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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!

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

Happy reading!

 

Jerry Potter and the Fierce Fandom October 19, 2018

I was walking into my (current) home the other day, and there were two boys playing outside. By playing I mean they had a nerf gun and were trying to shoot each other, but that’s their parents’ problem.

Anyway, I walked past them when one boy said to the other, “No, you’ve got to duck. Like Leo or Neo or whatever.”

I stopped, looked dead pan at the boys, and said, “It’s Neo.”

(I swear I sounded like my evil adopt-a-grandparent.)

The boy said. “Oh yeah, thanks.”

I went inside questioning

  1. How I became enough of a nerd that I knew exactly what they were talking about and
  2. How I became so old and bitter that their pretending to be a character without knowing the character’s name really bothered me.

But then I realized I’m not crazy. They should know Neo’s name if they’re going to be looking to him for guidance on how to dodge nerf suction darts.

What would the world of geekdom be if we didn’t protect the names and honor of our heroes?

Should we allow children to paint lightning bolts on their heads and parade around as Jerry Potter? No! (more…)

 

The Cop in the TARDIS December 20, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 10:48 am
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I went as a TARDIS for Halloween this year. Besides being a huge Doctor Who fan and thinking it was a great costume idea, I really just wanted the sundress. And since I’m in sunny Florida right now, I’ve been wearing my pretty blue TARDIS dress on a regular basis.

This week, I was in Starbucks after a matinee performance, wearing my TARDIS dress. As I was ordering my coffee, the barista looked at me and said, “Are you a cop?”

I blinked for a moment, assuming that she had seen my fake eyelashes and thought I was working Vice as a fake hooker, but then I noticed she was looking at my TARDIS dress.

“No,” I said, shaking my head. “It’s a TARDIS dress.”

“Cause that’s a really great cop uniform,” the girl said, still clearly not getting it.

“Like a TARDIS from Doctor Who,” I kindly clarified.

“Oh.” She smiled. “You’re an English cop. I hope we have pretty cop uniforms in America soon.”

Sweet Jesus, I’m glad she made a bangin’ cup of coffee, because if she thinks cops wear sundresses, she may be a coffee savant.

 

The River Song Saga October 4, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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We got our new (to us) car yesterday!!!! After lots of saving and planning, the day finally came. And naturally, things went to hell.

We called the bank to make sure they knew we were planning to take a poop load of money out in the way of U.S. postal money orders last week. They said fine, they would put a note in our file. Then yesterday morning we called again on our way to the post office, and they said yes, the note was still in the computer system. We got up to the counter and started the whole process. Since we needed so much in money orders, we had to get our profession and social security numbers and everything else entered into the system. Then the postman went to run the card… and it was declined.

So, we called the bank. Actually, I left and went to Starbucks, and my husband called the bank. Apparently the person processing the payment needed to enter a special access code. Not that they had ever mentioned that before, but suddenly it was a thing. After half-an-hour of my husband passing his phone back and forth with the postal dude, they managed to figure out that the post office doesn’t have the ability to enter the security code.

The bank told us to go to a Western Union. So we went. It didn’t work. We called the bank again. Now we couldn’t get out more than three thousand dollars in a day… not that they had ever mentioned that, either. They did give us the option to go to Wal-Mart, use our debit card and do lots and lots of debit transactions, and pull out the cash two-hundred dollars at a time. (more…)

 

My Car is a TARDIS April 19, 2014

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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My car is a TARDIS. For those of you who aren’t Doctor Who fans, please follow this link and then come back to read the rest of the blog. For those of you who know that “Are you my mummy?” is never a good question and that bowties are cool, I am serious.

My car Pam has been with my husband and me since we left college. She has over 220,000 miles on her. She has been with us across the country and through thick and thin. We have had our troubles, and she has had her breakdowns. And now as we prepare ourselves to say goodbye to Pam, I have realized that she has this amazing BBC worthy ability. (more…)

 

I Hate Spoilers: Your Friendly Wednesday Morning Rant December 4, 2013

I hate spoilers. I often even say “Spoilers” in my best River Song impersonation from Doctor Who. If I say I am in the middle of a book and you tell me “Oh, just wait until Jack Butterbutt dies. That’s when it gets really good,” you are in fact risking your life. (more…)