Category Archives: writing

“The Haunted and the Possessed” now available!

If you’re not quite ready to let go of spooky season yet (or, like me, firmly believe every day is a good day for a good ghost story or tale of demonic possession–or hey, even better, why not both at … Continue reading

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Part 3 of “When the Elves Are Gone” now available!

If you have been reading “When the Elves Are Gone” over at World of Myth, I’m happy to share that the third and final part is now available! you can read it here: https://jayzohub.com/darkmythproductions/theworldofmyth/112/fantasy/when_the_elves_are_gone/when_the_elves_are_gone.html?fbclid=IwAR2ErKkUK3-w0L_RztIEQMG_qLBl2XQT638cal_-MCtQXJ9x_xItQAl5zls And here are parts 1 and … Continue reading

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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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Writing Through Lacunae: Generative Erasures, Medieval Multiverses

By actively turning attention to the erasures and lacunae left on, in, and by my subjects of study … allowing myself along the way to think and write deeply into them… I am continuously learning, re-learning, and helping my students and readers to learn, how to engage with my work.
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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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“Weird Literature,” Third Graders, and Me-Now

Here’s a little story. When I was in third grade, we moved from Hawaii, where my father was stationed at Pearl Harbor, to Williamsburg, Virginia, in the middle of the academic year. I was put in Ms. Riddick’s class. Already … Continue reading

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Some (What For Me Constitutes) Big News For Arthurian Things

Arthurian Things, A Collection of Poems, my first full-length book of poetry, published in 2020 by Dark Myth Publications, has been nominated for a 2022 Elgin Award by the international Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Continue reading

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A few brief updates: teaching, publications, a reading, and a corgi in the snow!

Hello All! January was one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it months. We’re back in session for the spring term, and I’m teaching some of my favorite things–History of the English Language, the Medieval Literature seminar, the senior capstone in English, and a … Continue reading

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