Melanie Glinsmann

Writing my way through the cubicle jungle one day at a time

Six Reasons Creative Community Matters

Let’s face it. Social media can be a pain. Selfies, people trying to enlist you in their multi-level marketing groups, and memes of every kind seem to rule the internet. And of course, there’s the occasional troll whose only mission for using social media is to criticize others. But when used properly, social media can […]

How One Choice Makes a Big Difference: Author Interview with David Mike

We make a variety of decisions each day. Some are minor, like what to have for lunch. Others, such as buying a home, take a lot of time and planning. Then there are some decisions that seem small at the time but have lasting consequences. This was the case for David Mike. On a night […]

What If Creativity Was An Olympic Event?

Like many around the world, I have been watching the spectacle that is the Olympic games. I admit I don’t watch as much of the summer games as I do the winter version, but I enjoy the swimming and diving events, volleyball, and gymnastics. The level of skill of these athletes is unparalleled. I’m pretty […]

Why I Started A Bullet Journal

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last few months. Every time I’d sit down to write, I’d get a few paragraphs in, and then my brain would act like it had never put more than three words together at once. I’d come home from work with the intention of working on something […]

What’s In A Legacy? — Tribute to Sam Foltz

It’s been a tough couple days around here. Sunday morning, news broke that a beloved member of the University of Nebraska football team – Sam Foltz – had been killed in a car crash. Along with Foltz, former Michigan State punter, Mike Sadler, was also killed, and LSU punter, Colby Delahoussaye, was injured. Anyone who […]

Why Reality Matters Even In Fiction

It’s been an interesting few days around here, to say the least. Two inmates escaped from the local prison last Friday. Police, state patrol, and even U.S. Marshall officials coordinated search efforts across the city. The first day, the search centered in a different part of the city. On the second day, things shifted to […]

What Happens After Graduation?

Graduation season is upon us. Everywhere I turn, friends are posting pictures of their grads in cap and gown, holding up their diplomas for the world to see. A significant part of any graduation ceremony involves speeches reflecting on the importance of education and various life lessons the graduates can use as they move forward. […]

Five Must Not Haves In My Writing Space

In my last post, I talked about my five Must Haves for my writing space, those things I always have nearby when writing. I figured it was only fair to talk about some Must Not Haves. Writers are notorious procrastinators. Anything new and shiny means something fun to play with instead of writing. Internet research […]

Five Must Haves In My Writing Space

As much as writers love to write, there are times when getting even a few sentences on paper is hard. After several weeks of being out of my regular writing routine because of family visits and special events, I hit this wall. I started and promptly abandoned several pieces because my brain just wouldn’t cooperate […]

What If We Didn’t Have Shakespeare?

“To be, or not to be – that is the question…” (Hamlet   Scene III Act 1) Whether you remember the rest of the speech or not, these words from Hamlet are familiar to most everyone who sat through a high school English class. While many cringe at the thought of studying Shakespeare, I am […]