Melanie Bishop

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More fun photos dredged up for Dear Teen Me post.




When I was invited by the gracious editors of Dear Teen Me to contribute a letter to my teen self, along with teen pictures, I asked my family if anyone had any pictures they could send me. (My husband and I are living in California for a few years, and all my old photographs are in a box in the basement of the home we own in Arizona.) My sister Linda contacted her son, my nephew Chip, and he had a whole slew of our old family photos collected into a digital file. (Thank God for all these youngsters who are so much more tech-savvy than their old aunts are.) Dear Teen Me asks you to provide captions for the photos, written in 3rd person — The author’s senior picture, Melanie with her nephew, etc.  Only a few of these actually landed on the Dear Teen Me post. Here are the rest, with captions.



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Surrounded by siblings and cousins, Melanie and first boyfriend Rick, front and center.

Bishop Family Reunion in Destin, Florida. 


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The author with grandmother, older sister, younger sister, two nephews and her dad. This looks like one of those funny family photos you can buy these days on greeting cards. A lot of bad hairdos here. Nephew’s reluctance probably an accurate representation of what everyone in the photo was feeling.

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Melanie with nephew Chip.

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 Melanie primping with nephew Chip and high school boyfriend, Johnny (one of the good ones–learn to recognize these keepers!) Is this skirt short enough? Melanie’s mother made the dress, which had matching bikini underwear. Melanie is surprised she was let out of the house in this item. This tooth-brushing toddler, Chip Hawkins, will grow up to be a triathlete, running the 2015 Boston Marathon; He will be an entrepreneur, starting and owning several companies, most notably Wahoo Fitness!

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Melanie between her mom and dad, with two of her three sisters.  Niece Katie is in utero, in sister Laurel, far right. Katie will one day become Melanie’s part-time publicist for My So-Called Ruined Life

Thanks again, to editors at Dear Teen Me, for prompting this stroll through pictures of the past! Check out all their great posts from authors writing letters to themselves as teens.


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Our Prose Selection for 2016

Thanks to Augury Press! Home for Wayward Girls was a finalist in their recent contest for fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.

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After announcing our poetry selections last month, Augury is happy to reveal its selections for prose today. The editors’ reading period for prose submissions was equally intense, but also equally gratifying. To be sure, selecting one manuscript out of dozens of strong submissions never gets easier. It is with pleasure that we announce Sara Schaff’s short story collection Say Something Nice About Me as our prose selection for 2016. Below are the finalists whose work we will feature in the coming weeks:

Alley Stories—Nona Caspers

Everything Beautiful—Sarah Pape

Girl with a Goat’s Voice—Nate Liederbach

Grieving for Guava—Cecilia Fernandez

Home for Wayward Girls—Melanie Bishop

In Josaphat’s Valley—Joshua Bernstein

Mick Jagger’s Green Eyed Daughter…—Elizabeth Denton

Stick-Light—Joshua Bernstein

Swarm—Harmony Button

The Heart is a Slow Learner—Mary Larkin Phd

The World is All that Does Befall Us—Thomas Walton—Too…

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Three part series on how Eliot Treichel’s novel came to be.

Inside the head of a talented writer. Check out the moments and memories and haunting observations and failed attempts and years that passed from start to finish of A Series of Small Maneuvers. Wonderful material for students and teachers of creative writing. Thanks, Eliot!

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