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Melinda Irvine is an Australian writer, poet and musician living between the Philippine Western Visayas and her home country. Blogging haiku poems, her writing journey and the power of giving to Filipino kids deeply affected by poverty.
2020-02-25 11:59
Last week in Estancia was one of the best weeks I have every experienced in my life. So many prayers answered and being around creative energy, music and friendship -- just wonderful. The po… Read More
2020-02-23 12:05
Google gives priority in search results to 'quality websites' but gives no single definition of this standard. But there are clues. The post Do You Have a Quality Website? appeared first on… Read More
2020-02-12 12:31
The Music Man Program is fully underway here in Botongon, Estancia. It all seems like a blur the last few days -- cancelled flights, rerouting, airport runs, transferring multiple bags and p… Read More
2020-02-10 13:02
If you read my blog yesterday you’ll know that in between writing assignments I’m involved in a music program and medical mission here in the Philippines. Check it out here: Brin… Read More
2019-12-21 15:13
Outlining 5 essential elements of web content writing to help you write copy that is engaging, readable, and search engine friendly. The post 5 Essential Elements of Web Content Writing appe… Read More
2019-12-20 07:25
Have you ever been invited to your sister’s (or BFF’s) for dinner — only to have the evening hijacked by your brother-in-law (or your BFF’s new girlfriend)? The post… Read More
2019-12-13 20:21
This is a little book of 30 ideas which push us, prompt us, and dare us to move beyond our training to conform and comply -- and reach for something Seth Godin calls 'graceful'. The post BOO… Read More
2019-11-28 17:01
Before I became a full-time copywriter and business blogger, I used to deliver a lot of customer service and communication workshops to hospitality workers. Funnily enough, I’ve discov… Read More
2019-11-09 08:40
The Dead Girl by Melanie Thernstrom is one of those books that has been popping up on my 'must read' lists for years (it was first published in 1990). It's a memoir written by a young colleg… Read More
2019-11-07 16:06
This blog outlines 10 different strategies for finding paid work as a freelance writer -- it's for new freelancers or anyone thinking about a writing side-hustle. The post How a freelance wr… Read More
2019-11-05 13:47
Whenever I'm lacking belief in my writing or stuck on a client project, I only have to take a quick visit to an old book to find some relief. Monet by himself. The post Inspiration appeared… Read More
2019-11-03 02:13
Boy and brother visit the cemetery burn candles and remember their Mamma. The post Boy and Brother appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-10-31 13:11
Business blogging is done for one reason, and one reason only. To get people on our websites. And we want them to stay awhile too — check out our content, join the newsletter, and even… Read More
2019-10-23 14:14
I love the night culture of the Philippines and how the twilight turns headlights into the moon. After the hot sun sinks and before the moon rises. The post Moon Creatures appeared first on… Read More
2019-10-21 01:29
To be able to put words to the pain is the beginning of liberation. Jean Vanier — Seeing Beyond Depression. It’s wonderful to feel some energy within myself again for writing. Fe… Read More
2019-10-14 08:28
Maybe you've seen the donation buttons on my website and wonder what I do with the money -- I hope this post will give you a better understanding of what I do, and even inspire you to do mor… Read More
2019-10-06 02:34
Last night I found a cute little video of Jerry singing. He got hold of my phone not long after he came to live with me in 2015, and watching it caused me a few lamentations about how fast h… Read More
2019-10-04 06:15
Our beloved Rosemarie died suddenly on Sunday morning. If you have been following my blog anytime over the past 5 years you’ll have seen many photos of Rosemarie and her family. Her mo… Read More
2019-09-24 05:30
“Stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions … the truth is that what we call ‘interruptions’ are precisely our real life — the life God is sendi… Read More
2019-09-14 09:46
Matt and Sam had been living together for 2 years. Both had jobs paying around $30,000 a year. They decided to buy a house. Roger from SMALL MORTGAGE BROKERS called them about a “speci… Read More
2019-09-13 07:12
Hi friends. Thanks for stopping by my website. Things are gonna be looking a bit wonky for the next few weeks — as I upgrade and get it ready for my new online learning centre and digi… Read More
2019-09-11 10:12
seated the sunshine flecked, with salt The post Mangroves appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-09-08 12:17
What days are these? Where you can only be found — inside your own shadow. The post Her Own Shadow appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-08-15 14:39
Most Fridays Jerry and I have breakfast in the Lapaz Public Market before I take him to morning class. We have a simple breakfast with native coffee. It’s our Friday treat. So one morn… Read More
2019-07-22 01:02
For the last five years I’ve been writing everyday, and over that period have evolved from a sometime poet and blogger to a full-time professional writer. This blog is a short reflecti… Read More
2019-07-20 14:40
Yesterday afternoon Jerry’s classroom was fogged for dengue mosquitos. The entire Province of Iloilo is currently in a dengue emergency which includes both Estancia (where Jerry’… Read More
2019-07-14 12:47
vending pineapples with urgency money. exchange. quick. before the street guard surges Walking out of the money exchange kiosk I found my path blocked by a tricycle stretched with pineapples… Read More
2019-07-04 22:00
Subay. It’s the Hiligaynon word for ants. Actually it’s the Hiligaynon word for one ant — if you have more than one ant, or a group of ants — it’s mga subay. Mg… Read More
2019-07-04 00:00
tiny bubblets lodge in a spider’s trap last night’s rain © 2019 Melinda J. Irvine An evening downpour in the Philippine tropics is followed by intense morning sun, givi… Read More
2019-06-26 07:21
It rained and rained in the middle of the night and Jerry woke up to the shrieking sounds of frogs below his bedroom window. He eagerly grabbed the military grade binoculars given to us last… Read More
2019-06-21 10:03
each new sun lights layers your narrative sensitive to light © 2019 Melinda J. Irvine The post Your narrative appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-06-16 00:44
Seeing red flowers. For the first time. Seeing red flowers. Everywhere. Seeing. For the first time. It’s amazing when you see something for the first time. It grabs at you and pulls yo… Read More
2019-06-10 03:50
Kid’s water park excited shrieks wet selfies. Splashed with red flowers. ‘Tita Mel, you have little red flowers on you’ cried 11 year old Jerry as we were leaving a kid&rsq&hell…Read More
2019-06-08 15:05
Each year (with the help of friends and family), I use the money I earn as a freelance writer to support about 20 Filipino kids in their schooling. Throughout the year family and friends (an… Read More
2019-06-08 05:13
keep the secrets of trees close The post Of trees appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-06-05 13:00
inside shadows a young fish passes beyond the mangroves The post Rearranging the shadows appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-06-04 13:43
Everything is green and red TODAY. Jerry picked up a red flower today and asked me to photograph him with his favourite colour. I love living in Jerry’s magical world of flowers and bu… Read More
2019-05-30 20:10
the sand scorched heat and absence our monsoon rains are late this year and tonight (at last the night) the dogs will sleep inside fresh holes dug to the cool sand not like this burnt aftern… Read More
2019-05-29 20:48
young palm frond turned, green to burned gold on the low tide © 2019 Melinda J. Irvine The post On the low tide appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-05-04 10:20
Faith by Tim Costello My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is easy to speak highly of book where you agree with nearly everything the author has to say, and in some ways acts as an endorsement for som… Read More
2019-04-27 22:12
mid-summer heat settled shouts out curling leaf fronds brown and cracked clear voices cry rain hear us rain When my mother and sister arrived in Iloilo City 2 weeks ago, they both asked abou… Read More
2019-04-27 01:04
I can ride I can ride I can ride … He shouts like every kid who ever learned to ride Then hits a tree [not pictured]. Hiring a bicycle for Jerry to learn to ride in the gardens of the… Read More
2019-04-22 12:46
Sitting in a taxi not fitted with seatbelts, I spotted this group of young men on their way to work. Their van was crammed so full of catering equipment (chairs, tables, tents, and serving t… Read More
2019-04-21 12:52
In our family, the iPhone 6 Plus that I absorbed from a finalised Telstra Plan in 2016,  is colloquially known as ‘The Red’. Factually, The Red is a piece of melded sapphire… Read More
2019-04-20 11:35
One of the things I love best about the Philippines is their strong cultural observances, customs and traditions. You don’t have to be Catholic (or even Filipino) to get swept into a H… Read More
2019-04-19 05:22
Is it possible to see a piece of art and not look for yourself? Or arrange each piece without turning it into your own autobiography of lost toys, lost time lost poetry, and lost vindication… Read More
2019-04-18 13:59
It’s been 5 days since my mother and sister went back to Australia. And apart from the picture of me when I was 13 that mum brought over and gave to Jerry, it’s hard to imagine t… Read More
2019-04-17 09:25
Isn’t it just the coolest thing when you’re sitting under a shredded tarpaulin on a stinking hot day — at a school after the Grade 6 graduation — and you look up and… Read More
2019-04-02 09:15
Jerry has just finished Grade 4, receiving his very first recognition medal and awards. It was an exciting experience for both of us, especially when you consider that just 4 years ago Jerry… Read More
2019-03-21 04:30
flying late my Easter moon alighting Dubai The post Easter Moon appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-03-20 12:53
It’s time to talk about that forbidden subject … the topic that no freelancer wants to discuss with you. The horrifying amount of weight it’s possible to gain if you spend… Read More
2019-03-07 09:46
wet skies falling over burnt bits of land My Uncle Richard emailed me his latest watercolour a few days ago — inspired by the “water, wet skies and bits of land” (he t… Read More
2019-03-05 22:39
standing next to the sun I saw the city shine © 2019 Melinda J. Irvine © 2019 Melinda J. Irvine The post Next to the Sun appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-03-02 01:04
glowing on the beach lighting her long hair, carried cool before their kiss The post Memory of a Kiss appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-26 00:52
barbed blade and broken midrib, cobweb netted vein cover river sand in your story The post Leaves by the Riverbank appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-24 22:15
Posturing Above his subjects Always a street cat, still The post Street Cat appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-24 03:13
her painted smile outstretched the years of silent heat and stormed cloud The post Faded appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-23 00:58
He is beautiful. Representative of an ideal. But never forget, he can never be real. The post River Warrior appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-21 22:36
little flags cerise black red flapping in the wind The post Vexillology appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-21 10:03
wind strikes hollow bamboo sticks against long since seashells The post Above the kitchen appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-20 00:37
Allowing yourself to write sloppy sentences, or draw an imperfect picture, or to keep playing a song with gusto when you miss a chord is great way to invite your timid, self-conscious creati… Read More
2019-02-16 09:54
A few months ago I disabled the ‘show likes’ facility on all my blog posts. Like many of us, the yardstick for measuring the ‘success’ of my writing had been reduced… Read More
2019-02-07 11:26
“like ballet” said a young voice “like a ballet of water” The post A Ballet of Water appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-05 22:45
While I’m writing I love to be surrounded in books, pictures and musical instruments. For the past few months I’ve been working on my new writing space and freelancing office, de… Read More
2019-02-04 09:58
a gift handbound pages for poems The post A Book for Poetry appeared first on Melinda J. Irvine Read More
2019-02-02 09:58
“The morning pages are not supposed to sound smart — although sometimes they might. Most times they won’t, and nobody will ever know except you.” Julia Cameron The Ar… Read More

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