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An Isle of Magic July 26, 2017

Filed under: Tales of Travel — meganorussell @ 2:30 pm
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There are some mornings that are just magical.IMG_0945
And this is coming from a very non-morning person.

After our adventure trying to find the address-less hotel, the time came for our brief day in Killarney National Park.

We started with a boat ride to Innisfallen Island.

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We hired a man with a speedboat to ferry us out to this tiny place where the Annals of Innisfallen were written. The island feels like a place that might actually be enchanted. Between the ruins of the abbey and the herd of deer, magic is hidden in every corner of the island. (more…)

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The Actor’s Budget Christmas December 10, 2014

I love Christmas! I love the lists and the carols. I love Santa and the Muppets doing Charles Dickens. I love it all.

This year, my husband took me to Disney to celebrate Christmas. Since we are going to be working all day on the 25th, we kicked off the season early. We saw fireworks, met Father Christmas, (more…)

 

The Cover Quandry November 1, 2014

Work on the cover for book two of The Tethering Series has begun! I am so excited! Pre-Release begins in February, and things are moving apace!

I love the cover for The Tethering, but trying to recreate cover magic while finding a way to tie the whole series together is tough. I know I want to keep the tree of life. I love that design, and the symbol is so important within the story.

On The Tethering cover, fire is an element in the first story, but not so much in The Siren’s Realm. The same holds true with the forest seen on the first cover and the hands. It’s not that those things aren’t important in The Siren’s Realm. It’s just not what needs to be the emphasis of the cover. And it might be confusing for books one and two in the series to look too similar.

I want water and magic. I want something the same as book one yet utterly different, and I want it to be blue-green. Or at least green. But I might be open to blue.

I know. I sound like a designer’s nightmare. My poor cover artist might be designing dart boards with my face intricately centered as I type. Sorry, Arterismos.

The cover should be ready next month, and I can’t wait to share it with you all! In the meantime, if you want to get a sneak peek inside The Tethering, check out the first three chapters on Wattpad, and stay up to the minute on The Tethering news on my Facebook page.

Update: In other news, look at my Toothless Pumpkin!
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The Charmed Life April 23, 2014

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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My husband and I have always led a charmed sort of life. (Please proceed to knock on whatever wood you have available and tututu away the evil spirits if you happen to be Jewish or Fiddler on the Roof obsessed.) But it’s true. That’s not to say that bad things don’t happen. They do. Or that we don’t work really hard to succeed. We do. But we have always seemed to live in a fairy land of our own making. Call it being flighty. Call it being unrealistic, or worse, an artist. But we live in a magical world where everything is possible. (more…)