Melissa Frey

Fiction Writer, Freelancer for Hire, and Paleo Enthusiast

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A Food Post (and Some Writing Stuff Too)

September 2017 Whole30

As some of you may know, I love Paleo food. And this month, in September, my husband and I (along with a bunch of new online friends) are doing a Whole30! If you haven’t heard of the program, it’s a life-changing experience. I’ve done it more times than I can count!

So in honor of our Whole30 this month, I wanted to share a pic of my Paleo, Whole30 “Ramen” bowl we had for dinner tonight. YUM.

Whole30 Ramen Bowl

Doesn’t that look yummy? Sweet potato noodles with spinach, mushrooms, half a boiled egg, carrots, chicken, and sauerkraut on top for a sour bite! Definitely one we’ll put in the rotation.

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So this post can’t all be about food, I know. I wanted to briefly share what’s been going on with my writing.

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Codex Series – Book #2 Update

Codex Series - Book #2 Update

Since I’ve been writing like crazy these days (and am making a lot of progress on my second novel!), I figured it was time for a book update. Yay! Writing is my favorite thing; seriously, like my absolute favorite thing (besides spending time with my hubby, of course), so I love when I get to share it with you!

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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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