I’m Back!!

Did you all miss me? I know I’ve missed being here. It’s been a long time, hasn’t it. Almost two months, I believe. As most of you know, I had a very good reason for being absent. I got to perform in a local community production of Into the Woods, a really fun Stephen Sodheim musical. It’s been a favorite of mine since high school, so getting the chance to actually be a part of it was a treat. I met some wonderful people and learned a lot about theater, both acting and the technical aspects. It was truly an amazing experience and I hope I get to do it again sometime.

For anyone who’s interested, there is a really good video of the original Broadway performance, starring the brilliant Bernadette Peters. You really should check it out.

But for now, it’s back to business as usual. Which means, of course, back to blogging. I haven’t been reading or writing much as of late, but it will be nice to get back to it. I’ve found a new reading challenge over on GoodReads that I’m pretty excited about. Not that I needed ANOTHER reading challenge, but this one is really interesting and has gotten me motivated to read more books off my TBR list (which is good, since that thing is getting way out of hand). More on the challenge later, once I actually start posting reviews.

For now, this was just a quick note to say hello and that I’m really glad to be back. I’ve missed you all. 🙂

Exciting News!!!

So once again, I have disappeared from my blog. Life has been super busy as of late – my job has especially been kicking my butt. But none of that matters right now, because I have a big, exciting announcement!

About a month ago, I finally plucked up the courage to do something that I’ve been wanting to do for years and years – I auditioned for a show at our local theater. Twin City Stage is putting on a production of the musical Into the Woods, which has been one of my favorite shows ever since I was in high school. It’s a fun story, a fractured fairy tale at its finest, with amazing music by Stephen Sondheim. Lots of stories melting together, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and others. I was really happy to see it being done locally, whether or not I was a part of it, but I wanted to be part of it so bad!

Due to the director’s schedule, they didn’t have the call back auditions until last week. I knew I got a call back and was happy to have passed the first round of auditions, but I found out late last week that I got a part in the show! Or, to be precise, I got three parts in the show – three small roles that are minor, but memorable. I will be playing Cinderella’s mother (sort of the fairy godmother of this story), Little Red Riding Hood’s granny (she’s a hoot!), and the angry woman giant out to get revenge on Jack for killing her husband.

At first they said I was being considered for Cinderella, which surprised me to no end, but to be honest, I’m glad I didn’t get a big part. This will let me get some experience on stage without being too nervous. I will have one small singing solo and several lines, both onstage and off (the giant is usually never seen, just a thundering voice coming from off stage), plus bits to sing with the ensemble. I can’t wait for rehearsals to start!!

Incidentally, there was a really good video of the original Broadway production, including the wonderful Bernadette Peters. It’s streaming on Netflix right now. 🙂

A Goal Met and A New Project

Happy Friday everyone! I am so glad the weekend is finally here! This week has been nothing but stress filled, anxiety ridden craziness.

I am happy to announce that I have met one of my reading goals for the year! Behold my list of 70 books that I have read:

  1. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
  2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  3. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle
  4. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  5. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  6. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  7. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  8. The Parish and the Hill by Mary Doyle Curran
  9. Deadline by Mira Grant
  10. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
  11. Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill
  12. Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill
  13. Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
  14. Skinned by Robin Wasserman
  15. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  16. Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
  17. Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
  18. House Rules by Chloe Neill
  19. Lirael by Garth Nix
  20. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  21. A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
  22. Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon
  23. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
  24. Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings
  25. Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings
  26. Blackout by Mira Grant
  27. Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings
  28. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  29. Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  30. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
  31. Enchanter’s End Game by David Eddings
  32. Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan
  33. Shadowflame by Dianne Sylvan
  34. Shadow’s Fall by Dianne Sylvan
  35. Of Shadow Born by Dianne Sylvan
  36. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  37. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  38. The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth
  39. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  40. Inferno by Dan Brown
  41. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  42. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
  43. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  44. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  45. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  46. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  47. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  48. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  49. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  50. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  51. Paper Towns by John Green
  52. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  53. 1984 by George Orwell
  54. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  55. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  56. Mind Games by Keirsten White
  57. A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz
  58. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  59. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  60. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  61. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  62. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  63. The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
  64. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  65. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  66. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  67. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  68. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
  69. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  70. Divergent by Veronica Roth

And it’s only half way through October! This pleases me!

I also have an announcement to make. After being inspired by other blogs like “Mark Reads” and “Reading With A Vengeance,” I have decided to try doing my own chapter-a-day review blog. I am proud to introduce: “Chapter’d!

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Why am I doing this? I don’t know, but it’s something I’ve thought about for a long time now.  I’m currently reading The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long. The first post went up on Wednesday. While I say that it’s a daily blog, I don’t know yet if I’ll post on the weekends or not. It might just depend on how busy I am. Please check it out! I’ve had fun with the first couple of posts!

Announcement Time

Greetings all! My day today is really hectic, so this will be just a small post. I wanted to keep everyone in the loop with my writing progress, but before that, I wanted to announce something exciting. At least, it’s very exciting for me.

Come January, I will be starting graduate school at Southern New Hampshire University. They have a really good online program that has everything that I’m looking for. I’ve tried grad school before in the past, but had a hard time making time for the classes. I’m hoping the online option will give me more flexibility.

I have no idea how I’m going to manage this. I have so many things going on in my life right now, and this is just going to another big thing to work in. But I’m excited. Really excited. And nervous. But mostly excited.

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