#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Gemstone of the Day and other stuff

Good news at Weight Watchers yesterday–I was down 3.6 pounds.  After being sick for so long, and therefore a little self-indulgent, this came as a pleasant surprise.  Keep in mind that this represents two weeks, as I wasn’t there last time.

The gemstone of the day?  Rock crystal.  I’ve had some pain in my right hip since last night–don’t know why–so I looked the malady up in my reference books and there was the recommended remedy.  I’ve been carrying a crystal around in each of my front jean pockets all morning and, guess what?  NO PAIN.

We’re in for about four solid days of snow here in Spokane, according to the weatherman, so maybe I’d better load up on sunstone, too.  :)  (Among its other benefits, sunstone aids against depression and SAD.)  I laid in plenty of healthy groceries yesterday, after WW, just in case I get snowed in.

I expect to finish–yes, finish–THE MARRIAGE PACT today, although after my editor Paula and I confer, there will probably be a few changes to make.  Bright and early Monday morning, I’ll start writing CHRISTMAS IN MUSTANG CREEK, a whimsical holiday story with a touch of magic and, of course, romance.

I’m into a new series of Great Courses lectures, too–switched to THE JOY OF SCIENCE.  Science, like math, was a hard subject for me, and yet, since the advent of the Science Channel, I’ve become more interested in the subject, mainly because I can understand more.  Most of their programs, such as Morgan Freeman’s THROUGH THE WORMHOLE, a favorite of mine, are directed at the lay-person, instead of another scientist.  Ditto with THE JOY OF SCIENCE–the professor isn’t all highbrow and technical.  He’s talking to folks like me.  Inspired, I ordered a DVD series from the same company, called UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF MATH, or something like that.  It’s designed for high school students, according to the website, so I ought to be okay.  :) 

How are math and science going to improve my life, you ask?  Well, at the very least, they will challenge my aging brain, building new dendrites (whatever those are), pathways, etc.  It’s really important to keep learning, from a physiological standpoint as well as for the usual reasons, like becoming more capable and feeling better about one’s self in general.  Plus, learning new things always sparks new story ideas.  And that can’t be bad. 

I’m excited about centering my next trilogy around gemstones and crystals, but for now, I want to concentrate of the Brides of Bliss County–Hadleigh, the heroine of THE MARRIAGE PACT, Melody Nolan, the next heroine and, finally, Becca “Bex” Stuart.  I’m so into this trilogy that, except for my signing at Nora’s store in July, I’m staying home for the whole summer to write.  My head and heart are buzzing with ideas.

Don’t forget that this week’s prizewinners will be announced tomorrow, and a new round will begin on Monday.  Never fear–you still have 2 chances to win Sherry Muchira’s wonderful CD or one of my necklaces, plus an autographed LLM book to go with each of those prizes.  In the near future, I’ll be giving away for copies of a wonderful book called POSITIVITY, along with more jewelry, so stay tuned and comment, comment, comment!

44 comments to “Gemstone of the Day and other stuff”

  1. Jessica W
      · February 27th, 2014 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Awesome news on the weight loss!! Some people think 1lb isn’t very much but Google 1lb of fat and just have a look at that photo!! I can’t believe you are already almost finished with your new book! I can’t wait to read it!! Well I need to go do something productive :( Have a wonderful day!! :)


  2. Patrice
      · February 27th, 2014 at 2:54 pm · Link

    very cool on the Rock Crystal and i’m glad it helped you. Good tip! Sounds like you are shining with positivity yourself. :) Hmm snowed in may not be so bad when you are stocked up and have good books to read or listen, interesting work and fun creative project(s) to keep you interested. Actually sounds pretty good to me! :)

  3. Patricia Taylor
      · February 27th, 2014 at 2:58 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight lost! It is so hard to lose weight for me in the wintertime. I have SAD too so I end up eating too many sweet treats. I agree also about keeping our brains from aging. I’ve been trying to learn Spanish and boy is that ever hard learning what word to use for different situations. English is so much easier! I’ve been using Duolingo a free online program.

  4. Carly C
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:05 pm · Link

    That is super Linda losing weight even while ill, which is not easy no matter what. That just shows you have the will and desire to be in better health. I am so interested in your use of crystals, etc. to help you in your life and health, knowing that they can also help keep you in a positive light. Have you ever been to Sedona? Mystical and wonderful community. I totally would trade some rain for the cold, cold, and more cold and snow that won’t quit here in the east.

    • linda
        · February 27th, 2014 at 3:21 pm · Link

      I lived in Cave Creek, AZ for eight years, so visited Sedona quite a lot. Great stones–but they’re pricey!

  5. Andrea Lammly
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Great news on the weight loss! We’ve been getting snow showers off and on this week in Vermont but a cold front has returned and brought the northwest wind with it and it has been terribly cold here all week. Not leaving until sometime next week. BRRR, I can’t wait for spring. Can’t wait to read the new book and very interested in Christmas in Mustang Creek. Which brings a question to mind; would there ever be a chance of a television movie based on the McKettrick’s? Starting with Angus and all his sons. That’s one I would love to see. Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck or Robert Duval as Angus.

    • linda
        · February 27th, 2014 at 3:22 pm · Link

      From your mouth to God’s ears. :)

  6. Maryjane Hoffman
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Way to go at Weight Watchers!! And so glad each day you are feeling better! Felt bad that you wouldn’t be traveling this summer but see all those great stories there that know you will be one busy Lady!! Question, what stones/gems are good for arthritis? I suffer in both hips and back. Love your daily blogs as you touch base on so many things! Good Luck with your math program and sounds like the science programs have been of help too! Take care, keep on getting better and God Bless!!

    • linda
        · February 27th, 2014 at 3:24 pm · Link

      I would try rock crystal, iron pyrite and moss agate. :) Also, Google “gems and crystals for healing arthritis” and you’ll come up with a lot more ideas.

  7. Ange
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss!!! It’s a wonderful thing to know all your efforts are working! I am also very interested in crystals and learning about them. What websites can you recommend?


    • linda
        · February 27th, 2014 at 3:25 pm · Link

      I don’t usually recommend websites, but I do recommend books, most often “The Crystal Bible” by Judy Hall and “The Book of Stones”–those are my go-tos for almost everything.

  8. Laura Davidson
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Link

    I pre-ordered “The Marriage Pact”! I LOVED the Big Sky Books, and can’t wait to read this new series!! :)

  9. Sherry Wallace
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:29 pm · Link

    Congrats on WW success

  10. Debbie C
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. We are expecting more snow here in NJ and I just did the same thing with the groceries. You are inspiring me to look into crystals, I could have used some hip pain relief a few weeks ago. lol

  11. Lois Rotella
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Happy for you about the weight loss. The storm you are talking about will head to the northeast whete I live on Sunday and Monday. I really need to look into stones. I have reading a lot since the weather in the northeast is not the best. You take care and be safe in this weather pattern.

  12. Dennis
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Ur the best!! :wink:

  13. Lynn
      · February 27th, 2014 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Oh wow! i didn’t realize you were in Spokane!! We loved it up there! My husband built a water tank up there and my daughter and i stayed with him during part of it. We lived in a duplex up from a little shopping mall and park… my daughter and I could ride our bikes to the little school just a few blocks away…..We were there from July – September.. long story…. but we all loved it.

    Excited about your new book! So glad you are feeling better!

  14. Dawn Roberts
      · February 27th, 2014 at 4:15 pm · Link

    I have a gemstone question, I read a book by Vicki Lewis Thompson; Nerds are from Mars. Her female character gave the boyfriend a black stone, supposed to help him with confidence, What would that be, and how does it all work. It’s a subject I know nothing about what you’ve taught me.
    Glad to hear your feeling better, and congrats on the weight loss.
    I too have struggled with my weight for years, and I finally had to have lap band surgery as I was on cholesterol medicine and it opened my eyes to what I was doing to my body and the lesson I was teaching my children. I lost 70 lbs and my husband lost
    over 200. It is definitely :lol: easier with a friend

  15. Sue Hodge
      · February 27th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Sorry you are getting more winter, I am ready for spring. Have just started reading Big ecrets can’ t put it down. Just keeping writing all good books.

  16. Virginia Horton
      · February 27th, 2014 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Glad you are doing well with weight watchers. Also sorry to hear you have more snow on the way. I think we are going to get ice on Sunday. Right now it is really cold and last week we were in the 60’s.

    I do have a question for you. I have a couple of stones here and was told they were healing stones. They have like a brownish grey back side with purple crystals on the inside of the stone kind of sticking out. Can you tell me what this is?

  17. Diana E.
      · February 27th, 2014 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Linda, so glad to hear about your weight loss, congratulations! And about your rock crystals working, thats great. My daughter swears essencial oils help her, have you tried any of those?
    New series sounds great, looking forward to them! Have a great rest of your week! Blessings.

  18. Terri Shortell
      · February 27th, 2014 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. That’s great. Have a great weekend.

  19. marilyn hurst
      · February 27th, 2014 at 5:20 pm · Link

    I’m glad you are feeling better! I’m looking forward to the next book and happy that you have found science. I always loved science but will have to try that math course as I’m horrid at math. Have a warm productive weekend.

  20. Lea Williams
      · February 27th, 2014 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Math is not my friend. Science might sneak in there but give me Literature, Writing etc and I am happy. Why am I not writing, that is a long story best untold. So happy for you on your weight loss. That is always encouraging isn’t it. I hope they are mistaken about the cold temps they are predicting. I am ready for spring. Blessings

  21. judy
      · February 27th, 2014 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Glad you still going to weight watcher. Congrats on losing 3#.
    Sure glad you are much better. They are calling for freezing rain and sleet for here tomorrow.

  22. Emily
      · February 27th, 2014 at 6:35 pm · Link

    Thrilled that you lost the weight. I know how hard that is to do.

    Can’t wait for the new book and the thought that you will be writing all summer makes me smile!

    We just founf out we need a new computer, so not sure when I will be back on to read your blog.

    Have a great week-end and please stay well.

  23. Cecelia Kelsey
      · February 27th, 2014 at 6:40 pm · Link

    You are doing so well in Weight Watchers! Always believed they were the best organization! Love reading about the crystals. Keep the info coming.

  24. Gloria
      · February 27th, 2014 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m glad you’re feeling so much better.

    I have a rock, just a plain rock, that my oldest son picked up when he was stationed in Iraq. He carried it in his pocket for 13 months. The day he came home, he gave it to me. He called it his Worry Rock, and when he was worried, he’d rub it. He had rubbed it smooth. It is one of my cherished treasures. I take it every where I go.

  25. Rita Crofoot
      · February 27th, 2014 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Loved this addition of the blog, you have so many irons in the fire, and keep challenging yourself, you inspire me to get off my duff, I think I am doing quite a bit, but can do so much more. I am really looking forward to the new books.

  26. Marlene Kubick
      · February 27th, 2014 at 8:48 pm · Link

    We need a Mountain of sunstone Linda! I’m not sure I know anyone who isn’t depressed and has SAD. We get done with one cold snap and snow and here comes another. They said on the Today Show this morning that 49 states had a zero temp somewhere. Only state without is Hawaii. :cry:

  27. Elizabeth K
      · February 27th, 2014 at 9:33 pm · Link

    Just found this website and wanted to offer it to you. Blessings! http://crystal-cure.com/article-prayer-beads.html

  28. Diane Sallans
      · February 27th, 2014 at 9:46 pm · Link

    You deserved a bit of indulgence after fighting that nasty bug, and now you can back to the diet control. I’m going to have to see if there is a crystal for sinus issues – that’s a weak area for several of my family.

  29. Roberta Giordano
      · February 27th, 2014 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Sounds like your feeling much better. Glad to hear it. Can’t wait for the new book.

  30. Ruby Norwood
      · February 27th, 2014 at 10:10 pm · Link

    Loved this blog today, you have so much going on and great news on the weight loss too. I am so excited about the new books coming out this year. I am also researching some of these gemstones.

  31. Sherry Marks
      · February 27th, 2014 at 11:22 pm · Link

    So glad that your feeling better and your ww went well. We are expecting snow tomorrow night and a possible ice storm on Sunday. I’m so ready for spring and better days. I sure need to try a sun stone, I hate the depression that comes with these long winter days. A stone for pain would sure come in handy too since I’ve been having a lot of pain from a tooth ache which sure has gotten me down and will need to be extracted (ouch). Looking forward for your new books to come out. Love all your cowboys!!! Take care:)

  32. Pam(nedlnut)
      · February 27th, 2014 at 11:26 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss!

  33. Judi Schultz
      · February 27th, 2014 at 11:39 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. A trilogy based around gemstones and crystals sounds way cool. I’m very into the lore of gemstones and crystals. I wear a moonstone ring and an amber cross every day for protection. :-D

  34. Pam Brewer
      · February 28th, 2014 at 12:08 am · Link

    I’m curious as to how you learn about the different books you read. It is such an eclectic group – is it through internet research or word of mouth, or both? I have never been disappointed in a book recommended by a friend. I’m glad you are feeling better!

  35. Peggy Casey
      · February 28th, 2014 at 12:40 am · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss! I am thinking it is time for me to go back to Weight Watchers as well. This winter has been unkind to my waistline… I am excited to get read your new trilogy, I got my oldest sister, you may remember her from school in Northport, Debbie Campbell, hooked on your books as well and am doing a book swap with her this weekend when she comes to town. I have been sharing all your books that I have collected over the past several years and she brings me the new ones she has bought as you publish them. It is just one more way we have found to share memories of our mom, Valine Palm-Campbell, as she was always so excited when you would publish a new book and she would read it and then hand it on to me, reminding me each time that you were “family”, but then, who from Northport isn’t?
    Thank you for all the hours of wonderful reading!
    Peggy (Campbell) Casey

  36. Merry Rogers
      · February 28th, 2014 at 12:48 am · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss! It’s hard work, but feels great!

  37. Cathy
      · February 28th, 2014 at 5:15 am · Link

    I can’t wait for the next book, My Mom,Sister and I love all your books and pass them around to each other.

  38. Wendy Mathews
      · February 28th, 2014 at 11:57 am · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss, that’s a great result! Over here on the coastal side of the state, the sun is shining…for the moment. You will get snow, and we’ll most likely get rain, as usual! Happy writing :) Can’t wait for the new books!

  39. Joyce M.
      · February 28th, 2014 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. Love your writing.

  40. Joy N
      · March 1st, 2014 at 1:34 pm · Link

    I think I understand what you mean about math and science. It seems as I get older, understanding math and science has become easier. When in H.S. I felt so pressured to keep up good grades that I was flustered and frustrated so much that my ability to grasp some of the concepts was my undoing. I limped along. Maybe because I am more relaxed and there is no pressure, I am able to comprehend now what I couldn’t then. Just a thought…but your comment resonated with me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about so many things. I often feel like I am alone in my worries or thinking about something…and then, you share an amazing point that is so similar to mine. I take comfort in that. Can’t wait for another of your books/series. I am an avid fan and have spread the word about your books. I now live in Spokane, started reading your books ages ago, and when I moved here was delighted to know you are from around these here parts. :)

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