#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


The Older I Get…

The more ways I am like my parents.

Fortunately, since I was derned lucky in the parent department, this is mostly good.

My sense of humor and love of books and the written word in general come from my mother. (So, alas, does my tendency to have little piles of paper everywhere, let the mail stack up, etc.)

My love of horses and all things western is my dad’s legacy. I’ve got his persistence, but also his stubborn streak. And lately I’ve noticed a few other connections–he loved to work with wood and build things, and his workshop was his haven. Now, I’m going to have a studio–aka, heaven-on-earth. I can finally, finally spread out all my tools and have a place–besides the kitchen table–to let things dry.) I have his habit of writing things down in a little memo book, too–mostly, ideas for an ATC or a collage I’d like to do. (This is my way of restraining myself from rushing off, firefly-style, to try every new thing that occurs to me. Being a creative type, a LOT of new things occur to me, on a pretty regular basis, and books don’t get written that way!)

On the ATC/collage front, I’m excited because I had some cookie cutters made to the exact measurement of a trading card–I can do them in polymer clay. I also designed a crown, since I use a lot of crowns in current pieces, and had it made in two sizes. What a kick to see my own drawing translated into metal!

Alas, I’ve made a new rule for myself. No art until the pages are done.

It’s not so bad, really. Because I love writing even more than art!

I had a fabulous time in San Francisco–many watershed moments–but it’s even better to be home. The bad news is, I gained five pounds, eating all that sourdough bread and having desserts at the various dinners and parties–three of which were in my honor, so how could I abstain? :) The good news is, part of that is what I call airplane weight, and I’m back on the food plan as of right now. Better to take off 5 pounds than 50, right? And if I’d followed that rule before, I wouldn’t have been a Weight Watchers lifetime-member some five or six times!

We live, we learn.

Hopefully.

Make it a good day.

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