#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

I’m afraid to say I’m better….

I thought so yesterday, after all, and I got walloped–ended up flat on my back in bed.  I did read, between bouts of profound slumber, as Dean Koontz’s newest “Odd Thomas” book had just come out.  I don’t read his more fantastical, end-of-the-world stuff, but I do love Odd, and the amazing predicaments he gets himself into.  This one was a fast, satisfying read, but the poetic quality of Koontz’s writing, plus his razor-sharp sense of humor, are what keep me coming back for the next one.  In my opinion, he’s a master craftsman.

So, we’re up to Brooklyn, in our travelogue.

That was day 6, July 21

The whole bunch of us took the “N” train (subway) out to Brooklyn, with much phone-map consultation going on the whole time.  Need I say, it was HOT down in the bowels of the subways?  It won’t surprise you to know that, as many times as I’ve been to NYC, my experience with the underground is very limited.  I take taxis and, sometimes, courtesy of my fabulous publishers, town cars or even limos.  But, hey, this trip was about bonding, and new adventures, so off we went.

Eventually, we arrived in Brooklyn, where I have never been before.  I was enchanted by the place–New York but NOT New York, if you know what I mean.  Slightly roomier, with lots of shade trees.

Our goal was the Brooklyn Flea Market and we had a lot of fun there, poking through interesting stuff.  I came away with some old hardware for my art and a few postcards–and I was ready to go back to Manhattan.  :)  We stopped for lunch at a neighborhood place called Mullane’s–Sally and I weren’t up for anything exotic, so we went with cheeseburgers and fries.  They were delicious. 

After that, the others went on to see the Statue of Liberty, while I ducked into a passing yellow cab and returned to the Waldorf.  As my old dad used to say, I’d had all the fun I could stand by then.  :)  In the room, I painted and watched a couple of documentaries on Netflix.  There was packing to do, of course, and I was missing my critters, my house, my bathtub and my bed.

On Day 7, July 22, we all flew in a westerly direction.  The trips were long, of course, but largely uneventful and pretty comfortable.

There truly is no place like home.

Especially when bronchitis strikes.

More tomorrow.  May God bless and keep you.


17 comments to “I’m afraid to say I’m better….”

  1. Hilda
      · August 2nd, 2012 at 11:37 am · Link

    Hi, Linda. You opted out on visiting the Statue of Liberty? Have you visited her before? I was there in November 1996 and it was too windy so they weren’t letting visitors up on top. I was very disappointed but everything else about that trip was an awesome experience. Did your family do the Ellis Island / Statue combo? Very cool experience!
    (P.S. The one time I was in Paris, we couldn’t go up the Eiffel Tower because during the four days we were there, the employees of the Tower went on strike = it was closed FOUR days!) Ah, adventures in travel! Hope you are feeling better, permanently, soon! Hilda (LOVIN’ B.S.Mountain!)

    • Juanita Rice
        · August 2nd, 2012 at 3:03 pm · Link

      Have never had the desire to go up in the Statue of Liberty. I just want to sit on a boat in the Hudson and look at her!! :)

      • Hilda
          · August 2nd, 2012 at 3:15 pm · Link

        I wanted to take some awesome panoramic pictures from way up there. I try to get as high as possible everywhere I travel. Also, when I was a toddler our ship sailed right past her on the way from Holland (my birthplace) to here. I was too young to remember and my parents didn’t take any pictures. P.S.When I say “high” I mean “high and SAFE.” :O)

        • Juanita Rice
            · August 2nd, 2012 at 5:03 pm · Link

          I understand that. As much as I have no desire to be inside Ms. Liberty I ALWAYS go to the top of the Empire State Bldg. I’m always deleting pictures from my camera. How many do I need, anyway? :)

          • Hilda
              · August 2nd, 2012 at 6:01 pm · Link

            True! I’m one of those weirdos who keeps my pictures and looks at them occasionally. BTW, I had a friend in NJ whom I visited (she’s the one who took me to Ellis & Statue) and she REFUSED to go into NYC, so I missed out on that. Is it that awful in NYC? Maybe she had a bad experience; I can’t recall.

  2. Kathy Copeland
      · August 2nd, 2012 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Wishing you all the good wishes to get better soon!!!!! (I love reading about your travels; you are such a great writer , travel or romance.)

  3. Cathy Schroeder
      · August 2nd, 2012 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear that you landed flat on your back again. I have been there with the same thing and it is no fun. Glad it didn’t ruin your trip. I love your books, I have read some of Dean Koontz but he is a little weird for my tastes. I would rather read David Balducci or Vince Flynn or Brad Thor for adventure and violence. I hope that you are on the mend now and getting your life back to normal.


  4. Juanita Rice
      · August 2nd, 2012 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Nothing to do but rest, Linda. You won’t get better until you’ve “rested” that bug right out of you. We’ll wait (albeit it not too patiently) for the next story. :)

    Get better!!!

    • Juanita Rice
        · August 2nd, 2012 at 3:07 pm · Link

      PS: Way to give a person a stroke within the first three pages of a book, Linda! I almost gasped an, “Oh, no!”, over what was happening to Hutch!!!

  5. Norma Stanforth
      · August 2nd, 2012 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Sorry you are still fighting your bronchitis, but you seem to enjoy your trip some, it seem really thrilling to me. I have never been to New York.
    Hop you get to feeling better and when you are sick there is no place like home. God bless and keep you safe.
    Norma Stanforth

  6. Denise
      · August 3rd, 2012 at 10:42 am · Link

    Hi Linda – Was pleasantly pleased to see that you were up North visiting our fine city – I was born in Brooklyn and now reside in Queens and was happy to read about your Brooklyn adventures. I hope you get over your bronchitis and start feeling like your normal self soon! – I was wondering if/when you might publish the third book in your Mojo Sheepshanks series. I’ve read Deadly Gamble and Deadly Deception and would love to read more about the wonderful characters you’ve created therein. Especially interested in seeing if Mojo and Sam the Ghost will partner up for investigations! All the best to you and yours! – dc

  7. sam
      · August 3rd, 2012 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Just to say hello and I hope you feel better soon :)

  8. Anne
      · August 4th, 2012 at 11:42 am · Link

    I just finished Big Sky Mountain. Loved it!! Highly recommend it, and have. I am waiting for book #3 and Outlaws Christmas. Can you give me a hint of what your next book is going to be about?

  9. Gloria
      · August 4th, 2012 at 4:11 pm · Link

    Linda, are you feeling any better by now? I sure pray that you are. It is miserable to be under the weather for so long. (Shoot, it is miserable to be under the weather for a short time. :-D )

    Every time my brother came up from FL on vacation, he’d get sick. The last time, he had an upper respiratory infection. Do you think it is the change in climate?

    Now that he’s moved back home, I guess he’ll get used to it and will be OK. But, I do hope youre back to your…I hate to say…your old self, since you’re not old. How about…Back to normal?

    I just noticed the Western Facts at the bottom of the page. How interesting!!! I couldn’t read all of it, because I can’t see that fast, :wink: but it is still interesting.

    Take care and have a good and Godly weekend.

  10. linda k
      · August 4th, 2012 at 4:22 pm · Link

    the vampire books are not on your book list. why? :roll:

    • linda
        · August 6th, 2012 at 1:54 pm · Link

      They have been out of print for several years and are now becoming available as e-books. The list is for the print books. :)

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