I’m M. A. Melby (not my real name) from Minnesota. I teach physics. I write.
I’m pushing 40 years old, been married to a man for almost 20 years, have two small children; and live a life that I once believed to be mundane.
I’ve been writing seriously for several years. My most popular pieces tend to be of the take-down variety.
Don’t worry, I won’t disappoint.
However, I want to correct an error that I made writing growing up. Sometimes we see our own lives as the default – as ordinary – as normal; and I’m no exception. It’s been difficult to shake the idea that if I “write what I know” that it simply will not be interesting. However, every step of the way, either in my writing or experimental music, I’ve been encouraged to share my stories.
This is what I did for Atheist Voices of Minnesota and (amid the occasional point-by-point evisceration) that is what I’ll do for you.
Hi. I’m M. A. Melby (not my real name) from Minnesota. I grew up in the middle of nowhere, in a Scandinavian American town isolated from the rest of the world on a small dairy farm. I was the nerdy band-kid at a school with a graduating class of about 40 people. I toured China with a wind ensemble in 1993. I used to dress up as a vampire and run around playing rock-paper-scissors. I both persevered and failed miserably as a woman pursuing a career in a STEM field. I make noise. I’ve shoveled shit and I’ve worked “at the beam” studying epitaxial thin films – and both were actually pretty awesome.
Be seeing you.