The Bathtub Mermaid
By The Bathtub Mermaid
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Essays and short fiction from MissMeliss, the Bathtub Mermaid (aka Melissa A. Bartell).
||CleanTBM-1812.11 – DDOA-009 – A Winter Tale||Description: #Audio. #Flashfic A futuristic Christmas romance. Excerpt: “I will endeavor to remind you, in the future,” he says, and again, there’s no judgement. Just a new subroutine to be added to the many already in play.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1812.10 – DDOA-008 – The Second Noel||Description: #Audio. #Flashfiction. The second and third Noels aren’t what you think. Excerpt: But at the same time, we’ve commercialized that chronicle. Merchandised it. This second noel – really the two-thousand-and-somethingth noel – finds us||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1812.09 – DDOA-007 – Button, Button||Description: #Audio. #Essay My mother’s button box was a tin full of treasures and memories. Excerpt: My mother’s sewing desk, when I was young, was a lovely wooden piece, with a central opening that hid her black, metal,||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1218.07 – DDOA-006 – Fair is Fowl||Description: #Audio. #FlashFic Magic and sisterhood don’t always go together. Excerpt: “Maybe I wouldn’t have to be so cautious about spending,” Agathe said, accenting her oblique correction, “if someone I know helped bring in some income.||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1812.06 – DDOA-005 – The Briar Wreath||Description: #Audio. #FlashFic Getting the perfect holiday wreath takes a special effort. Excerpt: But this year, this year, Master Gavrel wanted something different, something organic. So, he went to the winter wood.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1812.05 – DDOA-004 – My Darling and Clementines||Description: #Audio. #FlashFic A woman and her husband share a snack of clementine oranges Excerpt: He’s eating the oranges one at a time, methodically peeling and sectioning each one, then slowly savoring each petite section. These tiny, sweet,||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1812.04 – DDOA-003 – Morning Light||Description: #Audio. #FlashFic A woman has a moment of quiet reflection on the beach on Christmas morning. Excerpt: Annie wrapped her hands around the warm mug, letting her fingers meet through the handle. Her new ritual was to send a silent prayer to .||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1812.03 – DDOA-002: Better Angels||Description: #Audio. #FlashFic Humans call them angels, but they’ve failed their most recent experiment. Excerpt: The choir sang to deaf ears, and their enfolding wings were brushed aside by harsh hands, if they were noticed at all.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1812.02 – DDOA-001: Breathing||Description: #Audio. #Essay. The Bathtub Mermaid muses about breathing and how it relates to reading, writing, and creativity. Excerpt: And breathing… breathing isn’t all the same. There’s meditative breathing, and contemplative sighing.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTBM-1811.30 – Not Pandora||Description: #Audio. #Flash-Fic A woman ponders all the boxes in her attic. Excerpt: She’s no Pandora, unable to curb her curiosity and inadvertently setting a mass of horrors loose upon the world. Her boxes aren’t metaphors for the trials and tribu||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Stories, essays, and eclectic musings
I love hearing Melissa's voice so hearing her tell me stories is just gravy. My only complaint is there aren't more episodes, but there will be
Ip in Smoke
A smokey, smooth mystery with a twist. Melissa set the scene perfectly and one can see the leather chairs pulled up to the fireplace. The ending is a surprise.
Melissa's reading is smooth and perfect for a noir story.