Hello! I’m Melissa, an aspiring YA writer who recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English. I have a particular soft spot for children’s and young adult literature, especially stories containing magic and/or monsters.

This is a blog about stories: reading them, watching them, writing them, using them to make sense of the world. I find it easier to talk about stories than to talk about myself, so I’m going to try using stories as a way to talk about my life.

The name ’emptybees,’ in case you were curious, comes from my initials (MTB). I was very impressed with myself when I came up with this.

You can also find me onย Goodreadsย and Tumblr.


12 thoughts on “About”

  1. janetheflounder said:

    I figured out your emptybees name all by myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I was very impressed with myself about that.

  2. me ‘impressed’ too :))))))))))

  3. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award….http://thereadingitch.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/one-lovely-blog-award/

  4. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! If youโ€™re interesting in accepting, the details are here: http://moonstonemaiden.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/ive-been-smiling-nonstop-for-a-few-days-now/

  5. Hi I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keep up the inspiring work ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hi Melissa,
    Keep doing what you’re doing. I share some of your interests- all things Gothic, Star Wars-related trivia and of most interest to me, extreme shyness. I am a writer who loves to write (& read) but hates the self-promotion involved in publishing (ebooks especially)- this is like Kryptonite for book sales unfortunately. I don’t blog, Tweet or even have a mobile phone- I write books.
    Anyway, your followers may be interested in Luke, I am Your Father or Memoir of a Gothic Girl (both now available on Kindle). They take important & serious subjects but from a slightly warped point of view- they’re both written to be funny. See what you think & do post responses.
    Scott Pixello (I am on Facebook- I’m not a complete recluse)

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