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NOLA 2016!

Hip hip hooray!
It’s here at last!
The week I’m in
Good ol’ N’awlins
It’ll be a gas!
– A quick, weird, possibly terrible poem by yours truly!


Yes! The marathon prep has officially ended and I’m boarding a plane to New Orleans! I’m honestly pleased and surprised at all that I got done. It surely gives me perspective of what a to-do list, a lot of elbow grease, and stubbornness can get done! I’m so excited; I haven’t written so much in ages!

Now is time to rest, recuperate, and enjoy the spoils of my hard work!

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Honestly, there’s not a lot planned around this New Orleans trip. Really the only activity I reserved is seeing a psychic with my sister-in-law, which, hey, it’s NOLA and I’m always curious about what will be said! I know there’s also talk of visiting the shops (including the voodoo ones), seeing the bayou and going to a plantation, which I haven’t done since 2011. (Unfortunately Myrtles is too far away from the French Quarter, so that’ll have to wait for another time… again!)

We’re also looking at taking another Haunted History Tour, preferably the New Orleans Cemetery History Tour and I’ve had my eye on Ghost City Tour’s New Orleans Ghost Hunt Experience, but that one will probably wait until another trip.

Oh, and on another note, I definitely want to see what Pokémon GO looks like down there; maybe I’ll bring home some ghost Pokémon!

All I know is that we’re set to relax and explore, to soak in the wonderful blend of culture that is New Orleans. The music, food, accents, and, of course, legends that surround this place are amazing! It’s such a different vibe from my Ohio hometown, but I truly adore it. Plain and simple: I just love New Orleans! 

Hey, also, if you want to soak in some NOLA vibes for yourself, check out the Youtube video I made last year:

I’ll definitely post another video, at some point during my week in NOLA, on my Youtube Channel and I’ll be sharing pictures, of course, over on Instagram which will then feed to my other social media accounts.

Hope you guys have a great week! New Orleans, here I come!

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!

2015 Favorites; 2016 Resolutions

Lord almighty! I cannot believe 2016 is upon us already! Honestly, 2015 was a bit of a challenge for me. I’m happy for the lessons I’ve learned this year, but I would be lying if I wasn’t excited for 2016. I hope for me and my family that it is a good year; it seems the recent years have been a bit of a challenge for us. I’m also looking forward to finally accomplishing some goals in 2016, but more on that later.

First, a bit of fun. Below, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite movies, music, books, and TV shows of 2015. Not all of them were released in 2015, but I encountered them this year.

Here we go!

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Favorite movie: (A TIE!) Jurassic World and No Escape.

2015 was a year of nostalgia: Star Wars launched a new trilogy, The Hunger Games ended, and Jurassic Park’s reboot, for me, started it all. I was never a huge fan of dinosaurs and Jurassic Park wasn’t a series I was entirely devoted to until recently. Frankly, I was more loyal to the classic adventures I grew up with (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and James Bond). However, to pay tribute to the great Steven Spielberg, I decided to go to the reboot.

I. Was. Not. Disappointed!

What especially caught my attention was Chris Pratt’s devotion to his Indiana-Jones-like-dinosaur-trainer: a character who was full of heart but a total “badass” (as one of the nephews put it).

Whether you’re a Jurassic Park fan or not, I strongly encourage you to see Jurassic World. The plot is well done, the action is gripping, and the nostalgia is purely palpable.

Speaking of badass movies, No Escape was probably my most favorite film of 2015. When I first watched the trailers, I thought I’d pass on the movie. However, what got me into the theaters was Owen Wilson; it was a first to see him in a serious, action-packed role (vs a comedy like Zoolander) and I wanted to see how well he did. I will tell you: he did not disappoint in the least!

Furthermore, No Escape brings up an issue that not everyone thinks about: monopoly in a third-world country. The cause of the uprising in the unnamed South-East Asia country is, put plainly, a first-world country taking control of their resources. Owen Wilson is unknowingly a part of this takeover and he puts his family in the center of it.

No Escape is certainly action-packed and very violent, as an uprising would be. The pace of the plot is wonderful: fast enough to keep the heart pounding, but it slows down at the appropriate points when Owen Wilson discovers exactly what his employers have been up to. I definitely suggest seeing it.


 

Favorite song: Lost Stars, sung by Adam Levine.

Lost Stars is an original song found in the movie Begin Again with Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. It was nominated in the 2015 Academy Awards for Best Original Song, which was well deserved (however, it did lose to Glory). The lyrics of the song are poetic and entirely soul-felt. I doubt there is a person in the world who wouldn’t identify with the story it weaves.

The chorus alone gives me chills as the song builds in its ballad:

“And God, tell us the reason youth is wasted on the young.
It’s hunting season and the lambs are on the run,
Searching for meaning.
But are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?”

 

Another astounding thing: this song stands apart. It complements Begin Again, but it’s a song you can put your own meaning, your own story to. It’s universal.


 

Favorite book: Welcome to Night Vale

Oh, Night Vale. Ever since I started listening to the famous podcast, around two years ago, my love for Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor’s “quiet desert community” has grown. I was SO FLIPPING EXCITED to delve into their novel that expanded beyond Cecil’s narration. What’s even better is how the podcast mentions the events of the novel here and there, only being blunt about its existence in the novel excerpt clip above. (I think a few episodes ago Cecil mentioned “that King City fiasco.”)

God, Night Vale will always be one of my most favorite works of creation EVER. AND THEY’RE COMING OUT WITH THREE BOOKS NEXT YEAR!! AHH!

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*cough* Anyways–


 

Favorite TV shows: Supernatural and Expedition Unknown
Ok. Yes. I couldn’t let the new year begin without mentioned my TWO MOST FAVORITE TV SHOWS!! (Seriously. Go check out my Tumblr: Supernatural is almost all I reblog; and I’m always fangirling over Josh Gates in my various social platforms.)

Supernatural has, and always will be, my top favorite show. There’s a reason why it’s currently airing season 11. For most people, it has to do with the brotherly relationship between Sam and Dean Winchester. However, while I do love the Winchester brothers, they aren’t my favorite characters. Castiel, Gabriel, Lucifer, and Balthazar are. In short, I love how they weave known mythology into the show and put twists on it. Especially ever since season 4, I’ve absolutely adored the angel mythology. Supernatural is the only medium that writes angels the way I believe they should be written (except for the “angels are dicks” thing, because, let’s face it: they aren’t).

I’ve especially loved how season 11 is feeling a lot like season 5. They’re focusing on Biblical mythology again and are bringing back well-loved characters for cameos (Lucifer just appeared in the most recent episode: “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” EEK!)

My second favorite TV show has to be Expedition Unknown. I’m a legend junkie with a passion for traveling and exploring cultures. However, I do like where I live… and I don’t want to travel nearly as much as Josh Gates does. Frankly, two-five trips a year will do me good.

But I love seeing what new adventures Josh Gates gets himself into. From searching for Amelia Earhart’s remains to investigating the True Cross of Christ, Josh Gates is always bringing new things to talk about on his show. He brings us along as he rock climbs, scuba dives, and crawls through caves.

In May this year, I met him for the second time and it’s only made me more adamant to watch his show. He is kind-hearted, brave, a joker, and so passionate about his job. Literally, it’s like he’s our Universe’s Indiana Jones.

He’s my role model… and I don’t think I’ll ever stop watching Expedition Unknown.


So that’s my list of 2015 favorites. Honestly, my head is kind of buzzing right now from the processing overload! But my Goodbye to 2015 post isn’t complete until I divulge in my 2016 resolutions. After all, it’s traditional to have goals for the new year, not to mention a good thing to do to keep procrastination at bay.

My plans for 2016 remain the same as they have for the past few years:

  1. Lose 50 pounds; feel healthy and capable of anything!
  2. Finish my first novel and get it put out into the world.

However, I do have goals for my social media profiles: I would like to keep to a schedule. Update my blog weekly, my Youtube videos every two weeks, and post to my Facebook page daily. Especially concerning the content of this blog, I would love to write more reviews; consider this 2015 recap the beginning of said reviews!

So, have a Happy New Year duckies. Say a generous thanks to 2015 and grasp 2016 by the hand — it’s almost here!

 

 

 

 

Weekend Recap: Goodbye Snow and Hello Spring!

Here’s a shocking thing: Yesterday (March 20th) was the first day of Spring.

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Am I the only one who didn’t realize this? Probably. With my luck.

Hah. I went in to work yesterday and one of the managers asked if I worked today. “No, I work on Saturday.” I responded. “Tomorrow is Saturday.”

Oops.

Yeah, yesterday was DEFINITELY one of those days.

This week has been an eventful one. I continued working on my novel and have my sights set on a couple of contests/journals I’m going to enter in the next couple of months.

This week I’m working on two stories: a Flash Fiction (a story under 1,000 words) and a “Fairy Tale Retelling”. I’m extending a short piece I wrote a couple of years ago for the Flash Fiction, and rewriting a Persephone story I wrote a while back for my mythology class at Otterbein.

I’ll post both of them on here, whether or not they get accepted. (But hopefully they do)

So far, I’m keeping up to my social media schedule, too. I revised it a bit, though, putting Supernatural posts on Wednesdays with Youtube (instead of Tuesdays).

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Next thing to do is start posting my new Transformers and Morty’s Stories chapters. I hope you guys enjoy it!

Catch the other things I posted online here:

Fangirlish:

I’ll see you in the next adventure!

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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!

Weekend Recap: With A Great Birthday, Comes New Plans

On March 7th, at 7PM, I turned 26 years old. As all adult birthdays tend to do, it got me thinking about the next 365 days of my life. So I made changes and re-evaluated my plans.

And I wanted to update you on these plans.

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I will be doing a little something every day during the week. Whether it’s a new post here or on Fangirlish, a new YouTube video, or a new Morty’s Stories or Fanfiction chapter. I’ll also post links to these in a weekly recap on Fridays so if you miss anything, you can catch it there!

I’m so excited about this, guys! Not only does it create a predictable schedule for all of you, but it also gives me a type of schedule I can follow — so I can get my book finished and sent to this agent.

*nervous laughter* Heh… so… yeah.

Every day you can find me someplace on the internet.

Check out the sites listed about at these links:

Everything else you can find on my website here. I am planning on recapping my week’s activities every Friday in my blog posts, so if you missed anything I will catch you up there.

SPEAKING OF RECAPS, I uploaded two new videos on my YouTube channel! Watch them here:

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See you in the next adventure!