my computer screen.

Happily, I have reached that stage, and begun my next western romance, THE WAGER.  I’ll be telling you more about that as time goes on, and about the art, too.  And I’ll be blogging.

P.S. There’s a new contest underway (finally), and the rules are the same as always: if you comment, you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified by Super Jen, and sent signed copies of one of my books. 

100 comments to “Return of the Blogger”

  1. Debra Wright
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:22 pm · Link

    Hey Linda! You’ve been missed! Cant wait for the new novel!



    • Trish
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        · August 2nd, 2017 at 8:17 pm · Link

      Glad you’re back. I love your books and can’t wait for a new one!



      • Trish
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          · August 2nd, 2017 at 8:25 pm · Link

        Sorry Debra…I’m new to this lol. Didn’t mean to leave my comment under yours. :-?



  2. Marge
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:24 pm · Link

    Really missed you and I am so glad to see you are back keeping us up to date on all your travels. Now you must rest and enjoy your time at home. Looking forward to seeing some of your pre-writing.



  3. Fran Sills
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:24 pm · Link

    What an exciting time you’ve had.
    I can’t wait to read the new Western Romance, my favorite!



  4. Mary Goodman
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:24 pm · Link

    Hi Linda! You have been missed.Glad you are back



  5. Jeannette
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:29 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, Its great to hear from you again. I’m looking forward to reading some more of your stories. And YES western is fantastic. I’ve missed you, so welcome back!



  6. Linda Holmes
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, you have been missed. I was saying to myself the other day that Linda must still be out of town, so it is good to hear from you.

    Can’t wait until those new books come out.

    Linda



  7. Elaine Key
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Linda, I am so glad you are back. I have missed you terribly! I am glad you had a wonderful time. I know what you mean by not being able to do as you once had. I am having the same problem. I am anxiously waiting for your next book.



  8. Barb O'Neill
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:39 pm · Link

    You wore me out, just reading your blog!!!



  9. Lynn grier
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:39 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had fun. Rest up and looking forward to your next book.



  10. Brandi N Stinson
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:40 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading your blog.



  11. Robyn Van Maren
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:41 pm · Link

    So glad to hear from you, Linda! Your blog posts always brighten up my day!



  12. Barbara madden
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:43 pm · Link

    Love all your books. Anxiously waiting for the next book.



  13. Lorraine Hill
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:54 pm · Link

    Sounds like your trip was awesome. I enjoyed the blog.



  14. Clarita Goodspeed
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 8:58 pm · Link

    So happy to hear from you again. missed your blogs. also glad you enjoyed your trip and hope you keep on improving on your health.



  15. Linda
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to hear info on The Wager. Missed you.



  16. Jacque Rutledge
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:01 pm · Link

    As much as I love my pet(s), I do not allow them to determine whether I travel somewhere or not. I stayed home with my four children and an ill husband for many years. I feel that it’s far more important for my mental health now and in the years to come (memories), to travel as wide and far as I can, while I can. I, of course, make sure my pets are taken care of and spoiled royally while I’m gone.



  17. Debbie Allen
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Glad you are back. Exciting time you had.



  18. Virginia Horton
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:28 pm · Link

    I am so glad to hear from you again, it has been a while. I am so glad you enjoyed your trip. I use to enjoy some travel but not anymore. Since I had my hip replace travel just doens’t work well with me. A couple of hour in a car and my hip is done it for a while. Lets face it I am not as young as I use to be and can’t do the same things anymore. :)



  19. Evelyn Baldwin
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:35 pm · Link

    Excited to read your new books! Glad you are home safely! I understand about going and having to rest up a day after you get there! Nice hearing from you!



  20. Sandra Harrison
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:39 pm · Link

    I just want you to feel better! I look forward to your new book and your painting. If it’s not too presumptuous of me, what exactly is c-diff?



  21. Doris M. Ellis
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:39 pm · Link

    Waited for your blog to say thank you for my autographd book. Love, love, love it…
    Doris



  22. Lisa murray
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:41 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you are finally feeling better as a chronic illness patient the times you HAVE to rest can be so frustrating but as you said it’s learning a new normal and pacing that will get things done. Maybe never as quickly as before but at least completed. Take care



  23. Diane Sallans
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:47 pm · Link

    I’m glad it went well for you at Gettysburg this year. I haven’t travelled by plane in 15 years, and with the ever shrinking seats, long waits etc, it’s not high on my list. I’d need a really good reason to get on a plane these days. :-P



  24. Leanna
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 9:53 pm · Link

    Glad to have you back, sounds like you’ve had a busy summer.



  25. Gloria Herring
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Glad to see you back, Linda! Happy painting! And…writing.



  26. Gloria Herring
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 10:11 pm · Link

    I forgot to tell you, Linda, that Hilda, Sam, and I just “celebrated” our 5th anniversary of meeting on your Blog. Time flies when you’re having fun, and when you’re not. I couldn’t ask for 2 better friends than those two, and I met them because of you. I don’t know if you remember, or not, but, you were a good friend, to me, also. Thank you!!!



    • Hilda
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        · August 1st, 2017 at 7:18 pm · Link

      Yes, thank you, Linda. You obviously are wonderful, because you attract wonderful people! Knowing Gloria is a joy and a blessing.
      Cheers!
      Hilda



      • Gloria Herring
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          · August 1st, 2017 at 11:11 pm · Link

        Thank you, Hilda. I feel the same way. Good friends are hard to find, but I tend to hold on when I find one. Thanks, Linda!



  27. Dorothy Hilton
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 10:12 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. There is a lot of places I’d like to visit. Hope you get to feeling a lot better. Hope your babies are doing good. Welcome back. I’ve sure missed reading your blog.



  28. Deborah Nelson
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 10:48 pm · Link

    Your travels sound amazing. And your YouTube suggestions are appreciated. Glad you’re home and blogging.



  29. Lori Bermudez
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great time. I wanted to go to Gettysburg when I was younger & we were learning about it in history. So far, haven’t made it. So it stays on the bucket list with a million other things. I look forward to the new updates, happy you are inspired to start The Wager!! Happy Summer, Linda :)



  30. Marilou Frary
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 11:00 pm · Link

    Start taking better care of yourself so we can read more of your great stories.



  31. Diana Streeter
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 11:32 pm · Link

    Looking forward to your new western.



  32. Pat Dennis
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      · July 31st, 2017 at 11:37 pm · Link

    I find it takes me a while to recover from traveling lately.
    get going on the book – we can’t wait



  33. Sharon Sovereign
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:02 am · Link

    I’ve noticed I can’t do everything I used to do either and it is occasionally frustrating. I now have to plan fewer things in a day.



  34. Melaine
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:08 am · Link

    Welcome back, Linda ! I’ve missed your blogs.



  35. Tammy Carter
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:17 am · Link

    Welcome back Linda! You have been missed. Thank you for sharing your summer adventures with us. Tammy



  36. Sharon Rackham
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:39 am · Link

    Welcome Back Linda,

    Nice to hear from you again. Unfortunately at our age we have to slow down somewhat and let our bodies and minds rest and recharge.

    Living in the north interior of B.C. I was evacuated due to forest fire and that was an experience which was very stressful wondering if we were going to come back to our homes having been destroyed. Thanks to the brave and tireless men and women we were very lucky to find our homes standing and okay. GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!!!!!

    Anyway life is getting back to normal except for the temperature and lack of rain – I honestly will be glad to see fall this year. God love Global Warming!!!!!

    Look forward to seeing some of your art and also just to let you know that I read some of your books of old again as I waited for the evacuation to end and thank you for taking me away in your books. I love your writing and storytelling and always re-read your books waiting for new ones to come out.

    Cheers,

    Sharon ( your northern neighbor)
    xx :wink:



  37. Sharon Rackham
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:45 am · Link

    Welcome Back Linda,

    Nice to hear from you again. Unfortunately at our age we have to slow down somewhat and let our bodies and minds rest and recharge.

    Living in the north interior of B.C. I was evacuated due to forest fire and that was an experience which was very stressful wondering if we were going to come back to our homes having been destroyed. Thanks to the brave and tireless men and women we were very lucky to find our homes standing and okay. GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!!!!!

    Anyway life is getting back to normal except for the temperature and lack of rain – I honestly will be glad to see fall this year. God love Global Warming!!!!!

    Look forward to seeing some of your art and also just to let you know that I read some of your books of old again as I waited for the evacuation to end and thank you for taking me away in your books. I love your writing and storytelling and always re-read your books waiting for new ones to come out.

    Cheers,

    Sharon ( your northern neighbor)



  38. Lynn Hogan
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:46 am · Link

    Wow Linda! Just WOW! You amaze me every time. Then you talk about your foreign travels when young…… and I am so tired just thinking of it! You keep up the spirit lady! Have a wonderful week.



  39. Sharon Rackham
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:47 am · Link

    Sorry -was so glad to hear from you that I sent my message twice! Don’t you just love getting older!!!!!!

    Sharon



  40. Paula L Rollins
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 1:13 am · Link

    Love to read your blog….you are one very busy lady…praying for a healthy fall and winter for you and all. looking forward to your next book release



  41. Kelley Morrow
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 1:29 am · Link

    Sounds tiring but fun! Excited for a brand new story, have a blessed week!



  42. sarah kerchner
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 1:42 am · Link

    i have missed your emails. i don’t blog. glad to hear about the new book.



  43. sarah kerchner
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 1:43 am · Link

    i have missed your emails. i don’t blog. glad to hear about the new book. looking forward to it.



  44. Juanita Rice
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 3:49 am · Link

    Welcome back, Linda! :)



  45. Juanita Rice
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 3:50 am · Link

    Welcome back, Linda! Hope you stay well. :)



  46. Juanita Rice
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 3:52 am · Link

    Oooops! I’ve been duplicated. But welcome home …. again. ;)



  47. Billiesue Sanders
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 5:48 am · Link

    Hello Linda,
    I am so glad that you are back. Missed you!
    Billiesue



  48. JoAnn Baker
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 6:01 am · Link

    Hi welcome back from summer ti!me fun. So glad you had a fun! Have a great day



  49. Susan Craig
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 6:42 am · Link

    Welcome back! Hope you are having a great summer.



  50. Jane
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 6:54 am · Link

    Welcome back, Linda. As much as traveling is fun and educational, isn’t it great to be back home?



  51. Lois Rotella
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 6:57 am · Link

    Welcome back. You have been a busy lady. Glad to hear you are going to write another Western. I have been re reading your books along with other books.



  52. Teresa Fordice
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 8:06 am · Link

    time to slow down and take better care of yourself!!



  53. Patricia McLeman
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 8:25 am · Link

    So glad you’re back safe and sound and have had a great time. I look forward to your next book – will it be a historical western, my favourites from you? Memories of the Man From Stone Creek etc.,
    Hope you keep well from now on. x



  54. Andrea Lammly
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 9:31 am · Link

    You have been missed. Glad to hear about your travels to Gettysburg and look forward to the books. Enjoy being home with your furry friends and be well.



  55. Alison B.
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 9:58 am · Link

    Welcome back to blogging!! I can’t wait for your Civil War series!



  56. Marilyn Fish
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 10:04 am · Link

    We are about the same age. I just discovered I cannot play 18 holes of golf on two consecutive days. I need a day of rest between 18-hole golf days. Sad but true.



    • Rita Crifiit
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      Hard lesson to accept, I have had to learn that one too



  57. DONNA
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 10:18 am · Link

    Glad you back!! Always enjoy reading what your up to



  58. Ida C.
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 11:07 am · Link

    So glad to see you back in my inbox!! Happy to read all you’ve been up to! Missed your posts!!



  59. Hilda
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 11:09 am · Link

    Hi, Linda. Welcome back!

    I smiled when I read your comments on being too tired to travel now. I’m 100% with you on that! The funny thing is, when I was in my 20s-50s people would say, are you going on another trip???? I’d tell them I had to do it “now” before I get too old and tired. Now that I’m 62, I am sad to say that it turns out I was fore-telling, not just using old age as an excuse to travel a lot at the time. Who knew? I am truly too tired to be very adventurous. My yearly Seattle-Phoenix vacation is enough now. Thanks for sharing your feelings – I’m glad I’m not the only one.
    Cheers,
    Hilda



  60. Linda Beaudoin
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Wow. You are always so busy. Glad you are feeling better.



  61. virginia phillabaum
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:17 pm · Link

    I.m an 84 yr old widow.Don.t get out much so I thoroughly enjoy your blogger trips. See things through your eyes. Love your books. also books on cd’s. Hope you regain your bounch since your flu… vp



  62. Janet Hurt
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 12:23 pm · Link

    Boy Howdy…do I know what you meant when you said “if you want to be good at something, you have to be willing to suck at it first”! I tried kayaking yesterday…had such a hard time keeping the nose of my kayak straight. But, I won’t give up! I loved being out on that lake…even say 2 Eagles!!! Here’s to sucking!! Jan



  63. Rita Crifiit
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 1:00 pm · Link

    Welcome back, how smart you are to do a recharge, most of us don’t recognize that need.



  64. Rita Crifiit
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 1:00 pm · Link

    Welcome back, how smart you are to do a recharge, most of us don’t recognize that need.



  65. Charlotte Litton
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Wow!!! Sounds like you had a great time.
    I went to a very small re-enactment in Florida, I couldn’t get over how loud it was. They only had 2 canons and maybe 75 people . I can’t imagine how it was at the real battle.
    I’m like you, I wanted to yell at them to run.
    Welcome back, I’m ready for your new books.



  66. Elma Lamoureux
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 2:04 pm · Link

    You certainly are a strong lady to keep up the pace. I am 82, and have more or less given in to the fact that I can’t travel too much anymore, but my daughters are taking me on a cruise next summer which I look forward to. My favourite trip was to New Orleans in 2015 and we stayed on Bourbon St. and ate at the Two Sisters Rest. took cooking lessons, and really saw Alligators. It was a good time with a good friend. I guess I should have started younger, but we had 6 kids, and when I lost 2 sons I decided to go to Ireland and meet my cousins, it was great. All the best for your health. Elma



    • Doris Brooks
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      Elma, didn’t you love the Court of Two Sisters? Their food was awesome and I loved eating out in the Courtyard. New Orleans if a unique place. Doris (Elma) Parker



  67. Evelyn Villanueva
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 3:11 pm · Link

    The Return of Linda! Welcome back :-P :-P



  68. Diana Eagen
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 4:30 pm · Link

    So glad to see you blogging again, Linda.
    Sounds like a very interesting and heartbreaking experience. Blessings.



  69. Jan
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Welcome Back! You have been missed, but what a fun, exciting, recharging adventure you have had.



  70. Cathy
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 5:37 pm · Link

    I am glad you had a good time / that was such a horrible time in our nations history my family is from Tennessee and it was actually brother against brother here. One of my great grandmothers was actually tortured by the south trying to find out where her sons were located and a great grandfather was a prisoner of the Yankees and walked after the war from Mississippi back to East Tennessee when he was released



  71. Ann Bartholomew
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 6:18 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you had a great trip to Gettysburg and are refreshed and starting a new project. I just reread the Bliss County books and can hardly wait for Raine’s story.



  72. Phyllis Odell
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 6:54 pm · Link

    I loved Gettysburg when I was there. Did not see a reenactment but was very impressed. Looking forward to your book about the Civil War and time period. Keep on writing



  73. Doris Brooks
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear that your energy level is low. I’ve found that to be very true for me. Girl friend, as we get older (not you but me – SMILE!!) that tends to happen. Glad you enjoyed Gettysburg. I’m like you, when I looked out across that treeless field that the poor rebels had to walk across, I felt like crying too. It was suicide.
    Doris Brooks



  74. Sue McCormick
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 9:04 pm · Link

    Was the Portland gathering Susan Kearsley (from Canada) attended. She blogged about it and it seemed like a fun gathering.

    If yours was a different one, I hope it was just as much fun!



  75. midge watkins
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 9:31 pm · Link

    So glad you’re back with us. It’s so wonderful that you have
    been able to do so much traveling. I’m kind of stuck with
    doing my traveling on tv, too. After working 39 years and then
    having the time and a little more money, my body betrays me!
    Still enjoying great books, tho. I’m so looking forward to your
    Civil War works. keep blogging!



  76. Pat Parker
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      · August 1st, 2017 at 10:12 pm · Link

    The Great Wall of China is awesome and worth the very long plane ride.



  77. Sharon S.
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      · August 2nd, 2017 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Linda,
    Will there come a time when you will go back in history…besides the Gettysburg book(s). I can’t wait for those. I’m listening to Man From Stone Creek again. Love Sam O’Ballivan. I love your historical books and miss them.



  78. Ruby Norwood
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      · August 2nd, 2017 at 5:55 pm · Link

    Well hello Linda Lael Miller, So glad you are back with us, sounds like you have had a great year working and having pleasure at the same time. I love the idea of a new cowboy book. Have a good week!!



  79. Jessie R.
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      · August 2nd, 2017 at 5:58 pm · Link

    Travel is important! You don’t experience life in the same way if you choose not to travel. I grew up military so I’ve traveled all over the place and am only 21 years old. I’ve loved every minute of it! I am glad to hear you got to travel when you were most comfortable to do so and am sure such memories will help you write vivid stories.
    As for reenactments, I’ve always longed to see one. I’ve yet to have the chance but I will once I graduate. You speak of them as if they are extremely interesting, which has only heightened my desire to attend one. Consider it done. :-D



  80. Jo Ann Holcomb
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      · August 2nd, 2017 at 10:52 pm · Link

    wow, amazing blog as usual been at over 100 degrees here in Fresno area since all i have done is go to work & a lot of reading wish you the best in getting well & writing did watch a small reenactment in Carson City, NV quite interesting



  81. Joanne B
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      · August 3rd, 2017 at 11:52 am · Link

    Nice to have you back. We missed you. Glad you had a good time. Take care of yourself and feel better. Can’t wait for the new book.



  82. Darlene Holley
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      · August 4th, 2017 at 1:28 am · Link

    It sounds like you have been having a really good summer so far!!! I can’t wait to hear more about your newest book :)



  83. Eugenia Riddick
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      · August 5th, 2017 at 4:07 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re home safe from your travels. During Memorial Day weekend, I watched WWII documentaries. I gained a new insight and understanding. There were boys fighting wars. It made me sad. They were very young. It made me sad, because my sons are young men. Many of those soldiers never returned home. Many mothers cried. It made me appreciate the service given by my father and six uncles.I started online college. The computer had me stumped. My classmates, instructor, and academic advisor have been huge supports. I’m majoring in community health. My goal is to do in services and health fairs. I prayed hard for the financial aid to be approved. I was shopping in Walmart when I got the call. Whoo-hoo! My family hasn’t been supportive. This, I am doing to better my life. I have a project due in two weeks. I have to get these senior fingers moving on my keyboard. My birthday is in two weeks. My life is in transition, in a good way. There’s more to tell. I gotta run.



  84. Debbie Bleege
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      · August 13th, 2017 at 11:35 pm · Link

    Glad to see your back to blogging. Missed you



  85. Jan Beach
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      · August 27th, 2017 at 2:59 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I love hearing about your travels and adventures, it sounds wonderful. I can’t wait until you new western story, and your civil war series come out. I am a first grade teacher that has recently retired, and I have wanted to write children’s books but not sure how to begin. Are there any online classes that help new writers to begin. Would love to hear from you and your ideas of how I can begin.
    Thanks
    Jan



  86. Karen Cotton
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      · September 5th, 2017 at 2:55 am · Link

    Linda,
    Sounds like you’re doing well.
    What have you been up to in August?
    Hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend.
    Are the fires affecting you at all?

    take care and thinking about you.
    Karen Cotton :wink:



  87. Hilda
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      · September 12th, 2017 at 1:55 pm · Link

    WHERE’S LINDA??????????????????????????



  88. Linda Mansfield
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      · September 21st, 2017 at 9:35 pm · Link

    Glad you enjoyed Gettysburg. I was born in Harrisburg and raised in Mechanicsburg and Shippensburg, Pa., so I toured the battlefield many times with my family and while on numerous class trips. I think I learned something new each time.



  89. Diana Igo
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      · September 22nd, 2017 at 5:58 pm · Link

    I appreciate your books that take me away at times from realities of this world whether tragedies in neighboring countries or locally. Sometimes the reality of our national and international news can only be weathered in bursts. Then it is outside to my backyard nature sanctuary, journal writing, and reading for fun.
    Thank you for your characters, settings, and the joy of being entertained.
    Diana



  90. Carol Luciano
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      · September 26th, 2017 at 8:20 am · Link

    Welcome back Linda. Hope thongs are better now. Visiting Gettysburg is on my bucket list.
    Carol L



  91. Melinda M
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      · September 26th, 2017 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Glad that you are doing better. Looking forward to your next book



  92. Theresa Weaver
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      · September 26th, 2017 at 10:51 pm · Link

    Hello there from Maryland. I had scoured the internet in hopes of finding out whether you have any plans for the third book in the Mojo series but couldn’t find any information. Although I’ve loved all the stories I’ve read by you, when I finished Deadly Deceptions I immediately searched for the next one. I was so sad when I realized there wasn’t a next book in the series…. Fingers crossed that it isn’t finished!
    Are there future plans to visit the zany world of Mojo Sheepshanks?
    Thank you for many hours of enjoyment!!



  93. MicheleJ
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      · September 27th, 2017 at 12:09 pm · Link

    Linda!!! Where are you!?? We just got back from Dodge City and I saw your name, hands and feet in front of Doc and Wyatt!! It was so exciting!



  94. Des
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      · October 19th, 2017 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, hope you are well. Take care and let us know how you are.



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