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A Little “Nighttide” Music December 11, 2018

I adore my husband. If you’ve visited this blog before, that much is probably clear.

Aside from our co-dependence as humans, we also work together as performers and have been known to collaborate on fun projects. Together, we created the music for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical and Princess Camp: The Musical.

Most recently, I decided to write a short story that includes music. Weird, I know. But think of it this way: there are books where people bake pies, and at the back of the book the author puts in the recipe for the pie you saw the characters baking. Only in this story there is no pie, there’s songs. And for those who are musically-inclined, there’s sheet music available to go with the songs.

Why, you may ask? Because I love collaborating on music with the husband, and no one would want to eat any pie I created the recipe for.

Will everyone who reads the story be interested in the sheet music, or be able to read or play music? Not at all. And the story doesn’t hinge on being able to hum the melody.

I just really like insider extras, and music is something unique I can offer my readers.

The story is titled Song of Nighttide and is available for free download here.

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And as for our little song, please enjoy this clip of the husband’s performance.

 

 

A “Real” Job November 27, 2018

I’m an actor and an author. Those are the two things I do with my life. They are both horribly time consuming, desperately competitive, bound to shatter your heart, and I would never give up either of them.

But a lot of people don’t consider either to be a real job.

I’m an adult. Not like just out of college and think I’m a grown up. I am actually a full-fledged adult who likes to gripe at youths who aren’t concerned with being politically active. But some people still somehow think that I’m going to outgrow these strange pursuits and choose something sensible to do with my life.

My favorite comments include:

  • If you keep practicing, you could really be an actor someday.

Counter balanced by

  • You’re so talented, have you considered acting professionally?

 

There’s also the gems of (accompanied by thoughts like):

  • So what do you do for money?
    I sacrifice goats to the gods. Would you like to come to the next ceremony?
  • What are you going to do—you know—when you’re old?
    Be a cooler person than you.
  • You should be on Broadway. Why don’t you live in New York?
    I like disposable income and hate the smell of pee on the sidewalk.
  • Don’t you want to do something more with your life?
    I tell stories and make people happy. I may not be curing cancer, but escape and joy are important, dammit.

(more…)

 

A Spark of Joy November 23, 2018

There are a lot of hard days in musical theatre.

I know. Crazy right?

I spend most of my time singing and dancing for a living. Most people barely consider what I do to be a job (I’ll go into more detail on this gem next time), but performing is hard. It’s tiring and repetitive. Not only are you asking your body to do strenuous physical activity, you have to sing and look like it’s easy too!

There are days—when you’re sore, and tired, and you’ve rammed your face into a set piece, and your fake eyelash is jabbing your eye, and you have a bobby pin that’s trying to impale your brain—when you’d really just rather not. Not go on stage, not have lights in your eyes, not try and entertain strangers.

We all have those days, and it’s okay. I’m constantly having to tell fresh performers that it’s okay. Having a day when you have to force the smile on your face while you tap dance on aching feet is okay. You’re not a terrible actor. You don’t need to quit. Our job is hard.

But every once in a while, a very special audience member comes along who makes the hard job a whole lot easier. (more…)

 

And Christmas Begins November 16, 2018

It’s Christmas!

At least it is for me. I’ve spent the last week in rehearsals for Elf the Musical, and we’ll be opening the show on Thanksgiving. I’m used to elongated Christmas seasons. Growing up, Christmas season at my mother’s inn started on November 1st. The house was decorated for tea programs, and then we just ran along in a blur of Christmas until December 25th.

There’s some good and bad to starting Christmas so early. You get to be surrounded by festivities, but you want to strangle the next person who sings Deck the Halls. You don’t have to worry about the season slipping by without notice, but you’re too busy working to visit all the cool holiday displays.

This year is stranger than most for me. Last year, since I was living on a tour bus, I didn’t get to devote as much time to Christmas as I’m used to. So I want to go all out Christmas Cheer this year. But I’m in Florida. It’s hot. There will be no snow. And everyone with common sense knows you should not wrap palm trees in Christmas lights. (more…)

 

The Clock is Ticking November 11, 2018

Time is almost up for The Girl Without Magic $0.99 sale!

The Girl Without Magic Cover

Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay. The Girl Without Magic combines the world jumping of Doctor Who with the magic of The Chronicles of Narnia.

The sale ends Monday, so if you want to snag a copy, do it soon!

Amazon     Barnes&Noble     iBooks     Kobo

And for all of you who already got your copy, thank you for helping The Girl Without Magic reach top 100 in its Amazon Category!

The Girl Without Magic 100 on Amazon

Thank you all for your continued support on this blog and for my books.

Happy reading!

 

Back by Popular Demand November 5, 2018

I’ve got big news!

The Girl Without Magic sale went so well, we’ve decided to do it again.

This week only, you can download your copy of this Young Adult fantasy novel for $0.99!

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You can purchase your $0.99 copy by clicking here!

If you’ve ever thought of purchasing one of my books, now is the time. Not only would you be getting a great deal, you’d also be helping my book to climb the sales charts where it can be found by other readers. I’ll be tracking the sales throughout the week, and I’ll be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.

And if $0.99 isn’t in the budget right now, (we’ve all been there, believe me), then I have some more great news for you! I’m working on finishing up a new short story that will be available as a free download this December.

(The news about the downloads comes through my newsletter. Click here so you can join the list to make sure you don’t miss my story and to be the first to receive updates on free and discounted works by other amazing authors.)

And I have eARCs now available for reviewers for book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams: Seven Things Not to Do When Everyone’s Trying to Kill You.

So many author things going on this week!

And I have a great story to tell you for this week’s regularly-scheduled blog post, so basically I’m the most excited kid in town. And I don’t think it has too much to do with discount Halloween candy.

 

My Bio October 23, 2018

As an actor and author, I have to write a lot of bios.

Some, like for kid’s shows, are super easy.

Megan is thrilled to be on stage again. Her favorite animal is the narwhal, and her favorite food is ice cream.

Then there’s normal show bios where you have like two-hundred words to sound impressive so you go for:

Megan is thrilled to be a part of shmanky schmoo production. Previous credits include: Blah, blah, blah, blah. Am I impressive yet? Blah, blah. Love to my husband.

But the real kicker is the author bio. Sometimes you have about one-hundred words, so all you can do is list your books and say who your agent is and you’re done.

But sometimes they want you to fill a whole page so the reader can really get to know you. This, my friends, is dangerous. It’s all about balancing honesty with interest.

I’m going to list my books, that’s a given. I’ll put in a tagline about my work as a playwright and lyricist. I’ll probably toss in a bit about being a professional performer because, for some reason, people think that’s super cool and glamorous. (I agree with the cool, but the glamorous is a lie performers like to keep up. Really we’re just sweaty messes wondering when our costumes can be washed and where the nearest ice pack is, but whatever. It’s nice to believe that fake eyelashes and sequins really do make us fancy.) (more…)