An Overdue Announcement

I have some news that I don’t think will surprise very many of you. In fact, unless there’s a legion of readers out there who never comment and therefore have never made me aware of their existence, I think the majority of you already know.

Last spring Ibis and I decided to separate, and I’ve since filed for divorce. I really hate getting into things this personal on my blog, but I’m planning to change my name back to Hooyenga and I thought that might raise a few questions if I didn’t say something. I’d rather not get into the particulars, but the split was amicable and we remain friendly.

I can’t begin to explain how wonderful my friends and family have been over the past several months. I’ve had a behind-the-scenes pep team/venting circle/wishing-they-could-buy-me-a-drink-but-can’t-because-they-live-in-the-intertoobs group that’s kept me smiling and looking towards the light at the end of all this.

I have another six weeks, give or take, until this is officially behind me, and I couldn’t do it without all of you.

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. Lisa Dovichi

    I didn’t “know” but figured and didn’t want to intrude because I know you like to keep your private life more private. If you need another ear or anything let me know. πŸ™‚ I luv ya, MC Hoo. And like all your other buddies just want you to be a happy Hooey!!!! *hugs*

  2. Lisa Dovichi

    I agreed with Turkey on her blog but it’s got to be said here too. I just heart the new profile picture that goes along with your name Hooey!!!

    *peek at hoo’s new view*

    hehehehehe I rhyme. πŸ˜€

  3. (He) Robin

    Didn’t know, but suspected, but it was none of my business so nothing was said. I just lurked in the shadows reading because I enjoy reading your writings. You need to be happy and you weren’t. I’d certainly buy you a drink if Chicago, or where ever you are, were closer to Startex.

  4. It’s tough thing to go through, I’m sure. I’m close enough to buy you a drink ;o) Just let me know when and where, and I’m there! I’m glad you have people that are there for you. That makes a huge difference ;o)


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