When I’m Not Writing…

Thursday, Jan 13

Which isn’t very often, here are the things I like to do:

Read or listen to books on my iPod. I just finished “Left Neglected”, a novel by Lisa Genova, who wrote, “Still Alice”, another book I really liked.

Play with my art supplies. Right now, I’m making ATCs (artist trading cards–someone always asks) for a swap requiring the use of ordinary brown paper bags. I cut up a grocery sack, soaked it in water, and then crumpled it and let it dry, and I got a great texture effect. Then I painted the paper to look like copper–my favorite metal–and I’ll be adding a patina later. As I’ve said before, for me, art is all about experimenting with different materials.

Trying new recipes. Cooking, like art, is an experimental process for me–I always have to alter the ingredient list, more of this, less of that. 🙂 You get the picture. I must admit that my what-the-heck-I-might-as-well-try-it technique works better with the art than it does with the cooking. My slow-cooker cherry cobbler was a bust–too much cake topping and not enough cherries. I’m tackling enchiladas next. Maybe I’ll just follow instructions this time.

What a concept.

Yesterday, I worked on my laptop here at the kitchen table, after I got rid of that glitch I told you about, and I had the TV on. This is not my usual M.O., but I was coping with eight tons of snow. I’m cruising through the channel guide, looking for something that isn’t about true crime, and lo and behold, Lifetime was replaying the movie made from my book, “The Last Chance Cafe”. It gave me a real lift, and I can’t help thinking it wasn’t a coincidence. My daughter texted that she’d stumbled across it, too, so we were shooting a running commentary back and forth and having a great time.

I think every day includes little gifts. We just need to notice them.

That’s the news.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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