#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Here’s What Happened

Regarding “Warhorse”.  I couldn’t bring myself to go to the movie; just the trailer on TV tied me up in knots, as do those dreadful commercials scored with Sarah McLaughlin music.  Both Wendy and I are devout animal lovers and we’re seriously sensitive to any suffering on their part.  Unlike people, they have neither voices nor choices–so you and I must speak up for them.  Way back when, I had to leave the theater during the new version of “King Kong”, because the capture scene upset me so much that I was sobbing and couldn’t seem to stop.  And, YES, I do know it was “just a movie”, as my more stout-hearted friends constantly remind me, but the fact is, I get so into a story, mine or anyone else’s, that it seems real to me.  UTTERLY real.  So, you may be asking, what does all this boil down to?  :)  Just this: we played hooky that night, skipped the show entirely, and felt so relieved, it wasn’t funny.  We had a great time, just being together.

Now, I’m sure “Warhorse” is a spectacular show–they’ve won all sorts of awards–and the actual production is probably breathtaking.  If you saw and enjoyed the play or the movie, I commend you–you are braver than I am.

Looking forward to the production of “West Side Story”, though.  I’ll be there with bells on–and the biggest challenge will be not to sing along with the score.  :)  Sure, there are some sad parts, parts that will surely make me cry.  But it’s a different kind of crying.

I promised a contest announcement on Friday and now, here it is, Monday already.  Yeesh.  Between the trip to Florida and the house renovations, I’ve been pretty discombooberated.  :)  That’s a Mom-word, and it describes my state of mind perfectly.  Rest assured, I’m better now, and back in harness.

Here’s the question of the week.  What’s your hobby and why do you love it?

In other news: my tulip bulbs are coming up, sturdy little stalks mysteriously buzzing with color on the inside, YES!  So are the daffodils and crocuses down in the flower beds.  YES again!  Seedlings are breaking ground, delicate and strong, under the grow-light in the garage–future tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, etc.

More tomorrow. 

No, really.

48 comments to “Here’s What Happened”

  1. Nyoka Smith
      · March 11th, 2013 at 11:59 am · Link

    Hi Linda, I understand your view on the movie… I don’t like to see anything hurt and I am sure in real life the animals weren’t harmed but it just leaves a visual in your mind of the hurt and harm!
    My hobby is card making and some scrapbooking. I make a few ATC’s and do some swapping. It just gives me a creative outlet and calms and soothes my spirit when I am in my craft room designing a card or playing with my dies and inks! I love creating with a certain person in mind.. I think it means so much more when one receives a card/product made with them in mind. I think I sent you one of my cards shaped like a book…
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Hilda
      · March 11th, 2013 at 12:07 pm · Link

    HOORAY FOR LINDA! I’m 100% with you on everything you said in your explanation as to why you didn’t go see The Warhorse. I couldn’t do it when I had the chance. I can’t remove myself from the story, if I see it, it’s real in my mind, heart, memory. Seeing some things just aren’t necessary for our enlightenment and happiness. I cleaned out a flower bed on Saturday and uncovered my daffodil and tulip stalks working their way up – yay! God’s doing his magic again for Spring!
    Have a good week, Linda! (No hobbies to brag about – reading, gardening.)

  3. Sherry Wallace
      · March 11th, 2013 at 12:13 pm · Link

    I agree with you 100% about animal abuse!! I was told that Yhe “barbed wire” in War Horse was just plastic, & also there are animal rights folks there to make sure no animals are mistreated, but still…I didn’t watch it either! My hobby is horse back riding, trail riding to be exact, & anything creative, like painting, decorating or faux finishing :). I’ve been an artist all my life, but couldn’t find a way to turn it into making a living. I am distantly (very distant) to Andrew Wyeth, not to say my talent is anywhere close to his, though! Linda, have you ever considered writing prequel to the McKettrick legend? I & many others I bet would love to read about Angus McKetttick’s beginnings. You could tell about his hard scraping youth, his first wife & her death after Holt was born. Then how he met the other boy’s mother, maybe in olde New Orleans (great excuse for a fact-finding trip there!). Their early years starting the Tripple M ranch with the birth of his next three boys. Think about it :-)

    • Emily
        · March 11th, 2013 at 4:35 pm · Link

      Boy, do I agree with this idea!

  4. Ida C
      · March 11th, 2013 at 12:22 pm · Link

    My favourite hobby is quilting followed closely by reading. I had always loved quilts and promised myself that once I retired, I would seriously become a quilter. When I became ill a number of years ago and could do very little, I started quilting as it was an almost sit down hobby and I’m hooked. As for reading, I’ve loved books all my life and will continue to do so for as long as I can. Love hearing about your activities. Good luck on the reno’s. :lol:

  5. Kathleen McCluskey
      · March 11th, 2013 at 12:34 pm · Link

    My hobby is and has always been reading. Note about Warhorse the move is that there is a happy ending and I refused to watch the movie until I read the story on line first.

  6. Debra
      · March 11th, 2013 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Discombooberated is a word I got from my Mom also! I planted bulbs for the first time this past fall and I was so excited to see them just breaking ground last week. So glad spring is on it’s way. Have a blessed week!

  7. Glenda Michelin
      · March 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm · Link

    I saw the movie War Horse, and really enjoyed it. It was a very touching story.

    As far as hobby’s go, my absolute favorite is reading! I visit my local library almost every week. For me, reading is an escape from the every day routine. i also enjoy playing tennis, and completing jigsaw puzzles.

  8. Betsy
      · March 11th, 2013 at 12:52 pm · Link

    I recommend you read the book-it’s at your public library and, surprisingly, it’s a childrens’ book. I think after that you’ll be able to deal with the play or movie-though I have never read a book that a movie did not ruin-except for the Harry Potter and Lord of the Ring movies. The Hobbit… well that is another story!
    Hope your day is productive-off to get a battery for the truck (they DID warn me) and make cards for St. Patty’s Day.

  9. Sherry Wallace
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm · Link

    PS – Another thing, Linda, if you are ever in New Orleans, or Memphis, I would just love to come meet you !! Many things to do & see in the Deep South, & the food OMG!!! HA!! Best time is early Spring or Fall; summers are awfully hot & humid :(. There are pilgrimages to antebellum estates that are incredible, especially in the Spring with so many native flowers & bushes in full bloom :)

  10. Sherry Wallace
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:06 pm · Link

    PPS – I’m almost through :-/. I also can count reading & gardening as my hobbies! As long as I can stay active I’m happy!!

  11. Tammy Meese
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:12 pm · Link

    My hobby of late is paddleboarding. Why? Well, because it is so relaxing and peaceful, plus you get some good exercise and being on the water is just a great way to be outside. :-D

  12. Mrs. Grant Queen
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:17 pm · Link

    My favorite hobby is cooking. After seeing the plight of children in Darfour on the old Oprah show, I began donating ingredients and baking to sell at the yoga studio where I practice. The owner sells the cookies and we send the money to charity. In the past five years we have donated over $6,000. I like to think that some child somewhere can feel the love. Lib Queen

    • Frances Cox
        · March 11th, 2013 at 1:35 pm · Link

      My favorite hobby is restoring Chatty Cathy dolls from the early 1960’s. So rewarding to get an old dirty Chatty Cathy doll that has been sitting perhaps in an attic for over 45 years and bringing her back to her beauty again. So much fun! Love it!

  13. Janice Hougland
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:28 pm · Link

    Now that I’m retired, I guess you could say I have several hobbies. Gardening is not one of them. :-( My hubby and I keep our yards very simple and plain due to that non-hobby. We adore our Yorkie, Maggie, and take many walks around the neighborhood with her, play frisbee with her, and take her for bike rides (she stays in a basket on the back of my adult trike). I love to cook and am always experimenting with crock-pot and stock pot one-dish meals as we eat simply and healthily these days. I get creative in the hot summers with salads and sandwiches instead of hot dishes. And, of course, I love to read when it’s time to relax and when I settle myself down before sleep. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do all of this–surprisingly! But we do enjoy life. Thanks for asking, Linda!

  14. Goldie Hale
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:28 pm · Link

    My hobby is reading. I love history so I read history books. I read newspapers (but do not believe everything they print) and magazines. Romance books are my favorites (especially yours). Thank you so much for the enjoyment I get from reading your books.

  15. Karen Speck
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:31 pm · Link

    My favorite hobby is crocheting. Crocheting is very relaxing for me and most of what I make is gifts for others. I can take it anywhere with me and talk, listen for the most part as my hands stay busy.

  16. Sondra James
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:38 pm · Link

    My favorite hobby is horse back riding because not only does it take away all my stress, but it makes me feel free. I like the wind in my hair, I enjoy the sights & sounds of the animals, the smell of the earth and most of all the trails that I have made through the Mountains where I was born.

    The one other thing I want to say is I enjoy your books so very much. You are one of my very favorite authors. I love the west and get so engrossed in your books I can feel myself there. Thank you so very much :)

  17. Debbie Koziel
      · March 11th, 2013 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Hi Linda! My favorite hobby is quilting. I love picking out just the right fabric, deciding what pattern I’m going to use and spending hours sitting behind my sewing machine putting it together! And I like to know that I’m leaving a little bit of me in that quilt for years to come!

    Also wanted to say that I soooo enjoy your books! Have read many of them over and over and over!

  18. Norma Stanforth
      · March 11th, 2013 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Linda, i can’t stand to see a animal hurt either, nether can my daughter, granddaughters, or son. The thing i like to do is to crochet things to give to my family and friends, whether it be and angel, afghans, or crochet their name on a doily or make them doilies. That is what i love to do.It is also relaxation for me. Have a great week Linda and everyone. God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,
    Norma Stanforth

  19. Emily
      · March 11th, 2013 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I completely understand your feelings about warhorse or any other animal movie. I never can stand to go to them as they also make me cry. I can even cry at some commercials! :cry:

    I will start a new hobby the end of this week. It is called Iris Paper Folding. I can hardly wait to get started. Before this, my hobbies have been oil painting, counted cross stitch, crewel, etc. I love to be busy with my hands.

    As far as becoming involved with the movies, I am the same way about books. When I am reading one of your books, or someone else’s, I am right there in the story as if it was happening to me, or I am a by-stander! :) Love the books!

    I am watering my yard today as it is beginning to green up. Trees will be next then the flowers. Love the 4 seasons! :-D

    Have a great week, rest and take care! Hugs…………

  20. Jane
      · March 11th, 2013 at 4:38 pm · Link

    I can’t stand to watch or read about any kind of abuse…of humans or animals. Too much of that in the news nightly. I want to read works that end happily and aren’t about horror or torture, etc.

    Reading is #1 hobby for me and has been my entire life. It allows me to visit places I’ve not gotten to physically…or to revisit those I have seen. It allows me to escape from the horrors of the nightly news and any family stress. Knitting is hobby #2. I’ve been able to meet a whole group of women in this little town I’d probably never have known otherwise. Our Knit Group meets at the local yarn shop and includes women from all walks of life. It’s delightful.


  21. Jeanne Shaw
      · March 11th, 2013 at 4:59 pm · Link

    I quilt and I read. I love reading. It’s something I have always enjoyed. I learn things, I laugh, I cry and some of them scare me and not always in a good way. I quilt. I took Home Ec in jr. high. The teacher was awful (as a teacher I can say that). My skirt I had to make and wear was a mess. I asked my mom to teach me to sew properly and, God bless her, she did. And I was hooked. I used to make clothes for me, my daughters – even bathing suits. I got away from it for a while – a foster pup with a cord fetish destroyed the cord to my machine and I didn’t have the $ to replace either the cord or the machine. Then a friend said, “let’s take a quilting class together’. I signed up, she bailed. I didn’t really enjoy it. The class was way too big for a beginning class and the teacher taught to the 4 women who’d taken other quilting classes. After that, I found a pattern and decided to try it…and I was able to do it. I took a few more classes (not from that gal) and really got in to it – even joined the local guild for a few years. I can’t draw worth a hoot, but I am artistic and have a really good eye for color. I love playing in the fabric and I thank God that my hubby has no clue about my stash lol. I often take my kindle to my sewing room then I have to decide whether to read or quilt…and hope the ADD doesn’t kick in.

    • Teri Iezek
        · March 11th, 2013 at 7:55 pm · Link

      Oh Jeanne Shaw i can so relate to you, I also love to quilt and sew,along with reading…..what to do ….what to do :roll:

  22. Rebecca aka Becky Hicks
      · March 11th, 2013 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Brussel sprouts? Seriously?

    My hobby (other than reading, an Eng. teacher addiction) is jigsaw puzzles. Never thought about it until students asked why my classroom walls were covered with them. So–they perfectly reflect my personality. I’m something of a control freak (family/students say, “Really???). I like control, order, calm, & happy endings. Everything in place; everything in life to work out for everyone. I’ll do all I can to make it so. That sense of control and order while working on a puzzle de-stresses me like few other activities do. The more detailed & complex the puzzle, the happier I am. Weird, I know. Also, my puzzles reflect my interests: art, literature, history, film, etc. I’ve been gifted with puzzles from Metro Museum of Art and many other sources. When I get super stressed, my husband says it’s time for me to start another puzzle! :lol:

  23. Gloria
      · March 11th, 2013 at 6:39 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re getting back into the swing of things, and Pray you have a good week.

    I have so many interests that it is hard to choose just one, but reading is free, thanks to the local Library, Sam, Hilda, and my sister-in-law, Brenda, and I could read, or write, all day long and into the night, and have, at times. Last week, I borrowed 4 books from Brenda, received 4 from Sam and 2 from Hilda, and 2 magazines, which I’ve already read, along with 2 and a half of the books from Brenda. I can’t wait to read the other 7. Oh, and…I did do a little work during that time frame. :-D

    I’ve painted 2 oil paintings by going to a Bob Ross class and enjoyed those, but I still can’t paint :( . I like to sew and have, most of my life, till recently. I have enough scrape materials to make a hundred, or more quilt, cuhions, etc…if the squirrels don’t ruin them by nesting in them.

    And, I like to do carpentry work. I like to make things, or remake things. I like taking old things and re-doing, or reburbishing them. Many years ago, I painted lamps and made flower arrangements for my bank, and covered a couple of chairs for them.

    So, if I had the means to buy the materials I needed, my hobby would be to re-do all the things I’ve picked up over the years for that purpose. And, that would be my main hobby. And, I love it because I like to give new life to old things. It’s kind of like taking time to listen to a really old person talk about what their life was before, it gives them new life.

  24. Darlene Tomel
      · March 11th, 2013 at 6:43 pm · Link

    I have to agree, I am a true animal lover and advocate for their voices. I also had to leave not only during King Kong, but The Lion King, Jurassic Park. I will do what I can for any animal.
    I had someone steal my mother Australian Shepherd and her baby. I found they had taken the mother to a Humane Society in Oregon and the mother was out to sleep, she was only two. I adopted her from the San Jose, CA Humane Society. Lani the mother was so loving and if anyone knows the breed they are loyal to their owner. The puppy Hana is still missing and I am looking for her she is either in Oregon or Washington. I hope I will find her she was taken in 2008.

  25. Sal
      · March 11th, 2013 at 7:07 pm · Link

    You are awesome and I love you. :)

  26. Teri Iezek
      · March 11th, 2013 at 7:51 pm · Link

    I read Warhorse and truly enjoyed it , but like you am not sure I could go to the movie. As a horse owner and Lover of animals of all kinds it might not be a good choice for me either. As for your flowers …..not here in Iowa are they up yet just got another round of freezing rain this weekien. :cry: Maybe Spring will find us sooner or later :-D

  27. Lois Rotella
      · March 11th, 2013 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I can’t watch anything that hurts animals or humans. I cry when I see this. As for hobbies i have several. I do genealogy research on my family. I have found wonderful distant cousins that I didn’t know I had. As a result i started scrapbooking the memories of meeting and talking to these cousins. We are also have a cousins family reunion as most of our parents are deceased now. My favorite hobby is reading books. I love romance, mystery and history. i really enjoy your books. I agree with Sherrie about a prequel to Angus as a young man coming to America and meeting his first and second wife. Happy trails Linda. :lol:

  28. Bridget
      · March 11th, 2013 at 8:22 pm · Link

    One of my favorite hobbies is genealogy! I love researching all the sides of my family, finding clues to help me with going back another generation.

  29. kathy copeland
      · March 11th, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Link

    I am so glad you and your daughter had a great time out just being together.Those are the best times anyway. Hobbies = well my favorite is gardening I love to be out there in the dirt getting the ground ready, and planting plants and starting seeds. Nothing like it. I’m also such a reader, I go through books like water, I have to control myself because its so easy to buy books on my reader. I also love to go down in my basement rec room ;where I will just do crafts and lose tract of time, wheather their good or not I love doing them anyway.

  30. Billiesue Sanders
      · March 11th, 2013 at 10:36 pm · Link

    My hobby is hiking–nothing heavy, just a couple miles locally. Luckily, I live near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is no better place for taking a walk, watching birds, or having a picnic.
    I love your stories, Linda. They calm me and help me relax. Thank you so much.


  31. Tia
      · March 11th, 2013 at 10:48 pm · Link

    I have quite a few hobbies that I love. Reading because it’s fun to see the way words are put together to tell a story and keep my glued to the pages. Cooking is up there and it’s rewarding to see art and science come into play to make a delicious dish. Yoga because it is relaxing and does wonders for the mind, body, and spirit. Guess I could wrap it all up and say learning is my hobby because of the growth that comes of it :-P

  32. Sandra
      · March 11th, 2013 at 11:03 pm · Link

    So glad that you are getting to enjoy your flowers. Gardening is one of my hobbies that I love. I’m like a kid at Christmas when I see the first green leaves on the trees in the Spring. My favorite hobby is photography, nature photography to be exact. I am always overwhelmed by all that God has created from the smallest insect or grain of sand to the most majestic mountain or endless sky. God is the Master Artist and as beautiful as this earth is can you even begin to imagine how beautiful it will be in heaven?

  33. Mai
      · March 12th, 2013 at 12:37 am · Link

    I too cried at anything that has animals in it. Couldn’t watch those shelter commercials without crying and wanting to rush out and bring all those babies home. To this day I can’t and won’t watch Babe and Charlotte’s Web. I have quite a few hobbies which I pick up from friends in fact my hubby told me I’m not allowed to make anymore friends because I tend to pick up whatever crafty things they’re doing. I’ve quilted, stamped cards, scrapbooked, beaded, made wreaths and now I’m crochetting which I find very relaxing. I love to find patterns and make stuff for my toddler and friends.

  34. donna harris
      · March 12th, 2013 at 3:53 am · Link

    I got to say I never saw the movie Warhorse either. I haven’t been to a movie in 25 yrs, my choice.
    You’re so lucky to see you flowers coming up, I jealous, I still have some snow on the ground. Monday we had snow flurries, but it didn’t stick.
    My hobbies are reading, I love your books, crocheting, fishing, horseback riding. I just started riding again after 44 yrs. I’m disabled and I’m riding for therapy lessons. I get on that horse and it’s like I never been away from it. When I ride it does do good for the strengthening of my legs, but the peace of mind does a world of good. I’ve always loved horse such beautiful, loving, smart animal. It seems as my pain goes away when I ride.
    I love to crochet too, but not as much as I use too because of my hands. I’ve always wanted to learn how to quilt but I never had the chance to learn.
    I love reading your books, I’m so into westerns, cowboys and romance. Don’t get me wrong I like to read other books too as long as it’s a good book.

  35. Diane M
      · March 12th, 2013 at 5:43 am · Link

    I love needlepoint. I make gifts for foul and friends as well as donations for the performing arts center my children have belonged to for years. It is relaxing and I enjoy watching the pattern take shape as I stitch. I feel that it is even more rewarding when the children I give them to thank me with wide eyes. To see the expressions on the faces of the little ones is so wonderful.

  36. Diane M
      · March 12th, 2013 at 5:44 am · Link

    My comment should have said family and friends.

  37. Liz M
      · March 12th, 2013 at 9:18 am · Link

    I agree with Linda I can not see any movie whether it is real or not that is about animals that get abused or hurt in any way. I saw a posting on FB the other day of an owl who died in a woman’s arms because he ate a mouse that ate rat poison!! I cried so hard that I had to delete the posting :cry: ! I am disabled so I have lots of time to read and do crafts. I love to quilt right now I am working on a “Keepsake Quilt” for my daughters best friend’s daughter. I have taken all of the daughters favorite clothes and am making a quilt out the pieces of clothing. I also love to read. I love any and all romances!! And I agree Mckettrick’s do need another book written about them. I just loved that series and all books written by Linda :wink:

  38. Andrea Lammly
      · March 12th, 2013 at 11:25 am · Link

    I too cry at the commercials for the animals in the shelters. Just devasting to me that animals are treated that way. I cried as a child when I went to see Born Free in the movie theatre and to this day, I’ll still cry at movies like that; so I won’t be seeing Warhorse either.

    My hobbies are reading, walking and baking. For me, baking is my stress reliever; it’s theraputic for me. Whether its baking a wedding cake for one of my nieces or cousins, cookies for the holidays, breads, pies or whatever, it makes me happy to bake.

    Happy day to all! No flowers out here in Vermont yet. Still snow on the ground-not much in our area but ski areas are still going strong. At least six more weeks before we see flowers outside anyways!

  39. Crystal
      · March 12th, 2013 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Hello Linda!! My favorite hobby is reading. The reason why is because as hectic and stressful life is it feels so good to simply curl up with an awesome LLM book and I feel i leave my life and enter theirs. All my troubles fade away and I’m lost in the story at hand! Who needs thearpy when you have an awesome book! LOL, although i do that as well twice a month. I am so excited my husband who works off 14 days and only home for 7 was offered a stay at home job!!! We are so blessed. I hope that doesn’t interfere with my reading time!! :wink:

  40. Patricia M Hann
      · March 12th, 2013 at 2:51 pm · Link

    My hobby is reading. People actually states I am addicted to reading. I read everything. I enjoy it because when I read books it takes me away to perhaps to another place another time from my very hectic life.

  41. Carole Sklenar
      · March 12th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Whats my main hobby – well I have two that sort of go together. I scrap book and am a closet genealogist. Although not hidden in the closet. I love family and am always curious about them, hence the search for the ancestors and I’ve been doing it off an on for about 40 years. And scrapbooking is a relatively new hobby that I picked up on 25 years ago when I was introduced to Creative Memories. I’ve been working on family tree scrap books by trying to get a hold of as many of the old family pictures as I can and putting them into my computer, then into the scrapbooks.

    Then reading – I’ve been reading books all my life since I learned to read and love a good book, curled up in my recliner, or tucked up in bed before I drop off to sleep. (That’s my favorite) and I also knit and crochet. So retirement is a very busy time for me. Finally I’m getting to do all the stuff I love to do all the time now, whenever the mood hits me. Wahoo. :-D

  42. Anita
      · March 12th, 2013 at 6:33 pm · Link

    My hobby – grandkids, plain and simple. Many other interests, but the grandchildren top the list.

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