Melanie Glinsmann

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

Let the NaNo Madness Begin

Happy Halloween to all you ghouls and goblins! While all the super heroes, zombies, and princesses roam the town in a sugar induced rampage, writers across the world are in full panic mode. The fear has little to do with the horror movie marathons on television. Today, the fear is real; the looming fear today […]

Why I Write

Today is National Day on Writing. This year’s theme is “Why I write?’ I’ve thought a lot about this over the last few years, and my reasons seem to change depending on what’s going on in my life at the time. There are some common themes though. For as long as I can remember, I […]

Why I Write

Today is National Day on Writing. This year’s theme is “Why I write?’ I’ve thought a lot about this over the last few years, and my reasons seem to change depending on what’s going on in my life at the time. There are some common themes though. For as long as I can remember, I […]

Location, Location, Location – Part 4

In the final installment of this series on how personal experience influences an author’s choice of setting, I fast forward from Willa Cather to a current Nebraska writer. Thanks to the wonders of Twitter, I have been chatting with fellow Lincoln, Nebraska resident, Laura Chapman. While many of our discussions lately have been about the […]

Location, Location, Location – Part 3

Continuing my visit to Red Cloud, Nebraska, the childhood home of Willa Cather, we move from in town to the country roads north of town. It was along these dirt roads and rolling hills where Cather first encountered the landscape that influenced her writing. This was also where her friend Anna Sedilek  Pavelka, the prototype […]

Location, Location, Location – Part 3

Continuing my visit to Red Cloud, Nebraska, the childhood home of Willa Cather, we move from in town to the country roads north of town. It was along these dirt roads and rolling hills where Cather first encountered the landscape that influenced her writing. This was also where her friend Anna Sedilek  Pavelka, the prototype […]

Location, Location, Location – Part 2

 In Part 2 of my series about at how writers utilize personal experiences to develop setting in their stories, I looked to one of the most notable Nebraska authors, Willa Cather. Although her early childhood was spent in Virginia, her life in the small town of Red Cloud, Nebraska is evident in many of her […]