Melanie Gapany

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Why No One Goes to Your Events

Many of us have been there. You’ve planned the perfect party, thought of all the details, decorated to the nines and picked the perfect outfit for your all-out themed event, but then the day comes and you end up with an empty house. Your party attendee list is significantly smaller than you had projected, and you’re left with enough left over potato salad to feed a small village in Namibia. From bad weather to bad timing, there are many reasons for an event to fail. After many  ...

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Nothing to Write Home About

Whenever I watch any of the arguably horrible television shows that entertain me, I always have to tell myself why I even bother watching these things. The acting is always over the top (although I  have mastered that breathy, punctuated, “Im lecturing you” delivery Shonda Rhimes is well known for) and the background stories for many of these characters are seldom believable. Yet, Im always dumbfounded at the capability of television writers to come up with these incredibly  ...

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My Phone Almost Killed Me

A few weeks ago, my phone began to act up. It would shut itself off as soon as unplugged, and ghost type messages to random people in my contact. At one point, it even managed to send about 42 of my unread emails into my archive.  C’est la vie. When I took it in, they told me that the battery was swelling, which is not at all scary considering the recent trend of battery explosions. As a “Florida Woman” I take no chances at becoming a potential headline. I have a  ...

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On Reading My Own Short Story in Penduline Press

An older shotgun fiction I wrote as part of a college assignment was published in Penduline press a couple of years ago. Sure, the final product that actually made it into the small digital literary magazine was nothing close to the original work that was submitted for credit, but the bones were definitely the same. Recently,  I found not only the link for the online story, which you too can read here, but also the original story as it was written for class (an subsequently originally  ...

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