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Doug Messel

Doug Messel

Just. Words. Writing.

"the bats flew in the nite." I've been a writer as long as I can remember, and that first sentence launched a twenty-one year journey from the rural outskirts of a southern Indiana town to the suburbs of Kansas City. It's my dream and passion to create engaging written content for both web and print.


Just. Words. Writing.

Freelance Word Mechanic

The occasional place where editorials, flash fiction, and ideas go. This is where most of my writing lives. It's part portfolio, part personal.



Assistant Store Manager

Fossil is the place, more than any other, where I learned that sales is not just showing products or services. It's about the authentic connection that takes place when you show clients, customers, guests, and even associates just how much your stories can interweave.



It's the starting point for my love affair with fashion, people, and personal growth. As the poet Aubrey Graham once said, "Started from the bottom. Now we here." Express is where I grew from a part-time sales associate to an integral part of management in multiple stores in Kansas City.


University of Evansville

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Creative Writing

Learned the nuts and bolts of telling a story. Found lifelong friendships. Made mistakes. Dabbled in design. Tussled with teaching. Wrestled with writing. Fell in love with a girl. It was all worth it.

"Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around." - Stephen King