#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Battle of the Pills

Sadie wins the occasional battle in our take-your-pills confrontations, but I will win the war.  What a dog.  Currently, she’s having baby food with her breakfast–macaroni and cheese is her favorite :)–because that way I can mix in the powders for her kidneys and liver and she’ll still eat.  Provided that I add in little bits of freshly-fried bacon, of course.  The meat can’t be cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge, either, because she’ll turn up her muzzle at that.

Spoiled rotten dog.  As I often tell her, it’s a good thing I love spoiled rotten dogs.  :)

The African violet seems hail and hearty in its new pot–the leaves look glossy and there are new blooms forming in the center, so I think the delicate transplant process was a success.  The gardenia is expanding before our very eyes, now that it has room to grow.  Both plants need a lot of light and watering from the bottom, as they don’t like to be wet.

I had a wonderful writing day yesterday, and plan on another today–in fact, it will be even better because I don’t have to go to the dentist.

I’ve committed to doing 10 minutes of “free-writing” every day before I start the chapter–free-writing being exactly what it sounds like.  Stream of consciousness stuff.  I set a timer and I just write, as fast as I can navigate the keyboard, without worrying about punctuation or typos or anything like that.  Not judging.  It quiets the evil critic in my mind and by the time I start in with the actual book, I’m rolling.  It works like a charm and, since the author of the book (Peter Elbow, “Writing with Power”) where I discovered the technique promises it gets better with regular use, I’m onboard for that.  Starting, for me, is the hardest part–and this is a way of having already started, so to speak.

We are enjoying lovely summer weather again–yesterday was gloriously rainy.  :)  I love a good downpour and a slate-gray sky–just not days and days of them in a row.

And that’s the news from my kitchen table.  Be happy and be well.  Easier said than done?  Trying making a list of the things you’re grateful for–and you’ll be surprised how fast your mood improves.

Ciao for now, friends.

One comment to “Battle of the Pills”

  1. Sandi
      · July 22nd, 2011 at 7:47 am · Link

    I love a good down pour too. Wish we had more!

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