All posts by Katie L. Mortimer

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

Hellllloooooo May!

So far May has been an amazing, truly wonderful, month. I took part in a voice recital yesterday, successfully singing “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” and making A LOT of people cry. MWHAHAHA!! Though… I almost broke character because of this. Apparently my subconscious wanted me to triumphantly laugh in the middle of the song. Twice. I got a huge compliment yesterday too, something I’m still reeling from!

Really the only SMALL annoying thing about May is that I still have this wart on my foot. Aaaand I broke down and bought some Compound W today. The clear nail polish wasn’t doing it fast enough. Man, I hate this stuff. HAAATE. But it works. By eating a hole in your foot. Which I can feel now. TMI. Ew.
And I’ve decided to attend the Midwest Writers Workshop in Muncie, IN in July. I CAN’T WAIT. I just hope I get my manuscript done before then. Hello nerves. I missed you. (Not really)
Though did they really leave? Because I’m meeting Josh Gates in less than two weeks. And THAT is freaking me out.
Seriously. I am finding the inability to breathe.
Seriously. Life is too amazing right now, with it’s wonderful possibilities. I just… hope… it all works out. Please, God. Please.

Time To Get To Work!

Today I’ve been working on my book, yes. And I’ve made great progress. *sigh* I wish life didn’t get in the way though. That’s what I REALLY miss about being in college, and kind of regret not taking advantage of when I was first starting to work on my book three years ago. Yes I had a senior project due in my final year at Otterbein, BUT in the reality of things, even with other assignments, I could’ve easily finished my book and maybe had the kind of life that Veronica Roth has now with Divergent.

But then, THEN I think of all the wonderful people I’ve met through my day jobs. First there was my weekly newspaper here in Wooster where I mainly worked with my editor. Even now, almost three years later, I still see her as such a fantastic person. She was completely understanding when I decided to make a move towards a job with a more predictable schedule, so I could get my novel finished… though she did encourage me to stay at first. Said I had a great talent (which I am so glad she said that!)

Also, bonus: that job officially gave me professional writing experience, and since my first article I have been FINALLY able to label myself “professional writer”.

And then there’s my current job that I am so thankful, so thankful of the people there. It’s a retail job, and I can’t say any more than that due to the associate’s handbook or something like that. You know, just in case. But I think we should be able to say something positive about the wonder in our lives. Ah well.

The people at this job are what absolutely make the job. Honestly I love them to death. And while we don’t get paid nearly as much as we really should (IMHO–“In My Humble Opinion”, for those of you who are unfamiliar. It took me a while to figure that one out. *facepalm*)… we’re a real family. We look out for one another and enjoy each other’s company in one of the hardest businesses out there. Seriously. Retail is haaard.

It will take A LOT for me to ever leave that place. Ever.

That A LOT, I hope, will come in this year. This book I have been working on is a beauty. I am so proud of it. So, naturally, I am taking time to blog about it, rather than write about it. Writing is haaard too. A very disciplined practice that I seem to lack mastering as of right now. But I’m on my way. This beauty is going to help me:

I am basically using a completely different calendar specifically for my writing. What I aim to work on. Every. Single. Day. Even if it’s a little bit. On average I’m giving myself no less than three days to work on  a chapter. I do expect that calendar to shift around here and there, some chapters will be faster, some will be slower. But, hey, it’s a visual guide. And a visual motivator. Because my personal goal to get this draft done is coming up in June, so I need a visual. 
Yup. *nods* I think it will work. Now time for me to get to work. Chapter 3, here I come. 
It’s funny how the smallest things in life brighten a person’s day: a makeshift calendar, a smile from a friend at work, or a casual conversation with a complete stranger. 
Life is beautiful. 

PSA: FROM THE MOVIES MERGED WITH KATIE L MORTIMER

So I decided to merge my other blog (From The Movies) with this one. I thought “Why should I really have these two separate?” They’re both part of what I love, and I can write about both me being a writer and loving movies here. Just makes it easier for everyone.

My writing is kind of crap this morning, btw, and I’m sorry for that.

I feel kind of sad getting rid of From The Movies. It was a great blog. And I loved the design. Eh… we’ll make it work.

Oh HEY speaking of design:

Any suggestions for designing this one? Do you guys like it? Or should I do something else?

Comment below! Thank you! Much, much love. *MWAH*

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Clip 1

This clip came out a couple of weeks ago. The day before my birthday, in fact. Aaaand…. ohhhh why is this movie two weeks away?? Anything that is Marvel related, I have grown to REALLY get excited about. Ever since I saw The Avengers a couple of years ago.

The reason why I went to see Avengers approximately 15 times in the movie theater was mainly because of Loki. Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of the Norse God is… well, amazing is almost an understatement. God bless him, Kenneth Branagh, and Joss Whedon for turning Loki from a cackling villain.

I pretty much joined Tumblr after the Avengers because I wanted to actively be a fan, fangirling with other fans. Through that I have found the evidence for Tom and Ken changing Thor, and especially Loki into more of a Shakespearean tragedy, rather than a cackling one-dimensional villain. For example, this is used as evidence by many people, the original Thor script:

( See the complete script here: Thor Script )

Anyways, rant over. That’s just how I began as a Marvel fangirl.

NOOOOW however Marvel is in Phase 2. And while I really, really miss the summer that I went to The Avengers with my close friend a few times each week, I am really excited to see what the company does.

And Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the next installment.

(Bonus: filmed in Cleveland. I live two hours south of there. Man I wish I auditioned.)

Oscars 2014 Recap: Pizza Party and Selfie

AND IT GETS EVEN MORE AMAZING!!

Apparently Ellen Degeneres had the pizza delivery man on her show yesterday. Take a look:

For those who might have missed what went on, something I’ve personally dubbed the “Oscars Pizza Party” happened sometime during the live awards show.

Ellen started out asking if the actors in the audience were hungry. It seemed that they were. At this point I thought Ellen was just joking about ordering pizza. BUT a few awards and a commercial later, this happens:

Honestly I have always respected Ellen from afar. I have always thought she was a great woman, and kind to those who were around her. Especially when it was an average person. She invited celebrities onto her show, yes, BUT she also invites normal people: the average, hard-working, person that probably had to call off of work to appear, or get a friend to sub their shift.

I think this is amazing. That she brought that element to The Oscars. That she had an average pizza man walk into a room with some of the most prestigious actors, actresses, writers, and directors in the world. And what did they all do? Eat. Pizza. As if it was a slumber party! Amazing.

Ellen single-handedly showed the world that celebrities were just like us. Yes, they might like to get dressed up and celebrate each other at a fancy awards show, but they would welcome pizza too!!

Another wonderful moment of the night was the famous “selfie” (which I mentioned in my previous post):

Hah! I just think that’s fantastic!

Catch the moment here:

Oscars 2014, My Favorite Speech: Matthew McConaughy

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

Watching The Oscars tonight, I thought this was one of the best speeches. And THAT is saying something, considering there were so many great speeches: the most notable being Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o.

My favorite part of Matthew McConaughy’s speech goes as follows (begins 02:48)

“… and to, uhm, my hero. That’s who I chase. Now when I was fifteen years old, I had a very important person in my life come and say to me ‘Who’s your hero?’ and I said ‘I dunno, I got to think about that, give me a couple of weeks.’ I come back two weeks later, this person comes up and says ‘Who’s your hero?’ I said ‘I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in ten years.’ So I turn 25, ten years later, that same person comes to me and goes ‘So are you a hero?’ and I was like ‘Not even close! No, no, no!’ and she said ‘Why?’ and I said ‘Because my hero’s me at 35.’

“So you see every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero’s always ten years away. I’m never gonna beat my hero. I’m not gonna attain that. I know I’m not! And that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing. 

“So to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasing, to that I say ‘Amen’, to that I say ‘Alright, alright, alright’ and to that I say ‘Just keep on living.'”

This speech spoke volumes to me. Before the week is over I will have reached my mid-20s, with a lot of accomplishments under my belt. Just not nationally. I am proud of these accomplishments, without a doubt. And every day I make it a point to challenge myself. As Matthew had said in tonight’s Oscars broadcast, I’m chasing my future self.

Or, rather, I’m excited for what the future brings

For those of you who may not know me, I am an aspiring writer living in Northeast Ohio, about an hour south of Cleveland, and two hours north of Columbus. I live in the heart of Amish Country, just outside of the City of Wooster. I guess you can call me a professional writer since I used to work at our local weekly newspaper. It was a fun job and I got to stretch myself, meet new people, and grow my writing skills. But at some point I wanted to move away from that job, before I had been at it for a year, to work on the novel that I’m working on now. Which is nearing completion.

I made this blog to promote myself, my creativity, my randomness, my fangirling, and, most importantly, to meet new people. I hope that this will grow into something that everyone will love. Thank you for checking my blog out.

Honestly I didn’t really think that this would be the first post, but through a computing error I decided to leave it. It kind of fits perfectly.

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The 85th Academy Awards – Seth MacFarlane.

For the past couple of months, I have been looking forward to watching The Academy Awards. Almost more than every year. It all started way back when Seth MacFarlane was announced as the new host for The Oscars. As the months passed by, right up until 8:29 PM last night, I became more and more excited.

I just posted a video (my first Vlog!) last night discussing my Oscar Predictions for who might win, what I looked forward to, and why. To sum it up here: it was very exciting to actually see nominations where you didn’t know who was going to win! Usually there’s a clear winner. This year there were two or even sometimes three possibilities. In fact, in one case The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences couldn’t even make up their minds! (Both Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty won for Sound Editing)

But as the hours ticked on last night, it came down to one thing I was most excited to see: Seth MacFarlane host. And I thought he did an absolutely fantastic job!

Now, as I love Family Guy, I knew exactly what to expect from Mr. MacFarlane. Basically, nothing is off-limits. I found myself cracking up all during the night, almost literally falling out of my seat many times. I thought he was both charming and brave, as I always do, for what he did. Two of my most favorite jokes were the “Boobs” song and the gay joke that William Shatner made about him. You know, the one that went: “I haven’t joined that chorus, they were just singing behind me.” “Oh in 2015, you join them.” (I don’t remember the joke word-for-word so forgive my inaccuracy.)

People on social media websites have expressed their offense to these, and other, jokes. I want to remind everyone to not take them out of context. The actresses who were “offended” during the “Boobs” song were actually in a skit, pretending to look offended. And the gay joke was Seth making fun of himself. As I said before, nothing is off-limits for Seth. Not even his own reputation.

But to end this before it turns into a full-out rant, I will say that what Seth did was incredibly brave. As it is for any artist who has been in the spotlight. That style of comedy is his avenue that he thrives in.

I thought one of the best things about The Oscars (past, last night, and future) is that it was a throw-back to the classics of Hollywood, and a look at the future of awards shows. Last night, Seth and The Academy focused on the music. Seth sang a mixture of jazz and showtunes to begin the show. To top it off, guest actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe helped him perform the three numbers. John Travolta introduced Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson, and the entire cast of Les Miserables to perform musical numbers from the musical films that we still remember them by today.

Another set of highlights: Daniel Day Lewis broke records by accepting his third Best Actor Oscar for Lincoln, and Jennifer Lawrence won her first Oscar for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook. They were both much deserved, despite the antics that may have occurred in trying to get up on the stage. (Poor Jennifer!)

Regardless of the shenanigans that go on, on-stage and off, I think that the future of the entertaiment industry is bright. With technology developing every day, new creative ideas emerging, and people being recognized for the individuals they are, I think we are in for some great things. And I look forward to seeing what will happen.

Now. My question is: who do you want to see host the Oscars next year? Who do predict will be nominated? (My Benedict Cumberbatch post on Tumblr is already going crazy! I think he’s up for Best Supporting Actor… or Best Actor.)

Leave your answers in the comments!

– KT.

PS – As a special treat, here’s some photos of last night’s show:

Jennifer Lawrence – Best Actress. 
Daniel Day Lewis – Best Actor.

The cast of Les Mis performs.
Argo – Best Picture.

Adele performs, also won Best Original Song.

The cast of The Avengers announces.

William Shatner and Seth MacFarlane.

Seth MacFarlane, the host of the Oscars.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth MacFarlane, and Daniel Radcliffe.