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It’s Wednesday, Sammy!

…well, okay, Wednesday night. (12AM still counts, right?)

Happy March, guys and dolls! I will tell you: it’s been a wild couple of months here at the Mortimer house thus far in 2016! Not everything has been smooth sailing; it’s certainly been busy at times, even when getting to my computer (hence my two weeks of hiatus last month). However, like in Supernatural’s Mystery Spot, it seems like I’ve finally jumped out of a Groundhog’s Day time loop and am back in action!

Last week, I redesigned my social outlets; my focus being a new author bio,


“Hi there! My name’s Katie L. Mortimer. Welcome to my website!
I’m a pro-author-in-progress who has always had a passion for storytelling, whatever form that may come in. I’m a third generation movie geek and an active cultural explorer. Professionally, I’m a graduate of Otterbein University (with a B.A. in Creative Writing) and I’ve been published in Fangirlish.com, Wooster Weekly News, and Otterbein University’s Fall 2011 Quiz and Quill literary magazine.
Some of my favorite tales (or “fandoms”) range from Welcome to Night Vale, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead to Castle, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I have a fairly successful Transformers fanfic out, entitled “All That We Need In Our Lives” and am currently completing my first YA novel, The Moonlit Path.
I’m always looking for new ways to create; and to help others with their own imaginings. So take a look around, geek out with me, and subscribe to my blog to keep up to date with my misadventures! Thanks for stopping by!”

a more direct website homepage (including a “Featured Content” section),

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and simpler Tumblr appearance.

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BONUS: My website  Subscribe button and Tumblr ask link are actually visible! (Yes, ladies and gents, that’s what started it all! Yay!)


This week, I’ve been hard at work on my novel and keeping up my social media promotions. I released my newest Media Mondays episode about the Oscars:

In short, I talk about the themes that presented themselves at the Academy Awards this past Sunday: diversity, awareness, and making a difference. Every actor, writer, singer, director–even The Academy President–had something to say about a controversial issue; whether it was rape victims in a collegiate setting or being more aware about climate change. I agreed with most of these issues: it a good thing to reevaluate ourselves and change, for the better. So let’s start! Let’s be our best selves!

I also mentioned TV shows that were airing their finales (Agent Carter and Downton Abbey) and premieres (Gotham, OUAT, and Quantico) this week. Man, it’s a shifty one!


I’m definitely aiming to keep my Media Mondays, blog posts, and fanfic releases out on time. Life is still challenging, but I’m pleased to have time to work on the things I love to do. I hope you guys and gals are enjoying what I’m putting out there; there’s sure to be more content to come!

As per usual, however, I’m most excited for you all to read my novel series, which is the priority in my crafting. God, I’m so proud of it.

Have a great week guys! I’ll catch you later!

A Writer’s Guide to Impending Holiday Interruptions

Well, ladies and gents, I cannot believe it’s December! Honestly, I wish life would move slower–it seems to have picked up pace and left little time for my writing, again. That, and we here in Wooster have yet to see snowfall cover the ground, which adds to the citywide disbelief that the Christmas season is upon us.

Yet time keeps racing forward. I know I feel bogged down when the iconic Willy Wonka quote repeats in my head:

“So much time, so little to do–wait–

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It’s even worse when it’s on automatic replay. Then I know my mind is trying to calm the impending stress-out: “It’s the Christmas season,” It says. “It’s going to be busy. Do your best and regroup in January.”

So I try to take it one day at a time this December; get as much done as I can, try to keep promises.

One of the most common pieces of writing advice I come across goes something like this:

“You will get interrupted. The key is to write every day; whether it’s 100 words or 3,000.”

However, the unexpected events seem to throw that plan out the window.

Leading up to Thanksgiving, we at the Mortimer household were thrown into another jumble; emotions included. I’m not talking about the holiday or dad’s birthday, but our love of the household, Vito. Vito passed on from this world on November 28th, two days after Thanksgiving. For me, his passing was bittersweet: it was a sadness to say goodbye to a loving friend and yet also a kind of relief. He had suffered from diabetes for the majority of his seven years. To see him be at peace from the vet appointments and twice-daily injections, to hold a strong belief that he’s romping around Heaven’s meadows with Choy, gave me hope…

… but I still couldn’t concentrate on my writing. While my outward facade consisted of peace and prayer, inwardly, my thoughts couldn’t gather. Every time I sat at the computer last weekend, my mind would not settle, my concentration: static awareness. So, instead, I sat working on my Christmas presents.

Now I’m progressing smoothly through my crafts, determined to give homemade gifts this year rather than store bought. It saves on money and is a great meditative tool. Maybe I’ll make a stock of scarves, gloves, dish towels and washcloths and put them on Etsy for you all to buy? We shall see!

In any case, the goal of this Christmas season is to not stress about the interruptions it might bring; to continue to write, as much as possible, with the time I have. Oh, and also, not to overthink my future goals.

Just take it one day at a time.

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Writing Updates, Crimson Peak — HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

First off, let me say, I have been listening to “Valse Sur Une Berceuse Anglaise” ON FREAKING REPEAT since I saw Crimson Peak last Monday. The music plays in the background as Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) woos Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) into demonstrating the Viennese waltz. The following ensues:

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Yes. A highly romantic scene, a dance between two meant-to-be lovers, spouses caught in a horrible plot.

(THEY ARE MEANT TO BE. I WILL ACCEPT NO OTHER ANSWERS. FIGHT ME.)

Honestly, if Thomas Sharpe and Edith Cushing had been in a Jane Austen novel–especially if Tom Hiddleston played a male love interest–GODI think feminine hormones would take over the world and kill us all. Seriously. Go check Tumblr right now. I guarentee within the first page you’ll find someone gushing over Tom.

(I’m one of them.)

I swear, I SWEAR I was over gushing over Tom Hiddleston. And then the Victorian Gothic Romance fangirl in me reared her head. Doomed, I say! Doomed!

Others are making a big deal of the sex scene in Crimson Peak. Me? The waltz was my downfall.

“There are two kinds of people” as Tumblr likes to say.

Speaking of big deals, I found out that they announced Museum of Words last Friday when I was sick. I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t win. I was hoping I would, but I didn’t expect it, like I do with most things. It was a slim shot for anyone, at best. 35,000 stories were entered; the chances were slim at best for anyone. Furthermore, I think most contests look for literature-type, “real world” submissions anymore (unless they specifically look for fantasy, sci-fi, or speculative fiction). My style is more in line with pop culture. A fangirl through and through.

Honestly, I read the submission that won. Brava. She definitely deserved it, I will say that.

As JackSepticEye says in GTA V with Markiplier, Bob, and Wade, “I ain’t even mad, bro.”

(Maybe a little disheartened, but not mad.)

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Anyways, so here’s the hopeful optimist in me coming out. I have a theory: maybe I’m not winning contests or getting selected for journal submissions because my “big win” is going to be Angel’s novel being published. Maybe, just maybe, God is saving that moment, a “winning” moment, for when I will truly enjoy it. Isn’t that how he always works? Gives us what we need, not what we want?

I have confidence that you guys and gals will enjoy Angel’s story. And I’m excited for you to read it. Personally, I’m just happy the Museum of Words loss didn’t cripple me like I feared it would.

I also think Crimson Peak had excellent timing. Due to my obsession with the waltz (yes, obsession), I’ve been distracted in a moment where, in another time, I would’ve been depressed for longer. Points for you, God. Points for you. Funny how that all works out.

Bonus: I’m excited for you all to see my first Writing Updates video over on YouTube! I talk about my plans going into this next week regarding my writing. I’m definitely expected Writing Updates to be an ongoing thing, through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and beyond. After all, people keep asking me how my writing’s going. Why not check out my videos for a more in-depth answer?

Hope you guys and gals have a happy and safe HALLOWEEN!! (Still have no idea what I’m dressing as. Instagram will surely reveal my decision!)

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From Gettysburg to Fall; Time to Create!

Sitting at my laptop.
Apple cider by my side.
Long sleeves.
Typing away.


GOOD LORD did the weather turn! Last week I was in 70 degree Gettysburg, this week: FALL!

Yes. YES, ladies and gents! Fall is back in Ohio! That wondrous time of year! Time for spooky! For a midnight walk in the woods! Leaf crunching! Hot drink of choice! Long sleeves! Cuddles! Halloween!

Yes… this is the time of year I enjoy most.

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I only wish it had felt like this in Gettysburg. Something about tromping through the battlefields in a light jacket, browsing the historic downtown, crunching the occasional leaf. Well, I mean, some of that I did. However, even though the first day of Fall was last week, it didn’t feel like it until this week. Isn’t that what always happens?

Ah. C’est la vie. I still enjoyed being there.

I got to see urban legend hotspots like the Jennie Wade House, Devil’s Den, and Slaughter Pen. Check out the pictures I took:

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The Jennie Wade House. Jennie Wade was the only civilian killed in the Gettysburg war. However, the house is not haunted by her, but her father who was away and missed his daughter’s funeral. 
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Devil’s Den (the stone structure) and Slaughter Pen (the field across the street from Devil’s Den). Both places were occupied by Confederates, while the Union literally slaughtered them on Little Round Top (where I took the picture from). No wonder it’s haunted!

I also took part in a public ghost hunt with the Gettysburg Paranormal Association. It’s one of the few paranormal societies I’ve found that offers to take anyone on an investigation. Almost every night of the year… you just have to buy a ticket. ($35 per person for 9PM to 11PM, $65 for 9PM to 12AM) The perk? You get to use their equipment, experience the haunted locations they take you to, and they give you a certificate from the society, saying you were with them. They also mail whatever evidence was caught that night to your home address. Which is also cool.

GPA aims to teach anyone from newbie to experienced investigator the ins and outs of paranormal investigating. Bonus: they expect you to try out the gadgets you see on TV. I personally was excited to try out a Spirit Box, Dowsing Rods, a temperature gun, and even the Flir camera.

I’ll admit: I was absolutely nervous about seeing a random, unexplained energy form on the Flir. But… I didn’t. It’s probably pretty rare. Lovely overactive imagination.

In the end, my tactics of investigation haven’t changed. I still enjoy walking around haunted locations and sensing the room. For me, I know spirits exist. I know there’s Beings out there we can’t explain. It’s exciting. It makes the world so interesting. Yes, I’m excited for the future where I have kids. But to know that the unexplained exists out there… well it just adds spice.

After all, Tolkien himself said:

“… always I had the sense of recording what was already ‘there’, somewhere: not of ‘inventing’.”

Ah. Speaking of the unexplained, check out this picture:

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On the edge of the battlefields, I caught this picture of an orb floating above the fence. Enlarge it, and you’ll see this orb is not the only one. Maybe some soldiers are reminiscing, visiting where they once fought.

The purpose of this Gettysburg trip was to get away, by myself, and explore a new location. Whether it be haunted or not. I wanted to have one last exploration before I settled in for the latter part of the year. The time where I really love to be home and write. Plain and simple. Fall brings forward ceaseless inspiration. Honestly, if I didn’t need to sleep or eat, I could probably churn out multiple books in this three month period.

So, now I settle in for the “cold months”, hard at work on my novel’s completion. It will be circulating to agents soon. I can’t wait for you guys to read it!

Recap: James Jones, Deer, and Supernatural —

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Ohhh this weekend has been — well, it wasn’t the worst. It was just busy! (Hence why I’m doing my weekend recap today) I was trying to get the first 50 pages of my manuscript edited for the James Jones Fellowship (that offers $10,000 to 1st prize) deadline on March 15th… all in the midst of a busy retail weekend.

It’s not surprising that I didn’t get it done.

HOWEVER — oh OF COURSE it’s raining. Hold on, I need to get my dogs in.

*insert 10 minutes of elevator music*

— Anyways, what was I saying? Or right. *clears throat*

HOWEVER, I did do a lot of work on my manuscript that DESPERATELY needed done. Probably the main reason of my slow editing: I’ve decided to change my 3rd person POV to 1st person.

Example: changing

“Angel went for a walk in the woods and saw two squirrels dancing around a tree”

to

“I decided to go for a walk in the woods today. It was a sunny, warm December morning and I hadn’t been out for a few days now — not since school let out and my finals were done. I laughed as two squirrels skipped around me and danced up a tree. I was perfectly content.”

It just FEELS so much better to change POVs. That and it’s popular in YA fiction right now so…

That was the main event of the past week. I’ve churned out a new blog post, two Fangirlish articles and a YouTube video in the midst of all of that writing. I’d say I’m baaaack! Hah. I absolutely love (and have missed) my craft!

Check out the articles and video below:

Monday, March 9, 2015 — Weekend Recap: With A Great Birthday, Comes New Plans


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — Supernatural: Season 10 “A Look Ahead” 


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 — A Suprise Visit From The Deer!


Monday, March 16, 2015 — Jared Padalecki “Always Keep Fighting” 

OH! And for those who missed my last post, I worked on a new “upload schedule” for all things interweb-wise. (For this blog, Fangirlish, Morty’s Stories/Transformers Fanfic, and YouTube)

Check it out:

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I’m going to try and keep to it as much as possible, so there’s regular content.

Thank you guys for visiting/reading! I will see you in the next adventure!

NaNoWriMo

So this month’s challenge is NaNoWriMo (aka “National Novel Writing Month”). For those not in the writing know, NaNoWriMo’s rules are very simple: write 50,000 new words from November 1 to 30th.

Which is a pretty daunting task.

Unless you have the wonderful luxury to lock yourself away for the entire month. Then, heck, 50,000 words can be done in two weeks!

With the holiday season coming up, and retail getting busier, it’s been challenging. But I’ve set myself my own goal: writing 10,000 – 20,000 new words in The Moonlit Path by November 30th. Which is kind of not following the rules… but… hey. I need to finish it. And the goal’s not completely horrible. Currently, I’m at 5,000 words. Which isn’t bad AT ALL.

But I also hope to edit my book by then.

And be sending it to that agent that is still interested in it.

Heh.

But I can do it! It’s possible!

Click below for Pep Talks from Authors Neil Gaiman and Veronica Roth. They’re really cool. Whether you’re a writer or not, they’re uplifting to read.

Neil Gaiman: http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/neil-gaiman

Veronica Roth: http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/veronica-roth

Anyone participating in NaNo? Either writing a new manuscript or continuing one? Any questions? Or comments? Comment below!

Post-Midwest Writers

Honest to God, I loved this conference. Man, it’s been SO LONG since I was in a writer’s workshop. Literally, I haven’t gone to one since college. Three years ago. And I discovered that I was really out of practice with some writing techniques. So I re-learned some new and old pointers (for example: passive vs active sentences and avoiding “to be” words) and I got to socialize + network with some very talented people. Writers, agents, and otherwise.

Aaaand…. I pitched to an agent. Haaaahhhh… I was so nervous. But she was SO ATTENTIVE AND KIND. Annnd… yeah. I’m working really hard to finish my book. Because. Things happened.

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I also decided that I’m going to build an official website and send out a… bi-monthly newsletter. I believe. Still planning.

All of this will come to fruition after Nashville next weekend. *pinches nose*

OH. Check out these videos I filmed on Wednesday (I didn’t have the capability to post them here… until now):

If there are any writers out there looking for a warm, welcoming, helpful, affordable, and FUN conference… CHECK OUT MIDWEST WRITERS. I really suggest it. It’s… just amazing.
Click here for more information: Midwest Writers
Tomorrow I begin my loooooong four hour trek home.
I will catch you all back in Wooster!
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