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Eleanor Gustafson

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Ellie Gustafson writes pretty good books these days. Been at it long enough to learn a few things. It all started in 1978 with my first published article, “I Saw a Thing Today,” about a couple of weasels I met on a stone wall in Vermont. Short stories and other articles followed, and then came Appalachian Spring. BIG learning curve. The editor slashed characters, whole chapters, and made a lot of red marks everywhere. Had to rewrite the entire book—on a brand-new Apple IIe computer I had no idea how to operate. The novel was well received, however, which led to more novels and more painful learning experiences.

A common book theme is the cosmic struggle between good and evil in light of God's overarching work of redemption. Having graduated
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Eleanor Gustafson If you want to write well, read good books. Learn from good writers--even to the point of jotting down splendid phrases or paragraphs—not to plagiariz…moreIf you want to write well, read good books. Learn from good writers--even to the point of jotting down splendid phrases or paragraphs—not to plagiarize, but to learn the craft of writing. Along with that, LEARN THE RULES OF GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION. Publishers pay attention to that, and so does this reader.(less)
Eleanor Gustafson Genuine writer's block doesn't exist for me. My brain is stuffed with ideas I'd like to write about. The writing process, though, seldom goes smoothly…moreGenuine writer's block doesn't exist for me. My brain is stuffed with ideas I'd like to write about. The writing process, though, seldom goes smoothly. I'm plagued with fuzzy thinking, lack of right words, or just plain fatigue. Editing, however, is my stalwart companion. Each time I go over a page or a chapter, new words or concepts come to mind, and off we go until the next edit...and the next...and next. I don't think I'm exaggerating to say that each of my novels have been edited at least 50 times, in bits and pieces. (less)
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LESSON LEARNED

Flying squirrels LOVE the attic of our cottage at Rumney Bible Conference in New Hampshire.


We’re dealing with that.


The Terminix person noted that limbs from a couple of small beech trees were providing a red carpet for the squirrels. We, being experienced tree farmers, said piece of cake. Jim got his chainsaw, made a notch, and aimed the smaller tree downhill toward the pond.


Um…wouldn’t go. T

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“Classic Insults—The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
    She said, "If you were my husband I'd poison your tea."
    He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.”
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“I have yet to find a rationale in evolutionary naturalism—the survival of the fittest—that suggests why we ought to care for the weak and suffering. Nature is stern: the herd advances by abandoning those who would hinder it. Lewis, however, understood that Christianity includes both an appreciation for quality (all good things are gifts of the Father in heaven) and compassion for those who lack it.

“How, then, can we honor both Miss Universe and Miss Nobody, Bill Gates and his garbageman? I believe Lewis would answer such a question by first acknowledging the image of God in every person. “There are no ordinary people,” Lewis said in a sermon. “You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.” That startling truth applies equally to a caretaker and a scholar.” Philip Yancey, What Good is God?”
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“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz

“We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities.” —Walt Kelly (Pogo)”
Eleanor Gustafson

“I have yet to find a rationale in evolutionary naturalism—the survival of the fittest—that suggests why we ought to care for the weak and suffering. Nature is stern: the herd advances by abandoning those who would hinder it. Lewis, however, understood that Christianity includes both an appreciation for quality (all good things are gifts of the Father in heaven) and compassion for those who lack it.

“How, then, can we honor both Miss Universe and Miss Nobody, Bill Gates and his garbageman? I believe Lewis would answer such a question by first acknowledging the image of God in every person. “There are no ordinary people,” Lewis said in a sermon. “You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.” That startling truth applies equally to a caretaker and a scholar.” Philip Yancey, What Good is God?”
Eleanor Gustafson

“Classic Insults—The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
    She said, "If you were my husband I'd poison your tea."
    He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.”
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Gordon Grose Dear Ellie,

Thanks for joining me as a Friend on Goodreads. It’s great to be connected with you this way. I look forward to sharing keen insights and recommendations about important books with you.

I’m excited about the publication of my new book, Tragedy Transformed: How Job’s Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours. I use the Book of Job to help people through difficulties in life: loss, tragedy, and sadness. My book contains stories of recovery of people today, victims of natural disaster, mental illness, and sudden grief. I also include our family’s struggle with chronic physical illness.

I’d love for you to read Tragedy Transformed and share your review with other readers here. After reading my book, a Kirkus reviewer writes, “A pragmatic, uplifting examination of the role that tragedy plays in people’s lives.” What would you say?


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