Monthly Archives: May 2010

Blogger Block Party & ARC Contest Winner

Thanks to all who visited a bunch of new bloggers to welcome them to the neighborhood at my little online block party last week!  As promised, I put everyone’s name in a drawing for an ARC of SUGAR AND ICE, but things…er…didn’t go quite as planned. You see, when I asked my daughter what might […]

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Thank you: An Open Letter to the Association of Booksellers for Children

Dear Indie Booksellers, I have been thinking all day about what I could write that might possibly express how truly grateful I feel about THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. winning the E.B. White Read Aloud Award at BEA last night. First, I thought I’d say thanks for all that you do — for authors […]

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Fireworks in the Garden…and some thoughts on Science and Art

Even though I planted them years ago, these flowers in my garden always manage to surprise me when they bloom. Somehow, I never remember that big, bursting, blue fireworks are going to appear, and I’m always delighted.  This is a big, blue fireworks sort of post…because some ideas in life and writing show up that way, […]

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Welcome to the Blogosphere Block Party! (and ARC giveaway!)

When Jo Knowles, Carrie Jones, and I gave our workshop about blogging at the New England SCBWI Conference last weekend, we talked a lot about community, about how one of the unexpected benefits of a blog is the very real, live-and-in-person friendships that can grow out of it. But sometimes when you’re just starting out […]

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THIS MEANS WAR by Ellen Wittlinger

In Ellen Wittlinger’s new middle grade novel THIS MEANS WAR, Juliet Klostermeyer is a typical bike-riding, roller skating, candy-bar-eating kind of kid, navigating the changes that always come with growing up. Her parents argue, her older sister keeps kicking her out of their shared bedroom to listen to music and talk about boys with her […]

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New to the KidLit Blog World?

Would you do me a favor?  If you are a children’s writer or illustrator — published or unpublished — with a relatively new blog, would you drop me a note in the comments to let me know your username (for LJ) or the URL if it’s another blogging platform?  In an upcoming post, I’d like […]

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Blogging for the Future Presentation from #NESCBWI10

As promised for those who attended the NESCBWI workshop panel with Carrie Jones, Jo Knowles, and me, here is a SlideShare version of our presentation with links to all of the blogs.  Happy reading & blogging! Blogging for the_future View more presentations from tkmess.

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More Moments from #NESCBWI10

Are you awake? That was the subject line of the email in my box early Sunday morning at the New England SCBWI Conference. It was Loree Griffin Burns, summoning me for a hike. She needed some exercise and fresh air and knew a trail nearby. Did I want to come along?  I did!  I just barely caught […]

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Moments from the NESCBWI Conference

I’m in Fitchburg, MA this weekend for the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Conference, and this morning, I’m up early and pretty much overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to be part of this world. It’s been an amazing conference so far. Among the highlights… Hearing Allyn Johnston & Marla Frazee discuss […]

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Making Time

"…there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. But the good news is that creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, […]

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