Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

Letters of Inspiration: III

Posted by melissa kandel on November 11, 2017 in Letters of Inspiration | 2 Comments

Aug 28 – Email from Yvonne de Jonge Life itself is mostly a question of perception, isn’t it? You can a) focus on things that went wrong and be in a terrible mood, or b) remember those things that went well and made you smile. Enter Happiness Journals, The Happiness Project. Same day, different mood. […]

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On Writing, On Wednesday: The Very First Line

Posted by melissa kandel on June 2, 2016 in On Writing | 2 Comments

This is stupid. That’s the first thing I thought when the idea came to me to write about writing, which seemed no different from a balloon maker noodling up a poodle figurine at a circus side show and instead of selling it to the five-year-old cotton-candy-eater who wants one, telling the kid exactly how the […]

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Moonlight Serenade

Posted by melissa kandel on May 14, 2016 in Fiction | 2 Comments

There was no way around it: Luna had lost the moon. The revelation was quick but biting and it happened last night around dusk. She had been sitting with her cat, Marama, on the hill overlooking a town fading to pale, evening blue and there assumed her usual moon-watching position: Luna tucked her legs behind […]

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The Small Difference

Posted by melissa kandel on February 26, 2016 in Fiction | 1 Comment

Ever since she was twelve, Yumi dreamed of owning a restaurant. Not a very large one but also not one that was too small. In Yumi’s twelve-year-grown mind, her restaurant had but four tables – a table for each season – and the menu would change depending on where you sat. Spring blossoms for one table; […]

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Featured Friday: Leave A Story

Posted by melissa kandel on October 30, 2015 in Featured Friday, Fiction | No Comments

This Friday, I feature a website so simple in its genius, it’s simply genius. Leave A Story, founded by a Swedish graphic designer, is exactly that: You leave a story, the artist draws to it. So, when I handed over “Fly” a few weeks ago, I was soon gifted with an imaginative, whimsical, spot-on rendering of […]

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Little Coffee Story

Posted by melissa kandel on October 21, 2015 in Fiction | 1 Comment

By Melissa Marni So this is my little coffee story. Sorry that I’m only getting around to telling it to you now, me sitting inside this café near a window dribbling with slow rain and you sitting in … well, wherever it is you are. Maybe you’re in a café too, or at home with […]

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Gimmicks In The Sky

Posted by melissa kandel on August 24, 2015 in Fiction | No Comments

By Melissa Marni No one of any importance had ever heard of Earnest Cole. No one had ever said things like, “Oh, that Earnest Cole, can you believe what he’s done now?” Or, “I wonder what Earnest Cole is eating for breakfast today.” No one knew what he was doing and no one knew what […]

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A Terrible Day and A Tree

Posted by melissa kandel on June 15, 2015 in Fiction | No Comments

By Melissa Marni From: Henry Littlesworth To: Marcus Trevan Subject: Your Job It’s over. Fax Me Up LLC is closing shop, effective immediately. Funny I should write this to you over email, the very thing that killed my fax business. Well, Amazon killed us, too. Damn devil of a company. People should know better than […]

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Revelation Underground

Posted by melissa kandel on May 22, 2015 in Fiction | 1 Comment

By Melissa Marni The subway car made its way toward 59th Street, a metal serpent slinking beneath Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Moments before, the doors of the 1 train had slid open and four or five sleepy passengers emerged, settling with their foil-wrapped deli lunches onto blue plastic seats. It was the dance of the morning […]

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The Tale of Astrid the Beautiful

Posted by melissa kandel on May 12, 2015 in Fiction | No Comments

Somewhere in the untamed French countryside near Versailles, on the border of all that was good and evil, once sat a small patch of wild lavender, and just beyond, a smaller spring. An accidental journey brought Astrid to this spring, its water tumbling like wet poetry across flowering earth. She was in the shrubbiest part […]

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