Hi, hello, welcome! I’m so excited you’re here reading my words! I mean, I’m also nervous, but mostly excited. If you stick around long enough, you’ll find that combination is kind of who I am.

A few noteworthy things about me: I’m a writer of sorts – I write short depressing pieces, sometimes called “blogs,” and start novels, sometimes called “I probably won’t finish writing this.” I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in English and then an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, then I taught high school English for nine years. Currently, I stay at home and watch my children destroy things while I angry clean the house that won’t stay clean. My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer in December of 2014, just after we had our first daughter, and that is a frustratingly huge part of who we are now. Weirdly though, it’s also a huge part of the reason I began writing more frequently. I’m a pessimist who prefers the term “realist” with a spectacular imagination who just wishes magic existed – and if that doesn’t sum me up, then I really don’t know what will.

To escape from life, I quit my job last year and we traveled the country. You can find those blogs by going to the tab marked “on the road” in the menu or clicking here. To read about our journey with cancer, search “cancer” in the search bar on the right (but a good place to start is at the beginning). There’s lots of semi-interesting stuff about our family, my personal struggles with anxiety, mom-ing, and life in general on this page – if you’re into that sort of thing.

If you’re here because you know I love the words and English is life and you really want me to proof/edit something for you, send me an email at michbellewood@gmail.com.

Oh, and my name is Michelle. The ‘b’ is silent. Also, not really there.