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I Can’t Hear the Bells February 11, 2015

I grew up next to a fire department. Besides getting a great education in strippers (they had lots of bachelor parties), I also heard lots and lots of fire sirens. And after hearing the same sound over and over for years and years, I stopped being able to hear that particular sound. Not like I’m deaf, but my mind just doesn’t process it as a thing.

It really is kind of nice when I’m at home. The sirens don’t wake me up during the night or make me drop my milk when they start suddenly. But it was a really big problem when I went to college in Oklahoma City.

I was terrified of tornados, but my roommates assured me that if a tornado were coming, there would be sirens to warn me. Not to mention the whole deathly looking sky and fleeing people scattering for shelter. I took those to all be surefire signs that it was time to panic. But then one day I was walking to class in a little piddly rain (it wasn’t bad, just a little inconvenient) when suddenly the people around me started to run.

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Weathering the Storm August 23, 2014

Filed under: Starting Off Strange — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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There are times in life when you feel like you are stuck outside in the storm. That the wind and rain are battering you, and there is no escape. No safe haven, no warm bed to hide in. Just you and the storm, battling to see who can last the longest.

In some ways, I mean that as a metaphor for having my first novel up for preorder. But really I mean it literally. Being out in a storm and having nowhere to hide. When I was a young teenager, I went to a very fancy summer camp in Maine. There was no way my parents could afford to send my sister and me, so my father acted as the woodshop teacher in exchange for our camp tuition. There were all kinds of adventures and a million stories from that summer. But the one that seems most fitting right now is about the only tornado I ever heard of in my time in Maine. (more…)