Archive for February, 2019

The Oscars Were Fun

Posted by melissa kandel on February 25, 2019 in Hollywood, On Writing | No Comments

(But here’s how to get inspired by how Hollywood screenwriters write) There’s a spot in my living room that undeniably catches the best morning light. A leather armchair is catty-cornered into it, and if you sit there by the window, you only see my neighbor’s big, leafy tree and not much else, which makes you feel like you’ve temporarily fallen […]

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Sincerely and With Feeling

Posted by melissa kandel on February 22, 2019 in Fiction | No Comments

As the black crow flies, so too does the luck of anyone brazen enough to steal from the Painted Desert for the sake of a vainglorious because I can. Such a creature of inordinate vanity cannot, by the laws of moonlight and the writs of sunshine, remain unpunished for very long.

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Writer’s Life

Posted by melissa kandel on February 21, 2019 in On Writing | 1 Comment

Hi. Today is my birthday and I’m spending it working (mostly) and picking up an ice cream giveaway gift card for a charity event I’m organizing this Saturday, so that’s pretty interesting. Anyway, in re-reading some older posts on writing last night, one stuck out in my mind. As I depart for the dreary sameness […]

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Romance in DTLA

Posted by melissa kandel on February 21, 2019 in Fiction | 2 Comments

On this cold and rainy Wednesday, a romance (of sorts) brews in L.A.

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Creative Sources of Inspiration

Posted by melissa kandel on February 20, 2019 in On Writing | 3 Comments

A brief discussion on sources of creative inspiration.

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Let Me Tell You a Story

Posted by melissa kandel on February 18, 2019 in business journey | 8 Comments

He had the kind of face you’d forget if you tried to remember. Really. I can barely picture it now. His skin was a pale, translucent white (I know that) and his hair was a dullish gray but his features? I don’t know. They were shadowy, vague, general in the sense that he had a […]

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A Note on LOVE

Posted by melissa kandel on February 17, 2019 in Magazine | 2 Comments

Hello, friends. So this past week I published the second edition of West Oceanfront Magazine, a project I’m working on with some creative friends of mine to share stories from Newport Beach. You can find the entire magazine here (or check out some of my favorite spreads below) but I wanted to republish my Letter […]

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Winter Recipe: Coffee Squash

Posted by melissa kandel on February 6, 2019 in Recipes | 1 Comment

Coffee squash? Squash coffee? No matter how you mash it, the combo sounds a little weird. Stick with me on this one, friends, we’ve got places to go and butternut squash to eat this winter. Here’s the deal: I love this recipe because it’s 1. Easy to make. 2. An unexpected duo of flavors that […]

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Smile! (If You Care)

Posted by melissa kandel on February 5, 2019 in business journey | No Comments

The smile is particular. You know the one I’m talking about. It happens when you take your first sip of coffee in the morning or on a Friday night when you throw your hands into the air in a crowded bar because the song is just that good. In the space of a moment, life […]

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Norwegian Work Out

Posted by melissa kandel on February 4, 2019 in creativity | 3 Comments

When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to […]

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