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. 😀

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Where in the world is Kaitlyn?

What? Huh?

Who?

Me?

Oh. Um. I’m right here.

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*shyly raises hand*

I’ve pretty much come to accept that I’m REALLY bad at this blog thing. But I hold out for MAYBE ONE DAY I’LL KICK INTO GEAR AND ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THE HECK I’M DOING HERE. Until then, you’ll just have to deal with the random blog posts every few months.

I’m sorry. Please don’t hate me! Continue reading →

Featured Book: Fanged by Elisabeth Wheatley

In the spirit of the soon-to-be released novella #3 FANGED KINDRED in the Fanged Novella Series, I am featuring Elisabeth Wheatley’s FANGED (#1) book! Below is the new cover and I am absolutely in LOVE with it!

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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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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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Fellow Writers: 15 Writing Prompt Images

As writers, sometimes our inspiration shrivels a bit. Sometimes we are just simply stuck and need somewhere to go. Writing prompts are a great way to get your brain juices flowing so you can move on in your writing or start a new project! My favorite type of writing prompts are simply pictures.

I love to get on Pinterest or Tumblr and search Fantasy or Science Fiction. Or even specific things like faeries, mermaids, and vampires. Sometimes, depending on the mood of my writing, I’ll search dark fantasy, which always promises at least a few interesting pictures that can inspire the next scene/project.

Here are 15 images that will hopefully force your brain to pump those creative juices!

Let the pictures do the talking.

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The dark moon is rising  No silver left to see  The crone has awakened  Her power flows in me  The dark storm is coming  The rain pouring down  The thunder raises power  As lightening takes ground                          The dark Queen is walking  Her whispers call to me  Ancient wisdom flowing  Circling energies flow free   The dark night is waiting  Its lure a sweet bane  Stepped through my shadow  And I am forever changed. A. J. Mckinley

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Writing Prompt: Where does this lead?

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Writing Prompt: You found this creature in the forest. Now what will happen?

 

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Writing Prompt: What will happen in this room?

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Writing Prompt: What would your life be like if you lived here?
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Writing Prompt: What are ten things you could do in this room?

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sent my love to those who passed away -  Know that you're not forgotten... Know that there's always someone who cares...

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“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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spirits of the forest. I think that there is actually spirits in the forest you just have to really look to see them!!!

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can i tell you a secret?… i cannot fly but like you i long to live a wonderful life….. we are more alike then you know...

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~ Orange Eye ~ Fantasy. Love her face makeup too

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Contessa with Squid (extra large print) fantasy art octopus woman on Etsy, $85.00

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Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the "Someone" incredible soon to become.

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One with the tree..solice

 

Fellow Writers: Different Styles for Different Writers

It’s not a secret that everyone is different. We look around and find differences everywhere. Your next door neighbor doesn’t sweep the freshly mowed grass off his sidewalk like you do. The mailman is careless and always ends up putting someone else’s mail in your box while you always make sure everything is where it belongs.

We are all cut from different cloths. We come from different walks of life. Our personalities range widely between two extremes. No two people are alike.

Which obviously means no two writers are alike.

My last Fellow Writers blog post, I implied everyone should create Character Profiles for their characters. I even included what should be in said Profiles. The thing I forgot to mention is that not every writer can do this. They can try, but many writers find their character’s likes and dislikes, strengths and fears, love and hate while they write. I’ve done this before myself, but it was harder for me in the long run. Even now, after I have my characters figured out, they can be subject to change within the story, depending on if the story needs them to.

Character Profiles are flexible.

Also, when I’m writing, sometimes a new character will pop up. Yes, just pop up out of the blue. Sometimes they become important characters, sometimes they are very loveable but minor characters. I didn’t think of this character before I started writing, but he is making the story better.

I guess what I’m getting at is: It’s okay for characters to surprise you. Don’t worry about sticking firmly to all of your Profiles. Again I will say: They are subject to change; flexible.

Above everything, remember that as a writer, you write the way that works for you, not the way that works for me. What works for one doesn’t always work for another. We all have different styles and preferences.

This is what makes us artists. This is what makes us unique.

That is all I have to say this week for my Fellow Writers! Share and like this post, and subscribe to my blog! Thank you, you wonderful person, you!

Xoxo,

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