#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A clog in the blog

:) I hope none of you have been worrying about me, since I’ve been away from the blog–I am simply putting all my energy into finishing THE MARRIAGE PACT.  I LOVE this book. 

Today was Weight Watchers day, but I skipped the meeting to write.  I’m still following the program, however; in fact, it has become second nature to me.    

We had a few inches of snow during the night, and I woke to that wonderful, soft silence I have always loved.  There’s something positively magical about snow, though I freely admit I do not always feel so charitable toward this particular form of precipitation.  :)  I’m in a good place, mood wise, this winter, and I’m so grateful.

What I’ve been reading/listening to: IN THE BLOOD, a thriller by Lisa Unger, was interesting and quite original, too–but very dark, as well.  At this time of year, I have to be careful not to expose myself to too much gloom.  As I write this, however, I’m listening to a biography of the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer–still sharp at the amazing age of 108.  A gifted pianist, Ms. Herz-Sommer played many, many concerts while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp–you can image what a comfort her music must have been to other prisoners.  Although she and her small son came through, her mother, father and husband were all lost.  As a child, she knew Franz Kafka and many other luminaries, and the book is mostly about her life after liberation, first in the then-new nation of Israel and then in London.  Understandably, she doesn’t like to discuss the experience, although she confided a great deal in the author, Caroline Stoessinger.  I read/listen to books like this one because I never, ever want to forget what happened.

Maybe I’ll switch over to Tim Conway’s book, WHAT’S SO FUNNY? for a few laughs, though.  :)  I’ve been a fan of Mr. Conway’s since his first appearance on the Carol Burnett Show–hard to pick a favorite character, he created so many over the years, but Mr. T-T-Tudball would probably come up the winner.  :)  I loved watching him and Harvey Korman try to break each other up.

I do most of my listening at night, since by then I’m usually too tired to read.  There I am, with a couple of favorite rocks (rocks in my bed, or rocks in my head?)  two cats and one Yorkie, filling myself with words, words, words from my trusty iPod. 

Speaking of rocks–I’m as fascinated by gemstones and crystals as ever.  I’ve been buying various cabochons, mostly on eBay, gluing on a bail (the little hook the chain goes through)–notably, moss agate, a favorite healing stone, tiger iron (very lucky, and I can prove it), various kinds of Jasper, and, today, a combination of iolite and sunstone, known in the gem-world as a friend of all writers and artists.  :)  Not too difficult to figure out why I’d like that one.  Obviously, I cannot wear all these necklaces myself–I like to give them away.  If a friend suffers from depression and/or SAD, I give them sunstone.  Is concentration a challenge (as it often is for me)?  Carnelian.  Serious illness?  Raw emerald.  When there’s a lot of negative energy in play, I suggest snowflake-obsidian–the kinder, gentler obsidian.  :)  This stone has small white specks, hence the name.  As I’ve mentioned before, pure obsidian, though definitely a positive stone, can wreak sheer havoc if not modified by the presence of rose quartz.  If you’re new to gemstones–use obsidian with caution.  :)  It’s powerful.

So that’s the Linda-chatter for today.  If I don’t blog tomorrow–as I hope to do–I will definitely be here on Friday to tell you who won this week’s contest, so stay tuned.        


35 comments to “A clog in the blog”

  1. judy
      · January 29th, 2014 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Very nice comment today. I like Tim Conway to, he is so funny.
    Glad you aare still on weight watcher. You are doing good. :lol: :-P

  2. Denise King
      · January 29th, 2014 at 10:27 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda, glad weight watchers is still working out for you. I read an interesting blog on my other favorite author’s page about Dr.Sarah Fraser,she was born in 1850 and died in 1933.She became the first woman to gain an M.D. from Syracuse University of School of Medicine and was believed to be the Fourth African American to become a licensed physician in the United States.It makes me be so proud of being an African American when I read something like this. I just wanted to share this amazing woman’s story.

    • linda
        · January 31st, 2014 at 12:31 pm · Link

      Thank you for sharing–any chance you’ll send a link to the blog you mentioned?

  3. CathyShouse
      · January 29th, 2014 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Hi, I’m fascinated by all that you know about stones. I have concentration “issues” so that type of stone caught my attention. I don’t known anything about the science of it or where to get them. My daughter took a smallish smooth stone in Sunday school class a few years back, painted it and gave it to me as a prayer stone. I thought that made it special.

  4. Leanna
      · January 29th, 2014 at 10:59 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for The Marriage Pact! Glad you are still on track with Weight Watchers!

  5. Ellen Weaver
      · January 29th, 2014 at 11:31 pm · Link

    Can we purchase the jewelry you mention? If it is available online please advise. Thanks! I am a breast cancer survivor so the emerald for healing sounds good!

  6. pat
      · January 29th, 2014 at 11:37 pm · Link

    Happy you are making progress on your book. Can’t wait to read it.

  7. Emma
      · January 29th, 2014 at 11:37 pm · Link

    will be glad when the The Marriage Pact is released.Have a wonderful week.I enjoy reading your books.

  8. Sherry Wallace
      · January 29th, 2014 at 11:45 pm · Link

    Do you still get acupuncture on Wednesdays like you used to? Haven’t heard you mention it lately. What happened about that quilt you were buying material for? Did it ever get finished?
    I agree about snow being magical – sure wish I could experience more of that majic around here! Even our Southern coastal states got snow, but not in the northern part – grrr

  9. Gloria
      · January 29th, 2014 at 11:59 pm · Link

    Linda, we had snow yesterday, and it is mostly gone today, and I am so thankful. When it snows in upper SC, we all become a bunch of wimps. I do not like the cold snow, but it is beautiful.

    I, too, suffer from SAD but, I had a good winter last time. This time, all I want to do is sleep and sleep some more, but I am fighting it as hard as I can.

    There is too much going on in life to want to sleep it away.

    Looking forward to the next Blog, as I enjoy them, and I do get concerned when we don’t hear from you. I’m just glad you’re busy and not sick.

  10. juanita rice
      · January 30th, 2014 at 12:10 am · Link

    So looking forward to The Marriage Pact!! :)

  11. Terri Shortell
      · January 30th, 2014 at 12:52 am · Link

    Love the info on stones. Need to find raw emerald for my friend (breast cancer). I also love Tim Conway. He was hilarious on Carol Burnett. Wish there were still shows like that instead of all these reality shows. Good luck with the book.

  12. Sherry Marks
      · January 30th, 2014 at 1:21 am · Link

    So glad your doing well and that your weight watchers is working for you. I love hearing about your stones and would love to learn more about them myself. I also loved watching Tim Conway and all of the cast of the Carol Burnett show, makes me smile just remembering the show. I can’t wait for your new book, I’m reading the Big Sky books now. Love, love, love them. I have so enjoyed all of your books!!! Take care and God Bless!

  13. Barbara. Arvanites
      · January 30th, 2014 at 1:47 am · Link

    Thank you so much for your blog. I have been trying to get to know you thru your books. Which I have most in my library. I do so admire your talent and style. So please keep up the very good work. I look forward to many more hours of good reads and cups of hot tea.

  14. Terrie Fulk
      · January 30th, 2014 at 2:26 am · Link

    I enjoy reading your blog. I mostly enjoy the information about “stones”. I have also looking forward to your inspirational take on the many subjects you bring up.

  15. Jayne J.
      · January 30th, 2014 at 5:58 am · Link

    I am very interested in what you have to say about your knowledge of stone, or crystals. Why do you give Sunstone to someone fighting depression? If it is a friend (stone) to writers and artists? I was just wondering. I fight depression everyday. Some days are so much worse than others. I am going for acupuncture for my depression and sever back pain. I do find it does help some.

    I also find listening to DAB every day is helping too. Brian Hardin is an awesome speaker. He has a way to reach my heart. Thank you for talking about him and DAB.

    Thank you for this blog. It helps me in so many ways. I love this blog and your books. Please keep opening my world up to new ideas (like DAB and the stones). You are so wonderful for helping me and others with our lives. Thank you.

  16. Ruby Norwood
      · January 30th, 2014 at 6:54 am · Link

    I enjoy reading your blog so much and miss you when you don’t. I am also looking forward to The Marriage Pact, can’t wait for that. I am going to get me some of those healing stones.

  17. Lois Rotella
      · January 30th, 2014 at 7:58 am · Link

    I also like Tim Conway. Him and Harvey Korman really tried hard to make other laugh. I figure when you don’t blog you are into writing and busy with other things. I love hearing about the stones. It is interesting. I am here wishing for some warmer weather. it has been a very cold January in NYC. Have a good day.

  18. Teresa Fordice
      · January 30th, 2014 at 8:34 am · Link

    love all the info on your gemstone quest!

  19. Amy
      · January 30th, 2014 at 9:11 am · Link

    We were just talking about The Carol Burnett Show a few days ago at work and laughing at that character Tim Conway played! I remember watching the show every week with my Mom, she loved Carol Burnett! Nice memories…I miss these good ole shows!!

  20. Patrice
      · January 30th, 2014 at 9:46 am · Link

    I remember that magical silence of a new snow from my youth in Pa. I am also interested in the healing or properties of gemstones. I used to have some good sites bookmarked but have lost the links. Do you have any sites or books to recommend? Stones have always seemed to appear when I needed them….a favorite outing was to go to “the rock shop” or crystal store and generally a piece would bet here that I was drawn to pick. Getting back into that, with eBay now, but I am looking for a local shop again ( our old fav The Crystal Connection closed years ago)
    I looked at some DVDs of the Carol Burnett Show for gifts at Christmas. Good entertainment that always made us laugh out loud!

  21. marilyn
      · January 30th, 2014 at 9:58 am · Link

    I’m a Pisces and have always worn aquamarines as both a birth stone and just for the properties it holds. I combine it with amethyst and moonstone and love the effects of serenity and peace. Here are the properties of aquamarine, give it a try.

    Aquamarine accelerates the intellectual reasoning processes and enhances the ability for rapid response. It makes one unconquerable through learning, not only about the physical world, but about oneself. It bestows perseverance, discipline and light heartedness.

    As a travel crystal, greenish blue Aquamarine protects those who journey by sea, alleviating the fear of water, and guards those involved in any long-haul travel such as flying or driving long distances. It is a good stone for learning to swim.

    As a love crystal, pale blue Aquamarine encourages a lover to return, helps two people with different lifestyles to live together in harmony, and reduces the effects of sensitive issues that cause quarrels. Aquamarine is often given as a love token or eternity ring, and increases commitment and fidelity “as long as the waters of the earth flow.”

  22. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · January 30th, 2014 at 10:25 am · Link

    It’s so important that you get to your writing. I’m waiting for your next series with anticipation.

  23. Maryjane Hoffman
      · January 30th, 2014 at 10:43 am · Link

    Glad you are a-okay! Miss your blogs but know that you are a very busy lady and some days get away from you before you know it! Sounds like WW is going good and it’s one program that you can do even if you miss a meeting. Love too your stories about your gems and stones. Right now we are finding prayer here in our home very helpful as my husband was told that his Melanoma has spread to his lungs, small but still it’s there, he started chemo Monday and so we are hoping and praying that it does what it’s suppose to do! Have a great day, enjoy but don’t work too hard and look forward to your next blog!!

  24. Janet Finlayson
      · January 30th, 2014 at 11:38 am · Link

    Snowflake-obsidian, I need me some right away, or maybe I need to go straight to the pure obsidian. There is sure some negative energy at work in my life. Got called on the rug for snapping to people and didn’t even realize it was doing it. Work load causes stress, but then who doesn’t have some kinda stress now days, and having two grown children and my mother all living with me, making 4 women in a 958 sq ft house, that can cause some undo stress to. Like I need to get me so obsidian right away!!! Thank you for the heads-up, I now have plans after work, where’s the nearest gem store, lol.
    Love your books, (could you please write faster, :o), lol) love your blog, we get a little more of you more often, that’s a great thing by-the-way, and love all your informative ideas of the things going on in your life trying to make it better every day. It’s great to really understand that no matter who you are we all have issues in our everyday life. Keep up the great work girl, we all love you. :-D :wink: :)

  25. Carol Miller White
      · January 30th, 2014 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m so glad you love the new book you are happily busy with writing :)

    I will check out both those book you mentioned. I so agree that we must not forget the Holocaust. Imagine living to age 108! I also think it is important to read books like the second one to help us smile and laugh.

  26. Lorraine Pitts
      · January 30th, 2014 at 12:44 pm · Link

    I live in Ga. and a couple of inches of snow shut us down. We had pile ups, kids stuck in schools and on buses overnight, one lady had to deliver her own baby, people trapped in their cars for hours. My mother and brother got snowed in at the hospital where my dad is a patient. We just cannot handle the white stuff!! I do love to look at it. Happy writing! Love your books.

  27. Diana E.
      · January 30th, 2014 at 1:48 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your book is progressing so well, keep at it, you know we’re all looking forward to reading it asap! Blessings.

  28. Virginia Horton
      · January 30th, 2014 at 3:16 pm · Link

    So glad weight watchers is working for you. I love stones also but I don’t know much about them. I remember collecting a few when my son was young. We thought he was going to have to turn in a rock collection but they had stopped that by the time he got to the grade that was doing the collection. So the stones are around here somewhere.

  29. Debra
      · January 30th, 2014 at 7:03 pm · Link

    I love reading about the gemstones! Thanks for the information.

  30. ,carole
      · January 30th, 2014 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Hi! Glad your writing is going well, love all your books! Thanks for all the information on gemstones, its really interesting! Glad your doing good on W.W. so am I! Have a wonderful Thursday!

  31. Norma Stanforth
      · January 30th, 2014 at 8:01 pm · Link

    I love the Carol Burnett show too she is always so funny. I am glad that you weight watcher is going good. We have bee havu

    • Norma Stanforth
        · January 30th, 2014 at 8:06 pm · Link

      Didn’t get to finish saying we have been having tempt. at -9F and
      -6F each day our water froze up Tuesday night about 10:30PM and it is still froze. Blessings to all.
      As always your friend

  32. MIchele J
      · January 31st, 2014 at 9:23 am · Link

    I have been too busy reading Big Sky Secrets to reply to your blog. I am so into this book right now it’s keeping me on the edge of my seat! I don’t understand it. I LOVE IT!! Thank you!!! :)

  33. Joyce M.
      · January 31st, 2014 at 11:50 am · Link

    The people that upset me the most are those that say the Holocaust never happened.

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