My name is Dr Melody Watson or, sometimes, Melody Nova.
I’m a historian, games designer, writer, poet, editor and activist. I believe we can imagine new futures for the world, here and now, and that this gives us the power to make them real.
My creative work is primarily in historical research and analogue games design (larp and tabletop) and poetry, but my portfolio extends to long-form writing, activism, and photography. I write about history, speculative fiction, gender, queerness, and role-playing games. My doctoral thesis focused on the late Cold War, and how it was navigated within media-political discourses.
In my day job, I’m a professional editor. Most of my work is in academic editing, but I have also acted as a critical reader, proofreader and editor for a range of tabletop games ranging from homebrew indie products through to published games.
I’m interested in writing, reading, and talking about: bodies, language, identity, cities, cyberpunk, vulnerability, caring, horror, blood, communality and interdependence, queer relationships (especially among/between women), family, transformations, monsters, hive minds, cyborgs, robots, symbiosis, resistance, revolutions, looking after each other, discourse, and socialism.
You can connect with me in a bunch of places, like Twitter and Instagram. I also have a Patreon where I do fun, smutty self-portraiture and costuming. If that’s your kind of thing, you can check out @msmelodynova (Instagram) and my Patreon!
Getting in touch
I’m actively seeking (paid) commissions and freelance work in any area mentioned above, and open to all kinds of collaborations. If you want to pay me to write or edit some words for your game, anthology, website, whatever, you can get in touch with me at agnwatson[at]gmail[dot]com. I also have experience editing (copyediting and substantive/developmental), proof-reading, playtesting and providing games design feedback.
Outside of my creative portfolio, I have worked in academic editing and the Australian tertiary education sector. This has equipped me with a diverse and adaptable skillset covering everything from community and relationships management through to administration, program development, and education enhancement. You can find out more about my professional work at LinkedIn.
I’m also open to enquiries about interviews, modelling and photography work, and anything else creative, interesting, and fun.
I’m currently based in Adelaide, Australia, but more than open to opportunities involving travel.