Melanie Gapany

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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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6 MONTHS IN: SOME ADVICE FOR NEWBIES TO THE FREELANCE GAME

Working for yourself is a bit of a challenge. When my friends ask me how it feels to no longer be tied down to the man, I have to be honest and tell them it feels great, but I feel that I also have be frank about the fact that it feels a bit more exhaustive. See, what I have come to realize, is that while working for the man may be emotionally draining, there is something to be said about turning off your computer at 5:54 and leaving everything behind when you head home. Before, sitting at  ...

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THE PUPPY TAKES IT ALL

Recently, we’ve welcomed a new puppy into our home. Brisket, as we have come to call him, is supposedly a mix between a Lancashire Heeler and a Chihuahua…or so we think. Over time, the longer the little thing lives with us, the more I have come to entertain the idea that maybe he is fact part pig, part dog, part fox and part vuvuzela. What I have realized, is that taking a young dog into home is is much more a work put in than a reward that you enjoy, at least during those crucial breaking  ...

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It’s a Mad World – Obamapolean

Back in the days of my Livejournal and Blogger, I used to recap current events and random finds I found worthy. Not only did it serve as an outlet for me to voice my opinions and ideas about things, but it also offered a unique opportunity to reach out to people and organizations that would otherwise fall outside of my scope of interests, at least as far as my various websites are concerned. Take politics for example. Not ever would you find me openly discussing my political views. It’s  ...

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