Mary Lynn

Mary Lynn


Mary Lynn has worn many hats—secretary, certified nursing assistant, and retail manager, among others—but none has meant as much to her as writer. After earning a bachelor’s degree in management, she took a bold step in pursuit of her dream of becoming a full-time writer in 2012, applying and gaining acceptance to the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. There she honed her craft, and shortly after graduation in 2015, realized her dream. These days, she spends her time writing and researching her first novel, due to be completed later this year. Residing in northern Illinois, Mary Lynn is married and enjoys spending time with her husband, three grown children and four grandchildren.

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Mary Lynn

27 March at 16:29

Secret: kept from knowledge or view, hidden, conducted in private, a practice marked by discretion.

Secrets destroy, silently eroding the confidence, value and trust of individuals, families, societies. Words whispered in private to cover over deeds too horrible to be allowed in public are the little foxes feasting on the fruits of the vine. Especially within families. Traditions held for years, unspoken rules family members are expected to adhere to at all costs, foster environments rich for the growth of secrets and the sins they cover over.

No sin is too great, no crime too scandalous to warrant forcing a victim to remain silent. Yet, this is most often the result. Victims, shamed into believing they are to blame, are coerced into bearing the guilt through their silence until entire families are eviscerated and left in ruin while the one who is truly responsible continues to go without punishment.

No one must know. The family honor must be protected at all costs. Keep up the facade of perfection, no matter how many lives are shattered. This becomes the de facto motto until the line separating right from wrong is obliterated and all moral sense of justice is gone. Only when the sin or crime is inflicted outside the family will the truth be revealed. But it will be too late. Innocent lives are forever stained with the knowledge that the crime could have been prevented had someone within the family had the courage to speak up.

Then begins the victim shaming. A vicious attempt to repair the damage the truth has exposed by drawing attention away from the culpable and onto their prey until they begin to question their own guilt. Perhaps they did something to provoke it? Perhaps they sent a signal, or said something to encourage the behavior? Soon, they are the one seeking to keep the sin a secret. Better to cover it up and not tell anyone. Better to bear it alone for fear they will be blamed.

The culpable begin to breathe again. The damage has been repaired. They have not lost honor. They can go about their lives with the knowledge that no one is the wiser. Until the next time. And the next. And the next. Until it is no longer possible to cover the sin. Until the sin has become too large a crime. Only then will they be forced to face the multitude of lives they have destroyed will they understand the devastation of a secret.

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14 March at 17:29

Contemplation

So, I am contemplating continuing the Reddick saga with a book going into more detail about Charlotte’s story. A dear friend suggested that Charlotte still had much more to say and quite frankly, I believe she does. Greyson, as well. Oh and perhaps a story after their’s about Delia and Cody, a little further down the road. Oh dear, this was supposed to be a one and done. Now, I’ve gone and done it. These people will never leave me alone now. Looks like I might be lingering in Savannah a bit longer than I’d anticipated. Anyone up for some crab stew? Or a swim at Tybee Island? I’ll keep you posted as to when I arrive…

Mary Lynn

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7 March at 17:16

So, you write, huh? I'll have to check out your book.

Do you believe them? Maybe. Maybe not. Sure, people get busy, but there are certain people who you can just tell are not going to look for your book. I'm not knocking them, but as a writer, it does get frustrating. Especially when you depend on them to potentially buy it. Writers, for the most part, put their heart and soul into their work. They spend hundreds, if not thousands of hours writing, editing, revising, hoping, dreaming, planning, plotting and scheming to create the perfect story, all in the hopes that people will love it and read it and even dare we say, share it with others? So please, if you really do intend to check it out and read it, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts! You have made our day. And for those few who are just trying to be polite, please, check it out. You might find a wonderful story waiting for you to enjoy. If not, no big deal. Thank you anyway. We appreciate you at least not saying something horrible like, reading? Yuk! Ain't got no time for reading! All joking aside, we're tough, we can roll like that. We'll just go home and cry into our coffee/beer/wineglass and hope the next one might be the one.

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6 March at 19:19

Bullying: abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger, more powerful, etc. : the actions and behavior of a bully.
When someone who is new to a situation, place, organization, environment or group, oftentimes, there are individuals who will take upon themselves the role of “authoritarian” when they have not been given this authority. They will tend to think themselves above others, quick to “correct” what they deem as unacceptable behavior. They are quick to judge mistakes as, intentional, manipulative, deceptive and wrong before taking the time to get to know the person they are accusing.
When this happens, the “newbie” is left wondering what they did wrong, or they may feel intimidated and isolated, especially when the bully encourages others to join in on the “fun.”
Now, you may think this only happens in schools. Wrong. This happens everywhere. Just because an individual has graduated high school and is now an adult does not mean they stop being a bully. Bullying behavior is not exclusive to schools and bullies don’t stop simply because they change their daily activity address.
In fact, bullying in the adult world is far worse and carries far greater consequences than bullying in schools ever did. When adults choose to bully adults, they can cause that individual they have singled out to lose for instance, a job. This can quickly escalate into losing a family due to not being able to provide for them, a home, peripheral relationships and even, their very life when they no longer feel they have anything worth living for. Think I’m being overly dramatic? Take a look at the news and tell me that. Left unchecked, bullies don’t quit bullying, they just become bigger bullies.
The really horrible part is this. If they would just take the time to look beyond the end of their own nose, they might find that the individual they “assumed” was being manipulative or deceptive may not even be aware they are doing something against “policy” or wrong. They may not know how the “system” works and may have made an honest mistake that, when shown, with respect and dignity, privately, the proper way, will be eternally grateful for the information and correct the mistake. Instead, the bully uses the “system” to humiliate them publicly by revealing the mistake they made to everyone who will listen because they believe that individual is only doing it on purpose.
But, listen carefully, this is the important part. The bully doesn’t make themselves look better and that individual look worse. Quite the opposite in fact. Because you see, no one likes a bully, they just go along because it’s easier to not rock the boat and agree with the bully rather than risk being the object of their hate the next time. As someone who was horribly bullied all through school, I have something to say to all bullies.
Not every individual you single out gives up. Some of us grow up and some of us realize just how wrong you are. And we aren’t going to be silent anymore. When a bully rears their head, I will speak out. I will not cower anymore. Have I made mistakes? Sure, but so have you. The difference is, I will admit mine. Will you? I will correct mine. Will you? I will not be defined by your opinions and I will not agree with them to get you “off my back.” And, if you take a look around you, you’re rapidly losing your audience because people are tired of your bullying and your accusations. People are waking up to the devastation your tactics cause and they have had enough. So, to all the bullies out there, be afraid, be very very afraid. Because we are not going to be bullied anymore.

Mary Lynn

Mary Lynn

2 March at 18:34

Double Check Everything!

After weeks of ignoring the tell-tale signs of a virus/malware on my laptop, I realized it was time to “redo” it and I begrudgingly told my dear, tech-savvy hubby.
“You’re gonna need to back up all your “Schtuff”
“I know.”
“Use my portable hard-drive. Get everything.”
“I will.”
I spent more than an hour yesterday, patiently backing up all the files on my desktop, documents folder, downloads folder and pictures folder, taking care to make folders on the hard drive just like he’d told me to do the last time he cleaned my laptop from a virus. FYI, be careful of all the “links” on Facebook asking you to read about Kim Kardashain’s latest faux pas or the survey that will tell you if you were born in the right time period, what zodiac sign you should marry, or what color to paint your nails so Mr. Right will think you’re hot and sexy. They’re malware! All of ‘em! Yes, I know, but their so innocent looking.
Anyway, I digress. When dear hubby got home, he asked, did you back it all up?
“Yup!” I proudly declared. All but a few shortcuts I wasn’t sure would need to be, oh, and a program I use to keep track of all my WIPs. (Work In Progress) for those of you who are not familiar with writing lingo. Dear hubby quickly googled how to back that program up and began the tedious process of wiping the hard drive, re-installing the usual programs and then, the restoring of all my “schtuff”.
Finally, after several hours, he announced he was finished. Now, usually, this process takes much, much longer, but this time, it went so fast, I was stunned to say the least, that is, until he told me he had replaced, not wiped the hard drive for a much faster one. He told me I was so going to love the speed that it would feel like a brand new laptop. He also said to keep an eye on the battery and if it started to fail, he would replace that one, too.
As it was nearly 11 pm, we went to bed. Today, I woke up, excited to test it. Sure enough, he was right, it IS fast. I poured myself a cup of coffee and sat down to enjoy it and breakfast. I surfed Google news, yeah, I know, I know. Just think of it as watching Saturday Night Live every morning, pure entertainment and no mental nutrition.
Once I had sufficiently fried a few hundred brain cells, I closed the news and began to arrange the folders on my desktop. Now, let me say, it was during this process I began to panic. You see, I am in the process of revising/editing a VERY lengthy novel I have been working on for years. Because it is so large and so tedious, I have copied the first ten chapters into a separate file and have been slowly working on them, polishing them until they are very shiny and you can see your face in them. Ok, Ok, maybe that’s a stretch. Still, these chapters were VERY good and I was really proud of them. But, much to my horror, the file was NOT on the desktop. Ok, perhaps it’s still on the hard drive. Nope. Not there.
AAAAAhhhh. I called hubby, ready to start bawling. I mean, I don’t remember half off the stuff I re-wrote, so how am I going to redo it?
“Was it on the desktop before I redid it?” he quietly asks.
“Yes.”
“It’s still on the HARD DRIVE I REPLACED!” (he didn’t yell, that’s for emphasis.)
“Are you serious?”
“Yes.”
“You didn’t wipe it?”
“No.”
I wanted to reach through the phone and kiss him.
“I’ll put it back on the laptop when I get home.”
Angels starting singing, the heavens brightened. My file is safe and sound. It’s just not on my laptop right now. But it will be. Soon.
Now, how to kill time until he gets home????

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