#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Open the eyes of my heart…

That’s my prayer today.  (It’s also the track that is playing at the moment, from a CD called “Beautiful Worship”.  Yesterday, I rocked to Aretha Franklin belting out gospel songs.)  I will definitely order the new Alan Jackson CD, pronto–thanks for the suggestion!

Yesterday was another good writing day–I’m LOVING this book, “Big Sky Secrets”, even though writing it has been a lot like giving birth–painful at times.  The feelings run deep and yet I WILL keep the eyes of my heart open, with God’s help. 

This weekend I’m heading for Ellensburg with daughter Wendy to attend the big Western Art Show–looking forward to it so much. 

My friend, artist/actor Buck Taylor, (he was Newly on “Gunsmoke”) is doing a painting for me, one I commissioned.  It’s a portrait of Michael Landon, as Little Joe Cartwright.  My first love, and second favorite cowboy of all times.  (My dad is in first place.)

Our weather continues to swing wildly between dreary and gloriously sunny–it’s been a wild ride.  :)  Some of the planting has been done, though, and I’m already pouring over catalogs for tulips and daffodils to plant in the fall.  I need another hundred acres to accommodate all the flowers I want to grow.

Off to a doctor’s appointment, followed by an afternoon in Three Trees, with my story people.

Be blessed, and know that you are loved.

13 comments to “Open the eyes of my heart…”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · May 16th, 2013 at 1:55 pm · Link

    What is painful about writing? Is it you get emotional about the characters and/or in which direction to take them? Love all your cowboys & their women :)

  2. Liz M
      · May 16th, 2013 at 1:59 pm · Link

    I am so blessed to be able to read your books. I am not able to get out due to my disability. So my cats and I sit every night and enjoy all of your cowboys and the places they take us. Thank Linda for being there for me. Lizzie PS I love all of your Postings please keep them coming! :wink:

  3. Juanita Rice
      · May 16th, 2013 at 2:03 pm · Link

    I just talked to the event office. You shouldn’t be hard to find.
    Looking forward to seeing you. :-D

  4. CJ Vierow
      · May 16th, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I listen to KLOV radio all the time. It’s a Christian radio station and very uplifting. Their website is


    You can get the local radio station details there.

    Love your books and your daily updates.


  5. Norma Stanforth
      · May 16th, 2013 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Linda, good luck at the doctor’s office.
    Enjoy this weekend at the art show and i hope your painting turns out great.
    Linda, it is so good to be loved and i send love right back to you and all the people on this blog. God bless each and everyone of you.
    As always your friend,
    Norma S.

  6. Lorelei Dell
      · May 16th, 2013 at 4:51 pm · Link

    My children were all named after my favorite television characters. Amanda, after Amanda Blake — Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke, Michael after Michael Landon and Jeremy after Bobby Sherman’s character on “Here Come the Brides”. If my husband had known, I would have never been able to pull this off!! :mrgreen:

  7. Lois Rotella
      · May 16th, 2013 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend with your daughter. I am a little jealous about your painting you are getting. Michael Landon(Little Joe) was my first crush. :wink:

  8. marie
      · May 16th, 2013 at 9:07 pm · Link

    speaking of Michael Landon, I had the BIGGEST teen crush on him in the 1960s. pics on the wall, etc etc. EVERYONE KNEW I loved him so. well in 1972 I had the chance to attend then governor Ronald Regan inauguration in Sacramento Ca. and guess who was a staying in the same hotel, down the hall. I was dying her. the last nite he was in a restaurant and my friends urged me to go to his table and get an autograph. I worked up the courage, and he signed my program, but I all I saw was the top of his head. good grief. my first hollywood crush. I still love the old ones tho, Gary Cooper, Wm Holden and Glenn Ford. no matches today sorry to say.

  9. Ida C
      · May 16th, 2013 at 9:55 pm · Link

    Thanks for your wonderful thoughts Linda, and sending lots of love back to you. Have a wonderful weekend. :wink:

  10. Amy
      · May 17th, 2013 at 9:33 am · Link

    I am a HUGE Alan Jackson fan, I have his 2nd gospel CD, which is very good of course, but I will say I like his first one just a tad better, but good nonetheless! I think Rhonda Vincent has an awesome voice and I got her gospel CD a few months ago, it’s wonderful too…recorded in her childhood church in Missouri I believe. Still can’t wait to read Big Sky Summer!! :)

  11. Pam
      · May 18th, 2013 at 2:03 pm · Link

    hope the doctor’s visit went well. Know that you are loved and blessed. Can hardly wait for Big Sky Summer have been watching for it all month. Excited about “secerts” good writing.
    I am so happy about the painting you are getting done. Michael was a special person and greatly missed. I just finished watching the whole series of Little House. Enjoy your painting maybe you can post a picture of it later. :)

  12. carole
      · May 18th, 2013 at 8:03 pm · Link

    I love Alan Jackson’s gospel’s CD, I’m a huge fan but do love my George Strait and Kenny Chesney! I hope the doctor’s visit went well, and glad your able to write-love your cowboy books, I’m always looking for on that I haven’t read yet-I keep them on my book shelf for others to read…been tutoring a few kids that need help in reading and they need books that keep them interested not boring..have to keep it fun, I need to finish my schooling but they aren’t offering the classes I need over the summer, I’m bummed but not gonna give-up! I’d like to finish by my 60th birthday this April! I’m looking forward in your next book at the end of this month-right? I have a list of books that I want to read over the summer, my kids tease me for I always have a book woth me wherever I go! Anyways, here in north fla. our weather is hot and sunny! Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Jessica
      · May 20th, 2013 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Any more info on the McKetrrick tv series/movie?? If you have told us, I missed it sadly. Can’t wait for that to come out and really hope its still being pursued :) Have a great day!!


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