What can you expect? Through this (mostly) weekly newsletter, I share random creative things such as flash fiction, personal stories, anecdotes, or progress on ongoing projects – all of which are coupled with photographs or illustrations. This content is exclusive to the newsletter and not otherwise shared on my blog or social media.

An example of the Mel Makes newsletter

In addition to the visually creative side of the newsletter, I also share updates on one of the larger personal projects I’m working on is about my mom who is living with dementia.

The Untitled Mom Project is a labor of love: A graphic memoir about a life soon to be forgotten. I occasionally share its progress with readers. It has resonated with more than a few subscribers, as dementia and Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic. I’ve learned through its progress that many readers are touched by the disease in some way, shape, or form.

This newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox most Thursday mornings and is something to enjoy with your morning coffee!

See below what people are saying about this newsletter.


Personal, tender, interesting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alison K.
It’s so different from the usual newsletters I subscribe to. So it’s like an intimate palette cleanser to help me start the day when it comes out. Sometimes you simply want to read a good personal story. This is like having a little anthology of short stories show up in your inbox!

Creative, surprising, inspiring ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jane M.
I like the “slice of life” aspect of the newsletter: reflective, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. The images and the writing are great. And hearing about your projects inspires me to get working on my one projects!

fun, authentic, art
(refreshing content)
Amy. S

Insightful, honest, eloquent.
Jeff W.

Touching, connection, insightful
Andrée G.