It’s been a while…

me-prof-pic-1I admit — it’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates here — but I have been very active! If you want to keep up with what I’ve been up to from day to day, be sure to also follow my Facebook page.

Have you heard about Chip Gaines’ dream launcher project known as Chipstarter 2.0? Well, I decided it was high time to take a giant leap into letting the world know what I would really like to be doing every day as I live out my dream of being part of a successful world of words. I’m not giving up my own writing goals, but here’s the other part of that dream…click here to watch my 2-minute video entry in this year’s contest…I’d love your feedback!

new-berrysin-imageI also just posted my latest book review; it shares my thoughts on C. Hope Clark’s 4th book in her Carolina Slade mystery series. The book, Newberry Sin, was released in April 2018. I really enjoyed it, as I have all of her books I’ve read so far. Take a look

The next meeting of the Writers and Wannabes Guild of Greater Jersey County IL will be meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jerseyville Public Library, 105 North Liberty, Jerseyville, IL 62052. If you’re in the area, please feel free to drop in.

pexels-photo-1043514.jpegI am finally revisiting the fictional piece I started over 2 years ago while living out East. My colleagues and friends in the Writers and Wannabes Guild gave me some very sound advice and direction at our last meeting that has now prompted me on how to move forward. I will be working on some further storyline ideas in the weeks ahead and asking a few trustworthy friends for their thoughts. I can’t adequately express here how excited I am to be able to say that!

100_3662Fall comes to us all on Saturday, Sept. 22 — and I am ready for it indeed!!! It has been an unusually long hot summer here. We moved over Memorial Day weekend and it really was tough. It looks like we’ll be moving again soon, but for my husband and me, this should be the last move we ever make — at least until our kids throw us in a nursing home. Stay tuned…

Another thing that hasn’t happened for me in a very long time: I have had one of my photos accepted into an upcoming local art gallery exhibition. The show, “Alton Architecture,” will be open in the main gallery at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL throughout the month of October 2018. If you’re in the area, consider stopping in and taking in the show!

Thank you so much for stopping by, for your continued interest and support, and for helping me and so many others make their dreams come true…we’ll chat again soon!

— Melissa Crockett Meske


Another new review is up!!!

I spent part of this hot and stormy weekend with a different kind of work by author C. Hope Clark. Instead of solving a murder mystery on the beach, I learned about becoming more like an osprey. You can read my thoughts on this useful resource at the Meske Review


Life changes…again


I wanted to share with all of you my latest updates. If you’ve been following my words at all, you probably already know that life has brought big changes to my world yet again. If you click on the photo, you can view my latest e-newsletter which was published this past Monday. To receive it in your own mailbox in the future, text MCMESKE to 22828 or click here and sign up for it.

At the time of this post, I am starting my new job as regional editor for Campbell Publications in Jerseyville, Illinois. I am managing three weekly papers: the Jersey County Journal, Calhoun News Herald, and Greene Prairie Press. My husband Kevin and I, along with my oldest son, have moved back to my hometown from West Virginia and are making our new home in the old town. Soon my mother will join us in the new home.  My aspirations as an author continue, staying at the forefront of all my vocational efforts.

However, I can say this for certain, it’s good to be home, and this time the change is for the best…


What’s New…What’s News…

In the Works…

WriterPortrait_01Now that my first book is out, you might be wondering what I’m working on publishing next. I actually have two expeditions underway along the trails of the literary life. I have words on the page for a creative piece, and am also completing research for my first non-fiction work.

The non-fiction work will explore the often darker subject of domestic abuse and its least visible form—emotional and mental manipulation. As an author, I hope I can shed more light on this area of a subject that touches each and every one of us, whether we notice it or not.

Highly personal, this is a topic of which I am passionately committed to being a catalyst for change and thereby compelled to address in writing.

I’d like your feedback on title ideas. I’m thinking of “When Nothing is Wrong”  or maybe “Victims in Silence.” My third idea is “Behind the Face.” What do you think? Shoot me your feedback by clicking here to send me a quick email reply…your input will be of great value…and perhaps even rewarded!

And stay tuned to all the latest by signing up for my mostly-monthly newsletter. Click here to sign up, and make sure to stop back by here again as later this month I share a very special BIG ANNOUNCEMENT…until then, much love and light…

Along came a visitor from the canyons of Utah…

trish-hopkinson-photo-2015Premier Provo Poet Trish Hopkinson, co-founder of Rock Canyon Poets, stopped by for a visit on my blog this past Sunday. For those of you who know Trish, you know you won’t want to miss this. For those of you who don’t, take a look here and find out why you need to know her.

Trish has published two chapbooks, “Emissions” and “Pieced Into Treetops” and have been published in several anthologies and journals, including The Found Poetry Review, Chagrin River Review, and Reconnaissance Magazine. She is a product director at a software company by profession and resides in Utah with her husband and two children.

I’ll be returning the favor this Sunday by stopping for a visit on Trish’s blog at My topic for pondering, “Poetry: Why Even Bother?”

Goodreads Giveaway Gets Going Today…

cover_frontStarting today (May 18) and running through the end of May, you will have the chance to win one of five free copies of my first book, a poetry collective entitled “The Dirt Still Looks the Same.

Now on sale through Amazon, this paperback normally sells for $12.95. All you have to do is watch for this promo through Goodreads and follow the instructions to throw your entry into the hat.

Lucky winners will also receive some other groovy swag and be signed up for my mostly-monthly newsletter if not already on my subscriber list.

Keep an eye out for your chance to enter and win…and after you’ve soaked up all that poetry, let everyone know what you think about it all by posting a review on Amazon and Goodreads—please! Reviews are most definitely welcome, and absolutely vital to an author’s continued development and success! Visit Goodreads today to learn more…and to enter!

And for those of you who have already purchased a copy, THANK YOU…now please take a minute and post a review on Goodreads and on Amazon…your reviews will help me keep going and growing!!!

Almost there…

the finish lineIt’s now day 27  of my quest…
to write 30 poems in 30 days…
marking National Poetry Month 2016.

The journey has been difficult,
the challenges have been many.

But I’ve managed to keep my word all along the way…the finish line is now in sight and I’m much more certain I’ll make it to the end.

Check out my latest here…poems for days 25, 26 and 27 are now up, having been properly introduced to their fellow team mates.

And be sure to come back for this weekend’s finale and wrap-up !