#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners and the Apparent Summer Blog Schedule

First, last week’s winners are: Bev Evanger and Linda Wilson–congratulations to both of you.  Everybody else: there’s a new contest starting today, so never fear.  All you need to do is comment, and new winners will be chosen, notified via email in advance, and announced next Monday, right here on this blog.  There are some pretty similar names in our bunch, so keep in mind: if you don’t get an email from Super Jen, you didn’t win.

As for the recent sketchiness in my blogging schedule, well, I think it’s just summer craziness that prevents me from sitting down to commune with you on an everyday basis.  That is still my goal, to blog 5 days per week, I mean, and I am definitely making the effort.  It’s not even an effort, actually, because I love shooting the breeze with all you Parablites out there. I just seem to be stuck in low gear lately–odd, because I don’t feel depressed or anything like that.  In fact, I love my life–I’m so grateful that I get to live it!  My doctor and I are phasing out my ADD meds and eventually the anti-depressant, too–they just seem to drain away all my creative juice and, frankly, I’d lots rather deal with the symptoms than this strange inertia…

On the listening/reading front, I listened to Linwood Barclay’s new book, NO SAFE HOUSE, in it’s entirety over the weekend.  I really enjoy his novels, so I was delighted to find a fresh one on the Audible.com website.  I’m still studying THE COURSE IN MIRACLES, and loving every discovery-filled minute of it–I’ve found some podcasts related to the Course, and will share them here in another blog.  (At the moment, my iPod, where the information is stored, is in some other part of the house.  I will say that most of them are actually programs from Unity Online Radio.)  I continue to enjoy Jim Harold’s Campfire podcast, and the Paranormal Report, also his–I’m such a fan of his material, in fact, that I’m a member of Harold’s Plus Club, which means I have access to some 800 different shows.   Another find in the world of podcasts is Real Ghost Stories Online–it’s a good one.  There are a great many programs of this type on offer, but I’m pretty picky.  I need a very good narrator, for one one thing–a bad one can cause me to hit the ‘delete’ button in a nanosecond.  I’ve found a few books downright impossible to listen to for just that reason, and soldiered through a few others because the author is a friend or the story is extra engaging.  Having finished Barclay’s latest, I’m now well into DOLLBABY, a novel set in 1960s New Orleans, and it is GREAT.  Again, I don’t have the author’s name handy, but its a current release and should be easy to find.  My question: why aren’t there MORE books like this one?


PS-My weigh-in at Weight Watchers might have been discouraging, since I supposedly gained 2.6 big ones without changing the way I eat, etc.  Given that I LOST 3.6 the week before, I figure it was some kind of leveling-out—this happens often.  Nothing to do but forge ahead.  :)

59 comments to “Winners and the Apparent Summer Blog Schedule”

  1. Judy Eagle
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:22 pm · Link

    I think you do marvelously well blogging. I would have a hard time doing that every day. The funny thing is I always read yours. :) Maybe the scale was tipped or was having a bad day on one of your weigh ins. :) I know if mine is moved just a bit or in a different spot on the floor it is a different weight

    Have a good week.


  2. Virginia Horton
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I feel I am gaining weight right now because I can’t get as much exercise as I use to. I did walk a half of a block yesterday with my new hip. Hopefully I will be back up to a mile or two before cold weather. I had gained a few pounds before the hip surgery because I couldn’t get out a walk like I use to. It will all come back together I am sure.

    • Linda Wilson
        · August 11th, 2014 at 9:08 pm · Link

      Thank you

  3. Renae Kinsey
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Link

    Don’t despair about the small gain!! We all have water weight!!!

  4. Andrea Lammly
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:27 pm · Link

    You are the second person in less than a week to recommend Dollbaby. I have it on my list to pick up to read. Can’t wait to hear about this years family reunion! Hope you have a great week!

  5. Pam paterakis
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:28 pm · Link

    Enjoy reading your updates and look forward to them being more frequent. Thanks for podcast info and audio info. Keep faith on the weight loss and med changes. Looking forward to next blog and book! :-P

  6. Gwyn Beams
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:35 pm · Link

    like see your letters,enjoyed earlier about upcoming family reunion.hope to read good stories about happenings there.keep up the work at weight watchers and don’t get discouraged. :mrgreen: :-P

  7. Gloria
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Bev Evanger and Linda Wilson on your win. I hope you enjoy your gifts.

    Your family reunion sounds fun and interesting. We usually have one the 1st Saturday in October, but changed it to the last Saturday in September to see if more will come. But, at our reunons, we have no famous people, although we have some talented ones. One year, we tried to get them to bring an example of their talents, but…no one did.

    A few of us do all the work and the rest stand around in groups…the same group they stood around in every year since we stated this about 6 or 7 years ago. Then, they sit down to eat…with the same people they came with…so there isn’t a lot of mingling to learn newer members of the family. Does anyone have any ideas on how to change this scenerio?

    Linda, I pray the doctor can get you leveled out with your meds. I don’t take any kind of medicine, but if there was a pill for some get-up-and-go, I’d sure like to have some of them. :-D

    I pray you have a good and Godly week ahead, Linda, and everyone.

    • Hilda
        · August 11th, 2014 at 4:41 pm · Link

      Gloria, at the next reunion, think about having a seating assignment sort of thing. Maybe all women at one table and all men at another table for 20 minutes, then switch it up and all over-40s and all under-40s at different tables? They might think it’s stupid, but I’ve observed that people get really lazy and don’t make the effort to ask questions and act interested in other people. Convincing them they’ll be glad they did, that might be the hard part! You can tell them (at the beginning of the reunion) that later on they will learn the reason for seating this way. Then tell them it was for their own good. :-D

      • Gloria
          · August 11th, 2014 at 6:32 pm · Link

        Thanks, Hilda!!

    • Dixie Hadley
        · August 11th, 2014 at 5:01 pm · Link

      My husband and I have been in charge of his family reunion for the last 8 years. This particular event has been going on for over 100 years can you believe it!!!!! When we took it over the numbers had started to fall off and it was somewhat like you described your as being.
      We decided to try something different so we made up ” Framed Awards”, like most mature man and woman, youngest in attendance, who traveled the longest distance, who ate the most dessert, who told the funniest story etc. We also have done a White elephant exchange” which was lots of fun for everyone. I also send out a news letter in Feb or March(our reunion is the last Sunday in July every year) The news letter explains what we will be doing for the upcoming reunion along with an overview of the previous years reunion. The news letter seems to have helped build the attenance back up.
      We ask people to bring items of interest,pictures, stories about the ancestors, We have a cousin that has written several books on the family history, of being exiled to Maryland from Scottland as an indentured servant, their travels to North Carolina, Kentucky and finally settling in Indiana. We have Chad(the author) do a reading which as created an interest in the young adults. My husband also made up a “Trivia” games about his family(The Smalls) which has been lots of fun. I award gag gifts for the team or people that win the game. These are just a FEW of the things we have done. You can also number the tables and give numbers to people as they come in and they sit at the table matching their number, that way you get people to mingle instead of just staying with those they know best or came with. Hope something might be helpful. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions if you have any.
      Dixie J. Hadley

      • Gloria
          · August 11th, 2014 at 6:36 pm · Link

        Thanks, Dixie. I had thought about numbering the tables and letting people draw numbers as they came in.

        I’m open for all suggestions.

    • Linda Wilson
        · August 11th, 2014 at 6:10 pm · Link

      Thank You

  8. Linda Lattin
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Ms. Miller, your are always so positive about life and that is very refreshing. We all have days that make it hard to get anything done and you seem to bring some kind of inspiration in your blogs. I was having some of those days and I started the 21 day meditation that Deepak/Oprah are doing about “Expanding your Happiness”. Between your blogs and meditating with Deepak and Oprah I am a happy camper and I lost 15 lbs… Yeah. Have a wonderful week. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Leanna
      · August 11th, 2014 at 3:58 pm · Link

    I think that summer is busy for everybody. When I got your newsletter in my email this morning I realized that I had only gotten one blog post last week. Enjoy your summer!

  10. Lorraine Pitts
      · August 11th, 2014 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Been feeling down lately, real discouraged but, kept my faith in the Lord and He has beought our family through a rough time. Your blog makes me happy too. Thanks!!!

  11. Darlene Holley
      · August 11th, 2014 at 4:15 pm · Link

    way to go with the weight loss and loving your life. I wish I could get myself motivated to lose some weight. I love reading your books!!!! :-D

  12. Norma Stanforth
      · August 11th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Bev Evanger and Linda Wilson on your win.
    Linda, don’t be discouraged on your weight gain because it will go back down again. You have been doing so good, just keep up the great job.
    Hope everyone has a great week and God’s blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

    • Linda Wilson
        · August 11th, 2014 at 6:09 pm · Link

      Thank You

  13. Beverly Sivacek
      · August 11th, 2014 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Perhaps, Linda, you were physically more active this past week and the small amount of weight you gained was actually muscle. And we all know that muscle weighs more than fat… so you are now more muscular…. in a good way !!! Way to go, Linda. Keep up the GREAT work. :)

  14. Nikki H
      · August 11th, 2014 at 4:31 pm · Link

    I’m struggling with my weight as well. I want to lose some more before our get-away in October. I’ve really been enjoying your Parable books the last week. I’m on #5 right now. I love this type of series. Thank you for writing them.

  15. Dixie Hadley
      · August 11th, 2014 at 4:34 pm · Link

    I’m back from a 3 week trip to Ohio,Indiana and Illinois. A time of visiting a very dear friend that had a stroke, a family reunion and the marriage of one of my beautiful daughters. It was a wonderful visit with my children,grandchildren and great grand children. The whole time I was gone I had no access to a computer so it is nice to get back in touch with what’s going on.
    I wish i had the energy you have to do so many things at one time :-). I am also doing WW and stayed the same which is a miracle while we were on our “trip”.
    Look forward to all your postings. Have a great week
    Dixie J. Hadley

      · August 11th, 2014 at 4:51 pm · Link




      · August 11th, 2014 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Happy Monday! This is my attempt at filling my brain with positive thoughts because I’m not usually very happy on Monday! LOL! It’s working today though.

    At your suggestion, I joined the Universe Website and am receiving their TUT notes. Today’s note was very interesting and I wanted to share it with you. I don’t know if you receive the same message I do, but this one certainly applies to me!

    Here it is: “Relax, Laurie, enjoy, stop second guessing yourself. All creative types require distractions, interruptions, and sometimes a little drama to get the most done and to blow the most minds.

    You are so where you need to be – ”
    The Universe

    It was something I needed to read this AM because I was trying to find as many distractions as possible so I wouldn’t have to do things I needed to get done! Why do I do that?? LOL! Thank you for suggestion that website, I enjoy reading their notes.

    Weight gain is normal, you know that I’m sure. Just try not to get you down. I strayed away from my healthy eating habits for the past two weeks and now need to rein them back in. It’s harder to rein those in than it is a spunky year old Cutter! One minute at a time…I gave up on trying to get through an entire day!

    Weening off of anti-depressants is tough. I tried it a couple years ago and couldn’t get off of them entirely. I think it depends on what you’re taking, but the one I’m on is very addictive. It took two months to just get down to one every other day and I couldn’t do it. I’m back to the minimal dosage now everyday and don’t feel bad about maintaining that. I got headaches and jitters and felt like everything was surreal. Very strange! I wish you well in your journey. Everyone is different, so hopefully you will be more successful than I was.

    I’m not reading much right now…waiting on YOU! We are relocating to Texas soon so I’m getting ready for a moving sale this coming weekend. My time is being hijacked by tasks I wish I didn’t have to do. HELP!!

    Here’s to a great week!


  18. GladysMP
      · August 11th, 2014 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Fighting weight can be a real downer, but you seem to be doing auite well. Summer can create a drag anyway. The heat is depressing and the mosquito viruses are frightening here. i

  19. Leah Ann
      · August 11th, 2014 at 5:04 pm · Link

    I seem to level out about every two weeks – I lose about 2-3 a week and then nothing, notta, zip. I have been stuck here for 3 weeks now though which is unusual. But I’m still better than I was 35 pounds and 14 weeks ago! Lupus doesn’t own me anymore! #lifechange rocks!

  20. Terri Shortell
      · August 11th, 2014 at 5:14 pm · Link

    We understand when you aren’t able to blog. There is so much to do in the summer. I don’t blame you for phasing some of your meds out. I did too. Some of the side effects of the meds seem more irritating then what they are treating. Have a great week everyone.

  21. Joyce Peterson
      · August 11th, 2014 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Hello Linda,

    Your body and mind is just recharging. Rest without expecting it do anything. I have fibromyalgia and my body requires me to lay and look at the blue sky and rest frequently. Don’t feel guilty.

    Best to you.

    Joyce Peterson

  22. Lois Rotella
      · August 11th, 2014 at 5:38 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies. You have been busy. It has been a different type of summer for all around. Have a great week everyone.

  23. judy
      · August 11th, 2014 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Could be you are holding water, too. How is the little doing. Hope great.

  24. marilyn
      · August 11th, 2014 at 5:48 pm · Link

    I always look at the back and forth of weight as my body adapting to the lower number because it gets there eventually. Have a wonderful week and I’m looking forward to the next blog, whenever you get to it. Enjoy the summer!

  25. Linda Wilson
      · August 11th, 2014 at 6:07 pm · Link

    Thank you so much for my gift, it come at such a great time, as I had breast cancer and was having problems, had to go to Dr. today to check on it and she thinks everything is fine, just over did it moving furniture, etc. And that e mail I received made me so happy, I was in a better frame of mind going there. I have read your books from your first and love them. I just read Linwood Barley`s book this weekend too, loved it.
    Thank you everyone
    Linda Wilson

  26. Linda Beaudoin
      · August 11th, 2014 at 6:40 pm · Link

    Diets usually have a leveling off. Don’t give up. I bet you loose 2 pounds by next week.

  27. Rita Crofoot
      · August 11th, 2014 at 7:02 pm · Link

    Summer inertia seems to be the norm, even though I feel like Martha Stewart, with all the produce I am doing, and garden and yard.I like your no stress attitude with the weight loss.

  28. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · August 11th, 2014 at 7:21 pm · Link

    I wanted you to know that books are the greatest. I think you are doing great with WW. Be glad when your second comes out in the new series. Any more ever coming out on the “Stone Creek” series or the “McKettrick’s” series? Love them all. Jo Ann

  29. Roberta Giordano
      · August 11th, 2014 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Congratulations toBev and Linda.
    I hope you have beautiful weather and a great time at your family reunion. I am afraid to step on the scale right now,due to an accident have been in mobile for six weeks and will be for quite a few more. Can’t wait till I can start walking again. Have a great week Linda !

    • Linda Wilson
        · August 11th, 2014 at 9:10 pm · Link

      Thank you

  30. Michele B
      · August 11th, 2014 at 7:30 pm · Link

    I hope you are not feeling too bad over the 2.6. I’ve learned to never worry too much about 2 or 3 pounds, anything under 5 tends to come and go. It’s the overall average in the last (how long now?) several months or so that define your achievement. Well, that’s what my doctor used to tell me. I’m not that familiar with how WW works or the frequency of weigh-ins. I’m told it’s akin to a diabetic diet with its grouping and measures. Anyway, her encouraging words (for weight loss, or for general health) were, that it isn’t what you eat on your birthday, Thanksgiving, or other special events, it is the rest of the three hundred and sixty-some-odd days of the year that make the difference.

  31. Shirley Meyle
      · August 11th, 2014 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Hey Linda,
    Maybe you would be interested in checking out myfitnesspal.com on line. My hubby and I have been doing it since 4/21 and I’ve lost 33# and he’s lost 43# (darn him) You could use your WW skills but follow their limits. It’s free and you set your own goals. Good Luck. Losing weight is truly a hard job. :-P

  32. Ruby Norwood
      · August 11th, 2014 at 8:31 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Bev and Linda!! Well good to hear from you Linda! but don’t you dare, stress out over 2.6lbs or not blogging 5 days a week. We all know you are a busy lady. I am sure all the rest miss you like I do, when you don’t, because we all like to hear what new project you are working on. Enjoyed your news letter I got today also and yes we do have a family reunion. Hope you enjoy yours!

    • Linda Wilson
        · August 11th, 2014 at 9:11 pm · Link

      Thank you

  33. Patricia Cochran
      · August 11th, 2014 at 8:58 pm · Link

    LOL Judy Eagle! I thought I was the only one who moved my
    scale around in hopes of a better reading!

    We had a reunion of Honey’s side of the family last month. I’m
    still reliving the enjoyment of seeing family members we hadn’t
    seen in ages. Enjoy your reunion and don’t worry about those
    2.6 pounds!

    Pat Cochran

  34. Kelley Morrow
      · August 12th, 2014 at 1:20 am · Link

    I so look forward to you letting us know what is going on in your world! Have a blessed week :D

  35. Kim Rudisill
      · August 12th, 2014 at 8:09 am · Link

    Summer is always a busy time. I think it is ok to be a little sketchy on the blogs, as long as you are enjoying the summer. The weight loss journey has it’s ups and downs. You just have to keep trying. You have had success and the gain is just a little bump in the road. You will lose that plus some in the end. :wink:

  36. Willa Easley
      · August 12th, 2014 at 10:52 am · Link

    Often times it isn’t the diet we choose to follow, it’s portion control.

  37. nancy miller
      · August 12th, 2014 at 10:56 am · Link

    Love all your books and cant put them down ! :lol:

  38. Joyce M.
      · August 12th, 2014 at 11:35 am · Link

    You are doing so great. You know ups and downs are to be expected. I hate when you hit a plateau which can be so frustrating.

  39. Valdi McCoy
      · August 12th, 2014 at 11:35 am · Link

    Congrats. to the winners. It is always fun to read your blogs but writing them should never be a burden. Enjoy life. You only get one.

  40. Laverne Taguchi
      · August 12th, 2014 at 1:37 pm · Link

    Don’t give up on weight loss. The scale goes up and down at its will not your weight loss. HaHa. Good luck.

  41. Diana E.
      · August 12th, 2014 at 1:58 pm · Link

    So glad to hear from you Linda. I know with as well as your Weight Watchers has been going this is just a blip. Hope you have a wonderful week full of love and blessings.

  42. Nadine Spradlin
      · August 12th, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

    First off, congratulations to Bev. & Linda , enjoy your prize. Second , Linda, don’t sweat the small weight gain that too shall pass. we enjoy your blogs anytime they come , & your books can’t say enough about them . so get plenty of R & R . Reunions can be lots of fun , ENJOY !

  43. Peggy Casey
      · August 12th, 2014 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Thank you for your honesty about your meds. I too have been working on getting off all of my medications. The best way to do so, I have found, is to become healthy. Loosing weight has been a big factor in doing this. My blood pressure and diabeties have been improving and allowing me to lower my medications. I

  44. Peggy Casey
      · August 12th, 2014 at 3:28 pm · Link

    OOPS!!! I accidentally entered before I was finished typing. I have learned that diet and exercise are the best medication for myself. I am still working with my own issues of depression, but I am working through this by exercise and by filling my life with positive people and being nice to myself. I treat myself with wonderful things, such as reading books by authors who I enjoy. I also allow myself to watch tv shows which make me feel happy. I am aware enough to know that I am human and need help in dealing with my moods at times. Yesterday’s tragic news, the loss of Robin Williams, is a reminder to each of us that we cannot always deal with depression on our own. I know that I personally need to keep my relationships with my support sources open and to seek help when I loose the ability to cheer myself. I hope we all learn to be kind to ourselves and others.

  45. carole
      · August 12th, 2014 at 9:06 pm · Link

    congrats to the winners! I’m having a very hectic week so I’m pretty tired and ready for a day off! Keep on doing what your doing for we hit a leveling off period so don’t get discourage, you’ll have a good loss next week! Have a great week!

  46. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · August 14th, 2014 at 5:48 am · Link

    Congratulations to Bev and Linda!

    Don’t be discouraged at WW. Pounds will start dropping if you just hang in there.

  47. Laura Lane McNeal
      · August 15th, 2014 at 9:31 am · Link

    I’m so glad you enjoyed DOLLBABY!!! Working on my next one set on River Road beginning in 1927, the year of the Great Flood! Love you work and you blog. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Laura Lane McNeal
    Author of DOLLBABY

    • Dixie J.Hadley
        · August 15th, 2014 at 10:15 am · Link

      Looks like I have another great book to add to my list. Dollbaby sounds like a good one. I honestly believe I could read all day long, but woe is me, I have no one to do the my daily chores for me LOL. So evenings are my special time to pick up my books and “kick back” as my husband calls it. Have a great week end.
      Dixie J. Hadley

  48. Laura Lane McNeal
      · August 15th, 2014 at 9:33 am · Link

    Sorry, don’t know why the ‘r’s were cut off in my last response. Should have said love YOUR work and blog. This spell check thing kills me every time!

  49. sue Leech
      · August 21st, 2014 at 3:37 pm · Link

    Sorry I was away from this for awhile. Just wanted to say do not be disappointed about the weight this last time. It could had been fluid and you are fine. I know how mine can go up and down in a matter of hours. sue

    Hoping you will keep me in mind if you want more books read and review. I am still available and always ready.

    The summer isn’t as warm around here as normal but I read inside or outside. ha ha Take care. Sue

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