Monthly Archives: August 2011

After Irene: A small-town Adirondack library needs your help

Quick How-to-Help Info: Several libraries have lost their entire children’s sections due to flooding in Hurricane Irene, and we’re teaming up with independent bookstores to help them rebuild. Want to help?  Either send a check to the library OR call the bookstores. They’ll help you choose a book based on the library’s needs and will […]

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Created in the Path of Irene: Links

As a writer who’s also a science lover, I’ve always been fascinated by severe weather. I wrote a book about storms…and while my husband, a meteorologist, worked a 21-hour shift during Hurricane Irene, I spent the day and night watching the storm sweep through the region where I live, leaving behind damage of truly epic […]

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What the Storm Brought

The sky is scrubbed clean and blue today, and I’m at my favorite coffee shop writing (also drinking their coffee and using their electricity, both of which are hard to come by at my house… thanks, Koffee Kat!).  Other than the power outage and a few downed trees, my neighborhood was mostly spared by Hurricane […]

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Created in the Path of Irene…An Invitation

Hey, writers & illustrators! Yes…I mean you…whether you are ten years old or thirty-seven or eighty. Whether you are published and award-winning and best-selling or whether you just like writing poems or drawing sketches in your notebook sometimes… Many of us are about to have a shared experience, in the form of a big storm […]

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Thankful Thursday

Thunderstorms today, but thankfulness, too. Lake Champlain is pretending it’s the ocean this morning, waves crashing on the shore, licking at the rowboat pulled up on the rocks.  Pretty soon, my daughter and I will head to Vermont to meet up with writer-friends for some plotting on a secret bookish-readerish project. It’s going to be […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons… My review in the NY Times

My first picture book, SEA  MONSTER’S FIRST DAY, is reviewed in the New York Times this weekend, by none other than celebrity reviewer Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket of Series of Unfortunate Events fame. My 10-year-old daughter’s reaction?   “Mom! Lemony Snicket READ your book?!” We’re big Snicket fans at the Messner house. My daughter […]

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Recent Reading: Lost Girls, Found Girls, & Aging Punk Rockers

Summer is for reading, and I’m happy to report I’ve read some amazing books lately.  Here’s a quick rundown of some favorites… BETWEEN by Jessica Warman There’s not much more dramatic than a main character who discovers her own body, lifeless and floating next to the family’s boat the morning after a party, in the […]

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Cabins in the Woods: A Visit to the Highlights Foundation Retreat

The folks at the Highlights Foundation invited me down for a visit last week, to see the beautiful property where the Founders Workshops take place and to visit with the writers who were there on retreat with author/editor extraordinaire Carolyn Yoder. The drive through New York’s Southern Tier and the Delaware River Valley to the […]

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You come, too… A Hike to Copperas Pond

I have a book due at the end of August, so much of this summer has been spent covered in Post-It Notes in my writing room or holed up in coffee shops. (I’m the one muttering to myself at the laptop over in the corner.)  But today was a hike-to-the-pond day. I wore what my […]

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Real Revision: A MILLION MILES FROM BOSTON with Karen Day

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that my first book for teachers, REAL REVISION: AUTHORS’ STRATEGIES TO SHARE WITH STUDENT WRITERS, was released from Stenhouse this summer. I’m celebrating with a series of author interviews on the topic of real revision…the nitty gritty, make-the-book-better strategies that some of my favorite authors […]

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