#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Still in Vegas–I think

I wrote yesterday morning, here in my room, then took a welcome break and made a run over to the Las Vegas Convention Center, to take in one of several Cowboy Christmas type shows. Given my usual shopping M.O. at this event, I behaved myself pretty well–one spectacular western jacket, several pieces of modestly priced handmade jewelry, a wonderful purse with ‘spirit horses’ painted on the flap, and a few Christmas gifts. Upon returning to the hotel, I spruced up a little and met a new friend, Maxine, for dinner. Maxine runs a store called Buy the Book, in Ft. Mohave, Arizona, and she and her husband drove over two hours to get here. We had a great time and a great meal and I signed some books.

Around nine p.m., I got back to the room and fired up this computer. The first chapter of a new book is always a challenge for me, especially when I can’t print it out and read the hard-copy, and I have yet to figure out how to spell-check on the latest unnecessary, pain in the backside version of Word, which is imposed on anyone who purchases a new computer, whether they want it or not. (Like Vista.) Hello, Microsoft? This ole dog doesn’t like having to learn new tricks when the old ones worked just fine, thank you very much.

Don’t get me started. I call this the New Coke Phenomenon. “If it works, let’s change it.”

Darn, I’m grumpy. I sent in the chapter. Now I need to get out of this room for a while. :)

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