#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for March, 2008

How I Work..and other stuff

There are patches of ground showing through the snow. Can it be that spring is stirring?

I drafted a full chapter of “Taming Dylan” yesterday–I’ll polish it today and go on to write Chapter Two. I am already LOVING this book. Getting CHAPTER ONE done is usually a big challenge for me, because everyone has to be on stage, and there are a lot of things to juggle. I guess because “Taming Dylan” takes up where “Logan’s Return” leaves off–in fact, there’s a slight overlap of time–it feels like a continuation of the first story. And, of course, that’s exactly

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The Firefly Syndrome

Over the weekend, I discovered that I suffer from the Firefly Syndrome. Especially when it comes to art–with writing, I’m pretty disciplined and focused. With art…


I go from one fascinating project to another; rubber stamps here, watercolors and artist trading cards there. The centerpiece for my Lincoln tribute, which is a sort of visual journaling process. (I flat out admire Honest Abe, but beyond that, it’s a plotting system, a colorful chronicle of the first Civil War book.) I LOVE the idea of recording the journey in polymer clay and collage. I also tried a great candle technique

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“Keep your ear to the ground” referred to the practice of plainsmen listening to the ground to hear hoof beats. It became the westerner’s warning to stay alert.