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Jun
11

Meet Scaredy Squirrel's Creator

This week, I got to interview Quebec picture book author and illustrator Mélanie Watt. (I'm doing a profile of her for the Continue reading

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Jun
09

In Memoriam: Mary Qinuajuak

Today, I want to tell you about a very special person named Mary Qinuajuak. Photographer Thomas Kneubuhler and I met Mary in December 2009, when we traveled to Akulivik, an Inuit community in Nunavik

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Hi Monique!! It was fun with Quinn, Annie and Late Mary with you inviting us to your Spaghetti supper. When we were in Kenya, w... Read More
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 22:21
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Jun
07

YES Artists' Conference & Workshop 2 at Hebrew Academy

I spent the morning at the 10th Annual YES Artists' Conference, where I participated on a panel called "Creation and Inspiration: How They Made It!" Our moderator was Andy Nulman, president

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Jun
04

Hippity Hoppity Happy Writer

I was just in my car thinking how I'm feeling like a hippity hoppity happy writer. I think those words only when I'm feeling most happy. And the reason I'm HHH (see, I won't make you

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Jun
01

Cooking Up a Story

Yesterday, I did the first of three writing workshops at Hebrew Academy here in Montreal. I'm working with six Grade Five students -- all girls, and all eager to write! In my one-hour session,

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hey miss p! been a while since I have been on here when are you going to HA next? I am asking because I work there!! I also know ... Read More
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:32
Guest — Jordana Marciano
hey monique, it's Jordana! Thanks for writing about me on your blog. BTW, it's monday june 7 2010. Sorry I wrote so late. TTYL ... Read More
Monday, 07 June 2010 18:21
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Hi Jordana, I think YOU got the dates mixed up! I wrote this entry last week after our first workshop... I just posted a new blog ... Read More
Monday, 07 June 2010 19:05
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May
31

Feeling Dutch

I'm feeling Dutch these days. Could be because I keep making Dutch friends! It's also because I spent yesterday at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic

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May
30

Two Conferences in One Weekend!

I'm just home from participating in a conference run by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies, and though I'd like to tell you about it, I'm going to do a

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Guest — Emily Lawrence
Dear Monique, I am Emily Lawrence from Hebrew Academy. I wanted to remind you that next Monday, you should bring the necklace! See... Read More
Monday, 31 May 2010 18:25
Guest — Monique
Hi Emily! Will do! Hope you're feeling inspired and going to write something wonderful for next Monday!
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 15:40
Guest — Emily
Thank you, Monique.
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 18:56
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May
27

Audio Interview

Today, I'm scheduled to do an audio interview for a website called TeachingBooks. They're located in Madison, Wisconsin, and through their website

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May
25

The Shadow Self

You may or may not know I review self-help books for the Montreal Gazette. A side-effect is that I can get a little unbearable when someone has a problem -- I'm always recommending books

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May
20

Snail Mail

These days, most readers contact authors over the Internet... but yesterday, I actually received two old-fashioned snail mail letters. Both are from students at Hadley Junior School in Glen Ellyn,

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May
19

Moving to a New Rhythm

The new rhythm I'm moving to is a SLOWER one. That's because my marking is nearly all done (just two late assignments left)... and I'm back at my desk most of the day. It's nice not

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Hi Mrs. Polak! I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday! I wrote the date down (in my little notebook that I carry around) when ... Read More
Thursday, 20 May 2010 11:07
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May
18

Upcoming Children's Writing Conference

The bad news is that picture book author and illustrator Mélanie Watt is out of town and my interview with her has been postponed till June. The good news is I have a wide-open day, with lots

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May
17

I Used to Think Taking Pictures Was Easy...

I used to think that compared to writing, taking pictures was easy! Until, that is, I started hanging out with photographers.

Monique Dykstra is one of those photographers. We have worked together

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May
13

Louis Sachar Coming to Montreal This Summer

I was excited to learn that children's author Louis Sachar will be coming to read in Montreal this summer. You may know Sachar's YA book, Holes, which is one of my all-time favourites

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May
10

Proud Teacher Clucks

I think perhaps most of all, we teachers need to teach our students to be independent. That's why when students come to see me for help with their writing, I make a point of NOT doing all the work

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May
06

Got Talent? Then Use It!

IMG_1414.jpgIn today's pic, you'll meet my "Writing for Children" class. Our semester ends

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May
02

Inside and Outside

IMG_212121.jpgToday's pic is the OUTSIDE of our house. I wanted to show off our spring garden -- still

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Apr
28

All Oprah All the Time

Why, you may be wondering, is my mind on Oprah Winfrey, host of the world's most popular talk show? It's because I'm reviewing Kitty Kelley's recently released unauthorized bio of Oprah

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Apr
25

Days 3 & 4: Blue Met

It's Sunday morning, and my desk need some serious tidying. That's because it's covered with notes I took during the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, which comes to an end today. Yesterday

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Apr
23

Day 3: Blue Metropolis

I'm home, taking a little breather between Blue Met events. I did another student writing workshop this morning and this afternoon at five, I'm on a CBC panel called "The Human Face of

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Hello Monique! "The Human Face ofGenocide. The "of" Needs to be capitalized and needs a space Anyways I just got back from schoo... Read More
Friday, 23 April 2010 16:26
Guest — Jonathan
Hey Monique! Jonathan here, from this morning! First I just wanted to say that I really liked your workshop! It reminded me of th... Read More
Friday, 23 April 2010 21:52
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Apr
22

Day 2: Blue Met

I really shouldn't be writing this blog entry! That's because in exactly 20 minutes from now, 20 dinner guests are due to arrive here! They're all friends involved in the Quebec Roots project

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"projectand" is incorrect! ;D Anyways sounds like you've had a busy day today and good luck getting your banana breaad out of the... Read More
Thursday, 22 April 2010 21:19
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Apr
21

Day One: Blue Met

IMG_12121212121.jpgIt's Day One of the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival here in Montreal  --

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Hi there, Wow, we just can't stop talking about it. My students were so inspired by you, Monique. Even though Kayla is shy, she... Read More
Friday, 23 April 2010 15:11
Guest — Monique
Hi Charlene, Thanks for writing -- and for sharing your students with me this week. I'll try to post that pic on the blog!
Saturday, 24 April 2010 11:54
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Apr
19

New Friends at Macdonald High School

IMG_1010101.jpgHello hello, dear blog readers! I'm just in from a long, but happy day. I started at Marianopolis

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Hey, i dont know if you remember me. I was the one who wrote magazines with kim. Thank you for giving me feedback on Bitten. Fact ... Read More
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Apr
17

I Love Sheree Fitch

Today, I did something I haven't done for ages -- I took a class instead of giving one! I did a one-day workshop with Nova Scotia children's writer Sheree Fitch. Sheree called

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Apr
16

"The More You Can Learn the Better"

IMG_9999.jpgThat's what a student named Shaugn told me this morning. I was back at Vanier College, again because I was participating in the Kleinmann Family Foundation 17th Annual Cegep Symposium on the Holocaust and Genocide.

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Hey miss Polak it`s Akeem I just wanted to thank you for coming to our class and sharing your story it was a great experience to m... Read More
Sunday, 18 April 2010 19:55
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Hi Akeem, I know I didn't get to chat with you for long, but I must say I really felt your interest in my talk. I think you are a ... Read More
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Just a note of appreciation for your informative account of my sister's class. As a former teacher, we appreciate hearing about t... Read More
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Apr
14

The Gift of Listening

Okay, so I'll admit it: I am not always the best listener (maybe because I do so much talking!!). But it's a skill I am working on.

Today, I was at Vanier College as part of the school

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Apr
08

Writing Lessons from a Photo Editor

IMG_77777.jpgI  know what you're thinking -- what could a photo editor have to teach us about writing?

Well, you'd better keep reading, because today, Marcos Townsend, photo editor at The

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Apr
07

YA Writer Lori Weber Pays a Return Visit to Marianopolis

My friend, local YA writer Lori Weber, came to work with my Writing for Children class this morning at Marianopolis College. Lori is the author of five novels for young adults, the most recent of which

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Apr
06

Time to Breathe!!

During the most hectic days of the semester, I sometimes feel like I don't have time to breathe. But this week isn't like that. Ahhhh... it feels good. I used the long weekend to do this &#

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Monique! I have been thinking about you and how I haven't said a cyber "hi" in so long! that's great news that you are once again ... Read More
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 13:40
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Mar
31

Helping Students Gear Up for Trip to Nunavik

IMG_666666.jpgI spent part of this afternoon at Royal West Academy in Montreal West. It was a special visit

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Mar
30

Another Visit to Beaconsfield High

IMG_55555.jpgHello hello dear blog readers,

I've posted a pic from this morning's whirlwind visit to Beaconsfield

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Mar
29

Passing On My Opa's Advice

This morning, in my Writing for Children class, I passed on some advice I got long ago from my opa (the Dutch word for grandfather). I had just handed back some terrific assignments (I'd asked

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Hi Monique, Found your blog while I was "googling" the Follow Through Factor...I am the author Gene Hayden's husband (and as suc... Read More
Thursday, 15 April 2010 11:53
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Mar
24

Handsome Editor Visits My Journalism Class

Now why, you may be wondering, would a happily married woman like myself notice that an editor who was visiting her Journalism class is handsome? Don't worry -- he's my husband!

My husband

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Mar
23

Hello Nebraska!

IMG_4444.jpgAdmittedly, today's photo is not very good. I took it at my friend Viva's house yesterday

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It was so great that reading and language arts teacher Stacy Oberembt Skyped you from her classroom through Skypeanauthor.com. It... Read More
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 20:10
Guest — Monique
Hi Pam! Thanks for those encouraging words! I think if all I did was write write write, I'd miss the opportunity to meet young peo... Read More
Monday, 29 March 2010 20:35
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Mar
19

"All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy"

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- that's an old expression used in James Joyce's gorgeous short story "Araby." The line popped into my head when I

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Mar
17

Correcting Frenzy!

If you're wondering where I've been, the answer is on the living room couch, CORRECTING ESSAYS. My fingers are getting sore from all the writing -- that's a bad sign for my students since

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Mar
11

Just So You Know...

Just So You Know it isn't only singing in the morning that makes me happy (though today is the perfect day for that old song, "Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day!" --

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Mar
10

I Have an Awful Voice

I have an awful voice, but I love to sing! When my daughter still lived at home, she'd beg me to stop... and my husband does the same.

This morning, the students in my Writing for Children

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Mar
08

Uh Oh, Beautiful Weather in Indiana!

IMG_333.jpgNow you may be wondering why beautiful weather in Indiana would cause me to go, "Uh oh!"

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Mar
07

March Break Coming to an End... and a Lovely Book

Hello out there, So if you're like me, your March break is nearly over. I have to be back in my classroom tomorrow morning at 8:15. All I can say is YIKES. Not because I don't want to see my

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Mar
02

Special Day with Another Gang of Talented Young Authors

Hello, hello, it's me again (well, who else would it be? It's my blog after all!),

So I'm just back from the final day of this year's Young Authors' Conference in Montreal

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it was me who told you about the bath crayons
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Hi Monique, I was one of your volunteers at this morning's workshop. I'm pleased to tell you that more than half of the "enthusia... Read More
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Guest — Be
Thank you for your inspiration today. My daughter (in your afternoon group) is all fired up now and writing quite a tale!
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Mar
01

Report from the Young Authors' Conference

IMG_22222.jpgI'm just home from a happy day at the Young Authors' Conference here in Montreal. It'

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hey monique i was one of the students that you had today i just wanted to thank you again for coming and i really appreciate it... Read More
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Hi Jaimey, Hope you had another great day today at the workshops. Thanks for posting your comment!
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Hi! I was also one of your students, but from tuesday. I really had such a great, good, fantastic time!!! You have given me happin... Read More
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 19:35
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Feb
28

Super-Conference!

IMG_1111111111.jpgSo I'm just back from Toronto, where I attended the Ontario Library Association's

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Hi Monique, Loved our walking chat (shows how well we multi-task, eh?). Hope to meet up over coffee sometime; in TO or Montreal... Read More
Monday, 01 March 2010 07:57
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It's a date, Mahtab!
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Feb
24

Writers Share their Writing Secrets

Even when I was growing up and getting published was just a dream, I always loved reading what writers had to say about writing. I remember hoping that if I paid careful enough attention, I'd figure

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Feb
22

Can You Spell

IMG_111111.jpg"Theriatrics" was the word that won Christopher Scarvelis the Canwest Canspell Regional Spelling Bee here in Montreal yesterday.

Scarvelis, 13, goes to Loyola High School -- and let

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Feb
18

A Story That Made My Arms Get Cold

The way I know if a story feels amazing to me is that my arms get cold  when I hear it (or tell  it). Just ask my students -- they've been there in class when this has happened to me.

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Feb
15

Trouble -- in a Story -- is a Fine Thing

If you've read my books or been in one of my classes, you'll know by now that I have an unnatural interest in trouble. Not in my own life, of course, but in my stories! (And for those of us

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Ms. Polak, as soon as I read this blog entry, I posted that saying on this website called Plurk. And my friend responded, "What if... Read More
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Feb
13

Thinking About Reviews

You write a book and if you're lucky enough, like me, to find a publisher, you send it off into the world... and then, people read it and respond.

I know of one author -- short-listed for

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Congratulations! I read the review, I'm proud to show it to my friends and family and say "That's my teacher!" ... Read More
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Hi P! Well, it's usually me who feels proud of my students -- so it's fun, too, when it's the other way around. Tnx for checking i... Read More
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what a great review it was! short but sweet
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Feb
12

Meet Neale McDevitt

Yesterday, Montreal journalist and short story writer Neale McDevitt came to do a talk at Marianopolis College and also

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I know Neale McDevitt and hung out with his dad Bob too.
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Feb
08

Work and Play... and an Upcoming Conference

This morning, in my "Writing for Children" class at Marianopolis College, I was trying to explain a tricky concept. The students are beginning work on the texts for their own picture books

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Feb
05

A Visit with our Friends at Tukisiniarvik School

Photographer Thomas Kneubuhler and I spent this morning with our friends at Tukisiniarvik School in Akulivik, Nunavik. Now how did we manage to

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Feb
03

Courage

I've been thinking a lot lately about courage. Maybe because the man in the room next to my mom's at the rehab centre has had an arm and a leg amputated on account of his cancer, yet he still

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Feb
02

Proud Teacher Checks In

One of the courses I'm teaching this semester at Marianopolis College is Print Journalism. This week, students had to write a letter to the editor.

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I was so bummed when my two letters never got published!! But I will keep trying - even though there's no more bonus marks for me!... Read More
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Jan
29

Laying An Egg

Since my mum got sick before Christmas, I am spending more time chatting with my dad. (Quick report: my mum is doing much better, but is still not well enough to return to her own house.) Well, this

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Jan
28

12:19 P.M. on January 28, 2010

I record the time and date, because I'm about to jump into a new project. I've spent the last little while on the floor in my office, reviewing notes. And now, I'm going to do it -- write

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Jan
26

The Air Is Thick With Stories

IMG_22.jpgLately, I've been telling students how to me, the air feels thick with stories. What I mean is there

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Jan
25

Home Invasion Gets Mentioned on CBC Sunday Edition

Yesterday morning, I came home from a run to find a message on our telephone -- it was my friend Deena, calling from the side of the road near Hamilton, Ontario, where she lives. She had been listening

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so cool!!! 8)
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Jan
21

Names, Names, Names!

So it's almost the end of my first week back as a pumpkin (I should say teacher -- that's a reference to a previous blog entry where I said I felt a little like the pumpkin in Cinderella

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Jan
19

The Baby Starts Kindergarten

What baby? My daughter's 26, a long way past kindergarten!

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Jan
18

Pumpkin Turns Into Carriage

In the fairy tale Cinderella, a pumpkin is transformed into a carriage. I feel a little like that pumpkin today... or maybe more like the carriage! This was my first day back at Marianopolis

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Jan
17

I Shouldn't Be Writing this Blog Entry!

The reason I shouldn't be writing this blog entry is because I have a ton of things to do... but I've got lots to tell you, dear blog reader, so here I am, writing a blog entry when I shouldn

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Jan
13

On Thin Ice!!

Today photographer Thomas Kneubuhler and I were out "on thin ice." Usually, that means people are getting into trouble, but not us! We went out snowshoeing this morning on Lake Mistissini

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Jan
12

Hello from the Cree Nation of Mistissini

So today's entry comes to you from the Cree Nation of Mistissini. I am writing to you from a computer at Voyageur Memorial School, where I'm working with photographer Thomas Kneubuhler on a project

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Jan
10

Heading Back to James Bay

Tomorrow morning, really early, I'm catching a plane to James Bay -- this time, I'm headed for a town called Mistissini. I'll be meeting up with photographer Thomas Kneubuhler and we'

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Jan
07

The Most Special Dress in my Closet

IMG_99.jpgMy day started with an e-mail from a reader named Elise. Elise wrote to say that her favourite part of

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Jan
06

Ordinary Things... and a good day at the computer

Today, driving home from the hospital (my mum is beginning to recover, but it looks like she may be in the hospital for a while still), I heard a wonderful interview on CBC Radio with Scottish author

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Jan
04

Ups and Downs and Finding Ways to Handle Them

Well, there've been a lot of ups and downs around here the last few days. My mum who has been in the hospital for nearly two weeks, was getting a little better last week, and then she took a real

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Dec
29

Ever Notice How Life Takes the Shape of a Story?

Maybe it's because I spend so much time writing and reading stories, but to me, it often feels that life takes the shape of a story. What I mean is that life has beginning, middle and end; there

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Dec
28

Thinking About My Mum

IMG_222.jpgI've been away from the computer for a few days -- not just on account of the holidays, but also because my mum has not been well. She came down with a mysterious virus last week and she's

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Hello we are two girls from St-Thomas and we hope your mother gets a lot better soon! Thea & Niki
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Thanks Thea and Niki! Your message gave me a real boost! Enjoy your days off from school.
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 10:04
Guest — Thea and Niki
Your welcome. Looking forward to hearing your good news!
Wednesday, 13 January 2010 21:59
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Dec
21

Stories that Just Won't Go Away

I know I need to write a story when it just won't go away. It's kind of like a pesky fly in summer... only it's a good thing, and not pesky in an annoying way.

Last week, when I got

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Monique, Tu m'impressionnes toujours! Quelle action et quelle efficacité. Cette histoire sera notre petit cadeau de Noël, j'aime ... Read More
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Monique, Je continue en français vu que tu sembles apprécier On a raté la sortie de la Christmas story dans the Gazette. Noam av... Read More
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Dec
17

Stories Worth Hiding

IMG_555.jpgHello, hello! Today I had fun with more teenagers -- I did two writing workshops at St. Thomas High

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I'd like to thank you again for coming in today! I learned a lot, and my notebook is full of short and important tips for writing... Read More
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Guest — Chistopher Ciafro
This the first part of a short story i'm working on. What do you think? Chapter one "One final question. Do you have any job expe... Read More
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Thank-you so much for coming to St-Thomas yesterday and teaching the group and I how to become successful authors. I am starting t... Read More
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Dec
16

Return Visit to Lake of Two Mountains High School

IMG_1537.jpgSo I'm back from "le Grand Nord," and feeling very inspired by the stories I heard,

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Dec
10

More From Me in Akulivik

IMG_1607.jpgIt's Day Three of our visit to Akulivik. Winds today are gusting at 45 kilometers an hour. so my morning run only lasted 10 minutes -- after which I went into the house where I'm staying and

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Dec
09

"Ai" from Akulivik

IMG_1596.jpgSome Inuit say "Hi" the way we do in Montreal, but most say something that sounds more like "Ai." This morning, my new friends here at Tukisiniarvik School in Akulivik were teaching

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Ai Monique! This is the Secondary 3,4,5 students at Tukisiniarvik School in Akulivik. Why did you put out picture on your websit... Read More
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Guest — Monique
Ai Annie, Mary, Calai, Simon and Yolande! Fun to get your comment. Thank goodness you like that photo! Where are Taalia and Jason... Read More
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 12:13
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Dec
08

New Friends in Puvirnituq

IMG_1594.jpgGood morning today from Puvirnituq, a village of 1,600 people on the Hudson Bay side of Nunavik. It took about 90 minutes to fly here yesterday from Kuujjuaq, which is on Ungava Bay.

I spent

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Hey, Harry, Sure I remember you! Thanks for writing. And good luck carrying the Olympic torch. Don't drop it!! Best regards from M... Read More
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 14:18
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Hi Monica, What's up? Thanks for posting a comment! I miss your sense of humour!
Friday, 29 January 2010 21:36
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Dec
03

Hello from Kuujjuaq

IMG_1578.jpgToday I am writing to you from Jaanimmarik School in Kuujjuaq. I have lots to tell you, but I cannot find some punctuation marks on this computer -- so you will have to excuse me if I don t include

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Hi Monique, I just happened to come across your writing. Remember me ... You came to my house one afternoon with Andrea and baby ... Read More
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Hi Elaine, Thanks for your message! I so enjoyed myself at your house that afternoon. Glad your mitts were done in time for Christ... Read More
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:26
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Dec
01

Hello from Kangiqsualujjuaq

IMG_1571.jpgIf Kangiqsualujjuaq is too hard for you to pronounce, you can just call it George River. I'm

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I Love Your Blog!! How are you doing? I'm doing alright but very excited that Christmas is coming very soon... Hope you have a gre... Read More
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Hi Melissa! I love getting news from the North, so thank you very much for your message. I am glad you are enjoying my blog. That ... Read More
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I love the picture!!
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Nov
29

Heading to the Far Far North!

My long underwear and thermal socks are packed! First thing tomorrow morning, I head to Nunavik. The Kativik School Board has invited me to visit four Inuit communities: Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kuujjuaq, Povungnituk

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Nov
26

New Friends In Harrington Harbour

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Hi, Enjoyed meeting and chatting with you so much! Just wished we could have had more time. Bill's Cove looks good Monique2.... Read More
Thursday, 03 December 2009 05:51
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Nov
22

Time To Hit the Road

...or in my case, the sky.

Tomorrow afternoon, my photographer pal Monique Dykstra and I head for Harrington

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Hi Stella, Michael, Emily and Armen, I love getting comments on my blog. Thanks to all of you for writing! Stella, I promise to ke... Read More
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Nov
18

By Golly, I Won!

IMG_02.jpgI really wasn't expecting to win the Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and

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Way to go, Monique! So happy for you!
Thursday, 19 November 2009 16:10
Guest — Monique
Thanks Leone and Frieda for your good wishes. I'm still on Cloud Nine!
Sunday, 22 November 2009 21:46
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Wow!!! Congratulations!!!
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Nov
17

Meet David A. Poulsen

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Nov
12

Special Day with Special Students

IMG_1.jpgIMG_11.jpgI think I've told you that this year again, I am working on a Blue Metropolis Literary Foundation

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Nov
10

New Friends at The Priory School

I knew I was going to have a good afternoon at The Priory School yesterday when I opened my book bag, laid my books out on Mrs. Riggs's desk... and I was SWARMED by students wanting to see the

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Nov
09

Back At My Desk!

Our hiking boots are back in the closet -- and I'm back at my desk!

Oh, it was a good vacation! And oh, I am looking forward to getting back to my miracles manuscript! Except for writing

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Nov
02

What's Better Than a Four-Day Hike in the Grand Canyon?

IMG_1533.jpgIMG_1635.jpgThere's only one thing better than a four day hike in the Grand Canyon: THE SHOWER AFTERWARDS!!!

The hike was amazing. We saw a California condor

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Oct
30

Helloo helloo from the South Rim!

We're at the south rim of the Grand Canyon, and after our backpacks are loaded, we'll head down to the base of the canyon. We've got a laptop with us, but of course, we'll be out of

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Oct
28

Go Take a Hike!

Actually, "Go take a hike!" is a very rude thing to say!

Except in our case, that's exactly what we're about to do: go and take a big hike. My husband and I are heading back

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Oct
27

Meeting the 2009-2010 Quebec Roots Team

Since 2006, I've had the great privilege of participating in an exciting educational program called Quebec Roots, run by Montreal's Blue Metropolis Literary Foundation. The program allows writers

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Oct
23

Report on a Very Happy Launch

IMG.1555.jpgI'm always telling my students not to use the word "very," but today, well, you'

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it's law school in ottawa. but my mom was delighted to have met you. I finished junk yard dog friday night and enjoyed it. My rewa... Read More
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Congrats Monique! Just wanted to let you know I finally downloaded my photos from your launch and made a Flickr set for them: http... Read More
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Oct
22

Launch Day... and a great old radio interview

Today is launch day. In less than 90 minutes, I've got to be at Babar en ville, Montreal's number one kids' bookstore, to launch my two new books: The Middle of Everywhere and <

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Oct
20

Back to Kindergarten!

What, you may ask, was I doing today in a kindergarten class?

Having fun -- and working!

Lately, I've been concentrating mostly on my new manuscript. I've done some book reviews

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Oct
19

On Not Being Able to Read a Book Without a Pencil...

Can you read a book without a pencil between your fingers? Not me. When we're at the beach or on a hike, my husband always thinks it's strange that I can't read a book without a pencil.

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Wow! A two book launch! Is that what you'd call being "prolific"? (I would!) Have a great time Thursday evening, and congrats ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:56
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Oct
15

Inside and Outside

For me, writing is an inside thing. I don't mean that I write indoors (which I usually do), I mean that I write from my inside. I've heard some writers say that they write for an imaginary

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Congratulations on the short-listing! It's been a while since I last read your blog, but I saw announcements about your new books.... Read More
Sunday, 18 October 2009 23:27
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Hey Rosa! Nice to "hear" your "voice." Glad you are in love with Gerry Snyder's poetry. Lucky you to be taking Zsolt's class. Hope... Read More
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Oct
13

Coffee Date With Fellow Writers

I'm buzzing -- could be because I just had a latte with three kid-lit writers... but it's also because of the shared energy at our table.

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Oct
08

Stories that Stick

Today's blog entry is inspired by a comment I got from John Abbott College English teacher Lesley Checkland-Orr. Lesley wrote to say that on her drive home this week, she thought about something

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This reminds me so much of our stuff of nonsense class.. To this day, even in university, your stories are the ones that stuck wit... Read More
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Hi Gabriela! How fun to hear from you! I'm glad my stories stuck with you (though it's true you were in a very special Nonsense cl... Read More
Monday, 19 October 2009 21:05
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Oct
06

Happy Day at John Abbott College!

IMG_1111.jpgThe truth is -- I miss teaching. It's a great privilege to be on sabbatical  and to be writing

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Hey Monique, you were extremely energetic and interesting to have as a speaker. Your thoughts on body language were so accurate, y... Read More
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Thanks so much for coming, Monique. It was great to see you again; you look just the same as you did all these years ago when we b... Read More
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Guest — Emilie
Good afternoon Mrs. Polak! I would also simply like to take the time to thank you for your wonderful visit on Tuesday. Your advice... Read More
Thursday, 08 October 2009 15:06
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Oct
05

So D'You Like the New Banner?

Graphic designer Cindy Murphy is responsible for the new banner at the top of this webpage. D'you like it? With two new books coming out this month (The Middle of Everywhere and Junkyard

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Oct
01

Talking To Myself (Do You Talk to Yourself, Too?)

Maybe it's because I'm on sabbatical and have no students this semester... maybe it's because I'm getting used to the idea that my daughter doesn't live here anymore...

but

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Sep
28

Back from the Burlington Book Fair

IMG1588.jpgToday's pic is of the window at Border's bookstore in Burlington, Vermont. And you see some

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Great to meet you in Burlington--and I can't wait to read your books! Leda Schubert
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