About Melissa

Melissa began working as a freelance writer and editor in 2010, while finishing a B.A. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since then, she has taught both writing and English, performed a wide range of writing gigs, from fiction contest judge to copy editor, and earned an M.A. in English, with a concentration in Writing and Linguistics.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys studying French and Russian, reading, and running. She completed her first triathlon in 2017 and looks forward to future races.

On this site, you may access samples from Melissa’s writing portfolio and download her knitting patterns.

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Why knowledgeofwater?

I publish my designs under the name knowledgeofwater. But what does that mean?

Simply put, it’s a reminder that water, though fluid and flexible, is powerful. Perhaps Ovid said it best: “Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” In other words, if you’re willing to put in consistent effort, you can overcome and succeed. Knowledgeofwater is a reminder that anyone can progress, even if they are not the biggest or strongest, or even the most immediately successful at whatever they choose to do.