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For the Love of Music September 19, 2017

Filed under: Tales of Travel — meganorussell @ 12:30 pm
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I found my favorite city in the world the moment I heard the music on the street.

First of all we found a parking garage, which was like the freakin’ Holy Grail on this trip. Second, everything we wanted to see was in walking distance of where we parked the car. Third, I found a salad.

So really, I was in a great place to enjoy things in the first place.

But Galway is going to have to be split into two blogs. The latter shall be a tale of magic, music, and a perfect Guiness pour. But first we must discuss the oil-drinking vampire.

After we found my beloved parking garage, we found our hotel.

It’s just a few doors down, right above one of the best pubs in the city. I’m feeling really great about my travel planning choices. Then we walk up to the desk to check in…he has no record of our Expedia booking.

I have the confirmation with me, so I’m all like, “Nope, I like it here. I’ve paid to stay here. Find my booking.”

He reaches for a paper folder to sort through things (apparently, they’d switched systems and lost some bookings, but he didn’t see fit to mention that right away).

As he’s thumbing through paper, a man walks in and asks for two rooms for the night. The concierge says sorry, but he only has one room left… our room. (more…)

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The Privilege of Compassion December 6, 2016

My new YA mid-apocalyptic sci-fi Girl of Glass is now available in eBook and paperback!

If you’re a person who reads, you’ve probably read a dystopian novel. From Hunger Games to Divergent, Lord of the Flies to Maze Runner we’ve seen plagues, corrupt governments, and all sorts of suffering as the world crumbles. But we always seem to look up from the bottom.

The stories of the end of our world are told from the point of view of the bottom. Those who suffer, starve, and bleed. Who fight for every scrap of food and wonder each night if they’ll live to see morning. The ones who the tumbling governments have chosen to abuse or experiment on.

But what would the end of order look like from the top? If you were one of the chosen one percent who were meant to survive, how would you view the decaying world?

Would you be like the rich in the Capital of Panem, seeing the poor as little more than animals that can be killed for entertainment? Would you be a doctor and create a terrible maze to study the ill?

Magnolia Kent can’t stand to see either of those terrible things happen.

girl-of-glass-coverTwo worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.

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Looking at a dystopian world from the point of view of privileged compassion is what began the story of Girl of Glass. What are the moral implications of the survivors? How much pain can you ignore and still call yourself human? But compassion is costly, and when the world is being driven into darkness, touching the shadows comes at a terrible price. Those are the choices Nola Kent has to make.

What would you choose? How much suffering would you be able to watch if you knew you could stay safely away from it? Could you lose the compassion that defines us as humans in order to preserve the human race?

 

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Transylvanian Tragedy July 15, 2013

Filed under: Myths and Legends — meganorussell @ 8:05 am
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This story is one of many myths and legends that I have heard in my time as a performer. Though I do trust the source of the story, I was not there and therefore cannot vouch for its accuracy.

There was once a Theatre for Young Audiences production of Dracula. I don’t know who thought Dracula for kids was a good idea, but there you have it. The show started with Dracula flying from above the stage, over the audience, and through a trap door into the lighting booth at the back of the house. (more…)