#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Roasting Julia

No, I have not taken up cannibalism or done that thing they do in Hollywood, when they ‘honor’ someone by making jokes about them over dinner and drinks.  The title of today’s blog desribes one of my craft experiments this weekend–between taking Vitamin C and lying down until the flu bug relented a little–I’ve been playing with shrink plastic.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the product–it’s a fascinating sheet of clear plastic on which one can paint, draw, pound and scribble.  Once happy with the result, the next step is to put the works into an oven and watch it shrink and harden to a mere 45 perscent of it’s former size–very interesting.  HOWEVER, the stuff tends to curl up and stick to itself as it heats, ruining the whole effect.  To prevent that, I weighted the pieces down with my copy of “The Art of French Cooking”.  :)  Hence, roasting Julia.  When it occured to me that I might incinerate my favorite cookbook–let’s not even go into all the OTHER stuff that could have happened–I switched to a Pyrex cake pan instead. 

On the book front, I’m reading the pre-print version of “Big Sky Summer”, which is the story of Casey Elder and Walker Parrish, and guess what–I’m loving it. 

I lost 1.6 pounds this week, and two or three inches, so I’m a happy camper.  This morning, I began riding my exercise bike in earnest, and I’m amazed at how much more energy I have.

This afternoon, I’ll be meeting with a pharmacist about my bio-identical hormones, since the blood test is finished and the results are in, and I’m thrilled.  I have high hopes for this stuff.  I’ll keep you posted as we go along.

On top of it all, of course, I’m writing Chapter 10 of the new book, “Big Sky Wedding”.  (Brylee Parrish, Walker’s younger sister, and Zane Sutton, a new character I think you’ll like.)  It’s been sort of slow going, what with the flu cramping my style and everything, but I’m whipping along now and expect to be done within a week.

I’ll be joining my mom and my brother Jerry tomorrow to celebrate their shared birthday, and then hustling right back to my computer to spin words into story.

There is ice on the tops of all the flower pots on the deck–I picture tiny fairies coming by in the night to skate.  :)

And I remind myself that the very essence and energy of life itself is stirring underneath, promising color and beauty.

Be well.

13 comments to “Roasting Julia”

  1. Kristie Wilson
      · January 28th, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear that you have been battling the flu bug. Hope you’re on the mend soon.

    Question… I love the names of the characters in your books! Some of them are so unusual (but fit the character so perfectly!) How do you come up with them?

    God bless, Kristie

  2. Hilda
      · January 28th, 2013 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Thanks for the hint about the new book and the new book-after-that! I’ve been hoping you’d continue the series a bit further! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been down with the flu. I HAVE to ask: Did you have a flu shot this year? If you can’t guess why I’m wondering, it’s because I’ve never had a flu shot and haven’t had the flu in at least 20 years. Have a wonderful day!

    • Juanita Rice
        · January 28th, 2013 at 5:26 pm · Link

      Hilda! I’ve never had a flu shot, either. And I can’t remember the last time I was sick enough to go to bed. Many, many years. I believe in lots of hand washing and Vitamin C. :) (Of course, you know that we now have to do that crazy knock on wood thing.) ;)

      My cousin always has a flu shot and her daughter had her at the emergency room last Friday night…flu. So I guess we take our chances either way.

      • Hilda
          · January 28th, 2013 at 6:03 pm · Link

        The only time I’ve had to stay in bed recently is with a migraine, which I get maybe 4 a year, so I feel blessed.
        Linda, I MEANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR EXERCISE AND HEALTHY EATING SUCCESS!!!! Great going! Can’t believe I forgot to mention that! Feeling good is the most important thing we can do for ourselves.

  3. Carol L
      · January 28th, 2013 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Hope you get better quickly Linda, I’m also getting over the Flu and though it’s slow going I’m happy it’s going. :)
    Love hearing about this series and new characters. Thanks for sharing. Happy writing.
    Carol L.

      · January 28th, 2013 at 4:13 pm · Link


  5. Juanita Rice
      · January 28th, 2013 at 5:16 pm · Link

    “And I remind myself that the very essence and energy of life itself is stirring underneath, promising color and beauty.”

    Eternal optimism. But we know it will happen. :)

    My hubby was just marking dates on our calender and asked, “We’re going to Ellensburg on May 18th?” I assured him that we are. Our daughter graduates college on the 11th, we see Linda on the 18th, then spend Memorial weekend on Friday Harbor in the San Juans. Roll on May! :>)

    So sorry you were sick, Linda. But it sounds like you’re perking up. Good things happening!

  6. Norma Stanforth
      · January 28th, 2013 at 5:27 pm · Link

    Linda, glad to hear that you are doing better after having the flu, and hay that is fanatic about those inches coming off, that is great, so proud of you, you are doing a great job.Your new book sound great can’t wait to read it. I hope you stay well. God bless you and watch over you.
    Norma Stanforth

  7. Emily
      · January 28th, 2013 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Get well soon. I didn’t know that shrink art was still available! I use to do that with my kids eons ago!
    Can’ wait for the new books.
    Get well soon, will keep you in my prayers.

  8. Gloria
      · January 28th, 2013 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Congratulations, Linda, on both your weight and inches loss. But, if you need them back, I know where they are…I found them. :(

    I’m glad you’re on the mend from the flu. I’m not saying a word about that, but I’ve never had a flu shot, and never been vacinated for anything but small pox. At least, I think that is what it was…it leaves a scar on your arm. I’ve always heard that the smaller the scar, the more immune you were and you can barely see mine.

    And, LORD, I’m not bragging, just being THANKFUL for my good health.

  9. Lois Rotella
      · January 28th, 2013 at 7:32 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Take of yourself. the flu bug is not good. Glad to hear your D.I.E.T. is doing well for you.
    I amd looking forward to the new books. They sound interesting. :wink:

  10. Shari Grant
      · January 28th, 2013 at 8:48 pm · Link

    My children used to love Shrinky Dinks. Sounds a lot like the material you are talking about. They painted cut outs and then cooked them to harden and, yes, shrink. They were fun. The colors got to be much more brilliant when the shrank and the color consolidated. I haven’t seen them in some time. Looking forward to the new Big Sky books. I am particularly looking forward to Casey and Walker’s story. In the meantime I just read a four book series that I really liked by an author I have not read before. Her name is Linda Howard and the books are an old series. I ready MacKenzie’s Mountain and loved it, read the next two books in the series which were okay, and then read the last book in the series, a Game of Chance, and loved it. The last one really tied the whole series together in the end. Right now in the world of LLM I am falling in love all over again with the Yarboro men, Rowdy, Wyatt, and now Gideon. I love the family connections and the character development. You have to admire them for finding their way in the world when there are so many ways they could chosen the wrong side of the law. A while back Linda asked a question of us about life transitions. What I like about the Yarboros is that they are able to make that transition from being outlaws like Pappy, to taking the hard road of respecting the law and hard work. While love supported their decisions, the decision to have a different kind of life was made before the women in their lives arrived. The strength was within them to be better people and love was more the reward for making the better choice. I liked that.

  11. Carole Sklenar
      · January 29th, 2013 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Sure hope the bug leaves you alone soon. From everything I’ve heard, it’s the pits to get through. I’ve been sticking pretty close to home since the knee surgery so fortunately we haven’t been exposed so far. Please take care and can hardly wait for the new book.

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