#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

How high’s the water, Mama? or So this is Friday…

(With nods to my late friend, the one and only Johnny Cash, and to John Lennon, whom I never met, unfortunately.  And he was my favorite Beatle, too.)

Virtual Linda’s water is, presently, at thigh level–two feet high and risin’  :) As for the Friday-ness, well, as I’ve said before, I can’t believe how often it comes around.

On Monday, I’ll be announcing this week’s book winners and the new contest begins the same day.  Just comment, and you’re entered.  (Though it would probably behoove you to say something nice.  :) )  Winners are chosen at random, but Our Jenni is in charge of the process and she’s definitely protective of little ole me.

I like that in a person.  :)  (With a nod to my mom, who says that all the time.)

Which is not to say I get a lot of snarky remarks, because I can only recall one in all the time I’ve been blogging, and I think the poor woman was just having a bad day.  I sincerely hope things got better for her down the trail a ways.  I admit that I don’t read Amazon reviews of my books, or the ones on iTunes, either.  Too easy to get upset.

Then, because I do have a temper on me, however hard  I may try to keep a lid on it, I want to track that person down, get them by the scruff, ask how many books they’ve written, damn it, and whether or not they have any idea how bloody hard it is.  I like Kurt Vonnegut’s quote, and I paraphrase, “Oh, writing is easy.  You just sit down at the computer and open a vein.”

As you can see, this is a clear case of discretion being better than valor.  (If throttling somebody can be described as ‘valor’.)

More writing on the docket for today and, I hope, over the weekend.  I always INTEND to take advantage of the relative lack of peace and quiet (and usually relatives) and get some extra licks in at the keyboard, but you know what they say about good intentions.  I usually wind up shopping for groceries and running errands, after Bernice and I go out for the mail, of course, and then I have to recover from the adventure.  For me, this generally means playing in my art room, curling up for a nap with Bernice and Jitterbug, my kitty, and listening to lots of audiobooks and podcasts.  In the afternoons, Bernice and I head out for a walk, and hope (at least I do) not to encounter a moose.  Not up close and personal, that is. 

Might just as well quit while I’m ahead–assuming, of course, that I actually AM ahead.  :)

Finally, a correction to make: I called Lisa Jackson’s sister, Nancy, a wonderful writer in her right (so to speak), ‘Nancy Bishop’.  Her name is Nancy BUSH–I was confused by the fact that she used to write under the name ‘Natalie Bishop’ back in the day.  Not much of an excuse, since I’ve known Nancy forever and ever, but there it is. 

Time for more water.  :)

47 comments to “How high’s the water, Mama? or So this is Friday…”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · August 29th, 2014 at 12:06 pm · Link

    You are too funny! St. Michael’s College Playhouse here in Vermont did “Ring of Fire” a musical adaption of Johnny Cash’s life through his music earlier this month. It was terrific! 42 songs and told his life story from a young man through his adult life. Classic performer. Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend.

  2. Laura Ann Harris
      · August 29th, 2014 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Have a great Labor Day weekend Linda!

  3. Ruby Norwood
      · August 29th, 2014 at 12:11 pm · Link

    I enjoyed the blog Linda! and I am so glad that I’m not the only one with a temper. I also don’t see how anyone could say something bad about one of your books on Amazon or iTunes.
    Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend!!

  4. DONNA
      · August 29th, 2014 at 12:11 pm · Link

    As a city girl I can’t imagine running into a moose – even at a distance. It is interesting how different parts of the USA can be. I love your books – keep ’em coming!!!!

  5. Hilda
      · August 29th, 2014 at 12:13 pm · Link

    I like, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” Good advice.

    I think the people who love your stories and you and all things LLM will outnumber any naysayers by oh, about 1,000,000,000%

    Just keep on keepin’ on and we’ll all be happy. Hey, the customer is always right! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Hilda
        · August 29th, 2014 at 12:14 pm · Link

      P.S. I think I remember that person! She sounded very strange and unhappy.

  6. Violette Ruffley
      · August 29th, 2014 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Be gentle with your self ~ Be self-full ~ That is not the opposite of selfish, but rather meeting your needs first, so as to have the strength to go on with fulfilling your responsibilities as you choose them.

    Much love and have a most blessed weekend. Remember and honor yourself too on how hard you labor on this Labor Day celebration.

  7. Rita Crofoot
      · August 29th, 2014 at 12:57 pm · Link

    Your comments today, make me remember another old saying ,,,it takes about a thousand atta boys to cover one Oh SH&$.
    You have encouraged me to be aware of hydrating, doc said my blood tests irregularities could be caused by dehydration,it is important,and harder to do than you think.

  8. Marcy Collins
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Linda I hope you don’t float away with the height of the water…I,know if it gets to your eyeballs you’ll need relief for sure! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog posts & am thankful you have someone as protective as Jenni on your team! Have a great Holiday weekend and look forward to next week! :lol:

  9. Carol S
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:18 pm · Link

    Don’t get water logged. Wishing you a great Labor Day.

  10. Pam paterakis
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:21 pm · Link

    If I have nothing good to say about a book I say nothing! I would not be able to write one and hard work is given by the authors. You may love a book or movie and I hate it. Why rain on someones parade? Must admit I have loved all of yours so far!

  11. Jeannine Klimt
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:26 pm · Link

    I find the meaness of people hard to understand. I have a couple of times(never yours) advised people of things I found objectional in a book but I have never written a book. I have never had the courage to put my work out there for all to pick apart and critic. So I find that encouraging people is much more my cup of tea! I mean commenting here is difficult enough. Keep up the great work Linda! I love your books and blogs! :)

  12. Nadine Spradlin
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:39 pm · Link

    My mama used to say” if you can’t say something good about someone don’t say anything at all” . That is hard to do sometime , the “critic” must have had you mixed up with some other writer. I’ve always liked to read , & at one time I rated every book, VG, G, F .We took several boxes to the Library & the ones working in there thought the rating was neat. Just keep writing in your own style , I for one wouldn’t change a thing . I’m sure others who like your books feel the same way . Keep smiling , & enjoy the Holliday week end .

  13. Virginia Horton
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:45 pm · Link

    I believe if you can’t say something nice about a book don’t say anything at all. I do read reviews and it makes me mad when someone leaves a bad review. I have a temper also. We are getting some really hot weather here now and I can get out and walk but it is so hot you can’t stand it sometimes. Where is the fall temps.

  14. Susan Lee
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:55 pm · Link

    I’m glad you don’t get many snarky comments on this blog. I loved the Kurt Vonnegut quote. You put your life’s blood and your heart into your work and I appreciate you. You have given me so many great hours of entertainment. Keep on keeping on. I appreciate your positive influence. Your blog helps me stay positive in my attitude towards life.

  15. Gwyn Beams
      · August 29th, 2014 at 1:59 pm · Link

    not matter how hard you try there will always be someone who doesn’t like what you have done.if they don’t that is their problem not yours,write to please yourself and the rest of us will follow.have a great weekend and don’t get writer’s cramp. :wink: 8-O :-P

  16. marilyn
      · August 29th, 2014 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Have a very hydrated weekend! and remember to take breaks to enjoy the day!

  17. Dixie hadley
      · August 29th, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Your blogs are almost as good as one of your books. LOL. I so look forward to each addition. You are indeed a very gifted person when it comes to writing anything. Hope you are able to accomplish all that you want to get done this week end. Bless you
    Dixie J.Hadley

  18. Dawn Roberts
      · August 29th, 2014 at 2:33 pm · Link

    My daughter is one that can write, she can sit down hours before a paper is due fora college class and write something. And usually get and A. It has always amazing me how she could do that. I always had to make an outline, correct it, and then start writing.

  19. Brenda I.
      · August 29th, 2014 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Hope that you get a chance to get some writing in. If not, then enjoy the three day Labor Day weekend!

  20. Lois Rotella
      · August 29th, 2014 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend !! Please be careful of roaming moose. I like your blogs. Keep Bernice happy. She sounds like she really enjoys her walk with you.

  21. Judy Eagle
      · August 29th, 2014 at 3:06 pm · Link


    Unfortunately there are rude unkind people all over. I hope you don’t run into any of them. I too am glad you have a good support system/team. Have a great moose free weekend. They are truly huge animals and not always (as I am sure you know) willing to share “their” space.


  22. gloria bare
      · August 29th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, Your comment for the lady who was you think was having a bad day when she made a comment on your blog, well God bless her, if she could not say any thing nice if she was under stress then she should not have made any comments at all. I love all your books and I have a rather large collection of them and anxiously wait for a new one. I sometimes go back and read some of them a second time. Bless you for all you do

  23. Marilyn Fish
      · August 29th, 2014 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Thank you for directing me to Waterminders. I find a great tool for getting my water in. I am much more mindful of drinking water. This is great. Thank you, thank you!!

  24. Leanna
      · August 29th, 2014 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend! I hope you get a lot of writing done. I will be training the new puppies we got last weekend.

  25. Linda Holmes
      · August 29th, 2014 at 4:49 pm · Link

    I love reading all your books.

    Linda H.

  26. Ginny Thompson
      · August 29th, 2014 at 5:40 pm · Link

    I don’t see how any one can complain about you or your writing. You are my favorite author. I look forward to each new book with a western theme. Once I start a book you have written I can not put it down until the end.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · August 29th, 2014 at 7:00 pm · Link

      Yes Linda is a great author. I love all the books i have read.

  27. Roberta Giordano
      · August 29th, 2014 at 5:42 pm · Link

    Love all your books Linda! Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend !

  28. Linda Wilson
      · August 29th, 2014 at 6:34 pm · Link

    Enjoy your weekend and holiday

  29. Norma Stanforth
      · August 29th, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Hope everyone has a great weekend and on Sunday and everyday praise GOD.
    As always your friend,

  30. judy
      · August 29th, 2014 at 7:06 pm · Link

    I don’t know way any one would not like your books. They are great. I have a friend how is reading them now, and she love them ,too. Take care.

  31. Valdi McCoy
      · August 29th, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Link

    Names are such an elusive thing anyway. I have nieces that I have no idea what their last name is now. Friends who marry and I never bother to learn their new name. Customers that I have known for years and never put a name to. Faces on the streets of my small hometown. I know and love them all, but don’t ask me what their name is. If I meet you in church chances are I will know your name. If I meet you in class, I will probably know your name. If you write me a check I will know your name. I know Linda Lael Miller because she writes great books and I have read 99% of them.

  32. Diana E.
      · August 29th, 2014 at 8:42 pm · Link

    LOL, have a great weekend, Linda! Blessings.

  33. Gloria Jenkins
      · August 29th, 2014 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Linda, as I have said before my oldest daughter gave me some of your books to read and fell in love with your books. I to am ADD and reading was hard for me. Now I love to read. I love all of your books and my loving husband tries to find any of your books when he is out shopping. I have all of the McKettricks, Stone Creek, Montana Creed’s and Big Sky Series. There are others. I’m looking for some of your older novels. Found a few. I work hard and I reward myself on payday with a new book. Found out here in is a used book store here in Northern VA. I will be making a trip there. Not to worry I will never sell any of my books. I have a Galaxy tablet but I love the feel of holding a book. Well sorry such a long comment. Just wanted you to know there are women who love your books. Have a Blessed weekend. Keep writing your devoted friend Gloria J. Of Virginia

    • Valdi McCoy
        · September 8th, 2014 at 10:27 pm · Link

      You can find most of the older titles at amazon.com for .01 but the shipping cost $3.99. I have made an adventure out of going to the thrift stores and get way excited when I find a title I need to complete a set. Like you I can never get rid of a book. Once I read it is a part of me and I keep them and reread them. My husband is afraid our house will sink under the weight.

  34. Michele B
      · August 29th, 2014 at 9:41 pm · Link

    I really enjoy your blogging. There has not been one yet that has not provoked some thought (deep or silly) or inspired me to gain some more insight and followed up with research. This time I’m only the silly side of things. While it’s totally uncool that someone was “snarky” with you, I have been having some fun with the word itself. I heard it used for the first time last week and got all giggly with it by using it in all forms (to snark, be snarked, etc.)in different sentences. All the while “snark” kept ringing a distant bell. I remember now that it was one of Lewis Carol’s crittures from a poem and am off to google it now. Thanks for the click that put it together.

  35. Tammy
      · August 29th, 2014 at 9:57 pm · Link

    Wow, I thought I was having a bad week! My Fibromyalgia and the horrible Insomnia that goes with it has been in overdrive! :evil: At least you are capable of going out for walks & are able to take naps! I normally use my Insomnia to my advantage & read your wonderful books! I normally read @ least 2 per week! But the Migraines haven’t permitted much reading this week! I do go to the Facebook page that is a fan club devoted to you! I have met 2 wonderful “sisters of the heart” there! You are my favorite author & I do so love your books! I hope you have a great holiday weekend! Take Care! :-P

  36. Cheryl Morgan
      · August 29th, 2014 at 10:00 pm · Link

    I love your books, from the first ones to the new ones,I don need reviews

  37. Patricia M Hann
      · August 29th, 2014 at 10:09 pm · Link

    John Lennon is my favorite Beatle as well. I never met him either. My reason was 1 my maiden name was Lennon and I have a older brother ( born before the Beatles) name John. Have a great Labor day weekend.

  38. roz goodenough
      · August 29th, 2014 at 11:01 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  39. Terri Shortell
      · August 30th, 2014 at 5:45 am · Link

    I love both Johnny Cash and John Lennon. I’m actually not a huge country music fan but Johnny Cash transcends music genre. Hope everyone has a great weekend. We are finally getting much needed rain and cooler temperatures. So it’s all good here. :lol: 8)

  40. connie wooldridge
      · August 30th, 2014 at 8:19 am · Link

    I have loved reading your books for years! I’m going back and reading the Montana Creeds series for the second time – if anyone knows where the Montana Creed family tree can be found or has a copy, please let me know.
    Have a great holiday weekend!

  41. Pamela Devereux
      · August 30th, 2014 at 6:50 pm · Link

    Stressful week. Hubby had a procedure done on his throat. Waiting for the results of the biopsy took everything out of me. Finally got some sleep Thursday night. Doc called & everything was fine. I was given one of those jugs when I was in the hospital that held 32 oz of water. They wanted you to drink at least 2 a day. Still keep up with it. Good for you.

  42. Joyce M.
      · August 31st, 2014 at 12:52 pm · Link

    I enjoy drinking water, had soda the other day and I thought the carbonation would drive me crazy.

  43. Linda A. J.
      · August 31st, 2014 at 1:30 pm · Link

    The first book of yours I read was “A Stone Creek Christmas”. I picked it up because I liked the cover. I bought it because I enjoyed the little bit I read while walking through the store, next I bought the series. That was several years ago, several different series later- I always look for your books the moment I go into any store. I envy people who can put so much excitement and adventure in so many books. Please keep them coming.

  44. Billiesue Sanders
      · September 4th, 2014 at 9:48 pm · Link

    This week we visited the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our grand kids had a ball watching sorghum molasses being made by a mule-driven mill. Then we brought some home to use in molasses cookies.
    One more weekend of play before the serious business of school!

    Best to all of you,

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