#OurAlton: Unique architecture shapes a city

Less than a week before this show opens in Jacoby Arts Center’s main gallery. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. I hope you can stop by and see the show — I have a piece in it, and there are so many other awesome artists involved too! The exhibition runs through Nov. 4.

Jacoby Arts Center is located at 627 East Broadway, Alton, Illinois 62002. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


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

EG in the house!!!

Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, located on the campus of McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill.

So, I’m still floating high on the energy that I soaked up last Wednesday night as I sat and listened to a most prolific author share her thoughts on surviving, as Prince once said, “this thing we call life.”

I got to share perhaps what will become a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenal event with my husband Kevin on the evening of April 12 as we journeyed to the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on the campus of McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., to take part in the last of their Distinguished Speakers series on campus for the season.

Now I have several “favorite” authors that I enjoy reading and following…but there are only two that serve as my secret mentors inside my mind as I travel through my daily world as a writer. These two women have had life roll out in many ways that are nearly parallel to that of my own.

Two authors, two females, that have rocked my world both personally and professionally. And I finally got to see one of them live and in person! I am still in awe, shock and excitement over it all.

I wish I could say it was J.K. Rowling…but I guess I’m going to have to be patient a bit longer before meeting that mentor of mine.

But I can finally report that the other amazing role model in my world of authorship is really real—and really authentic.


You know—Big Magic, Eat Pray Love, The Signature of All Things, Pilgrims, Stern Men, The Last American Man. The journalist, the magazine and short story writer who became a best-selling author and not just once—yeah her!!!!!

It was incredible. The love, the synergy. The anecdotes she shared (a broken vagina?) …the wisdoms she quoted. She was real, genuine and just as you might imagine her to be. Portraying authenticity is part of what motivates her too, as Gilbert noted, “I really want to be seen smokin’ what I’m sellin’.”


For me, her words offered a validation that the path of my thoughts that continue to lead me toward all my future books, short stories and other published pieces was on target. I’m going to keep on doing it my way, writing not only what I know but how I know. Rules are good guidelines, but I will still break them whenever I deem it necessary.

My own Elizabeth Gilbert library collection so far…

If any of you still haven’t checked out any of her works, first I say shame on you. Then I say, get to it. Whether you’re a fellow writer or a fellow reader, I’ll use Liz’s words from that evening and encourage you to go ahead and allow yourself to “dance with the mystery of consciousness and inspiration.”

As Gilbert described her journey, she said, “It’s kinda epic and beautiful and worth it.” I say the same back to you, Liz. Oh, and by the way, to help Liz’s own project along I’ll ask, “What are you excited and passionate about today?

Until next time…peace, love, light…and words…always!

P.S. Sorry about the less-than-quality photos of Liz herself…I was so awestruck I forgot to adjust my camera settings. She kinda looks angelic, doesn’t she?

My interview in The Literary Librarian + call for author interviews

Another new resource for authors…including poets!

Trish Hopkinson

I’m honored to be interviewed in The Literary Librarian, a new literary magazine focusing on interviews with authors. They do a custom interview for authors with recently published books of poetry or prose. My interview includes information about the publishing process and how my chapbook of poems Footnote came to be.

Click here to read the full interview

The Literary Librarian is a new site “to help other authors promote their work. I provide interviews and reviews, and help with finding author resources.” The founder and editor  Amarine Ravenwood is quick to respond and easy to work with.

I interviewed Ravenwood to learn more about The Literary Librarian and how to request an interview.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Literary Librarian.

RAVENWOOD: The Literary Librarian is a newly created site specifically designed to host author interviews and book reviews for published authors of various genres. The…

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