When it comes to writing, writing about oneself is often the hardest. It is for me, at least. After all, can you really know someone from the content of a small bio?
Well, whatever. Let’s do this!
My name is Melanie, and I was born in a military hospital in Augsburg, Germany, to parents Bob and Michele. I love telling people where I was born, because they inevitably go “Woah! You’re German?!” (Especially since I spent quite a bit of my formative years in a small town where nearly everyone was born in a 50-mile radius.) Usually, I smile and say “Yes!”, though, really, I’m as much German as any other mixed heritage, descendant-of-immigrants individual of the United States.
Anyway, on to more important stuff. My formal “career” as a writer began with college, but really I started writing at the age of eight and did not stop until I started college. What I mean to say is that once I was in the “big leagues” of academia, I found myself spending less time writing stories and poems and more time focusing on assignments and, eventually, theses. The sheer amount of reading and writing that I was expected to do on a weekly basis began to catch up with me, and I moved further and further away from pursuing reading and writing as a personal, fun endeavor. At the end of it all, I managed to claw my way out with a BA and an MA in History, and I can’t help but wonder some days if it was all worth it. Not that college isn’t worth the time; merely…did I make the right choices?
No matter what my hesitations may be, I am still proud to hold my degrees and, even moreso, I treasure the experiences and knowledge that I gained along the way. The journey is the story, after all, and it was a pretty good one.
As for the name “Arcadia”: once upon a time in a land about 600 miles south of my current home in central Colorado, I thought up a character for a story I wanted to write. The story itself was barely formed, and yet I already knew the focus: Arcadia Jones. Eventually, I learned that “Arcadia” in Greek roughly translates to “paradise”; the original story idea involved a zombie apocalypse (of course) and finding salvation, so the coincidence worked out perfectly. Why I settled on this name (or even why I thought it up) is a mystery even to me. But I have held onto it for many years and believe that it is a good penname.
Now I stand here, my journey begun anew, pen in hand, eager to return to writing. I welcome all of you to join me on this endeavor, and I promise we’ll make it fun.
Also, I like trees.