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  Tribute to Carmel Thomaston

There are some special people who cross each of our life paths, who bring inspiration, drive and compassion.  Carmel Thomaston was one of those people.  Carmel Thomaston was a freelance writer and former newspaper editor. She touched and inspired many on line writers as owner of Painted Rock Writers Colony.  Carmel Thomaston, 50, died December 2, 2002 after a long illness.

An award-winning author, she wrote five books for Harlequin with the last one being released in November, Christmas on Snowbird Mountain.  Carmel wrote romantic fiction under the pen name Fay Robinson, which was a tribute to her British-born mother.  Love at first sight ran in these women.  Her English mother and American father married by transatlantic telephone six months after their first and only date.  Carmel had the same fate while doing a story on a firefighter for her local newspaper.  That night she told her best friend, "Today I met the man I'm going to marry."  Carmel and Jackie Thomaston were married 26 years and produced a son Casey.  Carmel lived in Alabama within one hundred miles of the place where her paternal ancestors settled in the early 1800's. 

Southern Scribe was created at Painted Rock in 1998 when the Southern Writers List was founded.  A year later, Joyce Dixon resigned as editor of The Rock, Painted Rock's weekly zine, to start Southern Scribe as a separate site.  Carmel Thomaston was strongly behind the scenes here as a sounding board and friend.  She will be missed.

Call for Papers
"The Cultures of Mason & Dixon" (Deadline: December 1, 2002)
Flannery O'Connor and Humor (Deadline: December 15, 2002)
Collection on Barry Hannah (Deadline: December 15, 2002)
Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference (Deadline: December 23, 2002)
The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Journal of Florida Literature (Deadline: January 1, 2003)
Panel on Wendell Berry (Deadline: January 3, 2003)
Delta Blues Symposium IX (Deadline: January 6, 2003)
“Filming” the South and Southern Literature and the Visual (Deadline: January 13, 2003)
"Faulkner and the Ecology of the South" (Deadline: January 15, 2003)
African American Literature and Culture Society (Deadline: January 15, 2003)
William Faulkner Journal (Deadline: January 31, 2003)
Appalachian Writers Association Conference (Deadline: February 14, 2003)
Southern Writers Symposium (Deadline: March 15, 2003)
Southeast Women Playwrights' Contest (Deadline: December 31, 2002)
South Carolina Fiction Project (Deadline: January 15, 2003)
Appalachian Writers Association Contests (Deadline: June 1, 2003)
Fred Bonnie First Novel Contest 2003 (Deadline: June 15, 2003)
Tennessee Writers Alliance Contests (Deadline: July 1, 2003)

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