#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
A Day for Doing Other Things

I had one of those just yesterday! :)

Never did get around to writing–guess I needed a Mental Health Day. Still, being descended from good sturdy blue-collar stock, I had to do something constructive, so I cleared MOST of the craft stuff off the kitchen table. (Housekeeper’s away, writer will play.) Got to get a bunch of those plastic organizers–I just used boxes for sorting. (Because I’m forever ordering books and art supplies, I have LOTS of boxes.)

Sister Sally sent a cute hot-dog bed for Bernice. Made it herself. Thanks, Sal!

And my agent sent lovely flowers, to commemorate “Deadly Deceptions” being on the New York Times list. Thanks, Irene and Alex!

But it gets better. Last night was my first weigh-in at Weight Watchers–down four pounds! I LOVE that program–don’t know why I ever quit it. It’s so flexible, and once I plan what I’m going to eat for the day, I don’t have to think about it. I love not having to think about food. :)

Tomorrow, my good friend Debbie Korrell will arrive for a visit from Colorado Springs. I can’t wait to see her. We have a lot of fun together, and she’s one of the smartest people I know.

Have any of you heard about www.theteachingcompany.com? I’m taking their American Civil War course, and the lectures download directly into my beloved iPod. WAY cool.

(I told you yesterday was a day for doing other things!)

Books, Books…

And more books! Gotta have ’em!

What fun I had at Auntie’s Book Store last night. We met in the coffee shop, a diverse group of around a dozen people, and chatted informally. I do enjoy that so much–I’d finished a chapter of a book an hour before, and I thought I was tired, but there’s something about being in the company of other book fanatics that jazzes me plenty.

Now, whenever I do a book signing, I usually buy a lot more than I sell, and last night was no exception. I found treasures! “The Anatomy of Story”, by John Truby, and a book on writing memoirs by Natalie Goldberg. AND four of the Dover copyright-free clip art books, the kind with the CD in the back, for all my gloriously messy projects. Riches!

I especially like Auntie’s–Lois Hughes is always so nice to me and so thorough in her preparations–because it is an old-fashioned book store, the kind you don’t see so often anymore. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve never been in a book store I didn’t like, and I’m a regular customer at all the big chains, as well as Wal-Mart and Target, but the selection at Auntie’s is unusually eclectic and the ambience is great.

Speaking of books, I happen to be writing one. :) Better get right to work.

Texas was the most active gunfighting state, with some 160 shoot-outs from the 1850’s through the 1890’s.