Melissa Frey

Fiction Writer, Freelancer for Hire, and Paleo Enthusiast

A Case for Netflix’s Iron Fist – Review

Iron Fist Netflix

My husband and I just finished watching the first season of Iron Fist on Netflix. (Full disclosure: he watched the first episode by himself and promptly said: “babe, you have to watch this.” He’s usually right about these things, so I picked it up at episode 2.) And let me tell you – it was NOTHING like the internet said. Nope, it was actually AMAZING.

Let me explain.

First, here’s the basic premise of the show: 10-year-old Danny Rand goes on a plane trip with his parents, the extremely wealthy owners of Rand Corporation, and the plane goes down in the Himalayas. Everyone dies (not really a spoiler alert), but he is rescued by a mystical group of monks from a hidden city. They train him for 15 years in kung fu until the way back to the real world opens up again. (You’ll have to watch it for a better explanation.) He heads back to New York City, where he’s from, and that’s where the hero’s journey begins. (dun, dun, dun)

I haven’t really read most of the bad reviews, but I heard people say the first few episodes were slow and frustrating. My husband, a fellow writer, described it like this: the first few episodes were so frustrating because they were frustrating to the main character, Danny Rand.

Making the watcher feel what the characters are feeling; if that’s not excellent writing, I don’t know what is.

And it just got better from there. The nuances, the plot twists (OH MY GOODNESS THE PLOT TWIST), the romances, the deceptions, the deaths, the deaths that didn’t really stick, the special effects, the fight scenes, the absolutely EPIC final battle (one of the many, but this one included an AMAZING display of Danny Rand’s special powers)… Okay.

I won’t reveal any spoilers because I figure the people reading this probably haven’t seen the show yet, but you definitely should. Like, it’s worth paying the Netflix fee for a month just to binge it.

Just go watch it, trust me.

On to the Next…(A Super Short Update on the Codex Series)

Since I finished my book a few weeks ago (yay!), I’ve started working on the next one in the series! I’m learning a few things along the way, so I thought I’d send out a quick update detailing the things I’ve learned in the process.

1. Writing Book Two is infinitely harder than writing Book One – I already have a roadmap to follow and the characters are well-developed.

2. Writing Book Two is infinitely easier than writing Book One – I already have a roadmap to follow and the characters are well-developed.

3. Writing is an incredibly conflicted journey.

Told you it’d be short. 🙂

Have a great week!

It’s Been Nine Years in the Making…

It's Been Nine Years in the Making

After nine years of outlining, writing, rewriting, editing, re-editing, reading, revising, printing, reprinting, handwriting, and staring at a computer screen for what had to have been hundreds of hours, I finished my first novel! From the first draft started in 2008 (I wrote 1 whole page that summer, then got stuck and sat on it for a year), through many moves, both in-state, out-of-state, and even overseas (and back from overseas), life events, blood, sweat, and tears, to the early morning hours of June 20th, 2017, The Secret of the Codex has finally reached its graduation day. Seriously – it feels like I’ve been raising a child and they’re finally graduating and going out into the world (without the messy diapers and temper tantrums – you parents are saints).

So I wanted to talk a little bit about what I learned along the way, give you some insight into how I’ve grown over the last 9 years. Because every experience can be a learning experience if you let it.

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Love Is Worth Surviving For

Love Is Worth Surviving For

I’ve been delving a lot lately into the theme of my book, The Secret of the Codex. (Soon to be books, once this first one is completely finished!) James L. Rubart says that the theme of your life (and writing) can be discovered by the themes of your 3 favorite movies. Mine are:

World War Z
Day After Tomorrow
Dante’s Peak

So, in light of this concept, I went back and rewatched 2 of them. (I had plans to watch the third, but work is super busy right now. Plus, I’ve seen Day After Tomorrow like 30 times, so I feel confident I can speak knowledgeably about this…)

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The Codex - The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

I’m getting REALLY close to finishing my final edits on my novel, The Secret of the Codex. I’ve posted a few excerpts on here (and have gotten some really great feedback from you; thanks!), but I wanted to give you a glimpse into my writing and editing the climax of the story.

First, a little background on me: I LOVE stories, so, consequently, I love *scripted* TV shows and movies. But here’s the weird part: when I watch a movie, I tend to fall asleep during every climax. Seriously – give me an action movie and I’ll start falling asleep as soon as the music crescendos and the protagonist and antagonist start punching each other. It’s inevitable.

I think I love the setup of the story so much – the backstory and character development – that once I get to the usually predictable climax, I’ve checked out. Doesn’t help that it’s usually past my bedtime…

Enter my book.

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