Archives for July 2014

The Magic Trip: Disney World (Magic Kingdom)

We spent 5 days in Disney World and had the park hopper plus waterpark option.  I highly reccommend this to anyone who goes, especially in the summer.  The park hopper is great because you can bounce from park to park and with the water park option, you’re able to cool off during the hottest part of the day.

Of course it’s impossible to cover every aspect of Disney in one post, so I thought I would split each post into different parks.

Magic Kingdom is probably my favorite park.  It’s home to a bunch of my favorite rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Small World, and Peter Pan (I might have ridden this one 3 times…shhh).  Here are some of the best moments at Magic Kingdom.

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Remembering Uncle Marc

I know I was supposed to be posting about Disney and Universal the past few days, but Friday morning we received the worst possible call.  My mom’s cousin’s husband, my Uncle Marc, suddenly passed away that morning.

I was debating whether or not to post anything for a while, but I wanted to take a moment to remember him.

He was truly the best of the best.  Always joking, always taking an interest in whatever you were doing, always supportive.  He would come and see my brother and me in whatever show we were doing.  In fact, one of the last conversations we had with him was about On the Air.  His mother was a playwright and he knew a lot about the process we were going through.

I can’t tell you the void he left in the world.  My heart goes out to my Aunt Madelyn and cousins, Joanna and Nicole.

I hope you can take a moment to think about your loved ones; how special they are and how lucky to have them in your life.

 

It’s truly a gift.

 

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Cover Reveal: King Tomb

I am very happy to be one of the bloggers to reveal the cover for King Tomb, the third book in the Forever Evermore Trilogy by Scarlett Dawn!

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The Magic Trip: Charleston, SC

After we left Ben in Richmond, we headed down to Charleston, SC–or at least we tried to.

About halfway there, I lost any and all of my pickup.  I could barely get the car to go 30 mph.  I pulled off at the nearest exit and stopped at a gas station.  Robby and I had no idea where we were.  Two southern gentlemen saw that we were having car trouble and offered to take a look for us.  They thought it could be the converter and recommended a shop down the road.  We putted along down the road to the shop as fast as we could.  When we finally arrived, the mechanic took it around the block and indeed it seemed like the converter.  We ended up spending the whole afternoon in St. Paul, SC waiting for our car to get fixed.  I asked the mechanic if there was any place we could wait while he worked.

“There’s a McDonald’s down the road, ma’am.”

So we walked down the road to McDonald’s where we waited.  All afternoon.

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The Magic Trip: Richmond, VA

So Robby and I had a pretty hectic year.

What with writing a musical, directing/musical directing shows, prepping for festivals and industry readings, we thought we needed a vacation.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley was opening this summer and the Potter fans we are, we obviously had to go.  And ok, twist my arm, we’ll go to Disney World as well.  ::jeez::

We drove down (which was an adventure since our car broke down–story to come!) and stopped along the way.  Obviously, we had to have entertainment for the drive down!

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Book Tuesday: The Queen of the Tearling

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Title: The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1)
Author: Erika Johansen
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Pages: 432
Buy: Amazon

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown. Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust. But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

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I’m Back!

Hello All!

Did you miss me?

I’m happy to say that I have returned from a truly magical vacation at Disney World and The Magical World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios…just in time to get back to work :-/

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Book Tuesday: Release Day – The Book of Life

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Title: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication Date:
July 15, 2014
Pages:
576
Buy: Amazon

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

 

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Virgin

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Title: Virgin
Author: Radhika Sanghani
Genre: Contemporary, Woman’s Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Penguin
Publication Date: Aug. 5, 2014
Pages: 304
Buy: Amazon

 Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

Meet Ellie, 21 years old, a college student–and a virgin, but not by choice.  The heroine of the most original comedic novel in years, Ellie is on a mission to get rid of her V card no matter what it takes.  Whether she succeeds (or not), one thing is certain–you’ll be talking about Ellie, and laughing about things you thought you could only share with your best friends.

 

I knew I was going to love this book when I saw the dedication page:

To anyone who has ever gone through the pain of a Brazilian wax

Amen sister!

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On the Air: Writing a Musical – Part 2

Now, where was I? Oh yes, recording a demo. (In case you missed it, here’s part 1)

This can be a very intimidating task considering all that goes into recording.  Do we need to rent a recording studio? Who do we get to record? How much is this going to cost?

Anybody can record a demo and believe it or not, it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Robby and I invested in a mic off of Amazon.  This one to be exact.  It won’t cost you your first born child and the sound quality is pretty good.  We got a pop filter, music stand, a mac and were ready to go. We recorded the majority of the demo in my room, not some fancy recording studio.  The music stand was our mic holder.  This was the set-up (please excuse the mess, I was a shell of a human being remember?):

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