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A writer's life

"A writer's life" Continued...

Issue: "Not over till it's over," Nov. 1, 2008

In the afternoon Lloyd-Jones takes care of business, maintaining her website and mailing lists, answering letters, "keeping on top of all that." Then in the evenings she'll meet with friends. "Movies are wonderful. They have stories, are visual, and fun."

Writing isn't always easy. Too often she says, "You're focused on yourself when you need to be getting out of the way," so she's trained herself to ask, "Are you telling a good story?"

She volunteers with a nonprofit group that reads to children in some of New York City's most distressed schools. She writes on her blog, "Last week I visited PS 27 with Authors Read Aloud and we read Handbag Friends and sang the Handbag Song and fought the Purple Monster and sang the song again and saved the day." The hugs she gets afterward are a visible reminder about "what I'm doing-reaching children with joy."

She's learned to fight the self-critic who sits in most writers' heads. When she was working on the Jesus Storybook Bible she "had a few holy people around [in my head] saying, How dare you?" But she dared: "Redemption, joy, and forgiveness have transformed my life." She trusts that the transformation is evident in all her work: "I think by doing something beautiful and excellently it reflects back at God."

A writer's death

Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, apparently committed suicide in 1942. Her granddaughter Kate Macdonald Butler recently wrote in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper, "Despite her great success, it is known that she suffered from depression, that she was isolated, sad and filled with worry and dread for much of her life. . . . What has never been revealed is that LM Montgomery took her own life at the age of 67 through a drug overdose. I wasn't told the details of what happened, and I never saw the note she left, but I do know that it asked for forgiveness."

Origami Flix

Have you ever wondered if there's a use for that rectangle of paper you tear from your Netflix envelope? You aren't alone. The clever folks at netflixorigami.com provide instructions for folding origami hearts, boxes, crustaceans, gliders, and cranes out of those Netflix flaps.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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