My Hybrid journey week eight: cover and memory

When you’re involved in the creative process, you can see something in your mind’s eye and wonder if that will ever become reality.  I’m not a designer, so I brought in the talents of someone who is.  She took hold of those ideas that lived in my head and brought an...

My Hybrid journey week seven: the rebel and the adventurer

I’m writing Hybrid because I believe every story matters, including mine. This book about the collision of my parent’s cultures resulting in my upbringing as a third culture kid is divided into four parts. I completed the first part this week, ‘who am I?’ While I...

My hybrid journey week six: generations of faith

My grandparents on both sides of the family led amazing lives, and I began to write their stories in great detail this week. My father’s parents, born in Turkey, survived the Armenian Genocide in the early 1900s by escaping to Cyprus. My mother’s parents, born in...

My hybrid journey week five: missing my dad’s voice

As I compile my notes and thoughts for Hybrid this week, I am acutely aware of one person from whom I will never be able to receive verbal answers. My father, who died last summer after battling Alzheimer’s for a number of years. That realization became more poignant...

My hybrid journey week four: seizing inspiration

This week has seen the launch of the creative juices behind what will soon be the book design cover for Hybrid.  I’ve been going through a myriad of ideas, color palettes and documents and I’ve been pointed in a direction that I’ll soon be sharing with you. And...

My hybrid journey week three: a mother’s compassion

This has been an emotionally charged week. I’m not alone in being hit hard by the hateful murders of nine people in Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on the evening of June 17th. As I began to dive into the writing of Hybrid, I realized much of my...

For a moment, heaven on earth

An emotional Reverend Timothy Tyler of Shorter Community AME church in Denver was a friend of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the three men and six women who were gunned down after a Wednesday night Bible study in their Emmanuel AME church in Charleston. 24 hours...

My ‘hybrid’ journey week two

So here’s what I’m tackling in week two for Hybrid, my memoir about the collision of cultures that shapes my story. I released my synopsis online this week, which you can still read and share. In fact, a big thank to all who have shared and don’t stop sharing! My...

So here’s how I’m working my synopsis

As I delve into writing and self-publishing I want to bring you all in on how I’m putting this book together so here is the synopsis for Hybrid.   When Lois Melkonian turned nine she told people she was from Indiana because after immigrating to the United...

My ‘Hybrid’ journey begins

For the past 30 plus years, I’ve been telling stories about people. And I’ve loved pretty much every minute because I’m so passionate about giving a voice to people who haven’t told their stories, on radio, in television, in print. Here on this website I am emphatic...

Crashing a conversation as a third culture kid

Getting on the plane leaving Sarajevo I pulled out my notebook to sort through a week of dealing with 20-year old memories. I had just spent a few days with students and professors in a Gordon College Balkans Semester for the Study of War and Peace in Dubrovnik....

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