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.

I Advanced to the Next Round

in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge! The first round of submissions were due back in January and results were posted last week. There were over 6000 entries in Round 1! Broken in groups of 25 or so, each group … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s the Big Things

You may remember a post I wrote about coffee creamers. It was May of 2020, we were barely into the covid lockdown, but it was already impacting our lives. I blogged about missing the little things like restaurant meet-ups with … Continue reading

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A Book Review

I am constantly searching for a good read. For inspiration, instruction, or just to pass the time. I appreciate recommendations in general. But I REALLY love a recommendation that comes with an, “I loved this book and I think you’ll … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR!

I’m not sure any year has been as anticipated (in my lifetime) as 2021.Congratulations, we made it.What that actually means remains to be seen…2020 didn’t get rough until mid-March. Not to be a pessimist, but there’s still time for this … Continue reading

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Gifts and Gratitude

This post is about the “gifts” that stay with you, that leave an abiding and memorable impression. Just the good ones, lol. After the year we’ve had, we could use some positive and lasting inspiration. Please take the time to … Continue reading

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WE HAVE A WINNER!

TODAY MAKES 500! I can’t even believe it! FIVE HUNDRED POSTS! Thank you to the readers who submitted blog titles to the contest. I was both impressed and amazed at some of the selections. Match Game, a post from July … Continue reading

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Easy as One, Two…

ONE Don’t forget to leave me a message with the TITLE of one of my blog posts so you’ll be entered into a drawing for a FIFTY DOLLAR PRIZE! Simply comment wherever you see this post or email me at … Continue reading

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You could WIN!

You may remember way back in June, I posted my 443rd blog.Today’s post is #498…I’M ALMOST TO FIVE HUNDRED! In honor of reaching this goal, I’m hosting a contest. My 500th post will feature a WINNER. That winner could be … Continue reading

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Gifts and Gratitude, Again

I was really touched by an article I read in the Chicago Tribune last year. “The Gifts that Stay With Us for a Lifetime” was a collection of stories about ‘gifts’ and their lasting effect. You may remember I blogged … Continue reading

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Imaginate

When my six year old grandson comes over to visit, he spends a lot of time playing. He runs, jumps, and bounces. He kicks, lunges, and swings various limbs. He lands, tumbles, rolls, and repeats. He hops from chair arm … Continue reading

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