Get to Know My Project: Worlds Apart

Hello, my literary darlings!

This post is definite not something I thought I would have the guts to do so soon after making major changes to my book but, the only way for me to improve and build my audience is to share my literary worlds with all of you!

This week I will be talking about my Fantasy, Worlds Apart.

Created this cover for my little work in progress!

World’s Apart has been an important project of mine for almost three years now but, after dealing with creative issues and a general lack of motivation, I have finally found my flow and am in the process of finishing my weird little hybrid! Instead of it being a normal fantasy novel I have decided to make it this strange hybrid of fantasy novel  and poetry formatting, not written in verse but as a collection of different poems and musings, so that the magical combination of Ireland and my little fantasy world can be enjoyed in a truly enchanting way.  I know it sounds strange but it really flows and has created a unique reading experience!

Here is its synopsis:

Something deep in 24-year-old Beatrice’s bones drew her to the monastic ruins of Glendalough, Ireland, where unbeknownst to her the fate of the realms would lie in her hands.

During a quest for answers in the Emerald Isle, Bea is spirited away to the realm of Elarya, where she learns just how true the Celtic legends of magic are. Before she can come to terms with being in a land of myth and magic, the Queen of Nature threatens Bea’s closest allies, entangling Bea in the Queen’s plot to merge the realms and take her place as the ultimate ruler. Armed with this information, Bea must team up with the unruly Nessa, valiant Rory, and enigmatic King of Shadow Magic before millions of lives are lost. She will learn ancient magic, forge unbreakable bonds, and enter an enthralling courtship with the foreboding King in the forest.

Can Bea help protect the realms or will she succumb to the Queen’s untamed magic?

Sounds cool, right?  I love this literary world I have created and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! 

Have A Wonderfully Literary Day!

~Caitlin

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New Year, New Resolutions!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope y’all had a wonderful holiday season! Usually, my anxiety flares up around this time of the year and I end up being miserable but everything went smoothly and my anxiety was kept in check! Now that 2020 has finally arrived I have made the decision to really buckle down and focus more on my writing. My self doubt monster had snuck up on me again but I realized that it is literally now or never. The only way I will ever get any writing done is by actually doing it.


That being said, I also realized that I need to keep two different categories for my writing and non-writing resolutions. This is to keep me from feeling too overwhelmed and I feel like this would be there best way to go!

Here are my Resolutions for 2020

  1. Become more consistent with my blog!
  2. Remember to actually write the reviews for books after I have finished reading them!
  3. Finish my damn book!
  1. Stay on top of my routines!
  2. Practice self-care!
  3. Grow my presence on Instagram and Pinterest!

Can you tell that I am trying to fix my consistency? I have always been horrible about keeping to my routines which has an effect on my anxiety. Hopefully being able to actually enforce a routine will allow me to crush my goals and improve my mental health!


I hope y’all enjoyed reading about my resolutions for the year! Feel free to share your resolutions in the comments!

~Caitlin~

Ghosts of The Past

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is quite the interesting destination, one half of the island is well kept while the other half is slowly fading away. Thankfully, My parents and I were able to go on a hard hat tour of the unrestored contagious disease ward since it is still safe enough to explore. Of course my mother, who is a nurse, clutched her purse like an old virus was going to mug her during the tour.

Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour

There is an eerie feeling as you walk along the corridor and face the split between the general hospital and contagious disease ward. It is one thing to read about historic sites like Ellis Island but to see these buildings in person really sends chills down your spine. The man leading our tour was actually a descendant of someone that passed through Ellis Island so he included stories that his grandfather passed to him.

Who knew that the Ellis Island hospital was such a trendsetter? Due to their protocols, there were no records of any nurse or physician dying while helping the poor souls within the contagious disease ward. Tragically, Ellis Island suffered at the hands of a city that didn’t want to care for it until the late eighties to early nineties. The years of neglect Ellis endured is evident when you look out the windows in the wards and see nature slowly creeping in.

For ninety minutes, we were pulled into a world of history and heard about the fight to save Ellis Island from literally falling apart. It is truly heartbreaking that the general hospital has become so dangerous that they do not believe it can be salvaged. walking into the empty and worn down rooms and looking at the gorgeous murals, created by artist JR (click here to go to his website), really left a lasting impact. It is time to save Ellis Island before one of the most important pieces of American History is lost.

Next time you go to Ellis Island, take the hard hat tour and learn about the fight of history vs. nature while admiring the beauty of what was left behind.

Fun Fact: The Muralist, JR, used photos from the archives and used a material that will naturally fade away so it won’t hurt the buildings!

Here is a slideshow of some of my favorite photos I took while going on the hard hat tour!

Go support me on Patreon to see even more haunting photos as well! Click here!

If you are interested in going on a hard hat tour visit the Statue of Liberty Cruise ticket website here to learn more about this one of a kind experience!

Want to help Save Ellis Island? Go visit their website here!

🌻Caitlin🌻

I Am Not Okay

I am not okay, I finally  realized this after trying to deal with my mental health for the past 3-4 months. At first, I thought it was just stress from all of the issues happening in my personal life. I kept thinking it was going to get better, that I have to be strong for the ones I care about. It never got better, anxiety crept back in and depression swept me away. I was numb, tired, and all of the projects I had been working on simply fell apart. My writing suffered, my loved ones had to watch me fall apart, and I kept fighting my monsters alone.

Going to the doctor was something I feared but I knew seeking help was necessary if I wanted to regain my spark. Not going to lie, I cried at least four different times while telling my doctor what has been happening and she calmed me down before telling me it was going to be okay. The medication I was on is apparently notorious for failing to work in the long run. All I had to do was take the first dose of my new medication and it felt like  I could breathe. The feelings that had consumed me have been calmed and I could actually go to sleep without worrying about everything. I can’t wait to finally regain my spark, to be able to enjoy the world again, and finish my novel. It does get better, you just have to accept that you can’t fight this alone and to always monitor how effective your medicine is.

I guess I wrote this because so at least one person can learn that it is okay to not be okay. Medicine can fail, things change, and it is important to realize when you need help.  Also, I needed to explain why I dropped off the face of the Earth on here! I will keep you updated as I adjust to this new medication and hopefully I will be sharing some amazing content with y’all!

I hope y’all have an amazingly literary day,

Caitlin ❤️

P.S. If any of y’all are going through a tough spot in your life and need someone to talk to, just let me know so we can connect. You are not alone

3 Ways to Stay Motivated After NaNoWriMo

Hello World!

The month of November flew by! Now that NaNoWriMo is over I finally have the time to sit down and update my lovely blog. This year was the first year I was actually able to conquer my writing goals for NaNoWriMo and I have to admit, it feels amazing! It took three whole years but I am happy to announce that I am actually a winner this year and I am getting closer to finishing the first draft of my novel.

I have been working hard to find different ways to stay motivated now that the pressure of writing so much during NaNoWriMo has been lifted off me. Life has a way of interfering with progress sometimes and staying motivated can be a bit tricky but it is crucial that this first draft is completed before the end of the year! If you are in the same boat then have no fear! I have managed to discover 3 tips that can help you stay motivated and crush your writing goals!

Let’s dive in!

  1. Set Weekly Goals!

Setting up mini goals for the week can be extremely helpful! Sometimes having one giant goal can be daunting and stop your creative flow in its tracks. By breaking your giant goal into smaller goals that you can accomplish every week, you are keeping yourself from becoming overwhelmed while writing your novel!

Some examples of these mini goals are:

  • Write for 30 minutes every day.
  • Plot and write a whole chapter in a week. (You can do more than one if you want to!)
  • Flesh out your main characters.

2. Reward Yourself!

Rewards are a nice way to treat yourself as you meet your writing goals. Setting up a way to reward yourself for every writing milestone is a good way to help you stay excited and hopefully avoid the severe writer’s block that can hit after meeting a major word count goal!

  • A Good example of this is what I did for NaNoWriMo! I saved up throughout the month so that once I met my goals I was able to buy a beautiful owl purse that I had been wanting for awhile!

3.Take a Break!

This tip may sound a little odd! Trust me, taking a moment to breathe is absolutely crucial to staying motivated. Pushing yourself too hard can lead you to being burnt out and you can unfortunately lose the motivation to write. Taking a short break allows you to clear your mind and have a mini vacation from your novel. You can revisit your work after your break and be able to crush that word count goal!

I hope y’all enjoyed my post and I also hope that these tips help you along your writing journey!

I hope y’all have a wonderfully literary day!

~Caitlin

A Writing Update

Hello World!

I am happy to be back! I thought I would share a little update on my two writing projects that I had been working on before I went on my little hiatus in December.

Worlds Apart: I actually finished a good portion of this novel! I also entered the first nine pages into a manuscript excerpt contest. If I win, then I get to take my  manuscript to a literary agent so they can talk about it with me. This novel is on its way to being finished and my little magical world is thriving.

Lady of The Dawn: This project was picked back up after I reconciled with my close friend/ writing partner on this one. It felt so good to start working on this project again and I can’t  wait to work on it more and share more about it with y’all!

Well, I know this post was rather short but I just wanted to share the progress made on my little writing projects! I will share more about these two projects as I continue to work on them~

 

Happy Reading,

~Caitlin