#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

So many books and fascinating things to do, so little time…

I was up late last night, finishing Ann Hite’s first novel, “Ghost on Black Mountain”–she’s the author of “The Storycatcher”, which is one of the rare books I buy in print after listening to the audio version.  It was an interesting story–I wouldn’t have finished it if it wasn’t–but the cover blurb promised a story element that never actually appeared in the book–and that bothered me.  I like Hite’s spooky stories, though, and I’ll be waiting for her next novel to come out.

Books, books, books–I can’t get enough of them, it seems.  (Thanks, Mom.)  If I’m not reading one (or three), I’m listening to one (or three) on my handy-dandy iPod.  Today being Tuesday, new release day on iTunes, I have the usual crop downloading on another computer even as we speak.  In fact, my audio library got so big that I had to buy more storage space in the “cloud”.  Now that concept brings some interesting images to mind, doesn’t it?  All those songs and stories and movies up there, hovering in space, perhaps zipping around, bumping into each other, careening this way and that, like bullets ricocheting off canyon walls,  just waiting to be pulled down at the push of a button–in my opinion, things like this sure shoot the holes into the so-called scientific idea that if you can’t see it or touch it, it doesn’t exist.  HA!  I think (know) that what we can see and touch is only the tiniest speck compared to the realities beyond the immediate reach of our five senses.   

God, for instance.  But that’s another topic for another blog, on another day.  :)

Today, I’m writing–and I also have my first Rapid Eye Movement session–probably more consultation than session.  I’m so excited to try this. 

I’m almost through my first week on Weight Watchers and, as usually happens, I’m wondering why it took me so long to go back to the way of eating that works best for me, the larger question being, “Why did I leave in the first place?”  For me, the program is so easy, and I actually have trouble using up all the points I have for each day.  I feel better and better as time passes–more energy, better moods, the whole shebang.

On the other hand, as good as it is, I know Weight Watchers alone isn’t enough–not for me, anyway.  When one repeatedly gains and loses weight, as I have done since the age of 38, it makes sense to explore the reasons behind the pattern.  Unless I do that, I will be addressing the symptoms, but not the cause, and history will repeat itself.  Since I’m determined to break the cycle for good this time, I want to uncover the underlying causes and deal with them, whatever they are.  (Usually, destructive habits are fear-based.)  Acupuncture helps with this healing process, in a way that is hard to define–it’s all about balance and general well-being, like yoga and meditation and, best of all, prayer.  Journaling is a valuable practice, too, at least for me, since it gives me perspective, getting the junk out of my head and onto a page in my notebook, and so is art.  When I’m making artist trading cards or playing around in my art journal, I’m in a different ‘zone’, a peaceful place.  I firmly believe that the best ideas are born in these quiet hours, rather than in front of the computer, where the actual putting down of words takes place.

I’m rambling again–a sure sign that it’s time to bid you all a good day and get myself to Mustang Creek, Wyoming, where my characters are waiting anxiously.  :)

Be well, be safe, and be kind.






20 comments to “So many books and fascinating things to do, so little time…”

  1. Heidi
      · October 29th, 2013 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Hey Linda, Have you ever tried The Beck Diet Solution? It is a great process to go through to retrain your brain while you do weight watchers or whatever other program.

  2. Dawn Roberts
      · October 29th, 2013 at 2:39 pm · Link

    I’m back in Arizona visiting high school friend, spent 4 days on Mt. Lemmon and in Tuson know. Fly back to Texas tomorrow . Love this area, such beautiful scenery but will be good to get back to my cowboys.

  3. Maryjane Hoffman
      · October 29th, 2013 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Hope your rapid eye movement meeting goes well! Sounds like it will be interesting! Weight Watchers really does work and you always have fellow dieters there for great support too!! Happy writing and so looking forward to your new series!! Take care!

      · October 29th, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Sounds like you have a busy day ahead of you. What is rapid eye movement? I am glad Weight Watchers works for you. Can’t wait for your new book to come out. Take care

  5. Lorraine Pitts
      · October 29th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I never get tired of reading your blogs. You have been blessed with a full life. I pray for you to have joy and happiness and me to have the 3rd installment of Mojo? Happy reading and writing!!!

  6. Roberta Giordano
      · October 29th, 2013 at 3:32 pm · Link

    Sounds like your a very busy woman. Please tell is what is rapid eye movement ? Thank you. Have a great week!

  7. Leanna
      · October 29th, 2013 at 4:27 pm · Link

    I always have more books thsn time to read. I have a box of probably 50 books waiting to be read. I always want more.

  8. Sherry Wallace
      · October 29th, 2013 at 4:29 pm · Link

    When will the first book from Mustang, WY, be released? Looking forward to them as I do all your books :). Can’t even imagine about the REM sessions, but want to hear all about it.

  9. Ruby Norwood
      · October 29th, 2013 at 4:40 pm · Link

    I am the same as you when it comes to reading books. I have a box full now that I haven’t read yet and still ordering more. I hope you much success with weight watchers Linda. I can’t wait until your new series come out.

      · October 29th, 2013 at 6:07 pm · Link

    Good blog today. I’m interested in hearing about your REM and glad to hear WW is going so well for you. Happy writing! Blessings.

  11. Lois Rotella
      · October 29th, 2013 at 6:13 pm · Link

    I don’t have the stamina for a diet. I wish I could have. I love books also. I read almost all kinds. Scifi does not do anything for me.

    • Marlene D'Aoust
        · November 3rd, 2013 at 1:18 pm · Link

      Hi, Linda:

      I’ve tried something new to address some underlying issues that have me stuck in a holding pattern. Bio-Energy Healing is really working for me. I would recommend it highly. Though I’ve found some things work for some and not for others which is fine.

      Good luck with your healing process.


      PS I have really enjoyed your Montana series. I love Montana and visit at least once a year when I am driving to Texas from Calgary.

  12. Gayle Young
      · October 29th, 2013 at 8:10 pm · Link

    I never could do Weight Watchers. I tried several times. I have been doing the Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution by Marla Heller. So far I have lost 37 lbs! Good luck to you on Weight Watchers. Love your books.

  13. Terrie Fulk
      · October 29th, 2013 at 8:46 pm · Link

    I also have the “so many books, not enough time syndrome”. There are so many good books out there. Your books are so wonderful. :wink:

  14. pat Yates
      · October 29th, 2013 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Wait impatiently for your blog every day. Have to remember on weekends there aren’t any. Always look anyway. Read when I should be doing other things such as laundry or cooking.

  15. Emily
      · October 29th, 2013 at 10:52 pm · Link

    Now that I am back to reading, (after such a long spell), I have books coming out the gazoo! Love to read and love reading your blogs. Hate it when the computer acts up and doesn’t let me read!

    Best of luck on W.W.

    As always, can’t wait for your next books! :-D

    Stay well.

  16. carole
      · October 30th, 2013 at 10:03 am · Link

    I have a lot of books that I want to read and on my bookshelf, just not enough hours in the day to do want I want to do! I love to read, have work and taking care of my kids and animals, my relaxing time is at night, that’s when I do my reading. Weight Watchers has been in my life since 1972 and its changed so much which is so great, I love it and it keeps me on track. I walk and ride my bicycle that’s all I like doing. And dancing!
    Keep up the good work and glad your doing ok!
    Happy Halloween!

      · October 30th, 2013 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Linda…. I have been so busy at work I feel I havent blogged in forever but I have read faithfully!!! :wink: Although it was a relief to see that you have been MIA as well!!! LOL I do hope weight watchers conitinues to go well and i am anticipating the new series!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!! Linda i do pray everything went well with the Rapid Eye Movement Session!!

  18. judy
      · October 30th, 2013 at 6:52 pm · Link

    I hope weight watchers works. Have a good halloween. Not going to do anything. I have a great granddaughters birthday tomorrow. I think she will be 6. I can not keep up. Have a good weekend.

  19. Lea Williams
      · October 30th, 2013 at 9:06 pm · Link

    I always have stacks of books, books to read, books I have read, books I want to read again. What to do with them all is the question. I need to find another used book store. The last 2 I used went out of business. I know my daughter loves her Kindle but I want the book in my hand. Waiting for your next book. Hope you go back to Parable sometime. There are more people there I want to know about. Blessings.

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