Melissa Frey

Fiction Writer, Freelancer for Hire, and Paleo Enthusiast

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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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Supernatural 200th Episode Review

Summer is finally here!

Sunday was the first day it really felt like summer here in the frozen north, and I loved every minute! I’m glad we get a few more months to bask in the warmth.

What’s your favorite summer activity? Ours is… TV! Well, not really, but on super hot days it can be nice to sit in air conditioning and relax, or just chill on the couch from a long day outside. This past Saturday was our day like that – we were outside almost all day helping out at a garage sale. We sold a lot of stuff, made a decent amount of money, and spent time with family! But we were pretty tired out after being in and out of the sun all day, so we relaxed that evening with the 200th episode of Supernatural (S.10, Ep.5). And it was AMAZING.

Don’t worry; there aren’t any spoilers. 🙂

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Running Scared – The Beginning

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My lungs are burning, but I can’t stop running. I feel the soles of my shoes slap against the hard, gray concrete as I push myself further, harder, faster. I must find him. Leaving him here is not an option.

How he got here is a long story, and I don’t have time to think about that now. All I know is I have to rescue him.

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The Secret of the Codex – Excerpt #4

Happy Thursday! This isn’t a day I normally post, but I thought I’d put the next excerpt up anyway. I know, I’m crazy!

In this excerpt, we get to see more of Grady and Kayla’s interactions, and some foreshadowing of things to come…plus, you know, a dark cave with mysterious markings and unexplained origins. Pretty much the best thing ever.

(Oh – and this one picks up where the last one left off.)

Enjoy!

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