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OSR 2017, Amongst Other Things!

I will tell you: things are so chaotic right now, I feel like I can’t catch up! Honestly, part of a reason for this is because I was sick this week, but it was worth it because my longtime boyfriend Dan and I got ENGAGED!! (Funny story: we found out later that he exposed me to a cold and here we are!)

So… A thing happened today!!! #engaged #bfturnedfiance #thefutureisbeautiful

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Yes! We did!! My mind is in a mix of rejoicing and daydreaming about our near-future lives as newlyweds.

However, I have so many things going on before we take our vows next year: working on my career, losing the rest of my weight, and other things.

One of those “other things” is attending Ideal Event’s gathering at Ohio State Reformatory this weekend. I’m honestly excited to experience the haunted prison at a different time of the year (the previous three events there have been held in May, not August). I expect the vibes will be awesomely different for multiple reasons.

First off, it’ll be close to fall, which is always the time of year I feel more energized, both physically and spiritually. Second, because of this, the event will be taking place a month before the prison shuts down for their annual haunted house–this year dubbed “Escape from Blood Prison!” Personally, I’m wondering if it’ll have an affect on the ghosties or not. Surely, because there are some intelligent haunts, it’s possible they could pick up on the change of seasons? Who knows. The experience will tell!

All in all, I’m excited to see what will happen. I’m especially excited to be investigating with Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango again–although I am a little curious as to why they were the only celebs that came back this year.

HOWEVER, in addition to their awesome selves, we will also get a lecture about the history of the Ohio State Reformatory! I’m very giddy about that as well; even though I’ve researched a lot into the infamous prison, I still want to see if I’ll learn something else!

We’ll see how the night goes. See you all soon!


Author’s Update:

There will be more to come on this blog soon. I’ve backed off on a few things–like Media Mondays over on my YouTube channel and my fanfiction releases–so that I can focus more heavily on my writing career, especially the novel I’m itching to complete, but this blog is not one of those. I’m aiming to release a new blog post around the 1st and 15th day of every month.

For more, check out my Youtube video where I talk about the tough decision of backing off on my fanfics and reviews:

Thank you all for your support and see you next time! *blows kiss*

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!

Media Mondays 17: Go, Ladies, GO!

Here’s a quick introduction, first, since I haven’t posted a Media Mondays video here on my blog before now.

What is Media Mondays?  Simple! It’s a series of Youtube vids where we can all join together and geek out about movies, TV, and pop culture! Bonus: I also put in weekly questions to stimulate discussions!

Check out the playlist here!

Without further ado, here’s Media Mondays 17:

Happy Media Mondays, fans! This past week’s media theme seemed to be all about women empowerment: Daenerys becoming Khalessi, Kate defending Castle, Jemma setting aside her emotions to save Fitz, and Amara being the big bad she truly is! What are your favorite strong female moments in your TV/movies?

This week’s Q: Do you think Chuck will survive in Supernatural? WHAT ARE YOUR FINALE PREDICTIONS?

Upcoming finales:
Tuesday: The Night Manager, 10P (ET) on AMC
Wednesday: Supernatural!! 9P (ET) on The CW

Movie premieres:
X-Men: Apocalypse
Alice Through the Looking Glass

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!

New TV Show Obession: TWD!

My opinion of The Walking Dead? Wow. Just wow.

A few weeks ago mom and I were stuck in the house, sick with terrible chest colds. I had caught up with all of my TV shows, finished reading Welcome to Night Vale: The Novel (which was brilliant and nostalgic and–ahhh feels!), and was blazing a trail through the Crimson Peak novel. Soon, I was looking for something new to watch. And what was already on my Amazon video account? The Walking Dead.

I had started watching season one a year or two ago (when I was also sick) but stopped the show mainly because I got better and distracted with other things. So, this time around I started TWD at the end of season one… and down the rabbit hole I went.

Over the last three weeks, I’ve binged seasons one through six and am now on my way to watching Fear The Walking Dead (the prequel). I’ve gone from casual interest to mild anticipation to complete fangirl. And for the past couple days, I really wondered: “Why? Why am I so obsessed with this show?” I mean, yeah, Daryl’s my favorite character; he’s a complete badass, yet has a soft, meaningful side. Rick is a pretty strong leader: he makes hard choices, is a great dad, and has a spectacularly precise aim (also he looks like my brother Donnie and shares his name with my brother Rick).

Still, why was I almost drooling over my laptop at the merest possibility of news about the show? Why was I reading fanfic after fanfic, into the early, early morning? I’m not usually a fan of zombies, and am becoming increasingly picky when it comes to post-apocalyptic storylines. But here I was, obsessed with The Walking Dead.

The answers clicked as I explained the show to mom over eggs, biscuits, and coffee this morning. First, the show is realistic: when you feel a character is going to die, they probably will die. As a fan of some action movies (*cough* Transformers *cough*), I do like watching the stunts characters pull. However, I also know that said daredevil feats, if applied to real life, would probably end in death. TWD has a way of putting you on edge, making you mentally plead: “Oh no, they certainly wouldn’t kill this character! He’s a good man and has to stick around for his family!” And then, with one clean stroke, the character’s gone.

(Sidenote, TWD is almost opposite of Supernatural with their deaths: characters that die typically stay dead. Although both TV shows are well-written, this is an interesting, fresh, draw to AMC’s hit.) TWD, furthermore, deals with harsh truths. At one point, early in the show, a character becomes pregnant and she actually considers aborting the baby due to the terrifying world they now live in. I found myself relating. Even though I would never choose to abort a baby, I could honestly see myself considering it just as she did, if I were in a post-apocalyptic world myself.

That brings me to the second reason why I love The Walking Dead: the characters are well written. They’re complex. Grey. There is no clear division between right and wrong, black or white, good vs evil. Even with season three’s villain, The Governor, who wrecked so much havoc on Rick and his group, I didn’t 100% hate him because he was relatable. He wanted his zombified daughter to be cured with every fiber of his being that when Michonne killed her, he literally went insane. Again, I could see the same happening to me if I was in a similar situation.

Everyone has a story, everyone has a darkness to them. Even Daryl had his moments when I was cursing him. Especially in 4×12’s “Still” when he drunkenly raged at Beth. His character is one of the few I am actively excited to see develop. In season 1 he started as a stereotypical hillbilly; a younger child in the shadow of his asshole big brother, Merle. When Merle disappeared from the show, Daryl connected with the group he was with and became a stronger, courageous hero with a messed-up past. He’s even been a great leader at times when Rick was unable to carry everyone due to his mental anguish. Daryl is a loner but a loyal companion and if I ever find myself in a zombie apocalypse, I hope he’s right by my side.

(Here’s hoping I won’t though.)

Check out one of my favorite Daryl scenes:

Daryl vs Tank:

All in all, I fully suggest watching The Walking Dead. It has kickass action sequences, dramatic moments that will melt a cold heart, and a great, devoted cast, crew, and fanbase that, I hope, will keep going for years to come. Robert Kirkman, author of TWD comics, just… wow. I honestly hope to create something as great as this myself. Bravo!

For further Walking Dead ambiance, I think this fan video (not mine) best explains the atmosphere of the show:

Best Scenes of TWD (spoilers ahead!):

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Personal updates: with us now in the throes of 2016, I’m implementing a posting schedule that is working really well.

  • Sundays: Promos/trailers masterpost via my blog (here) – where I gather a collection of movies and TV promos premiering every week.
  • Mondays: Media Mondays via my YouTube channel – a discussion series on pop culture news, TV shows, movies, and reviews. Come fangirl with me!
  • Wednesdays: New blog posts via my blog – on random topics.
  • Fridays: New fanfics! via my blog, Tumblr, and Fanfiction.net – while most new fanfiction posts will be with my Transformers series, I do have some oneshots I will throw out here and there.

This is the skeleton I’ll be following, although look out for unexpected reviews, posts, and other treats during the week too! I’m excited to be bringing all this content to you guys and gals!

Also, if you missed it, here’s Media Mondays 2: Let the Fangirling Commence! Where I FANGIRL over Mark Pellegrino’s Lucifer, 1940’s/50’s Hollywood in Agent Carter, and how well written Blackbeard is in Black Sails

So consider me a “walker”, fellow Walking Dead fans (is that the fandom name? If not, let me know in the comments!) What are your favorite Walking Dead scenes? Characters?

Tonight is also Supernatural night, Hunters! Are you excited to see more of Casifer? I sure am!

Catch the promo here:

Catch you in the next post, fangirls and fanboys! Let your geek reign!

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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!

 

 

 

 

An American Perspective on The Paris Attacks

–but first a quick NaNo update:

Thus far in November, my NaNoWriMo progress has lagged. It’s typical of me that I don’t actually complete a novel in National Novel Writing Month, due to the fact that life does tend to get in the way (now more than ever), but also because I want to train myself to write full-time, not just full-time for a month. Also, a friend of mine pointed out that I was using a lot of fragmented sentences, which I thank her tremendously for. I used part of last week to brush up on my basic punctuation.

If you can’t tell.

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Honestly, if you look back at my previous blog posts, you’ll see a lot of sentences where I should’ve used commas, dashes, colons, or semi-colons instead of periods or the “…” Oops! Well, hey. That’s progress. I mean fragmented sentences aren’t terribly bad, but broadening one’s mind– or revisiting past rules that have been forgotten–is a good thing: it makes for stronger writing.

So this week I sit down and start my writing process again. Also, I’m brainstorming about a Christmas romance novel, to be published on Amazon, but I also have to research more into the E-book process… and think up a good plot. I will keep you guys updated!

 


 

Okay, leaving the lighthearted stuff behind, I want to talk about my viewpoints on the Paris Terrorist attacks. Last Friday, I was having the worst Friday the 13th ever. Honestly. A pick-up truck almost crashed into me, I lost my visa card (only to find the store employees had wonderfully rescued it), and some biological things were on the way–lets just leave it at that–it was a downright stress-filled day.

Then, at Subway, getting dinner for my family, I looked up.

“FOUR BOMBINGS IN PARIS” a news station screamed at me. Even then I didn’t register the magnitude of what had happened. I wonder now if others in America grasped the sheer depth of horror the Parisians were feeling, the moment those first news reports came in.

However, that initial caption did give me pause.

“This really wasn’t that bad a day.” I murmured to myself as I ordered.

The evening ticked on. My boyfriend walked in, dad read the newspaper, and I helped mom clean up the kitchen. I remembered the news broadcast and absent-mindedly clicked on MSNBC.

I think it was around that time when America was just coming to terms with exactly how devastating the attacks in Paris were. The news reports became more detailed as information flowed into the stations. No longer was this an “Oh, I’m sorry this happened–I hope everyone’s alright” reaction but an “Oh my God”, plain and simple. The more news that flowed in, the more reality set: this was the kind of world we now live in.

What was most devastating, I’m sure to a lot of people, was the Bataclan massacre. Inside the theater, Eagles of Death Metal rocked on. Then gunfire rang out over the crowd. People ran, hid, hung off of windowsills, and laid under dead bodies to preserve their lives. A video has surfaced on YouTube of the band reacting to the shooting. One member immediately ran for the door, another stood stunned, and the drummer ducked behind his drums. Worst of all: another video on YouTube is of the alleyway as people run from the theater. It is raw in nature and I advise caution if you go searching for it. There is plenty of blood and terror to be seen. Hence why I don’t post it here (also out of respect for the victims).

My family and I have stayed glued to the news stations all weekend. CNN and MSNBC have been on repeat, only turned off when I finally went to bed.

I can’t believe that this is the world we live in. I briefly remember a time before September 11th where security was lax, where a person didn’t have to take out liquid or sharp objects in order to board a plane. Even shorter do I remember the days directly after September 11th: where the planes didn’t fly, where America was unsettled and unsure, no longer indestructible… but victimized and angry.

Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Paris. I can’t even imagine being in that kind of situation. Well, I mean, I could as a writer, but I wouldn’t want to be. Even yesterday while thousands came out to the Paris memorial, there was a sense of determination but also panic. News clips showed a square emptying due to fireworks being set off.

Like how Paris stood with us on September 11th, we shall stand with them. I pray for Paris; pray for solidarity in peace for all. I pray for safety for my family, friends, and the world as a whole. I pray for terrorism to be decimated and ideologies reexamined.

In the words of John Lennon:

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

May God bless us all.