All posts by Katie L. Mortimer

Writer by day. Fangirl by night. Always exploring; pursuer of legends and life.

Lucifer Canceled?!

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!! Fox’s Lucifer has been canceled!

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WHY? WHY??!

PaRdON my frENCH but–

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I don’t even know how networks can decide these kinds of things; last time I checked Lucifer was doing pretty well and had a very strong fan base. What on God’s green Earth drove Fox’s executives to cut one of the most popular shows on TV? AGH!

I mean, yeah, I will admit that there were times where I had a “Really? You’re doing this writers?” reaction to the show’s plot, but they bounced back! And it was never anything that warranted cancellation!!

I–I don’t know. I’m praying that the show gets picked up by another network. This is absolutely heartbreaking, shocking, and I DON’T LIKE IT! 

I swear. I don’t even know how or why TV networks have been canceling popular shows, but, seriously guys: it needs to stop!

… I’m just going to sit here and contemplate life.

And write. Yes.

And pray because I need my beloved Devil in my life!


Of further note, I just caught wind of this happening: “Canceled ‘Lucifer’ Producers, Cast Raise Hell on Social Media”

Officially count me in! #SaveLucifer! (Hence this brief blog post.)

 

My Infinity War Theory (*Small spoiler*)

Disclaimer: While this post doesn’t spoil the main plot of Avengers: Infinity War, I do talk about one specific scene that’s about halfway through the movie. If you don’t want it spoiled, don’t read until you’ve seen the movie! 

A few weeks ago, I posted on Tumblr this theory about why Deadpool isn’t in Avengers: Infinity War. (Usage rights and such aside.)

Let me paint you a picture.

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Imagine, if you will, the Avengers almost beat Thanos! Tony and Peter are struggling to wreeeeench the gauntlet off of the purple raisin’s arm (credit to Allison for that hilarious nickname); Dr. Strange and the Guardians, minus Quill, have him pinned. It almost works! Almost. That is, if Peter Quill hadn’t opened his big mouth and started punching Thanos in the face, causing the whole scheme to fall apart.

All this time in the theater, I was screaming at the screen “CUT OFF THE DAMN ARM!”

… and in that moment I realized that’s exactly what Deadpool would’ve done.

*END SPOILERS*

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I was glad that some members of the Marvel fandom responded to that post! Ha! I can’t help but imagine Wade standing there, the rest of the Avenger aghast that they didn’t think of that!

Deadpool would totally do that.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I loved Infinity War (despite all the trauma it’s caused). It’s very well done and–AGH! That’s… really as far as I can go with that! (In an effort to not spoil the movie.) Just… seriously, go see it. Especially if you’re a Marvel fan. Then, give it a few days and you’ll be in this weird place where you equally respect and despise the movie. It’s a great place to be in.

(Look at me, being a masochist.)

This revelation also has me thinking, proudly, at how complex and unique my writing has gotten over the years. Frankly, I used to be more cliche in my writings. For example, in my in-progress novel, The Moonlit Path, my main character was one of those moody teenagers who hated everyone and, simultaneously, got picked on. (Following the norm, when that was the trend, you know?)

Now, I’m very pleased; I actually think out my plot and have a plan. I’m not winging it. I’m not subconsciously following other trends. I’m making my characters complex, my plot weaves seamlessly from one point to the next.

And I can’t wait for you all to read it!

The moral of the story: be yourself. Think for yourself. Don’t follow the trend; make your own path.

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Let Me Handle The Rest

WOW! So, I’m 29! Wow!

A year away from 30. Wow.

I mean, I always knew I would reach my late 20’s, but when you’re a teenager, it seems like an impossible feat. Now, here I am: with a secure income, a wedding in the works, and planning out “grown-up things.” (Take a look, little me: it’s not so bad after all!)

This week was the way to start birthday weeks! For one thing, I’ve been slammed with job hunting. Then, lo and behold, by the guidance of God and my Guardians, I’m there! I get the call Monday that I have a job with the local library! The hunt can end! I can move on! The plan is set, the pathway is in motion!

F I N A L L Y!!!

Of course, as is the nature of life, there’s still concerns–some of them pretty major, such as my father’s steadily declining health. Yeah, that’s always on my mind and in my prayers. (Side note: if you all could pray for my family, that would be wonderful!)

But, as for me, myself, and I? I’m doing pretty all right.

It astounds me that all of this fell into place. Not even just for me, but so much more is continuing to settle, that has been years in the making. It all seemed to start after I heard the words of God and my Guardians in my head on Sunday, which had been a stressful day. However, I remain firm in this: it was a challenge because a lot of pent-up negative energy had to be released. It was only when that energy had left the situation that I heard the words:

“Are you doing the best you can? Yes? Then let me handle the rest.

It’s really hard to give the reigns of our life to Beings we don’t even fully comprehend.  That’s been the biggest challenge this year for me. Yes, we have to do the work. We can’t pray and expect gifts to fall in our laps, that’s not how life works. Truly, it’s scary to put your life–your livelihood–in the hands of something unseen, especially when you’re like me: a person who holds on to worry and stress when things are uncertain and wants to control all that she can.

Despite being a Christian and professing that we “put all our worries at God’s feet,” it’s still hard to do when it’s something that could make or break you. It’s hard to relinquish control.

But, really, truly, through all of this, I’ve been reminded that God’s got this. He’s always looking out for us, and molding things out of the paths we journey down; making the best of every situation and teaching us lessons we need to pick up along the way.

Additional lessons that I have learned, or expect to be learning in the near future:

  1. Realizing exactly how frugal I can be. And that’s something I’ve needed to learn for a while now.
  2. Juggling two part-time jobs, my social life, family activities, all while working on my wedding and the completion of my novel. WOO DOGGIE, that’s going to be a doozy!

But, with the help of God and my Guardians, I’ll take it one step at a time, knowing I’m being guided, by them, towards a better future, with more lessons to learn, and more life to experience. I’m looking forward to seeing all the ways I develop, and what new lessons I learn, in this next birth year. I’m going to work hard–I’m going to do the best I can–and I’m going to put my trust in God and my Guardians. They have the rest.

Keep Moving Forward

There’s a quote in Disney’s “Meet The Robinsons” that Cornelius, the genius inventor who has built this amazing city, swears by:

“Keep moving forward!”

The entire source of these three quotes are revealed by the end of the movie as something Walt Disney said:

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

I’ve had this quote popping up at random moments this month. I mean, when I actually think about it, it hasn’t been all that horrible, but it’s definitely been a weird mental trip.

My father’s business closed as of December 31, 2017, and emotions have definitely been up and down for mom and I as we adapted to retired life. For me, that means financially I have to 100% stand on my own two feet–which I’m quite capable of doing–but, in lieu of Dan and I getting married, I have been worrying about our combined future and everything that comes with it.

Which is pretty stupid when you get right down to it.

Now, let me explain. It’s great to plan and be mindful of the future, to work hard so you  prevent trouble as much as you can. But I was worrying to the extent of it causing me panic attacks! I was worrying more about the future–about Dan and my mother’s happiness–than celebrating my completion of a bookkeeping course, or successfully applying and pursuing jobs.

I talked to my friend about my anxiety and she labeled part of it as “impostor syndrome,” which is not entirely inaccurate. Basically, I’m not internalizing my accomplishments and am fearing failure despite all my hard work. In short, being a fraud. It’s an illogical thing to happen; my doubter calling me out,  saying “you’re going to lose no matter what you do.”

I’m proud to say that once my friend pointed out what my brain was doing, I’ve since issued an eviction notice to the Doubter. He’s no longer welcome in my life and will be vacating soon.

All the goals I’m pursing, this 2018, are well on their ways to being accomplished:
1. Become financially stable; whether it’s by creating a business, getting an additional job, or some combination of both.
2. Lose weight by Dan and I’s wedding; I’m already 10 pounds down, 40 more to go!
3. Finish current draft of novel by March, have my completed book circulating to agents by Dan and I’s wedding.

I will not give up. I will not give in.

Always keep fighting.

And keep moving forward.

Happy 2018!

May all of you celebrate the new year in your own ways, whether it’s playing board games with family while the ball drops, or cheering with the crowd at Times Square! Just don’t forget to be responsible!

Have a happy, blessed 2018! May all your hard work be rewarded, your troubles be few, and may you be surrounded by friends and family who love you for every bit of who you are!

See you in the next year!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (SPOILERS)

***If you care about Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilersdo not continue reading until you see the movie! ** Then, of course, by all means, read on and discuss your opinions about the movie in the comments below!


So the fiancee pointed out to me that the Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Star Wars: The Last Jedi keeps dropping! Hah! I can kind of guess why! And it has to to with one little thing: Rey’s parentage.

Now, hear me out. I’m not saying the latest Star Wars movie is horrible–it’s actually pretty good–but there’s one scene that my inner writer keeps nagging about, and it has to do with one lovely tool: CONTINUITY.

God, I cannot tell you how much I despise continuity errors. Especially those, I think, that mess up the story line in favor of the director’s personal bias. According to my fiancee, who is usually on to something, (You’re welcome for that shout out, dear!) Rian Johnson tends to aim away from legacies and lineage in his stories. Now, I’m not going to say that’s 100% the case, because, as humans, we tend to oversimplify things. But I definitely think it’s not helping Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

*MAJOR SPOILER* 

About halfway through the movie, Rey “finds out” who were parents were from Kylo Ren himself. (I say “finds out” because there’s still a little part of me that thinks Kylo is lying, even if Ryan Johnson says he isn’t. “He believes it’s the truth,” is his exact quote.) Rey’s parents are–duh, duh, duhhh–“Nobodies.”

Plot twist of all plot twists!! And I’m completely torn about it!

I mean, it’s kind of cool that The Last Jedi apparently cancels out that Jedis can come from a specific line; that anyone can become a Jedi! It’s something that gives every Star Wars fan hope: that even the lowest person out there can develop superpowers!

But wait–hang on–this puts a severe dent in Star Wars’s continuity. What about that stuff regarding the midichlorians in the prequels? Midichlorians only come through specific bloodlines. It’s the reason why the original trilogy only lets Luke and Leia have powers; because they’re Anakin’s children.

So how can Rey have superpowers, if her parents were nobodies; junk traders who sold her for a bit of drink money?

Now I have full faith in the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars doesn’t deliver something so simple with a question this big. Really, I don’t think Rey’s parents were really nobodies. I think there’s more to the story. On a basic level, her parents being junk traders is too simple an answer; frankly, if it is the truth, I would be really upset, because I’d feel like the writers and Johnson didn’t really give it too much thought and just caved. And, from the backlash that has cried out over the internet, I bet a lot of you fellow Star Wars fans are feeling the same way.

Me? I’m still hoping Rey is a Kenobi. Maybe she’s a grandchild of old Ben.

What are your theories about Rey’s parentage in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Do you think her parents really are junk traders? Or are the movies trying to build up to something?

Comment below!

NaNoWriMo HAS BEGUN!

“You write. That’s the hard bit that nobody sees. You write on the good days and you write on the lousy days. Like a shark, you have to keep moving forward or you die… What matters right now are the words, one after another. Find the next word. Write it down. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.”
– NaNoWriMo’s Pep Talk from Neil Gaiman.


It’s here, writers! NaNoWriMo is here!

It’s the time of the year where we focus our creative energies more than we ever did before; we flip open our journals and scribble, we power on our computers and clack away. Dust off those novels that are hidden in your desk drawers!

National Novel Writing Month is here!

For those who are new to the month-long writing fest, here’s the basic rule: write 50,000 words by December 1st. (It’s basically the size of a novella, or small novel.)

Here are my personal goals:
1. Accomplish editing my novel beyond chapter 7.
2. Churn out 50,000 words for the latter chapters.
3. RULE at managing my time; fit in some amount of writing every day!

These are the things I have been needing to work on most with my novel. I need to get my butt in my chair, every single day, and finish this storyline! It’s so strong in my mind, I need it strong on paper now!

By God, I am going to do this! 

Good luck to all writers participating in NaNoWriMo this month, whether through the website or by yourselves! (Website is here, for those interested: NaNoWriMo.com )

Comment below what you’ll be working on this month!