Melanie Bates

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Melanie Bates began her writing career at the age of seven when she penned her first brilliant short story about witches with carbuncles. As a teenager her writing leaned toward the morose when she attempted to write her vast memoir at the age of fourteen. Finally, at seventeen, with her towering experience in regards to the matters of love, she wrote a few pages of a romance novel. She's currently working on a middle-grade fantasy trilogy.

Her 10,000 hours (of Malcolm Gladwell fame) in “applying ass to chair”, obtaining a Bachelor’s in Bachelor’s in English/Creative Writing, along with an M.F.A., and devouring thousands of books, spawned her Book Shaman practice where she has helped New York Times bestselling authors to “transmute fuzzy
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2017: “A Journey of a Thousand Miles” Into the Unknown


I’m hurtling down WY-220, my knuckles white from my death-grip on thesteering wheel, though I’m still managing about 80 MPH. The melamine plates are rattling in the cupboard, and I’m fairly certain that the butter is stuck to the inside of the door above my little sink. Up ahead I see a mile-long line of stopped cars snaking up the hill. I brake early to account for my load before coming to a...

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Shonda Rhimes
“Writing is the hum. Writing is laying track. Writing is the high. Now imagine that hum, that high, that track to be laid is behind a door. And that door is five miles away. Those five miles are just . . . writing crap and doodling and trying to have an idea and surfing the internet and hoping like hell not to get so distracted that you give up. Worse? Those five miles are lined with brownies and cupcakes and episodes of Game of Thrones and Idris Elba waiting to talk to only you and really good novels to read. Every time I sit down to write, I have to mentally run those five miles past all of that to get to that door. It’s a long, hard five-mile run. Sometimes I am almost dead by the time I reach the door. That’s why I have to keep doing it. The more often I run the five miles, the fitter I become. And the fitter I become, the easier the run begins to feel and the less fresh and exciting all that stuff on the side of the road seems. I mean, how long has it been there? More important, as I get fitter, I can run faster. And the faster I can run, the faster I can get to that door. The faster you can too, writers out there. When you sit down to write every day, it becomes easier and easier to tap into that creative space inside your mind. The faster I can get to that door, the quicker I can get to the good stuff.”
Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes

Kristin Hannah
“I always thought it was what I wanted: to be loved and admired. Now I think perhaps I’d like to be known.”
Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

Anita Diamant
“The painful things seemed like knots on a beautiful necklace, necessary for keeping the beads in place.”
Anita Diamant, The Red Tent

Alan Bradley
“I have always found there to be a certain sadness about mirrors, since they double the space in a house which needs to be filled with love.”
Alan Bradley, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

Samantha Shannon
“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can't get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”
Samantha Shannon, The Bone Season

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Robert Smith Hi Melanie,
Thanks for reaching out.
Good to connect.
Cheers!
Rob


Melanie Thanks so much, Judith. I appreciate that. Hope 2017 is amazing for you. <3


Judith Chambers Hi, Melanie, thanks for the friendship, and btw, "If You’ve Had a Rough Year… This One’s For You..." happens to be one of my all time favorite blog posts...keep on being magnificent - Judith


Melanie Majenta wrote: "Hello, Melanie! Thanks for contacting me. I hope you've been having a good week. Congratulations on your book, and on such a vital topic! I hope you enjoyed writing it and that it does well and hel..."

Thanks so much, Majenta. Blessings to you, too.


Melanie Robin wrote: "Thanks for the friend request Melanie. We reading Utahns have to stick together :)"

Indeed we do, Robin!


Majenta Hello, Melanie! Thanks for contacting me. I hope you've been having a good week. Congratulations on your book, and on such a vital topic! I hope you enjoyed writing it and that it does well and helps lots of people. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Have a productive and triumphant tomorrow. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


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Robin (Bridge Four) Thanks for the friend request Melanie. We reading Utahns have to stick together :)


Melanie Thank you, Brigitte! You, too.


Brigitte Thank you for the add Melanie. Good to connect :)


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