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Friday, September 30, 2011

How To Belt Really High (the F in "Defying Gravity")

**UPDATE FROM THE FUTURE! 11-3-13** I have just released a comprehensive online belting course called Belt Your Face Off! With 26 videos and nearly 4 hours of content, this course teaches you everything you need to know about belt singing. Click here for more info (and a special 20% discount!).

Below are two video excerpts from the course. The first is the short promo vid designed for the general public, and the second is the introduction to the actual course itself, where I tell you a bit more about what's in store. Please watch them if you're curious! Or don't watch them! You can literally do whatever you want!



Are you interested? Click here to enroll!

Now, on to "Defying Gravity!" Many of you posted totally rad comments on my Elphaba Belting Tips video -- one of which was a question: Any advice on belting the high F in "Defying Gravity?"

Behold! I answered in a video!

How singers stay healthy (or, attack of the neti pot)

In my book Unnaturally Green, I describe my daily vocal health regimen. In the video below you'll see a sample of some of the specifics. Most notably, I shove a neti pot up my nose and demonstrate how it works (video journalism at its finest). Hope it's helpful!

Friday, September 23, 2011

I am STRONG!

Dudes. Normally, I despise working out.

See, no matter what I do, my body stays the same. It's a good enough body. Healthy, muscular, a little hefty in the belly region. I've done the exercise DVD thing. Pilates. Aerobics classes. During each of my fitness "kicks" I definitely do start to feel better (i.e. I cease to be winded when climbing 1-2 flights of stairs).

But I always ask myself, where are the visible results?

Thanks to the guidance of fitness guru Marshall Roy (who, ahem, happens to be my boyfriend) (and who, ahem, also happens to be a main character in my book) (and who, ahem, happens to have cheese-grater abs), I have recently started lifting HEAVY WEIGHTS.

Like, 141 pounds heavy weights. And getting heavier.

My new philosophy: time to quit joking around.

For whatever reason, I was born strong. I have healthy bones and an athletic build. Frankly, I'm done with measly little dumbbells that weigh less than the cumulative amount of food I eat in one day. I needed to take the body I was given and challenge that body.

I was born strong. It's not a curse, it's a blessing. But one that also means I need to work harder.

From my recent heavy-lifting exploits, I've realized that the threshold of what I believed to be actual effort needs to be raised much higher. In my defense, I'd never been challenged in the way heavy weights (or body-weight moves, like pull-ups or push-ups) seem to challenge me now. In everybody's defense, how are you to know what you're capable of, unless you try?

And with little over two weeks under my belt, not only am I starting to feel stronger, I'm starting to look stronger as well.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book trailers are high art

Inspired by perplexingly random (but earnest) book trailers the world over (like this, or this), I decided to make a trailer of my own for Unnaturally Green. It is bold. It is daring. It is EXTREMELY SERIOUS.

Enjoy.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

My book is for sale! (with a few disclaimers)

Hey, friends! If you live in the U.S. you can now pre-order your (signed!) copy of Unnaturally Green. Click here or think really hard about the book and maybe it will materialize in front of you.

And apologies to my international friends for not being able to pre-order yet! The book will be available through Amazon.com's global shipping very soon.

Are you confused? Here's a quick Q&A about the book's distribution:

Q: Why is Unnaturally Green not yet available to all corners of the globe? The short answer: because it'll cost tons of money to ship worldwide right now. Shipping worldwide will eventually be available (just not right now) (for reasons too boring and complicated to explain).

Q: When will it be available to everybody to order online? Probably 7 or so days before October 14, pending Amazon.com's listing of the book.

Q: Why the lag time? Because I'm sort of making up this book distribution thing as I go. There are several sales channels that my publishing site is going to open up to me, but it takes time.

Q: Is the book going to be available in bookstores on October 14? Nope. (Sorry.) It's much harder to get it distributed to stores, especially by a release date. But the good news is that if you're able to ask me about it online you're able to order the book! Via various links and online stores that I'll post up the wazoo on all Unnaturally Green's various sites.

Q: Will it be available as an e-book? If so, on which devices? Unnaturally Green will be downloadable to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Q: You say order by October 4 to get your copy by October 14. So will some people receive their copies before October 14? Probably. It's an inexact science. I'm going to try to honor the release date but I also don't want you to miss it, so I'll probably be an early bird and send out the copies as soon as I can. Think of it as a sneak peek!

Post other questions in the comment section below and I'll do my best to amend the post and answer them.

Much love!
--FLR

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Do not operate heavy machinery after writing a book



Ask yourself: Why bother getting shwashted on cosmopolitans when you can simply pull a week's worth of consecutive all-nighters, staring blankly at a computer screen and looking up words like "overhang" and "woolly" because your vocabulary has dwindled to Dr. Seuss proportions and you can't recall the meaning of anything. That's right: finishing a book = feeling drunk all the time, not that I'd know what that's like, and damn right, I'm NOT going to use punctuation or proper sentence structure because PUNCTUATION IS THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE!

I will, however, strategically use line breaks where appropriate and/or inappropriate.

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