The Warlock’s Awakening Excerpt + update

Lately I’ve been working on my website here! Can you tell? 😉 I think it looks a lot nicer than before. There’s still a couple of things I’d like to work out, tiny details that bug me, but so far I really like it. I also went a little crazy creating these images for my header:

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Obviously I chose the latter one. 😀

I also created some promotional material that I really am excited to share Continue reading →

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What a writer needs to know about the medical field

Because we’re nurses and love our jobs, Beloved and I watch fictional medical TV shows like House M.D. and (sometimes) Nurse Jackie (not Beloved’s favorite for some reason).

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And, because we are nurses and work in a hospital, there are things we see in every single episode that is either wrong or unrealistic. I’m not saying we know everything, because we don’t. I’m not talking about the diagnoses. I’m talking about the little things that don’t seemingly matter, but in real life would be a big problem.

In House, we constantly see that the IV is almost always in the hand and almost always facing the wrong way (only once have I seen it done correctly on House).

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If you look close enough, you’ll see the IV line is going towards his fingers. This is a huge, huge, huge mistake. The IV catheter should always face towards the core, so if the IV is in the hand, it should face up towards the shoulder. If in the foot (happens sometimes, though you need someone else besides a nurse to do this), you face the IV upwards towards the core. Always.

Also, they never reinforce the IV. Sometimes it’s just hanging there like, “Hey, I’m ready to get pulled out at any given moment, especially considering the likelihood that this fellow will go into cardiac arrest ’cause that happens on every episode of this show.”

Which brings me to my next point.

Everyone always has a heart attack.

What’s with this? I’ve only seen one cardiac arrest patient and they ended up passing away. Not everyone has heart attacks. Not every day is a “let’s shock them back” day.

The heart attack.

Which brings me to my next point.

They shock them back without syncing to their heart.

Did you know you could kill them if you shock them when the heart is beating at the wrong moment? I can’t explain in detail about it. Just know these few things: they don’t use paddles and rub them together anymore. We have stickers that we put on the chest and attach to a defibrillator. The defibrillator then calculates when the best moment is to shock a patient according to their heart rhythm. Also, they hardly ever shock a patient’s heart back into normal rhythm without giving them a sedative… Because it hurts. Duh.

(Disclaimer: I’m sure that there are exceptions, and I’m sure some places use the regular ole paddles. I’m just saying what I’ve seen and experienced myself when someone crashes.)

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WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT POINT.

Someone crashes, only three people (only doctors apparently) are there to help.

In TV shows, you see someone crash, they yell, “Get a crash cart in here,” or for some reason it’s already right there even though a second ago the patient was 100% okay and they were planning discharge.

Here’s the reality of a code blue: You have someone from respiratory, you have maybe one doctor, if there’s a doctor around on the floor at the moment, probably 3 nurses from that floor and then a team that is trained to respond to a code blue (which is reported over intercom and where it’s at) rushes to the scene and fills the entire room. Literally, the whole bed is surrounded and everyone has a job. They push meds, they defibrillate, they do a bunch of stuff.

My point? It’s never a couple of people. It’s a whole team.

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There are many other things that I could point out, but maybe I’ll save them for another time.

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The Warlock’s Awakening: Summary

Welcome back to my blog! Last week I did something different and fun, but this week I’m going to give you guys something I think you’ll like a lot more… For one, it’s short and sweet. For two, it has to do with the third book in The Witches’ Sleep Trilogy!

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So what am I posting about, then? The not-so-final* back-of-book summary of THE WARLOCK’S AWAKENING.

*emphasis on the not-so-final part

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Tell me what you guys think! Does this make you want to read it even more? If you see any errors, please don’t hesitate to point them out! I encourage criticism! (Just not unnecessary criticism, and you all know what I mean by that: those mean, ugly trolls).

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SUMMARY:

It’s been sixteen years since the war began. Victory, son of Sunlight and Kindness, is different from his fellow witch counterparts. With no end to the war in sight, it is determined that the time of a Warlock is needed, and young Victory has been chosen as the next Warlock of his time. But, with every Warlock, a sacrifice is required…
Along with his friends and family, Victory will face many unsettling trials. Torn between his destiny as the Warlock, the ultimate savior of the universe, and saving those he loves, Victory must make a choice. Will Victory succeed in his quests? Or will he lose those he loves the most?

Thanks for checking in this week! See y’all next Friday!

Love you guys so much!

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Word Wars: the pen is mightier than the sword

Word Wars. What are they, you may ask?

Wikiwrimo (which, by the way, I had no idea they existed until I did this research) says here that, “Word wars may be conducted with specific goals in mind… races to see who can write the most in the set amount of time, or simply a set period of time to write as much as possible in the Write or Die fashion.”

ISN’T PUSHEEN JUST THE CUTEST?!

Basically, 2+ writers set a date and time and agree on an amount of time (start to finish style) and whoever writes the most words in said amount of time wins the “war.”

This is a great motivator to GET THAT FIRST DRAFT DONE, in my opinion. Does it make you sloppy while you write? Heck yeah, but you’re going to edit that sucker like 4,000 times so you just need to focus on finishing the first draft. Besides, experts say that writers who try to write their first drafts perfectly run a high chance of not finishing their manuscript. (True story, bro).

So what say I about Word Wars? Bring them on!

I want to get a decent draft (not first, but I’m not going to stretch so far and say the final draft) of THE WARLOCK’S AWAKENING (Book Three in The Witches’ Sleep Trilogy) completed by New Year’s Eve. I think I can do it, especially if I continue to do these Word Wars in my Goodreads Group.

I have the best Goodreads writing group. If you guys are interested in joining, it’s Year-Long NaNo. If you’re not friendly, don’t bother joining. We don’t want you. But if you’re a writer, encouraging, a good sport, then please! Come join us!

For anyone else, I challenge you to try out Word Wars with another writer. You’ll find out quickly how awesome it is!

‘Kay then. I’ve said what I wanted to say.

Love you guys to pieces!

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Book Three Title Reveal! YAY! (seriously this time, I promise)

I know, I know. You don’t trust me so much right now thanks to the blog I posted about Book Three’s title reveal 2 weeks ago. But I promise, the title is revealed in this one!

For the last two weeks since I made the ultimate and final decision on the title for Book Three in The Witches’ Sleep Trilogy, I have had the absolute hardest time keeping it to myself. I want to just yell it, post about it, ask people if the title is catchy… or nah? (Can I say that or that unacceptable?) I have succeeded in refraining from spilling any of the beans, though! (Except for when I told all my family members and even a few friends. Then, of course, I made them swear through a blood sacrifice not to say a single word online or to anyone I had not approved of yet. And they zipped their lips shut (smart move).

I also thought long and hard about how I should reveal the title to you guys. I want it to be special, not just like: “Oh, the title is *blank*.” That’s boring. I’m not boring. I don’t like boring.

Finally, I thought to myself, “Hey, Kaitlyn,” (yes, I talk to myself in third person) “why don’t you make a banner that has secret book meaning behind the images? You can use this on your blog, for fun on Facebook, and even on your website. It’s a visual thing that other visual people like me will understand very well!” I love the visual stuff. Gives me warm, fuzzy feelings deep in my soul.

So, without further ado… Here’s the banner (or…what would you call this?) that I created just for you guys. (Yes, there are secret clues in it.)

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The Warlock’s Awakening.

What are your thoughts on the title? Does it make you want to read it even more so than before? I hope so!

Next surprise coming soon: the (work-in-progress) synopsis of The Warlock’s Awakening. (Argh! It’s so awesome to finally say the title instead of “Book Three”!)

I just want to conclude this post by giving a huge shout out to the one and only Elisabeth Wheatley who came VERY close to guessing the title! Check out her comment on this blog post where I gave a super small clue about the title.

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The Witches’ Awakening! ELISABETH! Stop almost ruining the surprise! 😛

See you guys next Friday!

With lots and lots and lots of love,

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