The Power of Place

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: Relic in a Bottle — magical realism entwines a museum The Only Violet Stone — a city floods with memories For more, visit Writing

It’s Fiction Friday!

It’s #FictionFriday! To celebrate, I’m sharing an excerpt from Part II of my novel about the Aurora Borealis! Get a glimpse of the work before it’s picked up. For a limited time, you can read the Aurora Novel Excerpt posted on the Writing section of my website. Just click the link above, and enter the…

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

#5DaysofFiction All writing, all the time. From Thursday, February 23 to Monday, February 27, I am going to focus fully on fiction! I’ll be sharing the experience on social media with day in the life photos, insights, opportunities and breakthroughs! Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, my personal Facebook Timeline or the Melissa F. Kaelin Art…

My Metamorphosis

A butterfly is at first only a caterpillar. It is through metamorphosis — the transformation inside her silky cocoon — that the caterpillar gets its wings.

Fiction Friday

Time to spice it up! I’ve added some fiction under Writing. On #FictionFriday, get a glimpse of my work. Just follow me on Facebook or Twitter to get the secret code!

The Road to Whiteface Mountain

The Northern Lights dance above white-capped mountains in Iceland. Although this story takes place in the U.S., I spent a day writing about a beautiful mountain range.

Aurora Chasing

It’s 2 a.m. My eyes are bleary, my arms and legs tender from a lack of sleep. My dog can hardly keep her head upright, whether she is indoors or out, and my man looks once more longingly at the sky, as I do. This is how we appear after a night of Aurora Chasing.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain

A boy in a hooded jacket

My sister and I visited Hocking Hills State Park in April 2012, and spent a moment with this rock. This was Lawrence’s and Thomas’s favorite place in Hocking Hills State Park, where we took them hiking at all ages.