#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

You guessed it! Technical difficulties.

I was all set to blog every day while I was at the wonderful CREATE art workshops in Irvine, California–and suffice it to say, the universe was not on my side in this matter.  No matter what I did, I couldn’t get online, even on the hotel computers or my daughter’s iPad.  I’m not a big fan of MSN right now, suffice it to say.

In any case, I got home late last night–flight delayed out of Seattle but otherwise it was all smooth sailing–and I was (and am) seriously tired.  A certain Yorkie was very glad to see me, and immediately began to lobby for a trip to the barn.  :)  Since it was nearly midnight, it didn’t happen, but she forgave me.

Where to start?  I learned so much in all my classes–I especially loved the Laurie Mika polymer clay ones.  I’ve been waiting to take a workshop with Laurie for years, and it was definitely worth it–she’s a great teacher and her stuff is so beautiful.  I bought one of her pieces at the Artists’ Faire, and I’ll be posting pictures soon, including a few of my own work.  I’m still assimilating all that input, and it will probably take days to tell you the whole story.  :)

To begin, CREATE is put on by one of my two favorite magazines, “Cloth, Paper, Scissors”–the other being “Somerset Studio”.  This was my first experience with this particular event, and I am just thrilled.  There were oodles of great mixed media classes to choose from, and the teachers are wonderful.  (And so were the other students–everybody was so friendly and supportive and willing to share the this-or-thats that we long-distance travelers had forgotten to bring.  (My suitcases were a TSA field day anyway, with all those little packets of polymer clay and other tools.  And who packs paper towels?) The projects were hands-on, which is the way I learn best, the explanations clear, the ideas innovative and fresh.  YEEHAW!  My leisure time will be well-filled for a long, long time.

The new book is out–that’s always exciting and a little stressful.  Thanks to all of you for your kind comments–I’ll catch up, I promise.

Today, though, I need to rest up a bit, so I can get back into “Big Sky River” bright and early tomorrow morning.  I feel refreshed and inspired, and I can’t wait to get back to Parable, Montana and my people and critters there.

More tomorrow.

14 comments to “You guessed it! Technical difficulties.”

  1. Kathi Layfield
      · June 5th, 2012 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Linda, I loved reading “Big Sky Country” and am in love with Slade!
    I look forward to your next book in the series “Big Sky Mountain”.

    I really enjoy your newletters, also.

  2. Nana
      · June 5th, 2012 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Welcome home, Linda!

    Big Sky Country is laying on the desk beside me but I haven’t even started it yet because I know that when I do there will be no putting it down!! It will need, and get, my undivided attention.

    Keep up the good work! :)

    • Crystal
        · June 5th, 2012 at 4:51 pm · Link

      Nana, u are a stronger woman than i am!!!! i couldn’t even wait that day to get it on my nook i had to zip off to Hastings and get it!!!! But u are right about one thing u will not be able to put it down!! lol ENJOY

      · June 5th, 2012 at 3:29 pm · Link

    Finished Big Sky Country last night and was it good. I had a couple of late nights on it because did not want to put it down. Now I have to wait for the next one and I know it will be just as good. Love those big, strong, good looking cowboys. Keep up the good work.

  4. Anne
      · June 5th, 2012 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Welcome Back. My goodness, take a breathe. Sounds like you had quite a time.
    Finished Big Sky Country. Loved it! Can’t wait for the next book to come out. For those still waiting to read or buy the book, it is so worth it.

  5. Gloria
      · June 5th, 2012 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Linda, I am so glad you enjoyed yourself and learned so much. I like crafts and would like to try different things, but as that isn’t possible, I’m always glad when someone else can.

    Take care and rest up, Gloria!!

  6. Crystal
      · June 5th, 2012 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Linda i am so glad u are home!!! i really missed the blog but i’m so glad u got to get away and enjoy yourself!! As AWESOME as Big Sky Country was u deserved a vacation!!!! I love the book!! Also i was wondering if the Corbin Series will ever come out on the nook in e-books??? Rest up!!! us LLM gals need our cowboys to read about!!!

  7. Sal
      · June 5th, 2012 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Yeehaw!! I missed you! :)

  8. sam
      · June 5th, 2012 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Great to read you had a good time :)

  9. Lois Rotella
      · June 5th, 2012 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great time at Create. I wish they had something like that where I live. Starting reading the new book. Just got. love Slade already.

  10. Kathie
      · June 6th, 2012 at 5:28 am · Link

    Glad to had a wonderful time at workshop despite the internet problems. I finished Big Sky Country way too quickly and loved-loved-loved it. Now I’m in limbo waiting for the next one, can’t wait. It should be veeerrry interesting to see how Hutch and Kendra work out their romance. Anyway, I picked up 3 reprints of your older books to tide me over for a while. Have a wonderful week!!! Many Blessings!!!

  11. mai
      · June 6th, 2012 at 11:39 am · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Just started Big Sky Country and it’s great but I’m a little confused. I haad just finished rereading the Creed Legacy and Slade was mentioned in it as having a son Brendan. Is he the same Slade and what happened to Brendan? I’m assuming you change your mind about that particular storyline. Anyway, can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy and am looking forward to your next MecKettricks and Creed story.

    • linda
        · June 6th, 2012 at 2:11 pm · Link

      You are so right! I didn’t remember that until it was too late to change it. :)

  12. Christine
      · June 8th, 2012 at 8:55 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Big Sky Country was awesome!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait for the next two installments, because I finish them too fast. I’m in Love with Slade!!!

    Keep up the great writing!!!!!

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