Hi, I’m Lyssa Medana. I’m a wife and mother in my fifties and I live in Yorkshire UK.
My ‘real’ life is fairly dull. I’m not adventurous or daring or special, and perhaps that is why I enjoy telling stories so much and why they can be so filled with fantasy. I also have the attention span of a bluebottle after too much sugar and find everything interesting. This means that all sorts of bits and pieces end up in my stories. If you find a piece of information in my work, I can’t guarantee that it will be 100% accurate but I can seriously guarantee that I’ve researched the heck out of it.
I believe that the world is a wonderful, magical, extravagantly awesome place even without werewolves and vampires, I believe that there are more good people in the world than there are bad, and I believe that beauty is worth looking for. I also start more knitting projects than I ever finish, impulse buy strange things on eBay (my husband is a saint) and fail creatively at housewifery.
Me and Newsletters
I fail at Newsletters. I fail so epically that it is almost visible from orbit. I have been planning newsletters for years. There is still no newsletter. I have a few draught newsletters on my laptop that have never been sent out. I’ve plans for Mrs Tuesday’s household hints with lists and copies of ancient housekeeping manuals that are currently going nowhere. The biggest obstacle is that legally I need to include a physical address in my newsletter and it can’t be a post box.
If anyone pays the slightest attention to me, they almost certainly can find me. I have a habit of wearing my heart on my sleeve and saying what’s going through my mind at the time. This has got me into so much trouble at times and it means that you can pick up all sorts of details about me. However I don’t quite feel comfortable putting my home address down, and while you can pay to have a physical address somewhere, it’s a little more money than I want to spend, at least until I earn a little more from my writing.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and when I found out about Substack, it seemed like the answer. Anyone who wishes can set up a Substack account for free. There are paid for subscriptions, but I’m not going there. I may later, I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not currently comfortable with it. If you subscribe to me on there Lyssa Medana’s Writing (it is such an unoriginal title but I couldn’t think of anything else at the time) then whenever I post something on there, you will get an email letting you know. It’s like a newsletter, but not a newsletter and I’ll take it.
There are two main downsides to this. The first is that there will probably be something like a chatty bit like this most weeks, or maybe two or three times a month and it may feel like spam. The other main downside is that apparently you can do podcasts through there and I am very good at talking indeed. I’m not very good at shutting up, however, and I lose the thread a lot. My train of thought often leaves the station without me. Me having access to the chance to talk without interruption is not necessarily a good thing. By the way, it looks like there are a lot of interesting writers and accounts on there to browse.
You can also find me on Facebook far too often here and my page is here. If you want to get a message to me, that’s probably the best place to contact me, or leave a comment on here – I won’t publish it. I have an Amazon author page here which I think will let you know if I publish anything through Amazon.
I publish fiction most Mondays on here, and I duplicate the post on Royal Road here, so you can find the latest story there as well. I post chat and news sometimes on a Wednesday and I duplicate post that on Substack here and if you subscribe there it will email you if I post anything.
And that is a lot of info on someone living a very quiet life.
I love to hear from people and I feel that comments are a hug. Thank you for stopping by.