#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Beware the bug!

It seems that just when I think I’m finally over this flu-bug, it “flats” me again–“flats” being a term we used around here, back in the day, to describe the way Bernice, the Yorkie, used to just press one of the kitties to the floor, for no apparent reason.  Evidently, it was some kind of dominance thing–amusing, since it never harmed the kits or even seemed to bother them much, and Bernice was so blase about it.  :)

I’m writing again–so close, so close to finishing!–but it has been a rocky road.  Much as I love this book and it’s characters, I’ll be glad to see the back of it, and move on to my holiday story, “Christmas in Mustang Creek.”  It’s time for a change of pace–and time to feel better, too.  I’m not only getting bored, I’m getting lonesome–Jenni comes and goes, and of course the barn work proceeds as usual, but Mary Ann has to stay away, lest she catch the plague.

Does anybody remember the Betty MacDonald books?  (Last name may be misspelled.  Mom, is this right? :)  Betty lived over in Western Washington and penned, among other tales, “The Egg and I”, a comical account of her adventures on a chicken farm, and, “The Plague and I”, in which she described her experience with tuberculosis.  Now, thank heaven, I don’t have T.B.–but these days I’m feeling as though I could definitely have written my own version of “The Plague and I”.  :)

It’s the weirdest thing–as stated in the first paragraph of this blog entry, I start feeling pretty good and even somewhat ambitious and–BAM! (As they say in the comic books)… I’m flat on my back again, wondering what the heck just hit me.  I was supposed to go to Dallas last Friday for a lovely event put on by the folks at Fresh Fiction, and thinking, in a fit of optimism, that I was well enough make the trip–until about four o’clock Thursday afternoon, when I realized it just wasn’t going to happen.  I was SO disappointed but, hey, not only was I likely to wind up in the hospital if I dared make the journey, how could I have justified exposing so many other people to the plague??

By the way, I did get the contest announcements all botched up, and I apologize.  LAST WEEK’S winners are: Eileen Tallach and Emma–both notified via private email by Super-Jen.  Congratulations!  (According to Jen, I should have said that contests end on Fridays and BEGIN on Mondays.  Yikes.  I’ve been getting a lot of things mixed up lately.)  Among its other charms, the plague is confusing.  :)

God is taking care of me, so please don’t worry.  I suspect He let me catch whatever this is (i.e. flatted me, Bernice-style) just so I would get a little more rest than I usually do.  In my experience, it’s always better to listen to the still, small voice from the beginning–before it gets not-so-still and BIG.  :)  Which, of course, does not mean I practice what I’m preaching.  I depend on His Grace.

How about you? 

57 comments to “Beware the bug!”

  1. DONNA
      · February 17th, 2014 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Hope you feel 100% soon. I love your books so keep on writing. I am surprised with the horrible weather here in NJ I didn’t end up with pneumonia or a bunch of broken bones!!

  2. Maryjane Hoffman
      · February 17th, 2014 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Hope this finds you feeling even better! That “BUG” is one nasty little devil and it really does knock you flat on your back. Glad though that you have been able to get some writing done but know that you can’t wait to get out of that bed, get outside and breath some fresh air! Take care, one day at a time and good to know too that you are letting the Man Upstairs help you along!!

  3. Rosemary
      · February 17th, 2014 at 2:40 pm · Link

    I’m with you sister…God’s way or no-way, I’ve learned that the hard way and still I am reminded fairly often when I fail to ask and/or listen.

    I have had a bug that completely “knocked my socks off” and because it is uncommon for me to be sick it became a mental and a physical thing.

    Get Rest and Get Well Soon!

  4. Dennis
      · February 17th, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Stay the course Linda!! You will feel better soon!

  5. Terri Shortell
      · February 17th, 2014 at 2:46 pm · Link

    I can really sympathize with you. It took me a month to get better. I’m still coughing and horse sounding so I guess that means it’s been one and a half months. :) I hope you get better soon and sorry about Dallas. The splat thing was funny, my big dog does it to our little one. He is also very blase about it. Love animals, they keep you amused.

  6. Tracy Garratt
      · February 17th, 2014 at 2:48 pm · Link

    Hope you are fully feeling better soon, my dad has that flu at the moment too but its also the “man cold” so has become useless lol. Too bad about your trip.

  7. Andrea Lammly
      · February 17th, 2014 at 2:51 pm · Link

    So happy to hear you are feeling better Linda. That bug going around is one nasty creature. I always depend on His Grace but sometimes he “flattens” us out as we aren’t listening as closely as we should. Take your time getting back into the swing of things.

    That is exciting news that you have another Christmas book in the works!

    Take care of yourself and listen to the “Big Guy”. :-P

  8. Virginia Horton
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Hang in there Linda, God is with you. Sounds like you have a bad case of the flu crud. So far none of us have been sick knock on wood. The weather has been really bad this year and it keeps changing here. We may be 50 one day and 0 the next. You never can tell.

  9. Lorraine Pitts
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:06 pm · Link

    His grace is what I depend on, Linda. I will be praying for you. I hate to bother you but, have you given any thought to writing about Mojo again. She and Tucker need to get married or something? Married, I hope. Her sisters need help and that sexy ghost? Come on, please!!! Well, I love anything and everything you write!!! Feel better.

  10. marilyn
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Get better soon, looking forward to the next books and keeping good thoughts headed your way. Vicks on the feet with socks over, really does work! Take care!

  11. Denise King
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:17 pm · Link

    I sorry you’re still not feeling well and I don’t want you to feel worse but I just finished Forever and the Night. I didn’t care for it at all and I Love all of the McKettricks and Creeds and all of the other books connected to them. Hope you feel better soon, take care.

  12. Mary Goodman
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:20 pm · Link


  13. Ruby Norwood
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners Eileen and Elma. I am sorry you still not feeling well Linda, but you have got to listen to the big guy upstairs and take care of yourself. I will keep you in our prayers. get well soon!!!

  14. Marie Jones
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I’m sorry you’re sick. This crud does hang on. My hubby got it right after New Years and is still battling it. But you’re a stong woman so keep fighting! Now a sick man? Don’t get me started…….. 8-O

  15. Diana E.
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:49 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, I’m so sorry about your relapse and not being able to go to Dallas. You were wise to listen to your body. I do so cringe if anyone on a plane is sick. Its too bad this book isn’t going as well as you’d like but it will be good to finish it and go on to write the Christmas one, uplifting. (Sounds like I really know what I’m talking about doesn’t it)???? LOL Anyway, sending uplifting thoughts and prayers your way (I can do that)!!!! Blessings.

  16. Sue Hodge
      · February 17th, 2014 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Hope you are better soon. That bug is nasty, took me 3 weeks to feel better.
    God bless!

  17. Ida C
      · February 17th, 2014 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Take care Linda and don’t try to do too much when you start feeling better!! We need you back, well rested and well – not just because you feel you have to let us know you’re still with us! Do rest up and get completely over the plague – we want you feeling yourself completely – and healthy!! God bless, and rest!! :-P

  18. Roberta
      · February 17th, 2014 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better . Hate to say maybe next the flu shot would be a good idea. I’ve been doing it for years.

  19. Patricia Taylor
      · February 17th, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    Sounds like you need to take a day off from writing and just relax, be pampered and not think of anything but getting well. Curl up with one of your favorite authors and just be. Then take baby steps to get back into the swing of things. Heard this flu bug can really take the wind out of your sails. Don’t want to rush recovery because as you know it will flatten you again.

  20. Deborah Nelson
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Yes! TheEgg and I

    You can read about the author and book on Wikipedia. :wink:

  21. Eileen Tallach
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    I’m so excited to be one of the WINNERS!Congrats to Emma as well! It’s the double “E” winner’s week!! Yay!
    Ps: Linda, you might be reinfecting yourself. Time to get a new toothbrush and bleach those bed sheets.

  22. Maria Nehls
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:17 pm · Link

    I feel for you. I caught a virus just before Thanksgiving that lasted until the middle of January. Hope you feel better soon.

  23. Linda Wilson
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:18 pm · Link

    I hope you feel better soon. I am praying for you. So many on the east coast who have had this can`t seem to shake it either.
    Linda Wilson

  24. Cassandra
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:24 pm · Link

    His Grace is sufficient…and remember to debug yourself…throwout old toothbrushes, eye makeup, facial sponges or puffs…wipe down the door knobs and toilet seat handles…sometimes we reinfect ourselves…
    you’ll never know what the Lord blocked by your being “flatted” and not able to make your trip…when the time is right you’ll go…

  25. Juanita Rice
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:27 pm · Link

    So good to see you up and running again! Stay well, Linda. :)


  26. Jen Oswalt
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:36 pm · Link

    So sorry you aren’t feeling 100%. That has to be frustrating I’m sure. I appreciate your writing and the inspiration of your characters walk towards redemption and grace; love right where they are and not when they get “there”. Keep it up ~

    Blessings from Spokane~
    Jen Oswalt

  27. Dawn Roberts
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:38 pm · Link

    Feel better, I yes, the correct term is BAM it hits you again. That has been happening around my house with my family. I really think we are passing it back and forth. So hopefully having my husband mop with ammonia will help. I am so over having this bug.
    Here is the Dallas area people are actually dying from it. YIKES!

    Be well, and take care of yourself. :-P

  28. Drenda Auvil
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:49 pm · Link

    Bless your heart, hope you get well soon. Have you checked to see what bug is going around (family doctor) or pharmacy? We had the Noro Virus one year and skipped one, and it was here this year. Bad bug (see cdc.gov) that’s the center for disease control. Usually hospitals and nursing homes, institutional settings. W=But lately is it everywhere. Hurts the stomach and back, can include vomiting, lung congestion. Takes bleach to kill it out. 3oz. in 28 oz. water. Spray on surfaces you touch or it just does not dies and you keep getting it back. Bleach mixed as said evaporates into the air killing there too. Clorox makes a germicidal bleach that is low acid and low odor and works in cold water, it smells mild but is 3 % stronger. Only sold commercially or at Lowe’s home centers. This works great for flu too. Good luck. so you won’t feel green and weak. God speed.

  29. Drenda Auvil
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:52 pm · Link

    We called the bug the Creeping crud, gave us something to laugh about :-D

  30. Lois Rotella
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear it came back. Right now I am battleing a head cold. With all this cold weather and snow in the north east it does not look like I am getting anytime soon. I hope we feel better real soon. Rest is all we can do to get stronger.

  31. Shirley Trego
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:57 pm · Link

    Get well soon!!!

  32. Pam Brewer
      · February 17th, 2014 at 5:57 pm · Link

    I’m glad you are starting to feel better. I had the flu last year and only took a week off of work. It took me weeks to get to feeling better. I should have stayed home and rested more. Live and learn. Remember to continue to drink plenty of fluids to get the remainder of the plague out of your system!

  33. Emma
      · February 17th, 2014 at 6:01 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon.Thank you. Congratulations to Eileen Tallach. Can’t wait to read “Christmas in Mustang Creek.” I enjoy reading your books.

  34. Pat
      · February 17th, 2014 at 6:04 pm · Link

    I know I am nothing without His grace. Take care of yourself. When I had it I was down for 6 weeks. BECAUSE I I WOULD NOT STOP AND REST. I read The Egg and I and the Plague too. Lost both when my house burned but I am going to look for them next time I go to the half price book store. Had forgotten about them. Thanks for the reminder!
    Rest and get not better but well. God Bless.

  35. Laura Ann Harris
      · February 17th, 2014 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Bless your heart Linda! You’ve had your share colds/flu this winter. Take care if yourself and only do what you can do. Get well soon.

  36. Rita
      · February 17th, 2014 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Sorry,Linda.I will be glad when this bug is history,it used up most of my autumn.

  37. Cecelia Kelsey
      · February 17th, 2014 at 6:49 pm · Link

    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. It is so hard to be sick. I am not a good patient and want everything cured overnight! That, of course, is not the way it works! Take care and get rested up and better!

  38. LynneW
      · February 17th, 2014 at 6:49 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the Double-E winners!

    I remember Betty MacDonald’ EGG AND I – I had finished all the Erma Bombeck books in our local library and this one was suggested as similar. At the time I was a preteen in the suburbs, so I didn’t understand a lot of it (she moves to the country and all sorts of mishaps occur to her), but I remember thinking she had a fun way of expressing herself.

    And re: the flu – I am reading a medical romance right now, and the doctor says that they’ve long known flu is no 48-hour job: 2 weeks to incubate, 2 weeks with fever, aches etc., and 2 weeks to recuperate. That makes 6 weeks, which sounds about right from when I had it myself – first, and hopefully last, time in my life! – a few years ago.

    You have my complete sympathy. I had no idea that was what it was; my boss insisted I go to the doctor, and first words out of his mouth were “You have the flu! Did you get the shot?” I said no, and he said “well, I did, and it didn’t make a difference so don’t worry about it.”

    On the bright side, those of us who survive it, should be clear for the future. My friend who is a scientist says that it confers some sort of immunity against other strains as well. I’m holding on to that thought ~

  39. Lea Williams
      · February 17th, 2014 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Took me a really long time to get over that plague. I remember The Egg and I. Funny story. Don’t try to over do too quickly or it will smack you down again. Blessings, take care.

  40. ,carole
      · February 17th, 2014 at 6:59 pm · Link

    Get well soon! I haven’t gotten it but have heard that it really gets you down for awhile. Glad your writing!

  41. Heather Charity
      · February 17th, 2014 at 7:27 pm · Link

    The flu SUX! ;-) I’m glad to hear you’re finally over it. You’ve had a rough winter! Here’s to a Healthy and rejuvinating spring!!

  42. Terrie Lynn
      · February 17th, 2014 at 8:22 pm · Link

    It does sound like He is trying to let you know something. Get plenty of rest and you will be back on your feet before you know it. I will keep you in my prayers and wish you a speedy recovery. :twisted:

  43. Marlene Kubick
      · February 17th, 2014 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m happy to hear you’re on the road to recovery, slow that it may be. I know what you mean about “the Little Voice”. Several times I’ve listened to it and things turned out good. A few times that I ignored it…things weren’t so well. I’m hearing that voice again and I’m thinking I had better listen…..it could be too late this time. I’ve put things off way to long. Take your time and make sure you are over this before you have a third round. :roll:

  44. midge watkins
      · February 17th, 2014 at 8:37 pm · Link

    When I got pneumonia a year and a half ago, there was a
    pastor from Nigeria at Holy Family Hosp. that told me the
    same thing. That God had an idea to slow me down and force
    me to rest. I believe it. Who gets pneumonia in the middle
    of July? I remember Betty MacDonald from when I was in
    grade school when my Mother got me to read the “Egg and I”.
    I even have it on dvd. Love it! I hadn’t heard of the other one,
    so I’ll look for it. Please take care of yourself. If I knew where
    you lived, I’d come over in my “biosuit” and help out. Can’t
    wait for the new Christmas book.

  45. Emily
      · February 17th, 2014 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, I thought you were better. I know it takes time to get over this stuff, so be careful. It was wise of you not to go to Dallas.

    I am so excited about your new series in Wyoming. Can’t wait! I read your books like the wind! (Too fast.)

    Have you read the book “The Story”? We are studying it in church. It uses the NIV version, (I like the KJV best) but this is a very good book. Enjoy!

  46. judy
      · February 17th, 2014 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Take care and go slow. It takes time to over something like that. May God be behind you.

  47. pat coupe
      · February 18th, 2014 at 1:03 am · Link

    dear Linda looking foreward to your latest book. I am writing this in the middle of full blown flu and chest infection, it was made a little better rereading one of your books. Hope that you are feeling better. Once again thank you for your wonderful range of books.

  48. Brenda
      · February 18th, 2014 at 9:26 am · Link

    I understand what you mean. You just want to feel like yourself again but this bug has to run its course. Continue with the vitamin C and continue to lean and depend on HIM.
    Hope that you’re on the mend soon.

  49. Diane Shea
      · February 18th, 2014 at 10:50 am · Link

    You have had a awfull bought of it. As some people up North say it must be dog ale. You take çare. Diane

  50. Joyce M.
      · February 18th, 2014 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Not original but heartfelt wishes that you feel better soon.

  51. Connie Johnson
      · February 18th, 2014 at 2:02 pm · Link

    I had the same problem, I thought I was better, but was out again. I think it is finally over, but it has been a month. Take care and God bless.

  52. Joan Elison
      · February 18th, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Betty also wrote the wonderful Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories loved by my family. The were a must when ever a child was “Flats”. Take care. May God hold you in the palm of His Hand.

  53. zola udell
      · February 18th, 2014 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Yes Linda, when you experience something like that, you must rest. I have so far escaped the flu the last few years, but I have been getting the flu shot every year. I am 66 years old .
    I am sorry you missed your trip, but you are super busy, and I am sure you were due for a rest. I hope you continue to mend and get back to full strength. Please remember to get rest regularly this year.

  54. Gloria
      · February 18th, 2014 at 8:16 pm · Link

    I’m hoping and praying you’ll feel 100% yourself before the week is out. You’ll wake up one morning before long and you’ll feel so well that you’ll begin to wonder if you were ever sick. :-?

    Speaking of being confused, I don’t have and haven’t had, THANK GOD, the “plague”, but I am sooooo confused. I saw this Blog and before I could read it, it seemed to disappear, and I couldn’t find it. I finally went to the last Blog and was able to find this one. WHEW!!!

    Anyway, it was an interesting one.

    Take care.

  55. Patti
      · February 18th, 2014 at 8:26 pm · Link

    It sounds like you caught a terrible bug. Sending prayers.

  56. Kelley Morrow
      · February 19th, 2014 at 12:40 am · Link

    Praying for your full recovery and God does have his way pf giving us what we need! Stay well rested and keep the beautiful stories coming!

  57. Carole Sklenar
      · February 19th, 2014 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Have to say, like you, I had to learn the hard way few years ago that I have to listen to that voice that says, “you better stop, go to bed, and let this run it’s course or you will be in trouble.” Wound up with pneumonia. Not fun. So I can so relate to you. I think that if you are sick one day, that you should be just fine the next and what’s this garbage about being sick more than one day…. :wink: Oh well, am so glad that you are doing better. I love the Christmas stories and will be looking forward to the new one.

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