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In facebooking a friend from Houston who I attended St. Thomas University with, I noticed your site. Her name is Theresa Nelson and she too, is a well known writer of books for young people. I got on site, to see what you had on your children's book site and to sign up. What struck me was the wonderful tribute to your late husband. I, too am fairly recently widowed as of four summers ago. My husband was the anchor of our family. He was my best critic and supporter in my illustration venture. I am an art teacher who has been teaching PE, not by choice. I had been looking, but decided that this might make creative fodder to write about and illustrate. I had been planning on returning to my roots of illustration since before Chris passed away. He was going to assist me and had been doing children's book research for me! This year may be a blessing in disguise due to the multiple problems with the Texas schools. They have made my decision easier. I was squashed out and I am now in the process of getting information on how to create a site for my work and seriously seeking an agent. In the meantime, I am considering what I can do part time in my field that will help with the day to day budget. I still have a son in law school that I help support. Never the less... your comments about life and its practical applications has been enlightening. I am so sorry for your loss and respect how you are handling it. I, too have read The Giver ans was in a study group about the story. It should be quite an interesting adventure. I look forward to hearing what happens. I did not realize that your base of action was Boston and Maine but both are a lovely part of the country. I have a good friend who is a publisher of Art books in Worcester, Davis Publishing... Wyatt Wade... but you are probably not familiar with that area. My cousin and her husband resides in Worcester, as well. The Boston area is wonderful and you have actual seasons! I was inspired by your tribute and decided to email you, so I hope you do not mind. I tried to subscribe to your site and think I followed the correct steps.I am not aiming to be well known, but only to have my work accepted in the field. So I am conducting all sorts of research on children's books. I had written a while back to Theresa and she probably thought I had already accomplished my agent task... but the daily life of teaching sort of interfered. Now I have no excuses, so to speak. In the distant past I had taken a class with Diane Stanley when she was here in Houston, but that information is now out of date. She had reviewed my portfolio but again she was not a publisher or agent. Thank you for your wonderful inspriation and also your piece on widows... that is an area that does not receive enough attention and can be difficult to settle into or out of for that matter! Most Sincerely, Correll Corbett Houston Artist and Illustrator
Commented Jul 11, 2011 on
I head back to Cambridge tomorrow, to prepare for the memorial celebration next weekend (friends coming from as far away as Minnesota, California, Florida!) but it has been a lovely few days here, with friends for dinner Thursday night... Here is a rhubarb bread pudding which was delicious ...
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