Oh, yeah, that’s me standing with my knees bent so Brian Williams won’t look short. I’m nice like that. Whenever Williams took over for Brokaw, I happened to be hanging out in a newsroom and grabbed this photo op before he shuffled on down to Talladega for the Nascar races (for real…he LOVES him some Nascar.)
Anyway, I did time–nearly a decade–in local tv news; now, I’m freelancing. FREE is the best part of freelancing. My
schedule is mine, and I answer to me. FREE is the worst part of freelancing because I spend too much time working for free. My writing here is dedicated to the journalistic principles that news must be proportionate and the significant be made relevant. Oh, and comedy…because news is insufferable without being able to laugh at the daily parade of ass-quackery coming through the idiot box. (Yeah! New Media!!)
A little more biographical stuff…My name is Melissa. I’ve been writing since I was a wee one, initially inspired by Charlotte and Wilbur of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. My favorite writer ever is Mark Twain. I love him so much I named my second son after him. Way back in the 90s, I had the opportunity to work as a sysop for celebrated science-fiction/fantasy author, Orson Scott Card. He let me bring his character Vilate Franker to life in his Hatrack River community, and Vilate eventually saw her way into the American fantasy series: The Tales of Alvin Maker (which you should totally read that shit).
In TV, I was the producer and executive producer of several award winning news broadcasts (which these awards are about a dime-a-dozen in the industry, but it sure made my mom proud!). I’ve covered enough stories on untimely deaths and abject misery to be permanently jaded I think.
I also worked as an Associate Faculty member at Arizona Western College teaching ethics and logic (both disciplines proved irrelevant in news 😦 ).
But enough already about me. Tell me about you!
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alms for the broke accepted merrily and with gratitude.