#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

What a week!

The start of a new book is always challenging, and “The Marriage Pact” is no exception.  I got way into Chapter 2 and didn’t like the all around feel of it–so I deleted that and started over.  :)  You know me and Starting Over.  The thing is, if the first part of the book isn’t right, the rest of it won’t be, either.  Next week, I hope, things will begin to flow more smoothly.

I got up at 4, as usual, listened to the Daily Audio Bible–I just love Brian Hardin’s voice, his commentaries on the day’s passages, and especially his prayers.  They are always profound and so often seem to apply directly to my life, and the things that are going on at the time.  His energy and commitment astound me–he’s been reading every day for EIGHT YEARS, often while in some other part of the world or on the road here in the U.S. and Canada.  On the few occasions Brian couldn’t do the reading himself–the time he was rushed to the hospital with an agonizing kidney stone, for instance–his wife, Jill, reads for him.  She’s a delight, and always has the hardest time with Old Testament names.  :)  If you’re looking for something like this, do try: www.dailyaudiobible.com

Things I did last night: picked and cooked some of my very own squash, one yellow and two zuks, sauted them in a non-stick pan with a little olive oil, some salt and pepper–delicious!  Sprinkled mico-scopic, shiny beads onto artist trading cards down in my art room, washed and pressed quilt fabric, and made some paper beads by rolling inch-wide strips of black and white scrap paper around bamboo skewers and gluing down the ends.  They turned out very well, and I plan to try the same process with strips of fabric later today.  Stay tuned–Jenni and I are trying to learn to post pictures on this blog and by George, we won’t quit until we succeed!  Fell into bed and listened to a new novel called “Letters from Skye”–lovely story so far.

Bernice is snoozing beside me in her office-bed as I write this–spoiled dog.  :)  She has at least one bed in practically every room in the house–in the ones I frequent most often, of course.  She’s getting a little hard of hearing, so I have to be careful not to startle her, and I don’t think she sees as well as she once did.  Whichever side of the kitchen door she happens to be on, she wants to be on the other one.  She’ll stand and wait at an open door because, since she can see me through the glass, she thinks there’s a barrior between us and will not move.  Only when I go and stand in the gap will she set paw over the threshold.  She often sleeps on her back, with all four fluffy feet sticking up in the air, and she always welcomes a tummy rub.

Someone commented that I ought to think about getting another dog, and I often do think of that, because I love them so.  HOWEVER, Bernicie played second-fiddle to Sadie-beagle for so long, and she loves being the only dog in the household.  I expected her to miss Sadie, or even pine for her, but she acts as if Sadie is still here–and maybe she is.  Either way, Bernice retains her right to the status of being our CED–chief executive dog.

The cats, Cha Cha and Jitterbug, have charms of their own.  They sometimes wake me up in the middle of the night wanting me to turn on a trickle of cold water in the bathtub–Jitterbug will yowl, in fact, until I do.  Mary Ann thought one of those small, decorative fountains might be just the ticket, so we set one up.  So far, they’re giving it a wide berth, but I’m hoping they’ll clue in eventually.  Even if they don’t, a fountain is good chi.  :)

Things I plan to do this weekend:

Make more quilt pieces.

Whip up that batch of Mac and Cheese.

Do my very best to stay out of fabric shops.  :)

As if.

See you Monday.

18 comments to “What a week!”

  1. Gloria
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 11:43 am · Link

    Well Linda, if that is ALL you did yesterday, you need to get yourself a job, girl. :-D WHEW, made me tired to read it.

    I hope you’re taking pictures of Bernice sleeping with her feet up in the air…for future pictures on your Blog. And, for the future, period.

    What, exactly, do the cats do with the trickling water? Sounds like a good picture, also.

    FYI…I read, recently, that people who get up before 5 AM don’t do as well. It has something to do with our natural body clock rhythm. I forgot all the important details of the article, but…maybe they should ask you.

    Have a good weekend!!

  2. Tia
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Hilda
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 12:36 pm · Link

    HI, Linda. Gloria, I had a cat who LOVED to drink water straight from the tap. She’d stand on the side of the sink and meow at me until I noticed her waiting for her fresh water. I’ll send you a photo of her drinking.

    Linda, I really appreciate your starting over on any chapter(s) that you decide don’t feel right. That may put you behind schedule, but the end result has got to be considered good for your readers. Thanks for your diligence. You obviously don’t have over-inflated ego issues if you’re willing to admit your words need a re-do! (I tried to write a book two different times and each time it ended up in the garbage. I’m much better at reading than writing. Thank God for authors who care! Have a wonderful weekend, all! We’re going to see some rain in Seattle later today probably. I hope it’s done by tomorrow morning – it’s SEAFAIR WEEKEND!!

    • Linda deVaul-Cohn
        · August 3rd, 2013 at 9:32 am · Link

      Good Morning Linda, I moved In With My Son And daughter In Law On July 1st.I am in a household of 7 cats and a poodle..Never a dull day goes by,the cats are comical..The Russian Blue one is always looking for some kind of trouble to get into..And Tessa is always on the edge of the sink waiting for one of us to turn on the cold water for a drink..Oreo has been eating way too much and is upto 40 lbs..He is huge.Can’t put the food bowl up being there’s so many cats eating at different times, any ideas on that one? Have a great and wonderful weekend… : :)

  4. Sherry Wallace
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful weekend

  5. Connie Collins
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 1:51 pm · Link

    It is rather nice to know that you have as difficult time with the beginning of books as I do as the reader. You have overcome that obstacle for me with all of your fine tuning. I am into them now HOOK LINE AND SINKER from the get go. Other books I read are not as reader friendly as yours are. I hope you take this as the compliment it is intended. Love your books. Check my Menards store and friendly Kroger stores for your newest books. I have found them to be the best source of the recently released. I always wanted to see the movie on it’s first showing :wink:

  6. Diana E
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 1:52 pm · Link

    What a joy to read your blog, you are so interesting and your life is so full. I’d really like to see a picture of your ATC’s. I make all my own cards but have never gotten into the ATC’s. Might be a fun new activity. Have a really good weekend. Blessings.

  7. Sue Sims
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Linda we need more of the Mojo books!!! I love all your books but those are my favorites. I just reread them and will probably read them again. Would love to have a proper ending with Tucker :lol: Keep writing.

  8. Patty C
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 5:26 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. :)

  9. Norma Stanforth
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Yes our pets are family and when the start getting up in age we know that pretty soon we are going to loss them! That is the hardest part, is parting with them. We can never get another one ti replace them, put we may get another pet. Bernice, my live longer than you think.
    Sorry you had to start your book over!!! Hope everyone has a great weekend. God bless you all.
    As always your friend,

  10. Donna
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 6:44 pm · Link

    Are there more Mojo books in the works? I loved them. :wink:

  11. Ruby Norwood
      · August 2nd, 2013 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Hope you have a great weekend!!

    • Connie Collins
        · August 2nd, 2013 at 8:15 pm · Link

      I was too quick on the delete and deleted the website Linda had in the previous email. The inspirational website. Can you please send it to me, thank you!

  12. Juanita Rice
      · August 3rd, 2013 at 12:27 am · Link

    Our daughter’s cat demands to drink out of the faucet, too, but I found that she will drink from a bowl if the water is fresh and cold. I know I prefer it that way. ;)
    Hope to hear of your kitties use the fountain.

  13. Shirley Campbell
      · August 3rd, 2013 at 12:36 am · Link

    You can buy the most beautiful fabric on the internet. I live in a small town compared to most so I love to shop that way. Good luck with your quilting!!

  14. Lois Rotella
      · August 3rd, 2013 at 7:32 am · Link

    Sounds like you are one busy woman !! I like that you really don’t like how the new book is coming and you are rewriting the chapters. I really enjoy your writing and the characters in the book seem so real. That shows me what a good writer you are. Have a great weekend enjoying your crafting and sewing. :-D

  15. Pat Burleson
      · August 3rd, 2013 at 4:12 pm · Link

    The Marriage Pact sounds like its going to be a good book, however you write it. I can’t wit to read it. Write fast ! haha

  16. Liz M
      · August 4th, 2013 at 11:11 am · Link

    Thank you Linda for all the posts. I have decided to get back to my quilting and finally finish my keepsake quilt. Let Bernice be Queen Bee as long as she can!! She so deserves it right now in her golden years and she will let you know when she is ready to have you get another dog. Keep writing and I will keep ready thank you for all that you do.

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