i tell stories.

If you give me words, I'll trade them for some of my words!   The personal blog of the Khaleesi of Manhattan (khaleesiofmanhattan.tumblr.com) as she navigates the worlds of writing/performing/creating in Los Angeles and New York. This includes tales (tails?) of her children, who are not dragons, but Arya-Rat and Sansa-Rat.
STARKRATS backwards is STARKRATS.

Accomplishments.

This evening I sent off the first of two musicals I’m submitting to Theater Now’s Sound Bites 2014 and also I set the toaster oven on fire. I am equally proud of both of these accomplishments.

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#adventures in musical theater writing  #mj struggles  #reilly and herskowitz  #doug makuta 
Seeing a matinee of my mom’s show today after seeing it last night! It was so good I just had to go again ❤️ Here’s me and one of my best friends, Katharine, chillin in the Odyssey lobby.

Seeing a matinee of my mom’s show today after seeing it last night! It was so good I just had to go again ❤️ Here’s me and one of my best friends, Katharine, chillin in the Odyssey lobby.

— 1 day ago
#neil simon  #broadway bound 
L.A. Trip Halfway(ish) Over …

I started feeling sad about going back to NYC about two days into the L.A. trip and that feeling hasn’t really changed. Which is silly, because there’s a LOT I have to look forward to upon my return to the East that I’m really excited about!

But L.A. is still rockin’ it out. Spending great quality time with the fam, saw a LOT of old friends whom I love dearly, and already made some new friends, too.

I’m accomplishing MOST of what I need to do - first things first, my father and I JUST finished playing “Neverwinter Nights 2” after about six or seven years of hard work (it’s because I went to college so we play like three times a year for three days at a time or so, thus the delay). So that was incredible. Less importantly, he and I did a read-through of the script of the movie musical he wrote for which I’m doing lyrics. It sounded great out loud (and also I loved playing all the female characters because fun) and we made a lot of good tweaks, I think. He sent it off to his partner in crime on this particular endeavor, along with two song samples with music and e’rything, so we’ll see how those land.

I’m entering two different 10-minute musicals (one with Reilly, one with Makuta) into a competition (Soundbites, everyone check it out if you happen to write musicals and want to compete: http://www.soundbites.tnny.org/). Mom, Dad, and I did a read-through of the one with R the other night and I’ve been making changes. My goal is to finish making those changes tonight, brush up the one with Makuta, and then do read-throughs of both of those tomorrow which will hopefully give me enough time to fix things before the deadline on September 1st, because you KNOW I’m not sending those in a minute sooner.

I met a FANTASTIC young producer who I got along with brilliantly as a human being but who I’d also really like to collaborate with one day so I want to put together a packet for her with materials from Figment and a few other little snippets. I also have to do a bunch of work for a show I’m writing for NCTC that we’re now changing the premise of slightly so I hafta come up with a new synopsis/outline/summary/character breakdown/statement of intention. Etc.

So basically it would appear that this week I am a writer for the musical theater. I am a lyricist/librettist and like noooothing else. But that’s kinda cool that all these projects that are lining up in the same week happen to all be within the same career/category? So that’s convenient. Ish. Idk. It’s still tricky. It’s always tricky.

*sigh*

Hope all y’all are pursuing your dreams with verve and vigor <3

— 3 days ago with 1 note
#adventures in writing  #adventures in musical theater writing  #reilly and herskowitz  #doug makuta  #mj struggles 
Tech Talk with My Mom

Mom: Mags! Hey Mags. Maggie! Come in here.

Me: What’s up?

Mom: Look at this.

The computer:

Me: Okay … 

Mom: Is this a meme? Is this what a meme is?

Me: No, that’s a -

Mom: I like this meme. You know that I don’t usually like these moving things, but this is a good one; it’s a good meme.

Me: It’s not a meme, Mama. It’s a gif. And I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself.

Mom: I really think he was the only good-looking guy on the show.

Me: Mmkay, I really think you’re wrong.

Mom: Okay. I just like this meme.

Me: It’s not a meme.

— 1 week ago with 8 notes
#true blood  #jason stackhouse  #ryan kwanten  #true blood gif  #my family sometimes 
Back home in LA as of yesterday night and first thing off the plane was a costume party. 🌟🎉🎈 Paid homage to my girl Sook since tonight is somehow the end of True Blood! Madness. 

Fang marks beneath scarf courtesy of my little sister, who has obviously never seen the show, nor any other show involving vampire bites?

Happy series finale, Trubies. Now to wait for Game of Thrones to return&#8230;

Back home in LA as of yesterday night and first thing off the plane was a costume party. 🌟🎉🎈 Paid homage to my girl Sook since tonight is somehow the end of True Blood! Madness.

Fang marks beneath scarf courtesy of my little sister, who has obviously never seen the show, nor any other show involving vampire bites?

Happy series finale, Trubies. Now to wait for Game of Thrones to return…

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#true blood  #sookie stackhouse  #gpoy 
You know you’re a writer when

you consider the most important part of packing for a trip to be making sure all the files on your computer have been backed-up using multiple methods.

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#writing  #writer  #adventures in writing 
Picture from this morning&#8217;s (and I do mean - MORNING; we convened at 8:45AM. Thanks, Danielle) &#8220;flash mob&#8221; in Union Square. Our dance was to &#8220;All About That Bass&#8221; and we did sort of a combo 50&#8217;s/modern dance style and thus wore costumes 21st Century Pink Ladies-esque. 
Our BEAUTIFUL TALENTED UNREAL dance teacher, Danielle Guldin, is the pretty lady hanging onto me on the far right. She is by far one of the most generous and wonderful people I&#8217;ve ever had the privilege of knowing, like, ever. I love everyone in this group, actually, but Danielle has truly become like a big sister to me - and happens to be an awesome choreographer/teacher, too, so she needed a special shout-out :)

Picture from this morning’s (and I do mean - MORNING; we convened at 8:45AM. Thanks, Danielle) “flash mob” in Union Square. Our dance was to “All About That Bass” and we did sort of a combo 50’s/modern dance style and thus wore costumes 21st Century Pink Ladies-esque.

Our BEAUTIFUL TALENTED UNREAL dance teacher, Danielle Guldin, is the pretty lady hanging onto me on the far right. She is by far one of the most generous and wonderful people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, like, ever. I love everyone in this group, actually, but Danielle has truly become like a big sister to me - and happens to be an awesome choreographer/teacher, too, so she needed a special shout-out :)

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#gpoy  #dance fitness for artists  #all about that bass  #meghan trainor  #best friend danielle 
This one time I was out with my friends and I was so sure there was a Starbucks on 45th but I walked up and down the street and just COULD NOT find it anywhere so I convinced myself that there had never been a Starbucks and I just don&#8217;t know my own neighborhood. 

See if you can spot what&#8217;s wrong with this picture.

This one time I was out with my friends and I was so sure there was a Starbucks on 45th but I walked up and down the street and just COULD NOT find it anywhere so I convinced myself that there had never been a Starbucks and I just don’t know my own neighborhood.

See if you can spot what’s wrong with this picture.

— 1 week ago with 3 notes
#starbucks  #coffee  #nyc