#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Well, now…

Where to start? 

The laptop did not come in, and if the hotel had a business center, I failed to find it.  Hence, no blogs–until now.  :)

Last week’s winners, before I forget, were: Jean Burkacki and Marlene Kubick–congratulations, ladies.  A new contest begins today.

I had a marvelous time in Seattle–did some Christmas shopping and hit TWO different bead stores, doing considerable damage to my bank account.  Debbie M chuckled over the largesse and said it reminded her of her own forays to yarn shops.  :)  Time with Debbie is rare and precious; she inspires me in every way and, of course, there’s all that laughing.  I can tell her my deepest, darkest secrets, and she not only understands, she keeps the info to herself. 

Wendy arrived late, having been held up at home, so Debbie and I and her two daughters, Jodi and Jenni-Adele, met up at the hotel and went to dinner at PF Chang’s.  I have fallen madly in love with their chicken-lettuce wraps–amazingly good!

Thursday morning, Deb and I walked down to the Pike Place Market and had breakfast–and some very good talk.  Following that, we picked up a cheese platter and a couple of bottles of wine and headed for the party at Jayne Krentz’s place.  It was so much fun to see so many old friends, all of them writers, talk shop and swap inside information.

That afternoon, Wendy set out for Seattle by car, and arrived very late.  In the interim, the Macombers and I did some more shopping and took in a movie–I can’t remember the last time I went to an actual movie and it was so much fun.  We saw “Last Vegas”, a delightful comedy about four old friends meeting in Vegas for a wedding.  Hilarious!

Wendy arrived late that night.

On Friday, there was a change of plans, because Wendy was ill, and while Debbie and her daughters went on to the casino and the outlet mall, Wendy and I stayed put in Seattle.  Since Wendy was resting, I went out and raided the costume jewelry department at Macy’s, among other places.  :)  I also took a cab to a shop called Alexander’s Bead Bazaar, and thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  :)  (The other shop was World Beads, on Virginia Ave).  This gem thing just keeps getting more and more fascinating–and such fun to find out, at the party, that Stella Cameron shares my enthusiasm!

Saturday and Sunday were both full days–Wendy and I were really tickled to spot a robot cruising the sidewalks of downtown Seattle–she took video–and they were setting up a carousel at Westlake Center, too.  That was a charming sight, so festive.  Holiday decorations are popping up all over the city, although the tree lights won’t be switched on until after Thanksgiving.  It was very chilly out much of the time, but we got some lovely sunshine as well.  I’ve always said, no place on earth is more beautiful than Seattle on a clear day.  Elliott Bay, the islands, the snow-capped Olympic Mountains rimming the horizon, the ferries coming and going–it’s a picture postcard come to life.

And now, however belatedly, I’m off to Mustang Creek, Wyoming, where a whole flock of characters are waiting for me.

Be well.



55 comments to “Well, now…”

  1. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:32 pm · Link

    I love your blogs. They make me happy, you have a very blessed life. Enjoy your week!

  2. Maryjane Hoffman
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:33 pm · Link

    Wow, sounds like you, Debbie, her daughters and Wendy had an awesome time!! I have never been that far West but it sounds just beautiful! Being able to get together with fellow authors and enjoy is something extra special!! Don’t work too hard and enjoy your beads and other goodies!!!

  3. DONNA
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Reading about your time in Seattle I felt like I as right there with you! I wonderful to get away & enjoy yourself especially with family & good friends.

  4. Patricia M Hann
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:39 pm · Link

    I am glad you had a good time with your friends.

  5. Jaime Brooks
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Sue Hodge
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving and don’t over eat.

  7. Judy Eagle
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Friends you can share everything with knowing it will go no further are priceless. One of my bestest died earlier this year and left a HUGE hole in my life.

    • linda
        · November 26th, 2013 at 2:58 pm · Link

      I’m so sorry about your friend!

  8. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Love PF Chang’s!

    Enjoy your holidays and visits with Debbie and family.

  9. Alexia Evans
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Hope you, your family and friends have a very blessed Thanksgiving. :-D <3

  10. jane
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:54 pm · Link

    It sounds as if you had a marvelous time in Seattle. I love the Pike Place Market and PF Chang’s!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Wendy and Jeremy.

  11. Connie Johnson
      · November 25th, 2013 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. Hope to see you here tomorrow.

  12. Hillary Harshbarger
      · November 25th, 2013 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Sounds like a fun trip!! Hope I get to Seattle one day!! Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!!

  13. Pam B
      · November 25th, 2013 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful time with friends. Very relaxing and refreshing.

  14. marilyn
      · November 25th, 2013 at 4:08 pm · Link

    I love reading your blogs and this one was fantastic because you met up with some of my favorite writers!! The trip sounds like a wonderful break and dispute the lap-top not arriving, you had a wonderful time anyway!! I understand about the beading, mine obsession is fabric right now, I’m going to make several quilts this winter and since the cold weather is just starting here in the south, I’m getting anxious to start work! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and Good Writing!

  15. Leanna
      · November 25th, 2013 at 4:16 pm · Link

    I love Seattle. My sister went to college in Olympia so I visited a lot.

  16. Diana E
      · November 25th, 2013 at 4:32 pm · Link

    So glad you had such a wonderful trip. It sounds like lots of fun. And glad you got your “bead fix” in! Blessings.

  17. Lois Rotella
      · November 25th, 2013 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Busy, Busy Linda . I hope Wendy is feeling better. Congrats Ladies

  18. Jeanne Shaw
      · November 25th, 2013 at 4:44 pm · Link

    My daughter has worked (as a server, bartender and certified trainer) for PF Chang’s for years. She is now at the Las Vegas location in Planet Hollywood. If you go there, ask for Robin. She’ll take excellent care of you!

  19. Laska
      · November 25th, 2013 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a blast! Seattle is a beautiful city…..I am into beading also, so your adventures in the bead stores I can relate to……… When traveling I always look for the bead stores…..Love all the beads from the different region of the country…Thanks for blogging…always look forward to your stories…..

  20. Brenda Erickson
      · November 25th, 2013 at 5:11 pm · Link

    I was at a book store on Saturday, the clerk and I got talking, she loves all of your books and Debbie McComber. I told her you were seeing her in Seattle on the weekend. It was nice talking to her and telling her you were my favorite author. She said I sounded like I knew you personally and I feel like I do, with your blogging.

  21. Joyce M.
      · November 25th, 2013 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a grand time.

  22. teresa sampson
      · November 25th, 2013 at 5:42 pm · Link

    The fun you guys must of had!!! Would loved to of been a fly on the wall! Glad you had fun :) Looking forward to reading more from the gang in Wyoming!!

  23. Vicky
      · November 25th, 2013 at 5:45 pm · Link

    Your life sounds so interesting, and I do enjoy your blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Shawn Oxendine-Walter
      · November 25th, 2013 at 5:45 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great trip! I’ve always wanted to travel to Seattle. Ironically, it is the setting of so many books that I’ve read.

    It always stuns me when you apologize for getting behind in blogging when. I think that you’re so diligent about it that amazes me that you find the time to blog with how busy you are!

    Take care.

  25. Emily Morrissey
      · November 25th, 2013 at 6:03 pm · Link

    such a big fan. I follow your posting through facebook! always on the edge of my seat waiting for your next book to hit the shelves!

  26. Cindi Williams
      · November 25th, 2013 at 6:12 pm · Link

    It sounds like you and my other favorite Author, Debbie, had a great time in the Seattle area. I used to live across the street from Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma. We saw the ferries come and go; the animals “talking” at the Zoo; the Christmas Lights look so festive. Even a rainy day was beautiful. I worked in Bellevue and Renton. It is a beautiful area to visit, but, not to try to get to work. I miss it, but am so glad to be back to Spokane! :)

  27. Suzanne Mongan
      · November 25th, 2013 at 6:15 pm · Link

    I’m so glad that you had a good trip. I also have a friend that I can tell her anything and we always have a blast when we are together. We’ve been friends since we were in high school, which are too many years for me to mention here. I hope you and your family have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

  28. Sharon Skasick
      · November 25th, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Reading you talk about Debbie Macomber makes my heart happy. I can just imagine you two together. I love her books too. I bet she’s a lovely person to know. The two of you would be the bestest friends.

    Happy Thanksgiving. Stick with the protein…but indulge a little with the mashed potatoes too. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Gloria
      · November 25th, 2013 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Jean Burkacki and Marlene Kubick. Enjoy your win.

    Glad you made it back, Linda, even if you’re heavier…with all your beads and gems and stuff.

  30. Juanita Rice
      · November 25th, 2013 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Although Seattle can be a sloggy mess on a rainy day you are right…it is beautiful when the sun shines. :) Sounds like you had so much fun. :)

  31. Roberta Giordano
      · November 25th, 2013 at 7:21 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great trip ! Happy Thanksgiving !

  32. Denise King
      · November 25th, 2013 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Well you and Debbie had another wonderful weekend. I had a great time with my grandkids aka Nana’s babies, went to see 12 yrs a Slave, it was a great movie.Have a Happy Thanksgiving Linda enjoy your family

  33. Tinna
      · November 25th, 2013 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Congrats to the winners! I bet your home could be a craft store! Even you need down time from the computer, blogging or working!

  34. Patti
      · November 25th, 2013 at 7:59 pm · Link

    Once again your blog made me smile. Your vacation sounds wonderful! The party at Jayne Ann Krentz’ house with other writers sounds like the best part. I picture you and Debbie contentedly walking around Seattle.

  35. Jennifer Damone
      · November 25th, 2013 at 8:16 pm · Link

    There is nothing like a good friend! One of the most important people in life. Glad you had a wonderful time! Hope y’all have a great week!

  36. Marlene Kubick
      · November 25th, 2013 at 8:21 pm · Link

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I can’t imagine being in a group of my favorite authors and a place that I would love to visit. I am really excited to be the winner of November’s contest. I’ll be watching the mail. I’m sure you will come up with some really great characters in Wyoming. Enjoy!!!

  37. Becky in Hauser, Idaho
      · November 25th, 2013 at 9:09 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to go to Mustang Creek as well! Glad you had an amazing time in Seattle. I lived over there for 10 yrs. but being born and raised in the Spokane Valley, I just had to come back home!

  38. Lea Williams
      · November 25th, 2013 at 9:38 pm · Link

    I love Seattle in the sunshine too and love cruising the Pike St. Market. Haven’t done that in a while. Need to put that on my list of places to go. Its cold here on the West Plains. Rather like it without snow. Blessings to you and the folks at Mustang Creek. Can’t wait to get to meet them.

  39. Cheryl Messer
      · November 25th, 2013 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Hoping you get to enjoy a blessed, peaceful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Congratulations to all of your scholarship recipients. As for me, well, … Three more weeks of classes and I have a nice break to look forward to then last semester before major studying for my boards. Then maybe I can enjoy a good book, for fun! Your blogs keep things light and fun for me, thank you! :-P happy turkey day!

  40. rosemary
      · November 25th, 2013 at 9:46 pm · Link

    Sounds delightful!

  41. Brenda Hook
      · November 25th, 2013 at 10:37 pm · Link

    your books are so great thank you and keep the books coming

  42. Theresa Thomas
      · November 25th, 2013 at 10:41 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great time! Can’t wait to read what you write next!!! Take care!

  43. Terri Shortell
      · November 26th, 2013 at 12:33 am · Link

    I’m also looking forward to visiting Mustang Creek. Have a great Thanksgiving. I’ll be decorating for Christmas now. :lol:

  44. Terrie Fulk
      · November 26th, 2013 at 1:07 am · Link

    You have been a busy girl. Sounds as if you had a wonderful time in Seattle. Hope Wendy is feeling better. Have a wonderful week.

    :-D Terrie

  45. Donna Speers
      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:28 am · Link

    Glad you had a great time and I know about the hit to the bank account when visiting a bead store. Enjoy your beads.

  46. Becky Carter
      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:07 am · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Keep writing! I love your books. Can’t wait for the next one to come out. I am going on a trip in December to Pigeon Forge Tennessee with my daughter, daughter-in-law and grandaughter. If you have never been you should! Dollywood is all lit up with christmas lights and the whole place is magical.

  47. Andrea Lammly
      · November 26th, 2013 at 8:23 am · Link

    Glad you had a safe and happy time with all your friends in Seattle and you are back home safe and sound. Can’t wait to read the next series you are writing. However, I am anxiously awaiting my copy of the final book in the “Big Sky” series.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Blessings to all.

  48. Pamela Black
      · November 26th, 2013 at 8:24 am · Link

    Wow Linda! That sounds like some adventure.
    I can’t wait to hear the next one.
    We are very blessed to have you.

  49. Diana Hall
      · November 26th, 2013 at 10:24 am · Link

    Oh sounds like some fun “girl time”. I will have the pleasure of traveling to Seattle in May of next year! Can’t wait. Also will get to take ferry to Victoria! Love your books! Keep up the good work and happy Thanksgiving!

  50. Debra
      · November 26th, 2013 at 12:04 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had fun. May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving. I looking forward to hearing more about gemstones. It sound like something I would enjoy and would appreciate any tips on where to begin. :-D

  51. Lynn
      · November 26th, 2013 at 12:54 pm · Link

    Hi! It was wonderful reading your blog!! My mom died several years ago and we are just starting to separate her things. There was a WHOLE BOX full of little gems that she had received in the mail from this retailer trying to get her to buy things from them. Some were real, some were not… everthing from small diamonds to opals, to rubies and pearls… lol. Of course they are so tiny, not really worth anything, but we were trying to think of a collage to make of them…..any ideas? love to hear them!!
    Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!

    • linda
        · November 26th, 2013 at 3:04 pm · Link

      I think a collage is a wonderful idea. My suggestion: just spread the beads out on a table top and move them around until a picture starts to emerge. :)

  52. zola udell
      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:16 pm · Link

    How lucky you are indeed to have a friend like Debbie Macomber. I’m glad you mentioned “Last Vegas” I can hardly wait to see it. It does look like a funny movie. Have a wonderful Thanks giving Day with family and or friends.

  53. Norma Stanforth
      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:36 pm · Link

    Congratulation to the two winners.
    I am glad you had a nice trip to Seattle and that you did a lot of Christmas shopping? I bet they had some gorgeous beads! That sounds like a great move, did your sides hurt from laughter, love those kinds of movies. God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,

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