#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Good writing day yesterday, and I’m expecting another today.  Hallelujah!  So grateful to be feeling better…

I’ve been thinking about discoveries a lot lately–especially after Jeremy and I visited that wonderful art supply store in New York.  While there, I bought a little packet of gorgeous hand-painted papers, for use in collage, etc.  When I got back to the hotel, I spent some time examining them, and I was delighted to find that the artist had used newspapers and grocery bags, etc., painting on one side and leaving the other to proudly proclaim its origins.  :)  WOW.  I mean, I knew about hand-painted papers, of course–but it was the recycling element that really got me excited.  Next trip to the supermarket, I asked for paper bags–pleased to find that they were 100 percent recycled and could be composted in the bargain–cut them apart in my craft room, gessoed them, and painted away.  They turned out great–some are still in process–and I felt happy to give new life to those bags.

What I love best about art, I think, is the sense of experimentation.  Since I’m not  a professional, there’s no pressure to produce something with commercial value.  I absolutely adore trying out new techniques and products and, even though these often fail, I still have a LOT of fun.  I make a great many mistakes, no denying that, but I learn so much more from those than from the successes.  This is true of my writing, too–people are asking me what happened to Lucy-Maude’s kittens–mentioned in “Big Sky Country.”  Mea culpa!  The plain truth is, I forgot all about the poor little things, I got so into the love story.  (Rest assured: all the kittens found good, loving homes and Lucy-Maude is thriving.)  :)  The only consolation is, I probably won’t make that particular mistake again–I’ll be too busy making new ones.  :)

I’m off to write, experiment with art, and make plenty of mistakes.

Life is good.


9 comments to “Discoveries”

  1. Juanita Rice
      · August 16th, 2012 at 1:48 pm · Link

    The plain truth is, I forgot all about the poor little things,

    I read this and laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair!!! I have to tell you that I didn’t think about those kitties either, and for the same reason…just got caught up in the love story. :lol:

    You’re forgiven, Linda. Just keep writing. :)

  2. Anne
      · August 16th, 2012 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Don’t sweat the small stuff. I remember you making another error that entertained my imagination as well. In McKettricks Pride you had Rance picking up Echo/Emma for their riding/sex date at the Triple M then driving off alone at the end of the date. My sister and I were both reading it at the same time so we had a great conversation imagining different scenerios. My favorite was a long walk with poor Avalon on her leash back to town. Maybe she was carrying her shoes and thinking about that wonderful night intermitantly kicking herself for not insisting on seperate vehicles and nursing a growing blister. My point is that I read your work because I love your writing and your imagination and your ocassional mistakes. Please don’t stop any of the above. **Note to readers: Never discuss McKettrick sex scenes at the breakfast table with your 70 year old Father present. Because even though both you and your Sister are in your mid forties, married, and have husbands and children of your own it still grosses dear old Dad out hearing you talk that way (seriously though, we forgot he was still in the house :oops: ). Thanks for memories and great reads. Anne :-D

  3. Lois Rotella
      · August 16th, 2012 at 7:14 pm · Link

    I did not think of the kitties also. I was just wondering about Hutch and kendra.

  4. Juanita
      · August 16th, 2012 at 8:47 pm · Link

    I’ve been reading Linda’s books for a number of years and have found them to be extremely error free, but ………

    OK….I was going to let this one go by without comment but it was, after all, written by the QUEEN of Western Romances (whom I bow to after each one I read!) and she certainly knows that a rodeo pickup man does not remove a rider from the back of an angry, bucking bull. But this “oops” somehow slipped through any number of ARC’s, edits, proofs, and whatever else happens to a book before it goes to print.

    Hutch Carmody was not removed from that bull by a pickup rider. (Big Sky Mountain) No cowboy would endanger his expensive rodeo horse by getting it anywhere near a bucking bull. Ouch!! He would, however, pluck a rider from the back of a bucking horse.

    The only way Hutch was going to get off that bull was to be bucked off or he could jump and be helped to safety by the rodeo clowns. I was sure Hutch would ride that bull but I was waiting for him to be slung half way across the arena and into the dirt while he was trying to escape being injured. I didn’t want to see Kendra collapse but was sure it was going to happen! I was waiting. Then the whole episode came to a screeching halt right in the middle of the paragraph…a pickup man comes along and almost daintily plucks Hutch off that angry bull!

    I had to stop reading for a few minutes so I could recover from the sudden let-down. :(

    If I knew which of these emoticons expressed chagrin I’d use it. But I don’t. So I’ll :) and say I still loved the story and can’t wait for the next one.

    • linda
        · August 20th, 2012 at 11:40 am · Link

      Mea culpa AGAIN! My stepmother wrote and advised me to study up on my rodeo!
      Sorry about that. I think I need “Rodeo for Dummies”!

  5. Nyoka Smith
      · August 16th, 2012 at 9:12 pm · Link

    LOL I loved hearing about the errors and am glad to see that I am not alone in catching mistakes written into these wonderful books!! But I just say, ” Linda sure must have a hot sex scene coming up that she was in a hurry to write!” and let it go at that!!! LOL… I mean we are all human and we all make mistakes… even the proof readers!!!
    Just finished Hutch and Kendra’s story… loved it as usual and can’t wait for the next one!!
    Keep the good stuff coming!!
    God bless

    • Juanita
        · August 17th, 2012 at 1:35 am · Link

      Keep the good stuff coming!! God bless

      Amen to that!!! :-D

  6. Kathie
      · August 17th, 2012 at 1:06 pm · Link

    OMG Juanita, I never even picked up on that and my nephew was a bull rider for awhile before he got married. I just skimmed right over it and rushed on into the story. I often stumble over mistakes and have to back up and reread slowly but it only adds to the story. We are all human and that is what makes us so wonderful. Love you Linda and keep on sending us marvelous stories. Many blessings to you and yours!!!!

    • Juanita
        · August 17th, 2012 at 10:50 pm · Link

      Kathie, I was fully absorbed in the story, expecting Hutch to have his face buried in the dirt!! Then, right in the middle of the scene this pick-up rider shows up! The jolt was almost physical. And it was only because Linda is such a master at what she does that it hit me that way. Suddenly, I was in another movie and didn’t know how I’d gotten there! :lol:

      Pay me no mind, Linda. You just keep writing those stories. :)

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