#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

All better!

Sheesh–that cold was a lulu!  Much better now, though I still have a slight cough.

Since Jen is away on vacation, I’ll be selecting two winners at random from the comments and notifying them, then posting the names.  I’m sorry I’ve had this so goofed up.

I spent last week–before I got sick, anyway–working on the outline for the new series, as mentioned.  Most of the weekend went to resting, though I did make a trip to the grocery store and Hobby Lobby.  :)  I bought one of those die-cut machines for quilting, and I spent much of yesterday washing, pressing, and finally cutting shapes for the first quilt.  Saturday’s brain-effort went to figuring out exactly how to thread my sewing machine.  :)  It’s crazy–I used to sew in high school, and I could thread and operate my mom’s machine just fine.  Nothing like a few decades to erase such things from one’s gray-matter–but I did finally work it out.  (I love gadgets, but, alas, I’m not very technical, and it’s hard for me to follow diagrams.  If someone shows me, hands-on, how to do something, though, I never forget it–guess that means I’m a visual learner?)  Favorite gadget of the week is a gizmo that actually winds bobbins.  :)  (Things are never so simple that I can’t find a way to complicate them.)

Anyway, the range of fabrics available to today’s quilter absolutely blows me away.  WOW.  I have to restrain myself from buying yards and yards of everything that takes my eye–which is everything on the shelves.

This week–today, in fact–I’m starting “The Marriage Pact”, and I can hardly wait.  I am a fortunate woman, getting paid to do what I love most in all the world.

I continue to meditate regularly–20 minutes in the morning–and I must say, this is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.  I’m shooting for 20 minutes in the afternoon, too, but I’m not there yet.  Ditto, exercise.  Have you guessed?  Consistency is hard for us ADDers.  I figure as long as I don’t quit, I’m still in the runnin’.  :)  I get frustrated as all get-out–stew for a while–and then start over. 

Been doing that all my life, in fact.  Starting over.  I am on very good terms with Square One.

Just finishing up Rick Bragg’s memoir, “All Over but the Shoutin’ “, and it’s excellent.  That fella can WRITE.  Actually, I think I hate him.

Best get myself to Petticoat Creek, Wyoming, pronto.  Hadleigh (I named this character for Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, though I altered the spelling from ‘Hadley’) and Tripp (now THERE’S a cowboy name for you!) are waiting for me. 

Tune in again tomorrow.

32 comments to “All better!”

  1. Gloria
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m glad you’re feeling better. Colds, if I remember correctly, are awful, but as I haven’t had one in years, I may have forgotten. (Please, Lord, I’m not bragging, I’m being grateful.)

    Don’t feel bad about threading your machine, or not…they are so completely different than they used to be. I don’t know how old you are, but even in the last few decades, the machines have been improved till they run themselves, (embroidery), cut the thread, and all kinds of other stuff. I started out on a pedal machine, but even though I have an electric one, I haven’t progressed to the really new ones. Just have FUN!

    Happy writitng!

  2. Diana Eagen
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

    So glad your feeling better, Linda, colds can be so miserable. I always get that cough afterwards too.
    Sounds like you keep very busy all the time!! I’m sure I would be the same way if I were to drag out my old sewing machine, don’t know why I still have it! My craft room is a total mess right now (I rubber stamp cards). Good project for today.
    I’m almost finished with Winter of the World and looking forward to some lighter reading. Its very depressing but makes me feel like I want to be a more loving and caring person. Blessings

  3. Sherry Wallace
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Anxious to hear more about the WY bunch! That’s where my cowboy brother wants to retire. Somewhere close to the Grand Tetons! Also wanna know more about this quilt you’re making! What pattern did you choose, size, & mostly the colours – wow, I know what you mean about the choices! There must be 100 of each colour! I just go crazy with colours

  4. sam
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 3:06 pm · Link

    I am so glad you are feeling better Linda :)
    I can not wait for Petticoat creek to come to life in your books. I have been collecting replica civil war fabric to start quilting, but haven’t had the courage to start it yet. Gloria has seen my collection and keeps encouraging me to start it ;)

  5. Ange
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, First let me say I LOVE your books !!! I always read one start to finish without stopping. LOVE LOVE LOVE them.

    My question. How did you quit smoking? Today is the first day of me not smoking and I’m about to go up the wall. I’m 48 and smoked for 30+ years. I keep saying to myself, “One day at at time, God” I want one right now so much !!

    Thanks for listening,


  6. Roberta Giordano
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 3:28 pm · Link

    Glad your feeling better! Summer colds are the worse. Enjoy your writing !

  7. PATTY
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 3:30 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better, can’t wait for the new series, i have read everything you have ever written and fall in love with your characters.Keep uop the good work!!

  8. Ruby Norwood
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 3:33 pm · Link

    I am glad that you are feeling better Linda!!

  9. Linda R
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better! I absolutely love your books. Can’t wait for the new ones. :)

  10. Debbie Koziel
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Hi Linda ….what quilt patten are you going to make?
    I’ve been quilting for the past 8 years and I LOVE it!!

  11. Norma Stanforth
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 4:09 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I am glad that you are going to do a quilt it will help you to relax after you get the hang of it. I am glad that you are feeling better and that you are still meditation. God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,

  12. Tia
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better.

  13. Connie Collins
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 4:59 pm · Link

    I love your books and most especially the ones with a Western Flavor. Keep up the good work. You create them and I am the sponge that absorbs them. :-|

  14. Michelle Huang
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 5:10 pm · Link

    So glad that you are feeling better! Another hobby to pass the time when not too busy writing or is being at a road block.

  15. Marie Potts
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Hello Linda , So glad to here you are feeling better. Your books are absolutely fabulous!! When I finish one I cant wait to start another.

  16. Becky Johnson
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I have a “Log Cabin” quilt my Mom made for me using scraps of fabric from all the dresses she sewed for me when I was in grade school and junior high ( I guess it’s called Middle School now). Some of the earlier dresses she sewed for me, she made herself a dress out of the same fabric. I liked that we had matching dresses. I remember getting dressed for a big family reunion when I was about 10 yrs. old. My mom’s brother Sonny and family were coming from Elmira, New York and my Mom was all excited. She had a dress picked out to wear but I wanted us to wear matching dresses. I could tell she really didn’t want to switch dresses but she did to please me. Now when I look at that quilt I can picture all those dresses. What a special keepsake!
    So glad I read your blog today as it brought back some great memories and as today is my mom’s birthday it is an especially nice way to remember her!
    Your books bring so much feeling to my life – happiness, excitement, longing, laughter, tears, adventure…I can’t begin to thank you enough!
    Love You!!

  17. Stacey
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better. Thank you for writing! I really want to make a quilt. I save old clothes with fabrics I love and cut those up for quilts. My grandma was a quilter God bless her soul.
    Can’t wait for your new series!!

  18. Joyce Roddy
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. You mentioned you were having trouble reading diagrams, I love to crochet but I have trouble following a pattern so I usually end up with something similar to the pattern but I have added some of my own pattern. We have a crocheting group that meets every week and it is a joke if I finish something before I start something new. I just love to see if I can learn something new. Love your books and my book case is full of you books as well as my Kindle. Keep the books coming!!

  19. Lois Rotella
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Hi Linda , Glad to hear you are feeling better. Summer colds are not fun at all :( I am looking forward to the book coming out in August and then December. :-P I am also looking forward to meeting the new people from Wyoming. Take care and rest with your hobbies when possible.

  20. Jean M
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 7:27 pm · Link

    LOL! Can tell you are feeling better…admiring AND hating Rick
    Bragg for his excellent writing! :) I love to read how you pull names out of the “air” for the names of your characters in your books. Looking forward to the new series. My best friend (since 3rd grade!), always involved in sewing, has made some fantastic quilts. My husband & I received one as a gift for our 50th wedding anniversary. I’ve been blown away, also, with the wonderful selections all you quilters have to choose from. Pretty! Pretty! :)

  21. Patty C
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, glad to hear you’re feeling better. Read your fans comments and found out you have another fan name Patty. I guess that makes me Patty C. Enjoy your quilting time. I envy you. I am totally uncreative. Since my mother was creative and my sister is too, I have no one to blame but my poor father (lol).

  22. Barbara Kyllonen
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. Colds this time of year are not fun. I love quilting and use a machine I had in High School. I am 59 so it pretty old. But lots of fun . Enjoy all your books. Stay well.

  23. Susan Barton
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 9:12 pm · Link

    So glad you’re feeling better. You’re in great company for ADDers, I start multiple projects and want to view/listen/participate in so many movies, cd’s, craft projects that it takes the wind out of my sails. I’ve had so many great adventures thru your McKettrick series and just wanted to say “thanks” for the fun, romance, laughter..and most of all…my quiet time. When I have a room to myself with a favorite book…all is well in my world.

    Hope to see the quilt project soon…(smile).

  24. Pat Yates
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 10:40 pm · Link

    Linda I have great luck with lemon grass tea for colds, coughs,and fevers. I grow my own so I can’t tell you where to get it in your area. I was so happy when I discovered you several years ago. I buy every book that comes out and have collected a lot of your older ones. Can never wait for the next one to come out! Now on to quilting! Love it! Been quilting for 18 1/2 years. That is how I quit smoking. Kept my hands busy and controlled MY ADD somewhat. Can>t wait for the next book.

  25. Tinna Doub
      · July 22nd, 2013 at 11:53 pm · Link

    Colds are nasty & just like to linger including the cough! The mind does get foggy in things we don’t do everyday! In November I will become a great Aunt :D Her name will be Hadley! I’m thrilled and pleased to find that she is the name of your new leading lady! Cant wait to hear which quilt pattern will be used in your story & the social settings of the quilting bees. be they for gossip or in celebration of some local event or to just get a quilt made faster. I wonder if Jen misses you as much as your missing her. thanks for sharing Tinna

  26. Emily
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 9:44 am · Link

    Hope you have completely recovered from your cold. They can be really bad and I hate it when I get one.

    50 years ago I was given the “wedding ring” hand made quilt before I got married. I still have it and love it. It is on a quilt stand as it is made for a double bed and my husband and I sleep in a King size bed.

    As always, can’t wait for the new book, and the new series. Love your writing…..love your books.

    Stay well.

  27. Diane Lenox
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 10:34 am · Link

    Summer colds are the worse. I’m just getting over one myself. I am eagerly waiting for the release of Big Sky Wedding. Love your books. Take care.

  28. Ida C
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    So glad you’re feeling better. Keep it up!!

  29. Pat Burleson
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better Linda. Hope that means you will feel like writing, huh ! Wish you could speed up the release date for “Big Sky Wedding .” So excited about the upcoming new series. Enjoy quilting but don’t let it interfere with the writing . Sefish, aren’t I, just love your books soooooo much !

    • Mary s
        · July 23rd, 2013 at 11:18 pm · Link

      I too am patiently awaiting this release!,,

  30. Mary s
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 pm · Link

    Glad you are better…. Now get back to writing… Look forward to all your releases!

  31. Theresa Henry
      · August 1st, 2013 at 12:43 pm · Link

    i’ve been reading your books since I was 9 years old. Since stroke in 2006, they are my greatest enjoyment due to confinement to wheelchair. Used to be a cowgirl, too, with horses but had to give it all up after stroke. I can still read your books,though and live vicariously through them. Thank you a Dwvoted Fan.

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