Melissa Frey

Fiction Writer, Freelancer for Hire, and Paleo Enthusiast

Category: Life (Page 1 of 3)

Still Alice by Lisa Genova – Book Review

Because my day job is committed to ensuring its employees receive adequate training to succeed, I had the fortunate opportunity to be a part of a class with required reading. Yes, you read that right. REQUIRED READING. (Shush! No bad words on this blog!)

But it actually was pretty great. I got back into the groove of reading again, even if most of the books were non-fiction and I had no time for the fiction book I started after Christmas (I’ll get to you sometime, The Chemist), and it really helped me improve as a person.

Then the final reading assignment was handed out, and I was tasked to read Still Alice by Lisa Genova. (I work in senior care and the class was through a statewide senior care advocacy agency.) If you’re not familiar with the book, as I wasn’t until it was handed to me, it’s about a Harvard professor who gets diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. And let me tell you, it was LIFE CHANGING. And I don’t say that often.

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15 Things Linkin Park Taught Me About Life

Linkin Park

Last week, Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington, took his own life. I am saddened anytime a life is lost, but this one hit me harder than I expected. Linkin Park’s first album came out when I was in high school (I know, I’m dating myself), and their music was an integral part of my becoming an adult.

So this death, like too many others before it, got me thinking. I wondered how someone gets to a point where it seems like the only option is giving up. I wondered how I would react if it was someone close to me. I wondered how someone so successful (at least to the outside world) could consider his life worth ending.

Then I thought about it in the context of my own life, and how short life really is. Not all of our lives will end so tragically, by our own hands, but we are never promised tomorrow. So I thought about the lessons I’ve learned since high school, ones that Linkin Park’s music taught me.

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Six Foolproof Ways to Incorporate Reading into Your Life

Six Foolproof Ways to Incorporate Reading into Your Life

Finding time to read.

Seems like a daunting task sometimes, doesn’t it? I know it does for me. I love it,  I absolutely do, but sometimes other things just get in the way.

Over the past few months, I had some books that I needed to read for my job in very specific time frames, so I had to figure out how to make it work. I haven’t been great at it, but here’s what I’ve learned.

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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.

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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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