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Acquaintance Definition September 28, 2016

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 11:30 am
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You know what word bothers me? Acquaintance.

It’s not a gross word like moist, or a disappointing word like maybe. But it still bothers me.

I know a lot of people who are good, kind, wonderful individuals, and I hate talking about them because of the negative connotation of acquaintance.

The technical definition according to Merriam-Webster is: Someone who is known but who is not a close friend. That sounds like a nice thing, but it feels cold. Like sure, I’ve met this person, but I don’t really like them enough to call them friend. Or worse: there is a backstory there, and sweetie, we don’t have the time or the wine to talk through that one! (more…)

 

Off the Wagon September 26, 2016

Guys… I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon. I used to be so good. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday every week. One blog over on my author site. And then… moving, traveling, adventuring, theatring, and publishing caught up with me.

I love everything I’ve been doing! From painting my face green in Oz to road tripping to see lovely faces I’ve missed so much, I love it. So much so that blogging about it fell through the cracks. Maybe it’s a personality flaw. I’m so much better at sharing the disastrous and humorous moments of life than the wonderful and perfect ones. (more…)

 

The Famous Fall September 24, 2016

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 10:30 am
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Once upon a time, a long time ago, when I was an intern at a New York City dance studio, I took a tap class with the guy who played the Billy Elliot in that amazing movie. For those of you who haven’t seen the move, go watch it. Right now. Seriously, this blog will still be here when you’re done crying over the credits.

He wasn’t the teacher or anything like that; he was just a student. A very silent student in the back row. The teacher knew him and greeted him subtly without ever saying his name. But me being the Billy Elliot obsessed person that I am recognized him instantly. I stood near him – cause you know, obsession – and tap danced while *hopefully* not staring at him too obviously. (more…)

 

Kaiser Permanente for the Epic Fail September 20, 2016

I need to vent for a second. I have Kaiser Permanente health insurance. I pay every month for my freakin’ Kaiser Permanente insurance. Lots of dollar for this damned insurance!

All I needed was refills on some nose spray and my inhaler. Both prescriptions I have had mailed to me out of state while traveling for shows before. First, the doctor sent the refills to the local pharmacy instead of the online app. Fine, a mistake anyone could make if they didn’t read my email to them closely enough. So, I have to call in to the phone line and ask to have them mailed.

Then they tell me that they changed the policy and can no longer mail out of state…cause this wouldn’t have been an important thing to know a few weeks ago? I registered for this insurance specifically because they would mail prescriptions out of state! Gah!

So then they tell me – and this is after talking to seven people, two of whom transferred me to get rid of me, and keep in mind I was on the phone for more than an hour – that I can have my prescription sent to any Walmart. I’ll pay out of pocket, but they’ll reimburse me.

Thank God I have learned enough not to trust anyone at their word when hundreds of dollars are on the line. (more…)

 

The Traumatizing Tongue September 17, 2016

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life,Starting Off Strange — meganorussell @ 12:30 pm
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The very first internship I ever did with a professional company was when I was about sixteen years old. The company was tiny, and I don’t think they really had an intern program. I don’t even think they were really sure why I kept showing up three days a week. But my mom kept telling me to get into the car and the theatre kept letting me in so whatever.

The company did a lot of really cool Shakespeare and avant-garde work, but I was there for the children’s show Frog and Toad. And not even the super fun musical version. It was just people saying they were animals, and there was dark lighting. I really don’t know what was happening.

I was cast as a ferret in a fedora, and I had two lines that were meant to be sinister, but they really weren’t. Honestly, I would love to get my hands on that script to see if it would make more sense through my much more experienced eyes.

The only thing I really, clearly remember is the tongue. (more…)

 

Well… That Happened (Or A Night at Casa Bonita) September 13, 2016

 

I’ve had the amazing opportunity, along with camping this summer, to go and visit my mother in her new western home. It was a great trip.

We saw huge and beautiful mountains.

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Found some great animals

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Drank tea, saw flowers, and… went to Casa Bonita.

Yep, that’s right, the Casa Bonita of South Park fame and home of “eatertainment.” It was an experience. (more…)

 

News and Ideas! September 9, 2016

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 8:03 pm
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Bum ba da dum bum ba bummmmm!

The news is officially official! I have signed a contract with Curiosity Quills Press for a new series! The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days is set to be released in summer 2017!

Megan O’Russell’s THE TALE OF BRYANT ADAMS: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, pitched as a tongue-in-cheek take on Harry Potter meets Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, in which evil shadow-cloaked monsters and mist ladies track Bryant Adams through the streets and tunnels of Manhattan all because of a magical cellphone that burned down half his school, most of a penthouse… and a trash can, until it increasingly looks like surviving the weekend might take more magic than even the pyromaniac’s dream phone can provide.

And I’ve had a brilliant idea for the release of the next book in The Tethering Series, The Dragon Unbound. (more…)