Sexy. Funny… AWKWARD?!

    ūüć∑ūüφūüíĄThis is the PERFECT GIFTūüéĀ for the for the divorced (or divorcING) woman. ūüć∑ūüφūüíĄ Let’s be real… divorce sucks.¬† And dating after divorce?¬† Ugh, don’t get me started! Anyone who’s been there knows.¬† Give them the gift of humor & the hope for a light at the end of the tunnel (trust me,¬† … Read More

Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Giveaway!

Hello! I’m giving away TWO free, signed copies of my NEW BOOK, Still Here. It’s the heartbreaking & beautiful love story of Damon and Birdie Harrison, the couple who had it all until… This giveaway begins DECEMBER 18TH thru DECEMBER 28TH & is a random drawing. Good luck!     Goodreads Book Giveaway Still Here … Read More

Preview of Still Here

Preview of Still Here

Sneak Peek! From indie author Elsa Kurt   Tis the Season! Okay, actually, every season is book writing season. But, since I’ve just wrapped up my latest story in time for the holidays, I want to celebrate give you a sneak peek! First, a little synopsis… A Little Background This story came from a terrible … Read More

Everything Old Is New Again

Everything Old Is New Again

Re-release? Yes, Please! Not Gonna Lie… I’m OBSESSED with this new book cover! Seriously, I keep pulling out my phone and showing people. I’m not sure if they really love it, or just want the crazy lady to go away… but whatever. I can’t contain my excitement. CAN’T! Ok, let’s get down to business here.¬† … Read More

Sneak Preview of My New Book! Release Date: Sept. 15th

Sneak Preview of My New Book! Release Date: Sept. 15th

Get Ready to GET AWKWARD! The Awkward Woman’s Guide To Dating (After Divorce) Woo hoo! I’m SO excited to announce my next book is coming out September 15th! It’s a sexy, funny, cringe-worthy modern day romance. When Keira Travis suddenly finds herself single for the first time in her adult life, she jumps right in…to … Read More

Own Your Fifty

Own Your Fifty

Own Your Fifty ModernMelly The Dark Side of Life About 11 years (or so) ago I was in a dark, ugly, personal space in life, in my mind, and especially in my heart. It sucked. It also¬†led me to make reckless choices that not only impacted me, they¬†affected those around me. I mean, of course … Read More

Keep It Classy, Ladies

Keep It Classy, Ladies

Keep It Classy, Ladies by Modern Melly People rarely say or do things to amaze me anymore. I hate to sound jaded, but it’s true. They do, however,¬†totally baffle me. Sometimes I wonder if it’s me. Am¬†I¬† the one who’s wacky?! Okay, technically- yes. Yes, I am wacky in my own way (or so my … Read More

Dear ‘Dame Streep’

Dear ‘Dame Streep’

Dear ‘Dame Streep’ An Homage (of sorts) By Modern Melly Dear ‘Dame Streep’, Let me first say, Brava, madam, brava! Watching your speech last night, well, let me just stand up, beat a slow clap, and let a delicate tear slip from the corner of my eye. Seriously, that was academy award worthy. A fine, … Read More

You Have No Power Over Me

You Have No Power Over Me

You Have No Power Over Me A Modern Melly original post & pep talk for 2017 There’s a line in the movie Labyrinth¬†(high on my ALL TIME FAVORITES list) when Sarah (Jennifer Connolly) remembers ¬†the one, most singular truth she’d not realized about Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie, I kid you not) and herself, … Read More

A Very Gif-y Story

A Very Gif-y Story

A Very Gif-y Story By ModernMelly In writing my last blog post (moments ago) I had to find some gifs to ¬†humorously punctuate my paragraphs. I freaking love gifs (and memes). One of them, a Betty Draper (Mad Men) gif, really got me laughing so I started imagining ¬†a story told primarily via gifs from¬†the … Read More

Year In Review. Kind Of-ish.

Year In Review. Kind Of-ish.

Year In Review. Kind Of-ish by ModernMelly Well, hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?! Hope you’re all doing well & have made it through 2016 as unscathed as one could be after 365 days of getting out there and adulting ¬†in what has proven to be an interesting year indeed. I’m well, thank you … Read More

12 People You Know (And Want to Slap Sometimes) On Facebook

12 People You Know (And Want to Slap Sometimes) On Facebook

  12 People You Know (And Want To Slap Sometimes) On Facebook by ModernMelly We all know em, we all ARE them ( at one time or another, at least) and we all roll our eyes at them. Let’s get right to messing with our favorite Facebook-ers, shall we? 1) The Humblebragger Oh, the master-er … Read More

Good Human

Good Human

Something to believe in… I think we’re all, always,¬†looking for something (or someone) to believe in, right? It’s natural, it’s normal… it’s right. Believing in things (or people) is what keeps us going, makes us feel grounded and connected and alive. Personally, I believe in a lot of things… and only a handful of people. … Read More

Learning To Stay Above The Fray (An Open Letter)

Learning To Stay Above The Fray  (An Open Letter)

Learning To Stay Above The Fray (An Open Letter) by ModernMelly Let Me Start By Saying… Obviously, by my many posts, you know I’m a wee bit opinionated. Not in a dick-ish way (I hope, at least), just in a “I’ve a very strong, set perspective” way. For instance, I’ve been a little very vocal … Read More

I Am The Fraction (A Police Wife’s Vent)

I Am The Fraction (A Police Wife’s Vent)

I Am The Fraction A Police Wife’s Vent By ModernMelly World Gone Mad I saw a meme yesterday of a man sitting in a chair, popcorn in lap, watching wide-eyed the world on fire, and I thought, ‘yes, exactly’. I thought about that image for a while; that he sat there passively, just watching, as … Read More

Gun Facts For Dummies

Gun Facts For Dummies

I thought about giving this a really misleading title, like: “GUNS ARE EVIL!” just so I could get the anti-gun hysterics folks out there to read this. But then I said fuck it gosh darn it, I’m not a bullshitter, not a coddle-r, I’m a fact girl. I like facts. So, I figure there’s got … Read More

Dear Mothers of Sons (A Request From Mothers of Daughters)

Dear Mothers of Sons (A Request From Mothers of Daughters)

Hi there, boy mamas! I see you‚Äôve already put on your defensive fuck you face, but settle down. We are adulting, so hear me out. Now, first off, this is only going out to a very select group of mothers. Not ALL mothers of sons. Nor is this something I or anyone I know, dealing … Read More

25 Priceless Texts Only Mom Could Write

25 Priceless Texts Only Mom Could Write

25 Priceless Texts Only Mom Could Write BY NEHA PRAKASH MAY 09, 2013 With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s that time we appreciate all that Mom has done for us over the years. Yes, those 3 a.m. feedings were crucial and packing our lunches was a big deal, but there’s something else that … Read More

Livvy Takes the Long Way- Book Preview

Livvy Takes the Long Way- Book Preview

Livvy Takes The Long Way Novel Preview By Elsa Kurt (aka ModernMelly)   Livvy Takes the¬†Long Way is my first novel in the Contemporary Women’s Literature genre, which is ¬†quite different from my previous work. Up until now it has consisted of children’s stories, a teen/coming of age/modern day fairy tale novel, a collection of … Read More

Dear Cop-Hater

Dear Cop-Hater

Dear Cop Hater By ModernMelly My ‘Open Letter’ Dear Cop hater/basher/anti-law enforcement wing nuts, Hey there. So, you don’t like cops, hmmm? Okay, well, I thought I’d take a moment to give you all the shout out you so desperately and constantly seek, then I’m going to right back to my amazingly blessed law enforcement … Read More

I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine

I felt compelled today to take a moment and write a¬†passage that speaks to a phrase I find myself often saying to my husband when hearing about things that have happened on the job over the years. For those of you who don’t know, my husband is a 30+ year veteran Police Officer (in my … Read More

You Are Not Broken~ A Girl’s Mantra

You Are Not Broken~ A Girl’s Mantra

You Are Not Broken A Girl’s Mantra by ModernMelly Broken. We hear this word so often in the context of humans, of human relationships. It bothers me, gets right under my skin and digs like a splinter- one of those little tiny ones you can feel but can’t quite get at, this contextual usage. Broken? … Read More

The New Normal

The New Normal

Normal. What is that, exactly? By simple definition, normal is : “the usual, average, or typical state or condition” of something. Normal used include¬†conversations where, when someone asked what my husband did for a living, I’d ¬†say ‘he’s a police officer’. They’d be impressed, or at least intrigued, express some form of gratitude, I’d feel … Read More

Soul Mate or Soul Sucker?

Soul Mate or Soul Sucker?

Soul Mate, Or Soul Sucker? By ModernMelly   I read a Facebook post late last night, just before bed, from a beautiful young woman; a gut wrenching breakup post that instantly sent me back to the heartbreaks of my youth. Now, I won’t minimize this girl’s devastation, her certainty that she’d just lost her soul … Read More

Into The Everwood Book Preview

Into The Everwood Book Preview

Yeah, so that’s kinda my first novel (translation: totally is, not just kinda) and I’m a little bit excited (translation: ohmyfrickinggod). Okay, okay- I’m super excited, totally anxious and feeling really exposed. As in, the second I clicked ‘submit’, I wanted to throw up. The only thing that would be more scary than a total … Read More

Home is The Haven: Police Family Life

Home is The Haven: Police Family Life

Home Is The Haven Police Family Life by Modern Melly Making home the haven. Now that sounds nice, doesn’t? But is it easy? Hell no, at least not at first. But the fact is, if you’ve married a police officer, then you know you didn’t sign on for ‘easy’. After I wrote my story “Life … Read More

Online Job Application: Police Wife

Online Job Application: Police Wife

So I have to preface this post with an explanation: Last week my husband and I were having a difference of opinion- okay, fine, a bit of an argument really- about an obligation versus a commitment, which one takes precedence, which of us was right, which was wrong, blah blah blah. It happens, no big … Read More

Thanks Mister

Thanks Mister

This morning when I woke up, I did the same first thing that I always do: I check my phone. More specifically, I check (in this order) my texts, my Twitter notifications, email glance, then ahh: my Facebook feed. As you may (or may not) know, that is my world news source; friends, family, politics, … Read More

Mondays With Murphy- Bath Time

Mondays With Murphy- Bath Time

Helllllo there! It’s me, Murphy. Last week I told you I’d share our horrible awful no good bath experience, but really? There’s not much to tell. Our person decided we (my bro and I) were stinky, and since we were having company the next day, she thought it would be soooo fun to toss us … Read More

Dear 44th Birthday

Dear 44th Birthday

Dear 44th, Aww, hey, what’s up? Listen, I just wanted to welcome you, and you know, try and make you feel a little less the ‘outsider’ here. I get how you must feel, 44; you’re not Ms. Hot Shot Big Deal 45, and 43 is already walked away with a ‘see ya, wouldn’t wanna be … Read More

On Faith: An Awkward Journey To Acceptance

On Faith: An Awkward Journey To Acceptance

Woo. Awkward one.I mean, for me it is- or was, at least. Religion, particularly the Catholic kind, has always given me the distinct feeling of discomfort. Like, if someone started talking about their trust in the Almighty, or the ‘Lord Jesus Christ is my Savior’, oh, my God (yeah, I saw what I just did … Read More

Dear Sibling of a Special Needs Child

Dear Sibling of a Special Needs Child

Dear Sibling of a Special Needs Child, The first thing I’d like to say to you, is simply: Hello. I want to let you know, I see you there. Fidgeting, waiting, hoping. I see you watching as everyone smiles at your sibling, while you stand back just a little ways. Yes, I do see you, … Read More

12 Happy Pages For Social Media Addicts

12 Happy Pages For Social Media Addicts

  12 Happy Pages For Social Media Addicts By Modern Melly Hello fellow social media addicts! Disclaimer: This is not a support group, nor will I try to persuade you to step away from the computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone and go enjoy nature and a real conversation with spoken words and no emoticons. Nope, that’s someone else’s job. … Read More

Dear Everyone Writing A ‘Dear____’ Blog

Dear Everyone Writing A ‘Dear____’ Blog

Dear everyone and their mother that writes a blog, including me: STOP FUCKING WRITING ‘DEAR (insert person type here)’. Enough already, we get it. Seriously. Dear children’s costume company, stop making costumes gender specific.Dear lady at the gym that looked at me funny while I was on the treadmill eating a Snickers bar. Dear man … Read More

Thank You, From A Police Wife

Thank You, From A Police Wife

Anyone that reads my stories knows I love social media, Facebook particularly, and that I start my day by reading my Facebook wall like it’s the morning paper. In my defense: it is¬†like the morning paper; there’s your world news, local news, entertainment, but then there’s¬†so much more:¬†updates on how friends and family are starting … Read More

We Have Forgotten

We Have Forgotten

I admit it. I hash-tagged “Never Forget” this morning, posted it on social media along with one of the many, many, heart breaking photos from September 11, 2011. Then I immediately regretted it. But not because I don’t feel it, or think it. Not because I don’t have reverence and solemnity for all those innocent … Read More

Top Internet Troll & Trash Talker Tactics

Top Internet Troll & Trash Talker Tactics

Today’s topic is: Internet Trolls and the Trash They Talk!¬†We all know ’em, we all love…err, hate ’em! Ya can’t live with them, and ya can’t give ’em a little shove off a big cliff, now can ya?!Aren’t they are fucking awesome? (She says with heavy sarcasm) Sigh. Right? So, since we can’t get rid … Read More

A Moderate American Taps the Mic, Revisited

A Moderate American Taps the Mic, Revisited

Revisiting A Moderate America Takes the Mic By Modern Melly I wrote this back in August, a spur of the moment, knee jerk reaction to current events. This morning, I decided to revisit and revamp and see what, if any thing has changed. New remarks are in red. Hello, my name is Moderate American. You … Read More

Imagined Conversations With Our Cat & Dog

Imagined Conversations With Our Cat & Dog

We have a ugly/cute Shih-Tzu named Silas and an ugly/cute Blue Point Himalayan named Biggie (actually, it’s Notorious B.I.G.) I say ugly/cute because, as their human parent, I think they’re lovely. The reactions from others tells me different. In their defense, I’m positive they look at us, their people, and think much the same. Here … Read More

Dear Modern Moms (Message from a Dinosaur Mom)

Dear Modern Moms (Message from a Dinosaur Mom)

With so many topics to choose from- Donald Trump running for President (love it. Gasp, I said it), the senseless and cowardly slaughter of Cecil the Lion (heartsick over it), Planned Parenthood selling baby body parts (conflicted about it), ISIS (violently hate it), Horrible Hillary(nuff said), and so many more mind melting news stories, I’ve … Read More

Too Many Heroes

Too Many Heroes

Ahem. *Stands on soapbox, taps microphone. I couldn’t help but notice, and of course partake in the numerous dialogues and debates over what constitutes a Hero. Since I haven’t posted a vent in a while, and I know you’re just dying for one from me (wink, wink, j/k) I thought I’d add my useless opinion … Read More

Welcome Winds Of Change

Welcome Winds Of Change

“Welcome winds of change…” or so I keep telling myself. Repeatedly. Daily. Almost hourly. From where did this obsessiveness with this phrase come?¬† Ah, well it¬†started last week, as I absently scrolled down my Facebook wall. Meme after meme, post after post, article after article. I was in a “Facebook fog”- a phenomenon as equally … Read More

Ten Traits Sarcastic Women Share

Ten Traits Sarcastic Women Share

Chronically sarcastic women¬†are oft misunderstood, it a basic fact. Sometimes it’s a literal “you-honestly-don’t-get-sarcasm, do you?” kind of thing, and other times it’s the whole “you have to know me and know what I know in order to understand why I’m sarcastic” deal. Nonetheless, we are a misunderstood species. Unless we are talking to each … Read More

A Simple Truth

A Simple Truth

A rainy Sunday morning and 30 minutes of scrolling my Facebook news feed was all it took to get this one going. All that’s missing is my morning cup of coffee in my ‘writing cup’, but I’ll grab that after its done brewing & in between sentences. You wont even notice I’m gone. So, I’m … Read More

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day by ModernMelly Brief historical fact for those who think Father’s Day is just another Hallmark created fake holiday: The first (documented) celebration of Father’s Day occurred in 1910, in Spokane, Washington and was held by a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd in honor of her father, a Civil War Veteran named William … Read More

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