Safety Shoes

So, many exciting things have happened this week. But I can’t really talk about the excitement of the week. But I really want to tell you all the things.

Umm… right now I’m rehearsing for a show, and I have fancy gold shoes.

Shoes are a good, safe topic.

So, I leave you with a picture of my torn and tattered fancy show shoes with the hope that next week I will be able to tell you a great story!

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Begin Begin!

In less than three months Girl of Glass will be released!! Ahhh!!

I know three months probably sounds like a whole lot of time, and really it is. I’ll have opened and closed a show and opened another before it’s time for the book release. My little baby nephew might have learned words by then. But still it’s a-coming, and preparations have begun!

At this point, it’s really just working on blog posts for the eventual blog tour.

(For the blogger peeps reading: the signup for the blog tour hasn’t gone up yet, and I will definitely share it on here and on my Facebook page when the time comes.)

The trouble with a blog tour is that you’re writing a whole bunch of posts about the same book. Continue reading

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Announcements and Impending Chaos!

I have news, and I can finally share it!

I signed a contract with Curiosity Quills Press for The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days!

Megan O’Russell’s THE TALE OF BRYANT ADAMS: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, pitched as a tongue-in-cheek take on Harry Potter meets Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, in which evil shadow-cloaked monsters and mist ladies track Bryant Adams through the streets and tunnels of Manhattan all because of a magical cellphone that burned down half his school, most of a penthouse… and a trash can, until it increasingly looks like surviving the weekend might take more magic than even the pyromaniac’s dream phone can provide. Continue reading

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Scathing Success!

I’ve had a scathingly brilliant idea. Well, really my husband had the seed of an idea; I took it and turned it into a vast pool of an idea that will eat all my free time for the foreseeable future. There’s even a religion involved with an evolution story. It’s going to be…a lot and (hopefully) amazing. And I can’t wait to get started!

But it will have to wait, because I’m editing something that I can’t tell you about until it shows up on Publishers Marketplace! And soon the publicity for Girl of Glass will begin! And The Tethering just got a brand new, really great review!

Between all that and hiking some really great mountains, it’s been an amazing week!

How are all your literary and reading pursuits going? Have some exciting things to share? Comment below to shout your success!

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Editing – A Poem by Megan O’Russell

I will edit on a beach.

I will edit near a bog.

I will even edit,

Sitting on a log.

 

I will edit in the car.

I will edit at the camp.

When darkness comes,

I’ll be editing by lamp!

 

I will find an outlet.

The laptop will get charge.

When it’s time for editing,

No task is too large.

 

I will edit on the sand.

I will edit in the sun.

I will prove to everyone,

That editing is fun!

 

New edits now to make.

New books I long to show.

For a new, exciting project!

I cannot tell you though!

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Harry Potter and the Stage Play

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Even though J.K. Rowling decided to steal my mountain, I still love Harry Potter. I love the theme parks, and yes I do love Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything, not only cause spoilers suck, but my husband hasn’t finished reading the play and I’d like to stay married.

I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the script. I think a huge amount of it has to do with people not being used to reading plays. I do shows for a living, so that’s really not an issue for me. And I agree, I miss the descriptions that are in the book, but it’s a play. It’s up to the people on stage and the people who create what’s on stage to make the details for us, so of course you’re not going to get that in a script. It’s just not how it’s done. Continue reading

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A Playful Project

I’m trying to work on something new. I’ve written blogs, short stories, books, and lyrics. Even a book with lyrics. Now I’m trying to write a play.

Not like a deep and meaningful play that will change the way everyone sees the world and end all violence by opening night. A fun little kids’ show. About a princess… with a sword.

As an actor, I’ve performed in many, many kids show. And I love them. I really do. I fell in love with theater when I was three, so having the opportunity to introduce young kids to the beauty of live theater is amazing. My husband writes and orchestrates music and even has the ability (and experience) to make performance tracks.

So here we go! We’re going to write a show about a princess with a sword. And maybe a rapping bear. And a few confused henchman for good measure.

Wish me luck, merde, and break a leg. I’m starting on a new adventure!

 

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The Inspiration Innovation

Have you ever had a moment and thought, This is where the story begins? Standing on the top of a mountain or on a cliff looking out over the sea. Or maybe just lying in bed warm and comfortable and knowing that, in its own simple way, that was a perfect moment.

Maybe it wasn’t a moment of peace or adventure. Maybe it was the moment when your mind realized that something truly horrible had happened. And it took time and pain, but then you knew that was where your story had to begin.

I think all writers have had those moments. Or at least I can’t think of a way a new story could form without them.

And maybe it wasn’t the amazing view down the side of the mountain coated in the shadows of the heavy clouds. Maybe it was just the crisp air that filled your lungs. And that sensation of breathing new life started a story.

I wish that there were a place in the book jacket, whether in front with the dedication or in back with the bio, where the author could have a brief paragraph of how the story started.

The thwaping of a flag as a storm rolled in. A dare from a friend. The mist hiding something in the field.

I want to know. Where did the story start? What was the spark of inspiration?

Have you had a moment that spawned a story? What was it? Inquiring minds want to know!

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The Tethering by Megan O’Russell

A wonderful new review for The Tethering!

TheTethering_MeganO'RusselSynopsis:

All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance. Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover. When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost

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The Hundred Rejections (Or My Life Mired in Cat Poo)

I recently read an article that led me to make a crazy decision. I want to receive 100 rejections this year.

It shouldn’t be hard. I have four manuscripts out for submission, and I want to start searching in earnest for freelance writing work, so 100 actually sounds a little low for me. But still, 100 is the goal.

It sounds (and feels) a little masochistic to be aiming for 100 rejections. 100 emails that start with “Thank you for sending us your work.” Some then get a little rude. Some are form letters. I had a really great rejection from one agent last week. He was very sweet and actually made me feel a bit better about the never ending stream of no’s.

But having the goal of getting 100 rejections has actually reduced the rejection depression from about twelve minutes to two. I even put a little form on the wall where I can keep a prisoner style hash mark count of my rejections.

My husband even promised to buy me a Happy 100 Rejections present if I managed it. I told him to start saving up, because I’ll hit a hundred before you know it. Now, there is a slightly twisted sense of satisfaction every time I open a rejection. One hash closer to 100. One mark closer to my present. One rejection closer to success.

I hope. I really hope. Cause this 100 rejections game might only be fun once. Then I might have to store candy bars around the house and am only allowed to eat them when I get rejected. After that it’ll move to getting a new cat every time I’m rejected. I’ll have to move to a home in the country to house my cats. Eventually I’ll be too busy cleaning up their cat poo to write at all, and that will be the end of Megan O’Russell’s literary career. Distracted by cat poo.

Anyway. Must go work on submissions now. 100 rejections don’t come without 100 submissions, so I better stick to it.

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