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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

The End of the Story August 26, 2019

It is the end of a long and rocky era. The final book in The Tethering series has been published!

The amount of work it took to get The Tethering series from the first scribbles in a notebook to four published books was…painfully monumental.

Though, I will have to say, seeing the charts as The Tethering goes out to thousands of readers definitely makes the tears worthwhile.

The Tethering by Megan O'Russell

When I started writing The Tethering, I was literally writing in a notebook. I was super pleased if I could scrawl out a few pages a day. I would write the scene I wanted to write instead of forcing myself to go in chronological order. I had no idea that head hopping was a thing, let alone a problem. I didn’t know that being an indie author was an option. And I didn’t know if anyone besides my husband and my mother would ever want to read anything I had written.

Now over 60,000 people have downloaded my books.

That is completely insane to me.

I love writing. I love hanging out with my characters and my keyboard. I love being a part of the author community, which is so genuinely supportive it’s a little insane sometimes.

I won’t lie and say it’s all sunshine and roses. The husband and I have had to make a lot of hard choices to fit the massive amount of work my career as an author brings into our lives. I work, like, fourteen hours a day most of the time, and things that I really like to do (like blogging here) have fallen by the wayside.

Building a dream takes a lot of work, and I’m in it for the long haul. From the scribbled notebooks to answering emails from readers, things have changed a lot. But at the heart of it all, and whatever the format may be, I love storytelling. And that is exactly how I have the privilege of spending my time.

 

Book Blogger Extravaganza September 23, 2017

Book Blogger Peeps!

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Just wanted to give a quick shout into the blogosphere to make sure everyone knows that there is still time to get a review copy of How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days!

Book reviews are some of the best tools that an author has in reaching new audiences. The more reviews you get, the more likely your book is to be seen on Amazon, the more promotional opportunities become available, and the better the word of mouth!

So, for my awesome non-book review blog followers, if you’ve read any of my books, please take a minute and leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads if you’re a member. Even if the review is only “Nice read!” it counts and helps to no end!

If you’re a book blogger, click here to sign up for the book review extravaganza!

 

 

Ch-ch-changes June 16, 2017

Hello Lovelies!

I’ve decided it’s time to grow up and be a big kid author. There are, like, marketing plans and things happening. In my new vigor I’ve decided to streamline my social media. The Life Beyond Exaggeration Twitter and Facebook pages are gone. However, this blog is not going anywhere! I will still be blogging away. I’ll just be sharing the blog on my author pages.

https://twitter.com/MeganORussell

and

https://www.facebook.com/ORussellauthor

So please like those pages to make sure you stay up to date on all my wonderful misadventures!

Now I’m back to Neverland and learning to play the mandolin for Peter Pan!

 

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 Mysterious Window April 22, 2015

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I’m a planner kind of girl. If I think I might have lost my planner, I have a minor freak out. I mean, how am I supposed to function without it’s cheerful elephant decorated pages telling me what to do every day. I frequently write down blog ideas in my planner. Funny stories I’ve just remembered, crazy random happenstances that simply must be shared with the world, even an occasional reminder of what soap box I was standing on yesterday.

Every once in a while, I write a little note in my planner, and then the next day have no freakin’ clue what I was talking about. For today’s post I was supposed to write about windows.

What does that mean? The incredible troll farting window? Did I break a window? A window into someone’s soul? How much is that doggy in the window? (more…)

 

Beware of the Blogger June 21, 2014

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This past week, I had an email from a friend. She also has a blog, and her family is having a hard time with it. They don’t like the idea of strangers reading about their lives. Which I mildly understand. My sister doesn’t usually read this blog unless I tell her it’s one she would really think is funny, and my mother has been shocked on more than one occasion. But they were both a little worried when I started Life Beyond Exaggeration. I told my friend about all of this. How most people who read her blog will have no idea who she is, let alone who her family is. I was very supportive and encouraging.

And then, once I was done being a good person, I realized I could have the ultimate blogger’s revenge. (more…)