Melissa Frey

Fiction Writer, Freelancer for Hire, and Paleo Enthusiast

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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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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.

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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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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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