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Musings of a Malaysian writer and artist living in Portugal

image: photo of an artist holding up her line drawing artwork, In Its Place

“I always like reading your articles. Authentic and reflective. Your original drawings too! ❤️ Makes me pause, wonder and reflect on what's truly important & precious in our lives. And on things we take for granted, until it’s taken away from us. So, keep it up!” ~ Po Lin

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Hi there,

I’ve been writing HopeMail since 2017 and counting.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to share chapters of my life with readers, speak encouragement, or bring a timely smile to people’s day.

Through this work, I’m blessed with friendships/friendsreadership? that has formed organically over the years of HopeMail appearing in people’s inboxes, and their comments and replies in mine.

Together with my husband, we’ve moved from Malaysia and are now living in Portugal.

Through HopeMail, I share with my readers: notes, my poems, sketches, photos and videos I’ve taken, along with a little story about them—whether it’s about life, living in Portugal, being an artist, improving my art, or all of the above.

Image: photo of my latest collection of four watercolour artwork, titled Seagulls and Summer Sky. Inspired by the surroundings of our temporary home, the Tiny House, where I can enjoy watching the seagulls flying freely around the blue, blue summer sky. It’s created with watercolour and a black brush pen. 
My collection of four watercolour artwork, titled Seagulls and Summer Sky. Inspired by the surroundings of our temporary home, the Tiny House, where I enjoy watching the seagulls flying freely around the blue, blue summer sky. It’s created with watercolour and a black brush pen.
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  • A 30 x 40 cm/12” x 16” (close to A3 size) high-quality giclée art print (worth €65) of my original art. It’ll be printed on fine art Hahnemühle German Etching 310 gsm heavyweight paper (the paper has a nice, handmade crafted feel). It’ll be mailed to you without a frame. Both the printing and paper ensure archival quality which lasts many years. 

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Image: framed artwork of trees and bushes reflected on a serene lake surface line drawing with light green and sky blue watercolour wash background. The word “peace” is in the middle of the artwork, in white colour.
Meditations in words collection | Scenes from Porto | Peace ~ Parque da Cidade do Porto (Porto City Park). My favourite park in Porto with its serene lakes around the park. At the right hour of the day, you’ll see the magical reflections on the lake, which I love.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting my work.

Email me at hopemail at substack dot com if you have any questions.

💖 Melinda


FAQs

I tried signing up for the paid subscription, but the payment failed to go through.

Gah! That’s so frustrating! I’m sorry for the trouble. I don’t like it when I try purchasing something online and this happens. But as online transaction goes, it does sometimes happen. A possible reason is your bank may think the charge is fraudulent and have blocked the transaction. I recommend you to contact your bank as a next step and ask the bank to allow the charge to clear. In any case, please, please do email me hopemail at substack dot com to let me know about this.

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Yes. Go to your Substack account settings to cancel. Once you cancel your subscription, it will terminate at the end of the billing period and you will not be charged again. 

I don’t want to cancel my paid subscription. Can I pause it instead? 

Yes, you can pause them when you need to. Go to your Substack account settings to pause. Your subscription to the publication will be paused immediately. Substack will display a date when your subscription will resume as well as send you a reminder email three days before your subscription will be unpaused.

Is there a refund option?

Yes. For a yearly subscription, it will be calculated pro-rated, minus the retail price of the three art prints, 10% Substack fee, and Stripe fee. For a monthly subscription, you can just opt to cancel or pause the subscription instead of a refund.

What is Substack again?

It is an online publishing platform. It is free to use. I’m using Substack to publish HopeMail. When a reader pays me a subscription, Substack takes 10% of my subscription. And Stripe, which handles the credit card transaction securely, takes a separate fee.

What is Stripe?

Like PayPal, Stripe is an online payment processing and credit card processing platform for businesses. 

What is life?

Indeed.


Here are what some of my readers are saying:

Melinda, this point is such sweet, tender medicine! I needed it sorely in this moment, and VOILA. What a balm. THANK YOU! xxxo ~ Kathleen Smith

The poem is beautiful. “Someday is right now” is what I needed to hear today. ~ Fawzi Ammache

Keep spreading the hope. – John Cassap

You’ve helped me to be mindful of what’s going on in my life. - Ben Mung

Thanks for the gentle reminder that we live one day at a time. We are just so caught up with the fast-moving pace and expectations from people; we’ve forgotten some things we just need to let go! As always, looking forward to your next newsletter. - Regina Tan

Keep writing and drawing Melinda, your writing inspired me to let my light shine in all I do too. - Anne C

As I read your HopeMail, I feel like I am reading a chapter from a book of a best-selling author. The words are meaningful and expressed from the heart of the author and yet these words can relate to the readers to go deeper into their hearts and challenge them. Thank you for writing and using your gift so beautifully. - Kevin


About me

I’m a writer and artist from Malaysia. It took me over two decades of doing all the other “safer” jobs before I decided to dive into this new artistic career. I’m thankful to share my art and world with you.

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Melinda Yeoh
Artist, writer. Creating art to spread hope and a little whimsy.