Author Archives: Mary Fran Says

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.

3 Sentence Review: Movie β€” The Menu

Full title: The MenuDirector: Mark MylodWriters: Seth Reiss, Will TracyStarring: Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy Rated: R for strong/disturbing violent content, language throughout and some sexual references.Run time: 1 hour 47 minutesGenre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller Brief Synopsis: A young woman accompanies her date, an obsessive … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year again…

Time for Thanks, Gifts, and Giving ❀ In introduction (or a simple reminder)–a few years back I read an article in the Tribune that offered personal stories about “The Gifts that Stay with us for a Lifetime.” The sweet, silly, … Continue reading

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But wait–there’s MORE!

That phrase seems to have been a trend in my life lately. The DAWGs wrote to that exact prompt a few months ago. Our recent unseasonable November 70 degree streak had the weather forecasters claiming it. And then there was … Continue reading

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In Honor of Election Day

I realize this is only mid-terms, but I wanted to share a story I wrote in August for my DeKalb Area Writers Group (DAWGs). We were challenged to a multi-part assignment inspired by the NYCMidnight contests. In addition to the … Continue reading

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A Haunt-ing Short Story

I entered to be part of the annual #SpookyShowcase again this year, but unfortunately I missed the deadline for the Twitter event. So, I offer my short story to you today. Happy Halloween. πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ‘» On Sundays, the family can be … Continue reading

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3 Sentence Review: Movie — Everything Everywhere All at Once

As promised, here are three sentences that summarize my thoughts on the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once. Full title: Everything Everywhere All at OnceDirectors: Daniel Kwan,Β Daniel ScheinertWriters: Daniel Kwan,Β Daniel ScheinertStarring: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee … Continue reading

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The Puppy Reunion!

As you may recall, in April of 2019, our Pembroke corgis, Jackson and Miskey, had a litter. It began as a harrowing experience, but overall ended up great. All of our puppies found terrific homes. Seriously, we lucked out in … Continue reading

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Bears Down!

Originally, I had planned to write a 3 Sentence Review for the surreal-action-sci-fi movie, Everything Everywhere All at Once, a film about a middle-aged woman who consistently fails at life and becomes entangled in a bizarre series of events in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me

It’s not actually today, but it is in October, and that’s close enough to count. I am NOT one of those people who will get mad at you for missing my birthday. Firstly, because I’m willing to accept well wishes … Continue reading

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Freeport Bound

This past Saturday, we picked up the BBs and drove to Freeport for the day. The drive from DeKalb to Freeport is quite the haul, over an hour, but stopping halfway to get the grands breaks it up nicely. Until … Continue reading

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