#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Bull-headed story people and other ramblings

LAST WEEK’S winners are Georgie Edgar and Maryjane Hoffman–your books will be in the mail today or tomorrow. 

Winners for THIS week will be notified tomorrow and announced in Friday’s blog.

I’m pretty much over my trip-exhaustion, and glad of it.  The new book is burning in my brain.  :)  The timing for the Wyoming trip was less than ideal, since I’m already behind schedule, but there you go.  The story wasn’t going any further until I knew what I was talking (writing) about.  Period.  Stories do that–they stall out if there’s a problem and it’s the writer’s job to figure out what that problem IS (sometimes a tricky thing in its own right) and then FIX it.

I once had a character–Jesse McKettrick in “McKettrick’s Luck”–who put the brakes on big time.  I didn’t want to call him Jesse–I have a nephew named Jesse and it just seemed, well, weird–but our hero was having none of it.  He wanted to be named Jesse, and that was that, and the book wasn’t going anywhere until he got his way.  :)  Of course, he did, and things worked out fine, so I guess he was right.  (Much as I hate to admit it.  These story people come by their stubbornness quite honestly, after all.)

Another balky character was Jeff Corbin, who originally appeared in “Banner O’Brien”.  The hero, Adam, was his elder brother.  Jeff did everything he could to take over the story, and I finally had to bribe him, promising to write his story next, just to get him to stop bugging me.  :)  Hence, “Corbin’s Fancy”.

So now you know.  Sometimes my characters push me around.  :)

Our weather turned pretty quickly–sunshine comes and goes, and the flowers are starting to look tired.  I picked some glorious daisies today and brought them in so I could admire them up close.  The pumpkin patch is thriving–almost scary, how big some of those things are.  We will definitely be holding another jack-o-lantern carving party this year.

What I’m reading: “W is for Wasted”, by Sue Grafton.  It’s wonderful–I’m nearing the end, so I’ve been dragging my feet, not wanting to finish too quickly.  After all, it will be a year before “X” comes out, and with only “Y” and “Z” left to come after it, well, heck.  What’s a person supposed to do for Kinsey Millhone stories???  Start over, I guess.

The old iPod is loaded with some new stuff, too–can’t wait to get at it.  A novel called “Help for the Haunted” will be next–intriguing, huh?

It occurred to me that I forgot to tell you how those art experiments I mentioned turned out.  The ones with the glitter and resin, I mean.  Well, folks, I got mixed results, as I often do.  Some of them looked really good–almost like opals, which was the effect I was going for–and others went straight into the garbage.  The valuable thing about the process was this: I learned what to do and what not to do.  I’ve since made some “skins”—acrylic paint poured onto a nonstick surface and left to dry–and those turned out pretty well.  Now, I use a puddle of clear resin (Dimensional Magic or 3D Crystal Lacquer), adding glitter, those thin foil flakes, along with various other sparklies, and stirring things up a little with a toothpick or the end of a bamboo skewer.  These turned out VERY cool.

Time to get back to my writing.

Be blessed.

33 comments to “Bull-headed story people and other ramblings”

  1. Darlene Tomel Sigala
      · September 25th, 2013 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I love and miss Jesse. I know all your books. Maybe someday you can write a story about my ranch in Wyoming.
    Darlene :oops:

  2. Becky Johnson Strobaugh
      · September 25th, 2013 at 3:30 pm · Link

    I liked Jeff Corbin and he was a bit of a brat, wasn’t he? But he grew up so well, too…LOL

    Will we see pics of the paint projects?

  3. Diana E
      · September 25th, 2013 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Its interesting to hear the way your mind works on your stories. I do love them all and really enjoy reading them, I thank you for what you do, its special. Love to see pictures of your ATC with the finished product. Blessings.

  4. sam
      · September 25th, 2013 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Hi Linda. Thank-you for having the talent to capture your brilliant imagination, and then putting it on paper. I enjoyed todays blog about names and characters that you write about. It is nice to remember Adam and Jeff, and I will now find out the books and re-read them :) Are you going to write any more historical books along the lines of “Banner O’Brien”, “Yankee Wife” or “My Outlaw” ? I just love them :)

  5. Sherry Wallace
      · September 25th, 2013 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, love hearing about past characters that I’ve grown to love! Read all the McKettrick books & also Banner O’Brien & Corbin’s Fancy! Funny how names will predjudice you in different ways. I have know several Patsy’s in my childhood & that name always brings to mind a fat, ugly, mean blonde girl

  6. Sherry Wallace
      · September 25th, 2013 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Now why wasn’t my whole comment posted?? This has happened several times before

  7. Katrina E
      · September 25th, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Thank you for giving us some insight into your writing. A character will come up during reading and you’ll think “wonder what his/her story is”. It’s nice to know others experience also, characters talking to you. I do love your stories and look forward to each new one and I love to go back and revisit them.

  8. Beverly Sivacek
      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:04 pm · Link

    Perhaps you could post to Facebook some of your pretty ‘skins’ for us to see???!!! That would be cool ! Thanks in advance. :)

  9. Sandra Wheeler
      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Do you take suggestions for characters? Sometimes when I am reading one of your books or Catherine Anderson, or Kaki Warner, Joan Johnston, I feel like I get to know a certain character and hate to see them leave. If your readers get caught up in a character, do you try to expand on those suggestions? I think it would be great.

  10. Ruby Norwood
      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Linda, You are a Jack of all trades, you are the most talent person that I know of. I wish I could do some of the things that you do. I am glad you talked about your characters I so enjoyed that, but don’t be leave any of them push you around….

  11. Carolyn
      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Enjoy your books a lot!

  12. Maryjane Hoffman
      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Love all of your book’s characters and how they want their ways! It has to be fun hearing their thoughts and idea’s. Enjoy your day and look forward to seeing photo’s of your pumpkin patch and the final products of your glitter art!

      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:43 pm · Link

    So excited about this new series. Those are 2 of my favorites and I have to agree that Jeff Corbin did turn out VERY nicely!!! I re-read Mckettricks Luck not too long ago. LOVE HIM!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day with much love!!!

  14. Lois Rotella
      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:47 pm · Link

    It is interesting how your characters takes over. Love your process. I wish you could do a book on kate mckettrick. I am sure she would be interesting. Keep reading and writing. thanks for all your books.

  15. Marilyn Hurst
      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:48 pm · Link

    Very glad that your projects are working out and that the trip helped solve the writing issue. I loved W is for wasted! I hate that the end of the Alphabet is approaching. Have a wonderful week!

    Happy Wednesday!

  16. Gloria
      · September 25th, 2013 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Linda, I would like to see pictures of your art work. I’ll bet, with the Lacquer, you could make a beautiful serving tray or even a small counter.

    Can you imagine being served a breakfast in bed, on a breakfast tray that is made with the lacquer and sparkles? (On a smooth wooden base, of course.) It would brightne any day, especially if you were in bed sick.

    • Gloria
        · September 25th, 2013 at 4:53 pm · Link

      That should read…brighten.

  17. Roberta Giordano
      · September 25th, 2013 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Your characters are just as alive to us as they are to you.
    My daughter does a pumpkin carving party every year. She has her nieces and nephews and some of there friends come. And also a bunch of her friends too. One year a newspaper did an article about it and took pictures of all the pumpkins. We look forward to the party every year. Have a nice week

  18. frances u.
      · September 25th, 2013 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Im happy to hear you had a good trip,are back home and rested. I am wondering though,when will you be writing your next mojo sheepshanks book ? The last book was left in kind of a cliff hanger. I love the story of mojo and Tucker and wonder where the relationship is heading,and now the new guy/ ghost! Haha! Any plans of a new book comming out soon :-o

  19. Juanita Rice
      · September 25th, 2013 at 5:50 pm · Link

    “Sometimes my characters push me around. :):

    So glad to hear this is a normal occurrence. ;) It leaves writers with no lack of stories, doesn’t it? :)

  20. Becky Johnson
      · September 25th, 2013 at 6:08 pm · Link

    Just absolutely LOVE how down-to-earth you are Linda! You could definitely be my BFF! :-P

  21. Joanie gonsalves
      · September 25th, 2013 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing your struggles. Would never have guessed
    Lucked out and found a book I had t read wahoo
    Great it was great The. Creed Legacy
    Thanks linda

  22. Norma Stanforth
      · September 25th, 2013 at 6:42 pm · Link

    Congratulation Georgie and Maryjane. I am sure you will enjoy your book. Linda i am glad that you are all most over your exhaustion, traveling really takes the wind out of you no matter how much you enjoy yourself. Hope everyone enjoy the rest of the week and weekend. GOD bless you all.
    As always you friend,
    Norma :)

  23. Pat
      · September 25th, 2013 at 7:01 pm · Link

    Love the latest series, but miss the old characters.

  24. kelly
      · September 25th, 2013 at 8:10 pm · Link

    I am a huge fan of ur books.! I absolutley fall in love with each and everyone of ur heros. Mainly the Mckettricks. Once i start i cant stop till ive stayed up all night to finish. I have over 40 of ur books. I had to start buying them online because all of the book stores have the ones i already have. U truly are an amazing writter. I cant wait for the new ones… for ever a fan.. Kelly!!!

  25. Jan Buckles
      · September 25th, 2013 at 9:08 pm · Link

    I love hearing about how your stories and characters take shape! Thanks for sharing that with all of us.

  26. Emily
      · September 25th, 2013 at 9:14 pm · Link

    Love your blogs, but love your books more. I just bought Glory, Glory and will start it as soon as I am finished here.

    I love your characters, and I am consumed with the story so much so that I am sad when I finish the book!

    Stay well, and enjoy.

  27. Terry
      · September 25th, 2013 at 9:52 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Apparently listening to your characters has served you well… I like all of the Corbin series books and every McKettrick book you ever wrote! Plus all of your Springwater series and Primrose Creek too!

    Thanks for all of them!

    Terry :-P

  28. Cheryl Messer
      · September 26th, 2013 at 1:09 am · Link

    I love your updates, they are fun to read… I get exhausted living vicariously thru all your adventures! Total fun, thank you!

  29. Connie Johnson
      · September 26th, 2013 at 1:47 am · Link

    Love to hear about your writing process and how your characters work.

  30. Angie Maivelett
      · September 26th, 2013 at 3:27 am · Link

    I’m reading My Darling Melissa. Love it what a firecraker she is. :)

  31. Merry M
      · September 26th, 2013 at 9:33 am · Link

    Love hearing how much you are connected to the characters the same way your readers are :-)

  32. zola udell
      · September 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm · Link

    Blessings to you as well. I’m happy that you’re rested and your humor is in tact. Now I have to check out those last two novels you mentioned.

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