about me



Hello there.  Where to start?

My name is Melanie.  I grew up in St. Louis, went to college on the East Coast, and now I live in Los Angeles with my husband, Jimmy, and our two little girls Lena and Eve.  We also have two cats who no longer like each other and who are still angry with us for having children.  They would love to move in with you, but not together.

Jimmy is a film and television editor who presently works on a popular TV show which is too scary for me to watch.  I've had a million jobs in my past, but to sum up, my degree is in set design, I moved to Los Angeles to work in film, it was awful, and after a long series of increasingly awful career changes I have finally landed in several different roles which I fill on a freelance basis:  illustrator, writer, and creative project manager.  It is not as exciting as film, but I now have significantly fewer bosses who spend their days drinking vodka from paper cups after using cocaine in the back room.  I consider this a tangible improvement.

I am indeed available to help you manage your creative project, to write for you, or to illustrate on (polite) demand.  I have references and everything.  And an Etsy shop.  Also, you are more than welcome to message me.

Mostly, though, I stay home with my girls.  When they're in school, I do laundry, I straighten up our continually wrecked 710 square-foot rented house, and I write.  I like to bake, but don't do it often because I will eat everything that results, including the leftover batter, and this is a problem because I hate to exercise because I hate being hot and sweaty.  I am a terrible mediocre disinterested cook.  I want a piano, very badly.

That's me.  The only other thing I can think of which requires explaining is my blog title.  Like a Radio is the name of a song by a band I fell in love with when I was an extremely awkward and newly depressed teenager in, oh, 1993-ish.  (I did not name this blog after a rap song.  Sorry.)  When I first decided that I wanted to write, back in 2000, I decided to blog somewhat privately (meaning I did not share my blog with anyone I knew personally) (and I have since blown away all of those archives).  So, when I was thinking up blog titles at the time, these lyrics made sense to me:

In the thick of the night
Take me out of the cold
Let me sing inside
Like a radio 
In the thick of the night
Before we grow too old
Let me sing inside
Like a radio
 
- Over the Rhine


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