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melissa f. kaelin

Art & Writing

Two pieces of my writing have been selected for literary journals and a third has been solicited for an anthology. In the coming weeks, my creative work will appear in print!

Learn more about my writing.

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“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Anaïs Nin

A writer at heart

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Giving Birth to Galaxies

The Milky Way stretches over Lake Hawea near Isthmus Peak in New Zealand. Gazing into our galaxy inspired me to begin writing my second novel.

Continue reading “Giving Birth to Galaxies”

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The Road to Whiteface Mountain

The Northern Lights dance above white-capped mountains in Iceland. Although my story takes place in the U.S., I spent the day writing about a beautiful mountain range. Continue reading “The Road to Whiteface Mountain”

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“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”
— Jamie Paolinetti

On Writing

After submitting to a gallery, I’m excited to share that several of my paintings were selected for exhibition and publication!

To see more of my artwork, visit KaelinArt.com/Art.

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”
— John Muir

An Adventure in Art & Writing

The snowflake dissolves

—A poem from “Hope in the Hoarfrost“—

Continue reading “The snowflake dissolves”

Setting comes alive in my stories, leading characters on a journey and becoming a character of its own. Here are a few short stories that capture the power of place:

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

My late brothers would have turned 20 in February, but it’s my hope to carry their light into the future. Inspired by the twins, I wrote this scene in my novel.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

My philosophy has always been to live with “childish enthusiasm,” but this year was one filled with hard work. I spent the better part of the year working toward my goals and dreams. Now, they are starting to come alive.

Take a look back on 2017 with the Year in Review!

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