I'm Melissa. This is where I write things down and share new things. Sometimes I even post cute pictures of cats...
if you're looking for my portfolio,
it can be found here, or by clicking any of the links across the top of this page.
I just moved back to Ohio after living in the central valley of California for almost three years. People still mention that I'm all grown up and keep asking how being an adult is going, but I really don't know what they're referring to.
I'm officially a (self-proclaimed) curator -- OF GIFS. GIF CONNOISSEUR. Check it out. My GIF blog even made it to buzzfeed once.
ONE MORE CHECK OFF MY LIFELONG INTERNET TO-DO LIST.
Albums of note UPCOMING/2011/2010/2009
A list of albums from the year that had staying power. Not a top album list, because I haven't heard every album, so that just seems a bit silly to me -- the whole "of the year" thing... although I suppose in my own mind that's what they are...
a place where I keep things that are already memories and store things that are currently in my life that will inevitably become memories. Vague enough?
Vestiges of a Life Soon Forgotten
A photographic series devoted to images taken in and around my apartment where I lived for 3 years in college. I moved out for good in December 2009.
photobooth documentation of sketches i have done and/or found.
Monthly Self Portrait Series
This was a short-lived project that sometimes shows up without warning again on my feed, but definately cannot be considered an "on-going" thing.
My New California Life
What started as an essay series about my experiences living on the left coast turned into a general account of my life here -- through words, photos and other ephemera.
jef etters tips of the day
Jef Etters was a colleague of mine who gave me life tips on a daily basis via a telephone call from a rotary phone. I would then transcribe the tips and post them here for the benefit of all mankind. He didn't know what tumblr was (nor does he now), but he did want to share all his wisdom with the world. enjoy.
PLEASE NOTE: Jef did finally get free long-distance after 7pm EST and will occasionally call to give me tips to transcribe. Be on the look out, it'll change your life.
Funny and or poignant things I feel the need to share with the world via screen capture. This project carries on with the luck that the internet will continue to bring the lulz. I think the odds are in our favor.
No matter how great your life is; no matter how well you have everything planned; no matter how many day books you buy or how many lists you make, of one thing you can be entirely sure: you are going to lose a lot of people.
Some of your friends will move away. Some of those closest to you will drift, you will lose touch. Sometimes you aren’t close to your family, geographically nor emotionally. People will die. This one is the most difficult. No matter the circumstance of death, it will never make any sense. It’s like holding an ice cube in your mouth, only this one never melts and it just starts burning from the intense cold.
I keep losing people and I get scared that the memories of them I have filed away in the cabinets of my mind are going to get flooded by the coming pain. I get scared that I will lose track of some of the memories. I get scared that those memories will be the ones I cherished the most, but I won’t even realize they are gone. There will be no record of the things that I cared about most; the reasons I loved those people; the reasons I grew because of those people; the reasons I lost track of those people. There are ghosts inside my head that are fighting for my attention, but I keep pushing them farther into the recesses of my mind, hoping my efforts are not in vain.
I’m going to need new boots.