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  • Lyssa Myska Allen

    Digital Media Director

    Lyssa is the digital media director at Orange Coast magazine, overseeing and all of our social networks; follow us at the links below (she made us write that)! Lyssa launched a variety of successful websites and wrote for a number of print publications before being imported—as the joke goes—to Orange County from Aspen to join the Orange Coast team.

    She says: Don't forget!


The Future of Digital Journalism

With the O.C. *Register* making national headlines and the stalwart L.A. *Times* squarely in the Register's sights, Orange County has become the center of the debate over the future of journalism. On Wednesday, the same day the print-first Los Angeles Register launches, Chapman University hosts a panel called “The Future of Journalism in the Digital Age,” moderated by Orange Coast Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith. Joining editors from the Register and the Times are representatives of a digital-first publication, public radio, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The event is free and open to the public. One late line-up change: Jimmy Orr, the Times' managing editor for digital, will replace Times editor Davan Maharaj on the panel. Read more...

Every adoption story is a mysterious stew of longing, loss, and searching love

Orange Coast's editor in chief releases a new novel

Our own Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith's has been published! We're proud of the fourth novel in his Memory Series, "The Disappeared Girl," which Diversion Books has launched as an e-book exclusive. Smith wrote about his inspiration for the story on—and you can read the whole thing there. He reveals: "I learned [about adoption] firsthand from my sister Lisa, my oldest sibling, who was 19 in October 1961 when she found herself pregnant and unable to keep her infant daughter. I was just 5 at the time, and three decades passed before Lisa ever told me her secret. On the day she finally did—sitting with me on my front porch in Southern California—something extraordinary happened. At her home in Phoenix, the phone rang. The caller spoke briefly with my sister’s husband, but left no message. We later learned that that coincidental call was from her lost daughter, then 30 and living in Ohio, trying for the first time to contact her birth mother." Read more...

My O.C.: My Heart Transplant

What my 17-year-old self believed about life by the beach, and why I’m still here

“Do you think you’ll stay?” I moved to Orange County a year ago to take my dream job as digital media director for Orange Coast, and quickly realized that Southern Californians are obsessed with that question; it’s second only to “How much is your rent?” Read more...

5 Things Transplanted Beachcombers Need to Know to Make It in Orange County

To complement her recently-published essay My Orange County: My Heart Transplant, new resident Lyssa Myska Allen reveals her 5 need-to-know tips: Read more...

Reddit Co-founder Says 'Failure is an Option'

Alexis Ohanian spoke at UCI on his #WTPBook Tour

"Failure is an option," says Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. "We call it a pivot now in tech." He should know: during his hour-long talk at UCI, he covered how he and his business partner got turned down by Y Combinator... Read more...

If you like Meetup, you also might like...

“They’re definitely huge nerds,” I declare to my two girlfriends as we head to our Grouper—a group blind date with three guys and three girls. “They have to be, we’re one of the first Groupers in Orange County.” Read more...

Tinder Travelers: Finding Friends through a Dating App

When Editor-in-Chief Martin Smith first talked about his story (click here to read), I was quick to chime in with my own experiences using the website's techy-er cousins: apps Grouper and Tinder. Read more...

New Year, New Beauty Booty

You know that deep maroon lipstick and funky purple eyeshadow we always think we’re going to wear on some special occasion, but haven’t touched in years? Now we can donate them and get something in return! Spa Gregorie's has set up a beauty product donation station at each of its three spas as a way to launch its new Osmosis makeup line. Osmosis, which works on all skin tones, is made using 100 percent triple-milled minerals and a unique gogi-berry antioxidant blend. Read more...

Our Top 13 Stories of 2013

What tops Orange County news?

Many thanks to our loyal readers for making 2013 our biggest year at! Here are the 13 most popular stories of the year*. Read more...

A Trip Back in Time with Orange Coast's EIC

Longtime readers might know that Editor in Chief Martin Smith is actually on his second tour here at Orange Coast—he left in the late '90s to write the third book in a popular suspense thriller series he'd penned mostly while helming the mag (no, we don't know how he did it). While Smith wrote the fourth book in 2002, it was never published. Diversion Books has picked up the final book in the "Memory Series," and in advance of the fourth book's March release, is launching digital editions of the first three. Read more...

The 'Fast & Furious' Tribute to Paul Walker

The "Fast & Furious" franchise, directed by Buena Park's Justin Lin, is one of the seminal series of my generation. Universal Pictures released this tribute to its star, who died last weekend. This message accompanies the video: Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and good will from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at Read more...

Fast Forward: A Quick Read on The Evolution of a Clothing Brand

Jeff Stewart on Lolly Clothing

Unless you’re really into fashion, a book chronicling the rise of a fashion line doesn't sound all that interesting. But “Lolly: From Fishing to Fashion, Reeling in an Unlikely Fashion Success” is only barely about Lolly, a high-end contemporary women’s wear brand born in LA. Instead, the book captures the California cool of the former Obvious Clothing line while telling the stories behind it, including personal tales about the author. Read more...
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.


Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.


A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.


Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 


Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why.