Endings and Beginnings

Well it's been a while since my last post on Sabotage and I have experienced a lot of new beginnings and sad endings in that time. I attended NESCBWI and had a great time and got a lot of wonderful feedback on both my illustrations and writing. I also picked up a new job, once again working with animals at a veterinary office. It's nice to see scratches all over my arms again and smell poop early in the morning, I knew I was missing something. All kidding aside, I wouldn't have gone back if I didn't enjoy the job and love seeing all the animals.

There has been a lot of endings since my last post, my sweet cat Boo, was diagnosed and succumbed to kidney failure way too young, at the age of 8. (She's the one in my FB cat-beard profile pic :) My husband lost his sweet grandmother, who lived to the wonderful age of 97 and once was a librarian and taught library science in Brooklyn. I will think of her every time I watch The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore. If you have not seen the Oscar award winning short by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, you must, it is beautiful, wondrous and moving! Just click on the link above for the follow through.

On a less personal note but it broke my heart to hear, MCA Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away after three long years battling cancer. I have loved them since Freshman year in high school and took my son to see them on their last tour. They came to the Worcester Centrum and put on one hell of a show, one of the best I have ever seen and I was so looking forward to seeing them again. Hard to believe there will be no more music.

And I realize that tomorrow night is my last class before my graduation in the CE certificate program at RISD. What should have taken me three years took five years, there were so many amazing classes to take and I have learned so much and met so many wonderful friends and mentors. Everyone has been amazing! So I will be a little sad driving to Providence tomorrow but excited to start a new beginning. One where I will be able to put all my energy into the Children's Book industry, trying to sneak my way in or landing like a cannon ball (a slow moving one anyway). However I get there and whatever it takes, I know the road will be amazing and best of all, fun!

I want to thank all my teachers, especially Cheryl Kirk Noll, Marlo Garnsworthy and Judith Moffat, for urging me ahead, dealing with all my crap and my odd affinity for an endless onslaught of life catastrophes. I also want to thank all my friends (fellow classmates through the years), too many to list and you all know who you are. You guys have all generously offered help and we have urged each other along though the bumpy patches. Let's all enjoy the ride together and I hope you don't mind, but I'm gonna be playing the Beasties for part of it. Here's a nice slow jam called Gratitude.....




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  1. Hi Brook - I am stopping by from Joanna's blog. I loved her interview of you. I am a neighbor of yours from the town of Norton. Nice to meet you.

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    1. Hello Maeve! Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by! I've been to Norton plenty of times. I appreciate the feedback am glad you enjoyed the interview! I think I need an apostrophe intervention...haha!

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  2. Good luck on your road to new beginnings. You did a stellar job of getting that portfolio in ship shape! I really love your print work. It was well worth the extra year to transform your portfolio into the print work marvel it is now.
    Keep up the momentum.
    All the best, Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy! That means a lot coming from you! Thanks for the push and all the patience!!

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  3. Good luck with all the new!

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