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Short Story – Message In A Bottle

I remember when I was a child and my mum would begin a story and ask me to finish it.  It was a great way to get me to use my imagination and add my own twist to the tale. I used to do the same with my friends and it was wonderful to hear so many different endings.  Sleep-overs were always fun!

Telling a story and then getting someone else to finish it is a great exercise to help you to stretch your imagination. With this in mind I thought I’d start you off with one of mine!

Read through the following story and have fun adding your own ending. I’d love to read your work so please submit it to me at contactmelaniejane@gmail.com. The best one will be featured on this blog and the winner will receive a free complimentary mantra poem in a custom designed frame. Please note that the story should be no longer than three thousand words.

Equipment needed

  •  A pen and paper or a laptop

Message in a bottle

There is something wonderfully relaxing about the sounds of the ocean, thought Saffrey, as she rested her head against her beach bag. She could feel the warm Mediterranean waters tickling her golden coloured toes as the tide crept slowly in.

She’d been lay there all day, soaking up the sun’s rays and trying to switch off from work. Work was her life and passion so it wasn’t easy to take her mind off something that she loved. A smile crept onto her lips as she thought back to the mornings events. Business was good! In fact business was fantastic, mentally congratulating herself on clinching another deal. Not just any deal but an opportunity of a life time. The thought of her artwork being showcased in a Sheikh’s palace gave her an instant adrenaline rush.  If only she could feel the same way about her love life or her lack of one she thought, pulling a face!

Her heavy lids slowly opened and she stifled a yawn.  She could have stayed there all night, she thought, stretching her arms above her head.   The sound of a barking dog, that was coming from the direction of her villa, alerted her to the fact that doodles needed feeding. She knew that her three month old husky would be sat by the front door anticipating her return.

“Okay baby, I’m coming.” She shouted.

Picking herself up she took one last look at the stunning sunset of orange and pink hues. With a smile on her lips she trudged up the beach to the weather worn steps that led to her property. She was just about to open the wooden gate that led onto her front lawn when she realized that she’d left her bag.  Quickly retracing her steps she reached it before the sea claimed it as its own.

As her fingers touched the wet straps she felt a cold object nudge her bare toes and she glanced down. It was a bottle that had been corked and it appeared to have something inside of it.

On closer inspection she realized that it contained what appeared to be a crumpled note. Despite the fading light she could see that something had been scribbled onto it.  Intrigued she gripped the cork between her slender fingers and tugged but it didn’t budge an inch.

Probably just some kid having fun she thought, ready to cast it back into the ocean however curiosity got the better of her. She quickly slipped it into her bag and jogged up the beach before the water reached the steps……


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Shropshire Sound Canvas Exhibition

Can you imagine my delight when I found out that my poetry had been selected for the Sounds of Shropshire exhibition. My mantra: ‘My poetry is travelling around the world, and has become well known.’ had definitely come true.

My lovely friend Jas accompanied me. It was nice to have someone to share my special night with.

The room was small but comfortably furnished, modern, and arty.  After a complimentary glass of wine and some nibbles, we viewed the spectacular artwork.  Finally, I viewed  my creation which had been put up onto its own plaque. It was a proud moment.  Finally we decided to become social butterflies and mingle.










My beautiful friend Jas!

It was a pleasure to meet the artist Zoe Partington who had created the Sound Canvas with Sounds of Shropshire.  It is an innovative piece of artwork and redefines how we view art.  It clearly shows that art is not just something that we can see but is also something that can be experienced by all of the senses.

The Sound Canvas was sensitive to movement.  A fraction of a movement would spring it to life! Flashing therapeutic colors coupled with the sounds of the Shropshire countryside played simultaneously.


The exhibition also featured some spectacular photos by Roy Jacobs, Jane Roberts, Thomasina Carlisle, Jean Green, and myself. I think that it was a proud moment for all of us.

I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who made this possible for me. It was such a huge honor to have my poem featured in this wonderful exhibition and to have met so many lovely people. It was a pleasure to finally meet and speak to Paula Dowers, the Operations Director, whom was also featuring her fantastic photo’s in the exhibition.   The art exhibition  is currently being held in the Hive in Shrewsbury and is due to move to Birmingham shortly.




Not only did I come away feeling truly inspired and eager to pick up a camera but my friend did too. The following day she created a wonderful poem which was met with delight by her friends, family, and Facebook contacts.

Overall it was a fantastic night, a wonderful experience and another thing to tick off on my to do list.


For more information about my writing services or if you have any questions contactmelaniejane@gmail.com



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Happy New Year – New Beginnings


I’d just like to wish everyone a happy New Year. I ask that 2014 will be your year to create big and beautiful things!

Before I share my poem with you, I’d just like to show you some of the wonderful gems I have learned this year.

It has been a wonderful year, which has been full of wonderful opportunities.  I have met some amazing people and have had much food for thought. I spent the middle part of the year pausing for thought so I could take stock. My foot had been pressed down so firmly on the accelerator that I didn’t have the time to enjoy the full journey or to contemplate what it was that I really wanted to achieve.   I always say that everything is possible in this life just as long as we know what we want! Now I know what I want I can spend 2014 putting all of my energy into it. Most importantly I can now now enjoy the journey along the way! I truly believe that living an attitude of gratitude is the key to enjoying that journey.

Whilst some people gain clarity and create vision through writing in a journal, I find it through writing my poetry.

I tend to use my poems as a vision board to help myself align with what I want. This enables me to create a future that is on track with my desires.  Hence each poem being purely positive! Each person will take something different away from my poems but it is my hope that the central message of love, that is the consistent theme of all of my poems, can only be interpreted in one way – as the key to new beginnings!

Thank you for taking the time to read my work! ❤

New Beginnings

Happy New year everyone

It is the start of great things

The past is behind, the future begins

All your heart desires, this year will bring

Greet this day with open arms

A smile and good cheer

For today is your point of power

To bring your goals a step near

Choose something that enthuses you

Keep it close to your heart

Then channel the power of love

For then the magic can start!

Wave goodbye to if only…

Say hello to the new you!

Say, I believe in a brighter future

I will achieve what I set out to do!

By Melanie J Molloy

May 2014 be a fantastic one! Light and love, Melanie x

Please feel free to copy, this poem so I can share the love and uplift others.  All that I ask is that you credit me with my name. Thank you

For more information about my writing services or if you have any questions contactmelaniejane@gmail.com

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Just Write!


Waiting for inspiration to strike

Means that your ideas won’t flow

But to put pen to paper

Means the words will quickly grow

Waiting for inspiration to strike

Means you may never start

Write for the sake of writing

Will tease them from the heart

For when you start to write again

Ideas will dance upon the page

Words will become your servant

The paper, your stage!

By Melanie J Molloy

For more information about my writing services or if you have any questions contactmelaniejane@gmail.com

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