Welcome to “Briefly by Melissa”

An introduction to my newsletter

Dear reader,

When I started writing, almost 40 years ago, there was no Internet. I’d have to actually write on paper, then on an old manual typewriter, and eventually a desktop computer. The Internet would only become a thing when I was in college in the early 1990s. At that point, I began to share my writing virtually.

Fast forward to now, when there are so many options to share your writing online. And I’ve tried a lot of them through the years. Platforms like Livejournal, Blogger, Kindle books, and Medium. And now in this newsletter to you.

What I like about this format is that I get to write directly to readers. Readers who have signed up through my various websites and shown interest in my different projects. I’m not just putting my work out on the web, wondering if anyone might see it.

If you are wanting to know more about me and what I write about, you can find out more here. But in this newsletter introduction, I am going to let you know what to expect from “Briefly by Melissa.”

There are going to be two important features: brief and exclusive. You won’t find my writing contained in this newsletter anywhere else. It will be crafted specifically for “Briefly by Melissa.” And I’ll keep it short and to the point.

For example, you might get a reflective essay on pop culture like “What a chance encounter with Punky Brewster taught me.”

Or reflective essays about post-pandemic life like “Is the new normal good enough.” or “We need a new type of self-care in the wake of a pandemic.”

The key thread linking the pieces together will be striving for personal connection and growth. I will be discussing things like mental health, family, feminism, and pop culture. Plus about the writing process itself.

I hope you join me on this journey, and enjoy this new intimate access to my writing.


Melissa Miles McCarter

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