Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Welcome to Las Vegas

Posted by melissa kandel on March 10, 2019 in business journey | 2 Comments

Me again. Melissa. This week I write to you from a room on the 32nd floor of a hotel in Las Vegas. I’m also eating pretzels if that matters, but I don’t think it does. There’s this thin, gauzy curtain that covers a large picture window on the back wall of my room and if […]

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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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His Muse

Posted by melissa kandel on February 4, 2018 in Fiction | 2 Comments

There’s a road in Costa Rica that is watched by snakes and stones. The stones don’t make the best sentinels (stony-faced as they may be), mostly because they have no eyes and can only roll loosely in one direction or the next to warn of trouble ahead. The snakes, by comparison, fare a little better. Though […]

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In Which I Interview Myself

Posted by melissa kandel on January 15, 2018 in Personal | 11 Comments

Hello. My apologies for the hiatus, I haven’t forgotten about you, life has been busy and honestly, little word studio has always been this place of uber-creativity for me and I haven’t felt all that inspired to write something worthy of this blog. The plan for little word studio in 2018, just so you know, […]

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Whale-Talk

Posted by melissa kandel on November 20, 2017 in Fiction | 4 Comments

Yosemite My name is Yosemite. I’m five feet, six inches tall with a reddish tint to my hair, a long beard that I never comb and green-blue eyes that are noticeably two different sizes. I only shower on Thursdays, smoke at least five cigarettes a day and eat my cereal each morning with cinnamon whiskey […]

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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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Letters of Inspiration: II

Posted by melissa kandel on November 3, 2017 in Letters of Inspiration | 2 Comments

August 15, 2017 Hi Melissa, See, now that’s inspiring. Instead of ‘just’ an interview, letting people in on (excerpts of) our personal emails. Brilliant. I actually think back-and-forth emailing is the best thing about working with other creatives and it’s a shame it never sees the light of day (i.e. gets shared on blog or […]

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I’m Back

Posted by melissa kandel on October 26, 2017 in Personal | No Comments

Hello, friends. I apologize for the hiatus. Sometimes you have to step back to move forward. You listen to your breathing like the yogi you sometimes pretend to be, take walks on the beach in the light of a waning sun. You read good books, you read bad books, you watch cheesy Hallmark holiday movies, […]

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Here’s What You Missed at the 2017 Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

Posted by melissa kandel on October 13, 2017 in Newport Beach | No Comments

It’s not every day you stand on the lawn outside your local library and next to you, dressed casually in a pastel collared shirt and beige slacks, is Hubert Keller, James Beard Foundation winner and chef extraordinaire. He’s laughing about a joke you couldn’t hear. What does Hubert find so funny? You only call him Hubert […]

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Quiksilver and Roxy Pro France Happening Tomorrow

Posted by melissa kandel on October 7, 2017 in surfing | No Comments

If you’ve been following little word studio for a while, you know I’m a newly converted fan of surfing. Back in August, I had the chance to cover the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, which rolled in and out of Huntington Beach with due excitement, and the entire experience got me hooked. It’s a fairly […]

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