Category Archives: fiction

Lost Notebooks and Second First Pages

About a year ago, I lost nearly 100 pages of drafting towards a project I had been trying to lay track for for many years, when the notebook I was writing it in went missing. (I know, I know. In … Continue reading

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“When the Elves Are Gone” part two now up at World of Myth! And other writing updates

Hello! Last month, I shared the publication journey of my short story, “When the Elves Are Gone” along with the link to the first part, published in the August issue of World of Myth magazine. I’m happy to report that … Continue reading

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“When the Elves Are Gone” Part One now out at World of Myth Magazine

I knew it was a weird little bird from the beginning, because it was designed that way–I never billed it as a traditional short story, because it’s just not. Continue reading

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essay, memoir, poetry, flash: un peu de tout from me to you

I’m never going to be “Melissa, who writes X.” I’m always going to be “Melissa, who writes across the alphabet unapologetically and with great zest and vim and verve and joy.” Continue reading

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Microfiction “Crossing the Threshold” up at A Story in 100 Words

Hello World, and hope you’re doing well. I’m writing to you today from the confines of what professors sometimes jokingly, sometimes despairingly call “grading jail,” that period of time between the end of the academic semester and the due date … Continue reading

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