#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Wow! Did I do that????

I’m revising Chapter 2 of the new book today, and drafting Chapter 3.  I’m amazed at how easy this process has become since I started treatment for ADD!  It’s almost like that old fairy tale, where the shoemaker goes to bed and when he wakes up, the brownies have restocked his shelves with well-made shoes.  :)  I’ve always loved writing, of course, but it used to be much harder to concentrate. 

The lovely weather continues–and how it delights my heart.  The lilacs are blooming–heavenly scent–and I need to do some pruning. 

Tomorrow I’m having my routine annual physical, but I’m not dreading it the way I usually do.  I have some kind of weird pain in my left foot–gout?–and I’ll be glad to find out what’s going on and what, if anything, I can do about it.  So much of life is about accepting what is, after all.  It’s not the things that happen that cause us so much angst and trouble, it’s our reaction to them.  Oddly enough, once I say, “Okay, I guess I just have to deal with that”, it gets easier.  Reminds me of M. Scott Peck’s “The Road Less Traveled”–it’s a curious fact that once you accept the fact that life is difficult, it tends to smooth out a bit.  Go figure.

I’m still on the “Surprise me, God” path.  What a relief.  His ideas are always so much better than mine anyhow.  :)

I read a great book on my Nook last night–couldn’t put it down.  Augusten Burroughs’ “This is How” is a punchy, shoot from the hip kind of book, about life in general.  I expected it to be a memoir–his “Running with Scissors” was a little too raunchy for me, but I might try it again–but instead he gave some very good pointers regarding the difficult things most of us have to deal with at one time or another.  The information is simple, and it’s right on target, for my money, but it isn’t for the easily offended.  Burroughs is blunt, and the f-word abounds, but truth is truth.  And in the words of the Big Guy, “The truth will set you free.”

I believe it.

Today, smile and offer somebody a kind word.  It’s okay if it’s you.


6 comments to “Wow! Did I do that????”

  1. Ange
      · May 16th, 2012 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    In the last few posts you’ve mentioned being treated for ADD, I’ve been a dedicated blog reader and I don’t recall you mentioning ADD. Did I miss it and don’t remember? Also, how is your CPAP going? I have a CPAP and oxygen concentrator. I would not dare go to sleep without them. I have severe apnea. On a brighter note, I cannot wait to read the newest trilogy! Of all the past books, I think Austin is my favorite. I truly love them all and re-read them constantly. I bet I’ve read each one at least 3 times.

    Take Care,


    • linda
        · May 17th, 2012 at 3:31 pm · Link

      Unfortunately I can only see the first sentence of your message and don’t know how to access the rest of it, so can’t answer intelligently.

    • linda
        · May 17th, 2012 at 6:38 pm · Link

      OK! Now I can see the whole thing. :) I was only diagnosed with ADD a few months ago, so that’s why it didn’t appear on the blog until recently. I LOVE my CPAP–would not sleep without it–rest so much better and feel excellent when I wake up!

  2. Gloria
      · May 16th, 2012 at 10:29 pm · Link

    I wonder if I have ADD? I do know it is hard for me to concentrate and I go from one thing to another and never seem to finish anythng. How do you go about finding out?

    Linda, it is great of you to share these personal things with us. I guess most of us tend to think that famous peole don’t have the same problems as poor people, but…..

    I’ve just recently started reading your Blog, and I’ve enjoyed it so far.

    Thanks, Gloria!!

    • linda
        · May 17th, 2012 at 3:32 pm · Link

      You might have it. I think it’s pretty common. Only your doctor can say for sure.

  3. Jeannette
      · June 6th, 2012 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Hi Linda: i am sooo glad you are doing well!!!! I am really happy that you are sharing your problems with ADD. My husband was diagnosed with depression shortly after having to retire due to heart problems. He is on medication for it but has never rebounded like I expected but he is better. I thank the Big Guy above every day we are together. Recently we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversay with our 7 children, 20 grand children, 9 great grands, our family, relatives and our close friends. Life is what you make of it and mine is fantasic.
    We just returned home after being gone 3 full weeks. So that is why my comment is doo far behind.

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