Lois Lowry's Blog
Lion and lamb
The lion indeed lies down with the lamb, and here they both are, on my TV room rug.
But Alfie (the lion) is off at the kennel...I will soon go to pick him up...because I was gone all day at a workshop sponsored jointly by PEN NE and the NE chapter of SCBWI. Other authors and illustrators were Bill Thomson, Kathryn Lasky, and Jacqueline Davies.
With a sold-out audience (actually, I think the event was free, so "sold" is a misnomer...well, a full house, anyway) it was an interesting day, with brief presentations on the general topic of challenges in work and career, followed by well-thought-out questions that each of us tried in different ways to answer.
And it was held in the handsome venue of the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA.
I thought one of the most interesting—and honest—answers came from Bill Thomson to the question of "How do you deal with writer's -- or illustrator's -- block?" Bill said that he thought the term "writer's block" is simply an excuse for not doing your work. He's absolutely right. It has (imho) become a too-commonly-used phrase that even kids have picked up and repeat as if it has great gravitas, when in truth it's just a silly catchphrase meaning that you need to catch your breath and then get back to the work at hand.