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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

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!

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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!

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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!

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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…)

 

In Re the Rut October 12, 2018

I’m not good at being in between projects. I lose track of productivity and get less done than when I’m horribly overworked.

I sent two manuscripts to my agent, sent a proof to my publisher, rehearsed and opened a massive show, and am about to open a second show, and I have no idea what writing project to work on next.

I have things I could do but nothing that anyone is asking me to do. There is no deadline. I have no tether to my time. I don’t know when the last time was that I didn’t have some author thing I had to be working on with every spare moment.

I’ve been on a book binge. If you haven’t read Throne of Glass, I highly recommend the series. It’s been keeping me up reading way too late at night and helping fill the void where work should be.

I’m working on the script for another Children’s show, and the first is being rehearsed for its very first production, which is super exciting!

So I guess that’s what I’ll do, dive into the script and lyrics and see where that goes. Maybe edit a new short story to give away to my mailing list subscribers from my author site. Maybe… I have no idea.

I’ll find a project to hold my focus soon.

Or binge read every book in Barnes and Noble. One or the other.

 

Tons of News! July 24, 2018

I have all the news!

No, literally, so much to talk about.

I have officially signed a six-book contract with Curiosity Quills Press that includes:

Book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams:

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Currently titled Seven Things Not to do When Everyone is Trying to Kill You, scheduled for release in April 2019.

Book two in The Chronicles of Maggie Trent:

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Currently titled The Girl Locked With Gold, scheduled for release in December 2019.

And… Drumroll Please!

Starting in 2020, The Tethering series will be rereleased!

I am so thrilled to have The Tethering going back out into the world, and to continue the adventures of Bryant Adams and Maggie Trent.

A huge thanks to all of you who have read my books and continue to come hang out on Life Beyond Exaggeration. It has been a pleasure to share the madness of being an author with all of you, and I am so excited to continue the journey.