My dreams have lied dormant for far too long, and now they scream to be heard.
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An endless road has carried me to an unknown destination, and I worry about living out an unfinished life. But if I allow my dreams to remain silent, I give up the fight to find the road leading me to the life that I know exists somewhere further down from where I stand now. All I have to do is give voice to my dreams, let them scream from my heart, but the hardest part is telling you my story. And my dreams are on fire now.
We are the ghosts that walk this world. Our dreams shine through our eyes, but our hearts remain shut. Afraid are we to open our souls and take that risk to become ourselves that we often vanish into the mist of the world’s future.
Wordsmiths We Know: Try to follow her 'Silent Dreams'
April 08, 2007
Title: "Silent Dreams"
Author: Melissa R. Mendelson
Occupation: Sales associate at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley
Illustrator: Ernesto Figueroa of Middletown, who works with Mendelson at Woodbury Common
Publisher: Self-published by Xlibris
Author background: Mendelson was born in Port Chester. The family then lived in Massapequa and moved to Monroe when Mendelson was 8.
She graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2001 with a degree in mass communications. She worked for two years as a news reporter for a Long Island paper.
Books in print: This is her first.
Availability: Borders and Barnes & Noble bookstores, plus online at Amazon.com and www.Xlibris.com
Price: $8.50 paperback and $18 hardcover on Xlibris
The theme of the story: "We all have a dream and we are all told somewhere down the line to let it go ... but I'm telling people ... they should fight for it and pursue it. If there is anything that defines us, it's our dreams."
Summary of her poetry: "Personally, I feel like you are put through school, start a family, start a life. But you have to follow your dreams.
"In my family, you are either a teacher or a lawyer. I'm not following the family tree. I'm between choosing what I want and struggling to live in the real world in order to do that."
Dedication: To all the people who inspire her, especially her grandmother, the late Lillian Cohen
Upcoming work: She completed a screenplay on www.Triggerstreet.-com and wrote stories based on the television show "Heroes" on www.-fanfiction.com.
She just started a blog on the
recent work she has done on
Awards: Honorable mention for her short story "Strangers on the Street" and a finalist for her short story "Between the Lines" at the Writer's Network of Screenplays and Fiction competition
Writer's advice: "Get your work out there. The Internet is a whole new playground for writers. People give you reviews and criticism."
Mendleson says criticism is a good thing because it makes a story better. She believes self-publishing is the first step in making sure your work reaches the public.
If she was to become famous with her poetry: "To inspire others to follow their dreams. I've bumped into a lot of people who are stuck like me ... choosing a job or your dreams."
Where she'll be: Look for Melissa R. Mendelson to have a poetry reading in the spring at Monroe Free Library, 44 Millpond Parkway, Monroe. Call 783-4411.
To be reviewed in "Wordsmiths We Know," you must be a local author/illustrator or have a local connection to the area. Send your book to Amy Berkowitz, Times Herald-Record, 1170 Route 17M, Box 4, Chester 10918.
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When I purchased Silent Dreams by Melissa R. Mendelson, I did
not know that it was a book of poems. I guess I was expecting a
psychodrama of some sort. To my special surprise and great
wonderment, I discovered a collection of poems that exceed any
among self-published authors that I have read to date. Filled with
love and hate, sadness & melancholy, hope and promise, power
and frailty, real time and time passed and future time, and
always with deep, highly intuitive introspection, Silent Dreams
affords an all new venue where one can travel back and forth, in
and out, of one’s dreams with breath catching longing to go on
and on and on.
Here are but a few of my favorite lines from all the great poems
assembled within Silent Dreams: From White Chalk: “And you
will be left following the white chalk, line after line.” From Brick
Stones: “As we dare to face the dreams that beg to be lived, not
buried within.” From Pieces of Me: “ The glass bursts apart as
my world crumbles . . . and now, I’m thirsty again.” From Vanish:
“I smash the hourglass to get some of my time back.” And from
Going On: “If he were to go now, then this is where he would
want to be, under the sun and by the garden.” Ah, now there is a
poet! *****__John E. Cashwell
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