So, here I am at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Teen has a real job interview for a summer internship (i.e. we actually bought him a suit for this interview! And let me tell you, it’s not easy to find a suit for a 6’4″ beanpole! Yes, he is more than a foot taller than I am!). It doesn’t seem possible that he’s old enough for a job like this (i.e. it doesn’t seem possible that I’M old enough to have a child old enough to be purchasing a suit and going on an interview for a job like this)…and technically he’s not “old enough.” But that’s beside the point. The point is he’s had the coursework and experience for this job, so…he’s interviewing. And when he’s done, his dad and I will take him out for sushi! I usually take him out for sushi when his finals are over…and there’s a pretty good sushi place here in Cedar Rapids, so we decided it would be nice to include Dad this time. So, that’s why I’m at the library …waiting and working.

Speaking of the Cedar Rapids Public Library…the exhibit at the art museum (yes, this really does pertain to the library!) was wonderful! I knew when we lived here that there was a children’s librarian at the Cedar Rapids Public Library who wrote letters to all the prominent children’s book illustrators of the time asking them to send/donate a piece of original art for the children of Cedar Rapids to enjoy. This was back before original art from children’s book illustrators was actually considered “valuable,” so she managed to collect quite a few pieces. Apparently, the Cedar Rapids library owns over 800 pieces of original art from children’s book illustrators…including a never-published piece by Dr. Seuss!

I was especially interested in the correspondence between this librarian and the illustrators she contacted. I wish more of that had been displayed. I’ve always loved letter collections (I used to be a pretty avid letter writer myself…now I e-mail!). One of these days I’m going to make an appointment here at the library and see if I can actually look at ALL the correpondence they have! I wonder if they’d let me?

Anyway…I’m supposed to be “working” here, not just waiting. So it’s time to dig back into Truth About Truman. No more reading writing reference books and blogging about everything I’ve learned, no more filling out character/plot charts, no more staring off into space…TIME TO ACTUALLY MAKE SOME PROGRESS ON THIS REVISION!!!!

Waiting and working

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