Who’s behind this blog?
Hi, I’m Melanie Anne Phillips – Owner of Storymind.com, creator of StoryWeaver, and Co-creator of Dramatica. I have two grown children, two grandchildren, and recently turned 65.
For 25 years I’ve taught creative writing and story structure, but there’s a lot more to me than that. I’m an avid photographer in the style of Ansel Adams, I hike in the back country of Yosemite, I write philosophy and personal journals (see my author page on Amazon) and I compose music – lots of music in lots of styles. Perhaps the best way to know the person behind this page is to hear a bit of my music, which is the voice of the soul.
ONE OF MY PIANO IMPROV SESSIONS
I find the best way to warm up my compositional skills is a little free-form invention on the fly for a short session. Often a new riff or an interesting chord progression emerges that eventually becomes a whole new song. The key is to walk out fearlessly among the notes, follow the Muse of whimsy and less loose the dogs of serendipity.