#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The Long Weekend

I slept a lot.  :)

I listened to “Fragile”, by Lisa Unger, practically at one sitting–if lying in bed with my iPod going can be accurately described as a “sitting.”   This is a very good suspense novel, obviously, and I do recommend it.

For me, free time always includes art, so there was some of that, too.  I recently fell in love with an art supply I’d never realized was available (I’m very fickle in this area)–Liquitex Paint Pens, and it looks as though this affair may last a while.  :)  After seeing them in one of my Somerset magazines, I clicked over to Dick Blick and placed an order.  They arrived very quickly and I have been playing with them–happily–ever since.  I love them because the colors are rich and vivid, and because, since they’re pens, they’re easier to control (for me) than brushes.  I made numerous ATCs (artist trading cards)–one is a sort of paper doll, with an ATC for the body.  I painted on a red dress and glued on a set of arms, then affixed a head and legs with brads, so they can swivel behind the card.  Pretty cool, if I do say so myself.  :)  I also tried a technique I’d read about on a website, which I call “closed-eyes drawing”–you do exactly that, close your eyes and draw something–in my case, it was faces.  The result is abstract, of course, very Picasso-esque.  The idea is to work with the resulting sketch, open-eyed, embellishing, adding color and detail, whatever.  I did some interesting portraits this way–one of them looked a lot like Elvis :)–and had a lot of fun with the process along the way.  This exercise, like contour drawing*, is wonderfully freeing and helps me to loosen up–a gift, since I tend to be way too earnest about ‘getting it right’.  Aka, trying too hard.

Now, after reading your comments about the crayon episode, I have some new stuff to try.  Thank you for that, and for many other things–like your very kind words about the “Big Sky” books.  They are near and dear to my heart, these books. 

 Yesterday, as a grand finale to the long weekend, Wendy and Jeremy came over, with my beloved grand-dog, Margie, the cutest Golden Retriever ever.  While Jeremy colored and cut my hair (I was at the whip-and-chair stage again, because this, like dental work, is something I always procrastinate over, given my ADD-drivern aversion to sitting still), Wendy whipped up a batch of seafood etouffe, a mutual favorite, along with little cornbread pancakes.  This is a dish we discovered years ago, at the wonderful New Orleans Cafe, in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, and the Wendy/Jeremy version is just as delicious.

That about sums up my weekend–I feel fabulous today, rested up and ready to write more of “The Marriage Pact”.  I’ll be having another acupuncture treatment tomorrow, as well–always does me a lot of good.

This week’s contest is underway–just comment.  As usual, two winners will be notified on Thursday, and their names announced here on the blog on Friday.  If you don’t win, no worries–there’s always next week.

Be strong, be brave, and be kind–especially to yourselves.


* contour drawing is the technique of drawing an object or objects while looking only at the model and not at the paper, all without lifting the marker or pen from the paper.  It’s a GREAT way to learn to let go and create.  Try it!


54 comments to “The Long Weekend”

  1. Darlene Tomel Sigala
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Linda, I love Big Sky Wedding. Brylee and Zane. I can’t wait for the next book. I can never put them down. :wink:

  2. Teresa
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Just finished the latest Big Sky book over the weekend!!! Loved it and have a friend that I pass them on to and then get them back for my “forever” library – only have so much room so it really is a Special Spot for all of your books – keep writin’!!

  3. Delores Hagen
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:04 pm · Link

    That sounds like my kind of weekend!!!! :-)

  4. Betty Hamilton
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Link

    I have really enjoyed the Big Sky books and look forward to the next one.

  5. Lois Rotella
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Link

    I love to hear about all your crafts and things. I just started the new Big Sky book. Loving it so far

  6. Juanita Rice
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Finished Wedding last night!! Absolutely loved it!! Waiting until January for Secrets isn’t going to be easy. :)

  7. Laurie Haas
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:26 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to see how Brylee works out her “issues”. I have really enjoyed the Big Sky series and all the people of Parable.

  8. Ida C
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:26 pm · Link

    Love to hear about your weekend and also the crafting. The pens sound fascinating, but I don’t need anything else on my need to do list! Keep entertaining us Linda & take care of yourself!! :lol:

  9. Regina M.
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:29 pm · Link

    For the long holiday weekend, I settled in with not one but three Linda Lael Miller books —– GREAT reading!!!

  10. Becky Strobaugh
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm · Link

    I’ve learned much following your blog! You’ve opened my eyes to many paths of creativity that I had never heard of before. Thank you!

  11. Norma Stanforth
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:49 pm · Link

    Linda, i am glad you rested up this weekend. That book “Fragile” by Lisa Unger, sounds like a good book i am going to see if my granddaughter can get it for me. I like the ideal of closing your eyes and painting. I need to paint that way because i sure can’t paint with them open. Hope i am the winner of your next book. Everyone have a great day and God bless each of you.
    As always your friend,
    Norma :lol:

    • Billie Sanders
        · September 3rd, 2013 at 4:38 pm · Link

      So good to hear about your weekend, Linda.
      I’ m saving Big Sky Wedding for a time when life is a little less crazy–maybe mid-month.
      Really looking forward to it.


  12. Ruby Norwood
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Linda, I looked forward to reading your blog everyday. I miss you on the weekends. I think you should share that seafood etouffe recipe. I did finish reading Big Sky Wedding it was a great book just like all of your other books.

  13. Brenda Erickson
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 4:01 pm · Link

    I love your comments about the paints. Can you use them on fabric?

  14. Teresa Whitt
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 4:22 pm · Link

    I finished Big Sky Wedding this weekend, and just got it, and was waiting for a weekend, to not do much, and this past weekend was it. Brylee and Zane…OMG…it was a fabulous book, like the others, and enjoyed it.

  15. Marianne W
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Love keeping up with you on your blog! 8-)

  16. Lisa Johnson
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Received Big Sky Wedding today! Just finishing up Against the Mark by Kat Martin and my fingers are itching to start it. I also had a Linda Lael Miller weekend. On Saturday and Sunday I re-read High Country Bride and Shotgun Bride.Keep’em coming. God! I miss the McKettricks and Creeds!

  17. harriet Vick
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 4:55 pm · Link

    I finished Big Sky Wedding this morning. I love a good love story!
    Enjoyed it immensely and cannot wait for your next book to come out!

  18. Jennifer Damone
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 4:58 pm · Link

    Love Big Sky Wedding so far. Wish I could finish it, but a 4 and 3 year old can sometimes be distracting

  19. Leanna
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 5:37 pm · Link

    My sister-in-law loves thoses paint pens!

  20. Anita
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 5:43 pm · Link

    I’m waiting for the weekend to savor Big Sky Wedding – when I have no interruptions and can read in peace. Can’t wait!

  21. Jessica Nasset
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Just purchased Big Sky Wedding…currently playing tug-o-war with my mom over who gets to read it first!

  22. Merry
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Picked up Big Sky Wedding this weekend but haven’t had the time to start it yet. Can’t wait to read it!

  23. Teri Iezek
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Started Big Sky Wedding ….can’t put it down!!! :!:

  24. Tonya
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 6:31 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to start Big Sky Wedding!!

  25. Cindi Williams
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Duh – sometime getting old really sucks. It just dawned on me that you are back in Spokane. We had moved from Spokane 33 years ago – first to Vancouver, WA ; then Bellevue, WA., then Tacoma, WA. (my Mom was raising hell). Then it was back to Spokane to take care of my Mother-In-Law. We live in the Valley. I was the 1st and only 8th grade that went to Ferris High School. I graduated in 1968. They just had the 50 year reunion. I can’t believe it was 50 years ago that I started there. My brothers and sister were taken away from my parents when I was 5 years old and I was put in two terrible foster homes and was adopted when I was 8 years old. My oldest Sister was born and raised in Mississippi and I saw her when I found my natural family on Friday, the 13th of March, 1980. Some of us want to write a book (even if it is just for us). We all were raised differently. There is a lot that each of us doesn’t know. We would each write a chapter in the book. My Chapter would be “My Life History From One Family to the Next”.

  26. Janie
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 7:47 pm · Link

    The artist trading card sounds delightful, I love paper dolls. I’m enjoying Willow right now, am about halfway through it.

  27. Tammy R. Dodson
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 7:49 pm · Link

    While we are still having summer temps in the Midwest, autumn isn’t far off. I saw bittersweet setting on, the hedge balls are falling, and the monarch butterflies are everywhere. The holiday weekend was good for reading. I’m working on a Susan Mallery book at the moment.

  28. Heather Charity
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 7:56 pm · Link

    You are always so enthusiastic about trying new things…and bravely share your results. Great for those of us, who like to live vicariously…in the arts and crafts department! :wink:

  29. Connie Johnson
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 8:03 pm · Link

    I am going to get Big Sky Wedding this week.

  30. Bonnie Larson
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Loved big sky wedding! My husband teased me because today was his birthday and of course I couldn’t put it down until I was finished. I just love how I feel reading your books. Thank You

  31. Gloria
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Linda, I do wish you could show us pictures of some of your art, or…ALL of it. And, your house and your animals and your remodeling. By-the-way, how is that going?

    Since you like Martha’s Mac & Cheese, maybe she’d give you some pointers on how she does her Blog with pictures. They wouldn’t taste as good as the M&C, but I’m sure it’d be as pretty.

    Thanks for today’s lesson.

  32. Pam monast
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 8:38 pm · Link

    I enjoyed Big Sky Wedding and am looking forward to the next!!

  33. Jeri H
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Loved Big Sky Wedding. Can’t wait till the next book.

    I love your crafting stories. I do a little bit of everything except knitting. I’m working on items for my new grand-daughter due in January at this time.

    Take care!

  34. Marie Jones
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 8:39 pm · Link

    I never win :-? Do you feel sorry for me yet? Just kidding! :mrgreen:

      · September 3rd, 2013 at 9:27 pm · Link

    You’re ATC cards sound so interesting. I would like to see pictures, too. For me, stamped cards are the craft I stick with. Sounds like a fun weekend for you. Will be hard to wait for you’re next book! Blessing.

  36. Cheryl Messer
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Linda, Your talent and zest for trying all things new are very inspiring. When I am done with schooling, I hope when things settle down more for me and my son, I will be able to truly stop and enjoy some of the beautiful things that life has to offer that most of us in out “rush rush rush’ days, never seem to see. Reading your blogs sometimes points out these beautiful things to me, for that I thank you! Your weekends sound so fun, relaxing and fulfilling! I love to live thru your blogs (for now). :)

  37. Diana Reed
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 10:23 pm · Link

    I’ve been reading your books for the last 15 years or so I love all your cowboys :) just started reading Big Sky Wedding it’s been great so far :) !

  38. Diane Ball
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 10:38 pm · Link

    Loved the new book Big Sky Weddding, Have a wonderful week. :-P

  39. Denise Van Plew
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 11:12 pm · Link

    Somerset great magazine. How was the seafood etouffe? Does she have a good recipe? :wink:

  40. Patricia M Hann
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 11:16 pm · Link

    I am glad you had some down time.

  41. pat Yates
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 11:38 pm · Link

    Finished Big Sky Wedding last night around 11:30. As usual AWESOME!!! Please let there be a Landry story! Just know it would be great too. Sounds like your weekend was as great as mine. Pool side at the daughter-in-law’s house, cook-out with burgers, hotdogs, patatoe salad baked beans and sweet, sweet watermelon. Good friends and lots of family! Nothing greater.

  42. Lea Williams
      · September 3rd, 2013 at 11:40 pm · Link

    Glad you had a great long weekend. We had a great Monday with one of our pastors and his entire family plus a couple of the kids friends. The kids rode the horses, we laughed and played and talked all day. I had kind of a miserable time because I got stung on the inside of my arm. But enjoyed time with Greg, Lisa and kids. One of them came back today to clean stalls and help me. What a blessing that girl is. Went to the dr. this afternoon and am on a short term dose of steroids. Love your books so much. Would love to see your art work. Not so much quilting in this hot weather. Blessings………..

  43. Pam (Nedlnut)
      · September 4th, 2013 at 12:31 am · Link

    I agree Acupuncture is a blessing for me. I now have my MIL going and it is helping her as well. More importantly Chinese herbs have helped me break a 50 year sugar addiction! Yeah! I bought your new book today. I can’t wait to read it. Have a blessed week.

  44. Kathy Andrews
      · September 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am · Link

    Would love to see pictures of your art work! I am going to look up those pens. I am always looking for unique art supplies to give my uber talented daughter as gifts. And those cornbread pancakes sounds fabulous – two of my favorite foods together!

  45. Sandra Wheeler
      · September 4th, 2013 at 9:00 am · Link

    I am 66 years old and have never in all these years been successful with any thing I tried to do with crafts. I can cook, just about anything and have successfully created a few very good recipes. Now , give me a book and I can tear up the pages and give a good review. I so enjoy your works and read them as soon as I get them. Just received Big Sky Wedding in the mail. Plan to start it today. Thank you for including your readers in your endeavors.

  46. rosemary
      · September 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am · Link

    Hi Linda,

    You have inspired me….i am dusting off my Crayola’s!

  47. Emma
      · September 4th, 2013 at 12:29 pm · Link

    Hi Linda
    ,I can’t wait till my pre-order copy of “Big Sky Wedding” comes in the mail.I enjoy reading all of your books.I like your blogs.Have a wonderful week.

  48. Emily
      · September 4th, 2013 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Glad you got some good rest.

    I finished “Big Sky Wedding” 4 days ago. What a great series. I love this series. Guess I will now start reading the “Creed” series all over again.

    Love, Love your books.

    Stay well, love your blog! :lol:

  49. carole
      · September 4th, 2013 at 5:10 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you had a great weekend! It rained here so had to do my chores in the rain then read a lot of books that I wanted to finish before I start tutoring the students that need extra help in reading! Have a nice evening!

  50. zola udell
      · September 4th, 2013 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for connecting with us, and for using your God-given talent so well. May God continue to keep you, bless you and give you His Peace.

  51. Effie ome
      · September 4th, 2013 at 11:43 pm · Link

    I am really enjoying your Big Sky Series and will start the Wedding when I finish the book I’m reading now! These books are placed in my home state of Montana and I can visualize some of the areas as you speak of them! Probably not the same area you are thinking about, but I have one particular area that I think about when reading these books! Thank you for your talent in writing and I will read anything you write! Have a great rest of the week.

  52. Rosanne Bolton
      · September 5th, 2013 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Happy to hear you had a nice, relaxing week-end. I loved Big Sky Wedding and loved Shane. Are you going to include Landry in a new book. While waiting for your next book, I like to re-read some of your other books. Thank you for all the reading pleasure you have given me and keep writing. I love your blogs and knowing the interesting things your are involved in besides all your animals. God Bless you and yours.

  53. Jennifer Legan
      · September 11th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Thank you for the chance

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