#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Adventures in Art Land

As many of you know, mixed media art is a favorite hobby of mine, along with container gardening, and I mostly make ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) to trade on Swapbot and Art42. I always do my best on my cards, and use the best materials I can, not because I’m noble, but because I’m obsessive. :) There is a rating system on both sites and, recently, I received a low one that I thought was very unfair. It brought my average down, which means I can’t even participate in some swaps, but the most frustrating thing was that I made several courteous efforts to address the problem. I emailed the other swapper. I sent her a new card. No response.

Why am I telling you all this, you ask, as you well might? :)

Here’s the lesson I learned. As upset as I was when it happened, I’m now GRATEFUL for that low rating. Why? Because when I voiced my frustration, many kind people came forward to reassure and encourage me. I was invited to join groups and I made new friends. In the end, it was a blessing, because I was reminded that while there are always a few grumps around, MOST people are doing their best to behave themselves.

“Austin” came out yesterday. YEE-HAW!!

I’m feeling much recovered from that deadly flu bug, and the new book is rolling. YEE-HAW again!

And that’s the news from my house to yours.

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