#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Oops! and other stream of consciousness stuff….

I made a mistake when crediting the author of “The Wrong Girl”–the book was written by Hank Phillippi Ryan, not Ms. French.  I have another of her novels on my iPod, hence the confusion.  Writing a book is hard work, obviously, and the writer generally sweats blood–a little or a lot, depending–during the creative process.  Mr. Ryan, my sincere apologies.  (Maybe you’ll feel better when I say the story was action-packed, well-written, and completely engaging.  :) I truly cared about the characters; especially Jake and Janie.  Oh, and the stray kitten was a nice touch, too.) 

I’m off to California tomorrow, and I plan on taking my laptop along, so I can blog and perhaps get some writing done.  (I can’t help it, I’m basically an optimist.)  There will be wine, friends, fun and good food, not to mention my first tour of an actual winery and a chance to explore the countryside a little.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll write a book about a cowboy–or cowgirl–who rides herd over a vineyard.  :)  It would definitely be different.

Tuesday is the day all the new audiobooks come out on iTunes, so I delete what I’ve already listened to to make space, and then I go straight to the “New This Week” page and reload.  :)  I think I downloaded something like ten books this week–so that might do me for a while.  Have I mentioned that I think recorded books are the best thing since velcro?

I was right in predicting that I wouldn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night–I had to find out how “The Wrong Girl” ended, who-done-it, etc.  :)  Most of my listening, and reading as well, is nonfiction, but I’ve been on a kick for novels lately.  If they have a ghost or ghosts woven into the plot, so much the better.  (This one doesn’t, but I enjoyed it enormously anyhow.)

Fall is definitely here.  There was ice on Bernice and the kitties’ outside water dish this morning.  The pasture has been tilled and layered with manure, and “we” (as in Doug, Larry and Jeremy) will plant grass before the snow comes, if we can find the seed, or in the spring.  The painted ponies are going to LOVE all that green stuff to munch on, and I’ll save a small fortune on grass hay, at least in the summertime, in the bargain.  They sure love to wander their ten acres and graze, and they’re still raiding the pumpkin patch–not for pumpkins, but for the last of this year’s grass.

Lots of artist trading cards in the works–I guess this is a fixation I’m not going to get over.  I tend to lose interest in most hobbies after a while, but this one stuck.  I love making the things, and trading them.  This week, in fact, I received a terrific card from a swapping friend in Texas–an expertly rendered watercolor of a very unusual subject, for this kind of swap: a mug-shot!  I mean, it’s GREAT.  There is so much talent out there, and I think one of the best things about the internet is the way it allows regular artists (as in, people who aren’t Picasso) to show their work.  I’ve become a Pinterest addict, and some of the work posted by artists is absolutely mind-blowing.   I also find it very inspiring.

Speaking of inspiring, I can’t close without a mention of my fellow Daily Audio Bible follower, Blind Tony.  He writes the most wonderful poetry, spiritual stuff of course, and reads it on the call-in line.  His voice is wonderfully gentle and resonant, and my ears always perk up when I hear the words, “This is Blind Tony–“.  The man has developed quite a following and, after many requests, he’s recorded some of his moving, faith-filled poems on CD.  Naturally, I ordered one.

That about sums it up for today, my friends.

Be well, be brave, and be kind.     



25 comments to “Oops! and other stream of consciousness stuff….”

  1. Juanita Rice
      · October 15th, 2013 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Have a good trip, Linda. :)

    • Donna
        · October 15th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

      Hank Phillippi Ryan is a woman. Look her up on Amazon. She is very accomplished and a great writer.

  2. Ruby Norwood
      · October 15th, 2013 at 3:28 pm · Link

    A wonderful blog today Linda. I usually check for your e-mail every day in between Two and Three and when I don’t get one I field like I am missing something for that day. So keep up the good work and have a great and safe trip.

  3. Ida C
      · October 15th, 2013 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Enjoy your holiday Linda and come back totally refreshed and bursting with new ideas. Either that or totally in need of some rest because of the active holiday! Take care.

  4. Arliss
      · October 15th, 2013 at 4:43 pm · Link

    Love reading your posts and, of course, YOUR BOOKS! I’ve never sent a comment before but had to let you know one of your posts from, I think, Jan and this one hits close to home. I had to email my sisters after the first post about Uptick Vineyards and ower Stephen Black since I believe it is the same Steve Black that lived next door to us in Lombard, Ill as kids. And now you are visiting him and his wife again! What are the odds of that circular connection route – it surely is a small world. SAY HI TO STEVE FOR ME – ARLISS AND PUNSER FAMILY. P.S. I’m also a BIG quilter – watch out – it’s addictive.

  5. Norma Stanforth
      · October 15th, 2013 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, i like the audio books when you are not feeling well they are really nice to have. You have a nice trip and don’t drink to much wine in the wine country enjoy yourself! Evveryone have a nice week and weekend and God bless you all.
    As always your friend

  6. Lois Rotella
      · October 15th, 2013 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Have a fun trip! Enjoy the winery and the wine.

  7. Denise King
      · October 15th, 2013 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Hi Linda whew, I’m tired just from reading your blog :-) but I. Love it.I also like a good ghost story ( Heather Graham ) is one of my favorite author of that genre .Well have a safe and wonderful trip.

  8. Leanna
      · October 15th, 2013 at 6:04 pm · Link

    I have never listened to audio books. I am a visual person plus I read everyday while on the exercise bike. Have a nice trip.

  9. Sherry Wallace
      · October 15th, 2013 at 7:03 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful trip, Linda :). Guess you will miss your acupuncture on Wednesday? We have yet to get a freeze, but won’t be long till I’m trying to fit all my big pots of house plants into the house – always a challenge!
    PS. Send us some pictures if you can from wine country!

  10. Connie Johnson
      · October 15th, 2013 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Hope you enjoy your trip.

  11. Ellen Weaver
      · October 15th, 2013 at 8:15 pm · Link

    Hank Phillippi Ryan is a female

      · October 15th, 2013 at 9:42 pm · Link

    A book from the wine country would be great! Have a wonderful trip, Linda. Blessings.

  13. Lea Williams
      · October 15th, 2013 at 10:06 pm · Link

    Have fun and enjoy your wine country visit.

  14. Roberta Giordano
      · October 15th, 2013 at 11:08 pm · Link

    Have a fun weekend !

  15. Bonnie Kewitsch
      · October 16th, 2013 at 4:25 am · Link

    :) hi Linda, I have finally found the last 2 series of yours and I can say I will have read all your books but 1…The one book is “Springwater Wedding” an on Amazon it is still 6 dollars.. I have been looking for the Springwater Series and I am on Springwater Christmas… and when I am done with this Series..I found “The Women of Primrose Creek.
    You are one of my favorite writers when I am done reading them I give them to my youngest sister and she reads them and then passes on to her friends……….

    I thank you for all your fine writing of all the books, most of the series books once I start reading I can’t put down…I am disable with a breathing disorder so I don’t do much but I love reading……… Like my son always says to me how can u read so much and I told him that since I was in 7th grade in school I love reading and by the time I graduated I from high school in 1967 I had read all the Fiction, Non-Fiction, and History Books in the school Library…..I am almost 64 next month{12th} I have read many books an I found all one series of Books I read when i was in my 20’s it was Janet Dailey and The Calder Series and after I am done reading your books that’s the next series I am going to read that series again and my sister who is 4 yrs younger then me wants to read it again…I will sign off now but thank you for all the reading hours I have done with your books and all future books of yours that I will read…Talk some other time………… :)

    • Debra
        · October 16th, 2013 at 10:14 am · Link

      I love the Springwater series one of my favorites, but then again they all are. lol

  16. Barbara Murcray
      · October 17th, 2013 at 8:56 am · Link

    Oh the California vacation, how well I remember ours. We did it back in 1989. The first week was for the kids Disneyland, Sea World and San Diego Zoo. The second week was for the love of the great Steinbeck novel Cannery. A place that I would love to go back to. The third week was for the love of wine. We went to Napa Valley and toured the vineyards and sampled the wine. Now with three kids this was quite the experience. All three boys loved the tours, the musty smells, and eating the cheese in the tasting rooms. At one of the vineyards they got to stomp the grapes. They still talk about that experience! It was one of the few family vacations we took when the kids were little that we all cherish. Happy travels!

    • Barbara Murcray
        · October 17th, 2013 at 9:46 am · Link

      The second week was for the love of the great Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row in Monterey. ( Don’t know how I managed to lose that part of the sentence)

  17. Emily
      · October 17th, 2013 at 9:52 am · Link

    Have a wonderful trip Linda. You go girl and have a great time. :lol:

  18. zola udell
      · October 17th, 2013 at 2:42 pm · Link

    I agree Linda. After listening to one of your earliest novels, I will be ordering other audio cds again. It’s a treat and it gives my eyes a break. Have a very healthy and prosperous trip. Be safe!.

  19. Joyce M.
      · October 20th, 2013 at 10:52 am · Link

    Have a great trip!

  20. sam
      · October 21st, 2013 at 1:12 pm · Link

    Hi Linda.
    Hope you have a good trip. Just watched the news across the pond and heard about some authors re-writing a modern version of all six books written by Jane Austin. There is four books taken, but a question mark is by “Emma” and “Persuasion”, I think you would write a good modern version of both of them :) What do you think on re-writing old classics?

  21. Joyce M.
      · October 22nd, 2013 at 5:57 pm · Link

    When I was in college back in the dark ages my Mom wrote stream of consciousness letters all the time.

  22. Gail Kelley
      · October 19th, 2015 at 4:34 am · Link

    I just discovered you and I love your audiobooks. I am, however, having a really hard time finding any in the MP3 or CD format that are available to purchase. Any suggestions?

    I’m in California close to the vineyards. Hope you have a good vacation.


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