I Am a Published Author!

 

Hi everyone! Last week I did something huge for myself! I finally published my short story, Written in Blood! (short blurb below!)

Written in Blood is the 12,000 word standalone novelette, by new author, Emily DeAngelis.

The only place to legally kill someone is on paper as an author. But that wasn’t enough for Ralph Daniels, author of The Sin City Slayer. Follow the story of editors, Eileen and Remy, who accidentally publish a killer’s book, and try to keep things quiet and handle it themselves. Will they make it out alive or will they become another casualty of The Sin City Slayer?

It released on Amazon kindle for a price of $2.99 on July 6th. I wasn’t expecting it to sell many copies, but was pleasantly surprised when it sold over a hundred copies within the first 3 days of its release! I am so grateful to be able to share my writing with the world! I want to thank everyone who supported me through this process. It meant so much to me to be welcomed and well received as a new author! Everyone’s kind words were much appreciated! If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can click on the link below! Happy reading!

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Why 30 Seconds to Mars was the best band of my teenage years

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Everyone is all caught up in the Chainsmokers, but I’m getting back into 30STM music. Maybe its the fact that Suicide Squad rocked my world and I was reminded of how awesome Jared Leto is. I mean have you seen Requiem for a Dream or Mr. Nobody? Go watch them. He rocks. Anyway, anyone who was born in the mid nineties knows that we all loved bands like 30STM, Blink 182, The Killers, Linkin Park, and Apocalyptica. We all went through that phase of thick dark eyeliner, all black clothing, and converse shoes coupled with raging hormones. Remember when skinny jeans and eyeliner on boys was in? Me too. Jared Leto made it hot, and he still rocks it. Bottom line, I started listening to 30STM music again, and I was reminded of how awesome it is. I used to hate music where there was lots of yelling, I would immediately change the radio station. Now I bounce in my seat when I hear it come on. The Kill came on the stereo at work today and I had to tell myself that I was in a public place and needed to hold it together. A stupid toothy grin still spread across my face.

This music is so deep, and I never realized it until now, my angsty teenage self just wanted to hear some screaming music and idolize the angel face that is Jared Leto. Like here is a line from The Kill:

“What if I fell to the floor?
Couldn’t take all this anymore”

That’s deep man…like deep dish pizza deep. Imply what you want from that line.

It’s hard not to like this band. I mean what’s not to like? They are cute, funny, make good music, love their fans, and guess what else?  They care deeply about the environment, particularly Jared Leto. His song, A Beautiul Lie, was about how humans hurt the environment, and how we can minimize our impact. He is also a vegan, and has been for 20 years! It’s not for everyone, but good for you Jared! I’ll support you from over here while I eat filet mignon. Sorry!

Anyway, I never got to go to a concert, but I wasn’t that into concerts when I was younger anyway. Well that, and my parents totally wouldn’t let me go in fear of me getting squashed in a mosh pit, so I didn’t bother asking. But I’m now twenty-two years old and I still haven’t been to a single concert. Just not my scene. I can honestly say that I want this band to go back on tour so that they could be my first concert. Either them or ACDC. I have high expectations.

Without further ado, here are my ten favorite songs by 30STM that I have had on repeat for at least a week.

  1. The Kill
  2. Closer to the Edge 
  3. Kings and Queens
  4. Up In the Air  
  5. This is War
  6. Hurricane 
  7. A Beautiful Lie
  8. From Yesterday 
  9. Bad Romance (yeah its a cover, but it’s godly)
  10. City of Angels 

Comment below with your favorite 30STM song, or other bands you recommend for those days you are feeling the black eyeliner and skinny jeans look.

What I Actually Do: Athletic Trainer Edition

 

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So most people don’t even know what an athletic trainer is. Most people think we are personal trainers, like strength and conditioning coaches, but that’s not the case. I always explain my profession with a scenario. Say you are watching Sunday night football and Tom Brady gets hurt. The first person on the scene, running out onto the field is us. We are first responders. We are a link in the chain between the victim, EMS, physicians and many other healthcare providers. But we are not just medics. We not only diagnose injuries, but prevent them and rehabilitate them as well. So essentially we do it all, and still have a low salary, and work crazy hours, which sucks. But we don’t do it for the money. Athletic trainers are people who know that if they got a regular 9-5 desk job, we would die. We run on adrenaline, and can’t live with a cookie cutter lifestyle. Our job leaves room for creativity, and there is always something new and exciting everyday that keeps us engaged.

So with this job comes blood, sweat, and tears. Sometimes its our own and sometimes its the body fluids of the athletes. It depends on the day, on a good day its our and not theirs.

But here are some typical responsibilities we attend to everyday.

  1. Water, and field set up. NO WE ARE NOT WATERBOYS. We can lead the horses to water, but we can’t make them drink. But if the ten gallon jug is still full 30 minutes into a football practice in 90 degree heat, you will feel our wrath.
  2. Taping and bracing. Yeah, we can tape an ankle like a boss, some of us can even do it blindfolded. But that’s not all we know. We can create a splint out of just about anything around us. If something hurts, but you can still practice we can ind a way to tape it and make it better until we can get in for some rehab. We could put Jason Bourne to shame with how resourceful we are, but unlike Jason Bourne we try to cure and heal instead of killing someone with our pinky finger. But interrupt us during our lunch and we might try our hand at the latter.
  3. Wound Care. This one is pretty self explanatory. If you get a boo-boo, we make it all better. We are good about triaging wounds, and knowing when to send you for stitches, when we can steri-strip, or when we slap a bandaid on it and call it a day.
  4. Emergency Care. This is the nitty gritty stuff. When Stacy got her bell rung at soccer practice, or Daniel tore his ACL at football, or a hockey player broke his arm. We do it all. We are there for the good and the bad.
  5. Rehabilitation. We design and implement programs for all types of injuries everyday. We customize it to each athlete, and progress them accordingly. Ankle sprains, post op candidates, tendonitis, strains, sprains, contusions (fancy word for bruise), or generalized pain we can make it better everyday, and get you back out to your sport. This is one of the most rewarding parts of athletic training: to see the progress of an athlete, and know that you made a difference.
  6. Sports Psychology. We can also tell you to lie on a taping table and tell us how you feel about that. Just kidding. But we do take the mental and emotional health of all our athletes into account, whether it’s discouraging thoughts when they plateau in rehab, or the stress of classes, or other personal things. We also see the things no one should have to face in their lifetime (rape, domestic abuse, suicide, depression, etc.) We hate to see it, but when we do, we know how to manage the situation, and ensure the athlete gets the help and support they need, discreetly of course.
  7. Nutrition. This may seem easy, like we still log on to mypyramid and give the athlete a generic response about a “healthy” diet. But what works for a cross country athlete may not be what a 300lb lineman needs. We specialize nutrition plans as needed for individuals or sports teams, by season or needs. Like during the preseason, athletes are overloaded and will need more calories, a higher percentage of fat and protein to recover in between sessions. So after double sessions or an insane powerlifting session, that entire pizza will actually do some good. But during the competition phase, athletes need less calories than preseason, and are just working on maintenance of their weight instead of packing pounds on for power.
  8. Strength and Conditioning. This is one of the most fun parts of my job. Not every athletic trainer gets to do this. You have to have extra certifications, which I am currently working towards. Watching someone hit a new PR in the weight room, or make progress in their rehabilitation is what makes this job so rewarding. Also, we like to yell and motivate our athletes. It’s our excuse to yell and get all our angst out from the day. It’s fun to be in a position of power. Anyway, I like designing programs and taking the time to make it sports specific so it is more beneficial to the team I’m working with. Again, being creative is crucial to being a successful athletic trainer.
  9. Preventative Exercise.  This goes right along with strength and conditioning, but the intensity may be dialed down a bit. All athletes get glute strengthening, and dynamic mobility and stability to prevent ACL injuries. But other sports need other prevention measures in play. Baseball, softball, and swimmers need shoulder strengthening and stability exercises, while hockey players need hip mobility. We delve deep into the biomechanics of each sport to determine the most likely injuries and how to prevent them!

That’s what our job entails, but here are some unexpected things we experience everyday.

  1. You can never eat anything while working…It’s like as soon as I open my Tupperware, athletes within a 5-mile radius flock to my location and immediately need something. But their needs always come before mine.
  2. You sit out at practice alone for an hour because coach forgot to tell you that they were going to watch film for an hour, and then practice.
  3. You always have to pee at inconvenient times, like when there is no one else to watch the field, or someone needed their ankle wrapped right this minute.
  4. You spill an entire ten gallon of water on yourself because you tripped trying to put it on the cart. Maybe this one is just me…I never had good luck with water. I once spilled an entire jug on the basketball court ten minutes before the game and tried to clean it up before anyone saw. Little did I know my preceptor was watching the whole thing from the second floor.
  5. You always carry extra sets of clothes with you, because blood on your khakis from the soccer player with the nosebleed is not cool.
  6. You can work on the grossest of injuries then shrug, wash your hands and go eat lunch.
  7. You sit in the AT room waiting for a particular athlete who was supposed to come in to do rehab, but was a no show. (WE HATE THIS). Send us a text or an email with your excuse! Hopefully in advance, because while you were at lunch with your friends because you forgot about your appointment, we were sitting there waiting for you like a date that got stood up. Okay, not really, but it’s a surefire way to piss us off.

In short, our job requires extreme creative and dedication. You really have to care to be a successful athletic trainer. If you don’t build relationships with your athletes, then they will be less inclined to come to you about an injury, and we have to be not only approachable, but available. Comment below with your experiences about being an athletic trainer or how they have made an impact in your life!

What It’s Like Your First Year Out of College

If you’re lucky, the summer after is just like the rest of them. You work your seasonal job, you party with your friends, hit up the beach, and go to concerts. Then the air starts to get a little crisper, and instead of bar hopping its bonfires, apple picking, and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s fall. Normally the anticipation of moving back to college is killing you, but not this year. This year it’s pure dread. You trade in your trendy first day of school outfits for business casual dress code because you start your new job on Monday. As I watched all my snapchat stories this past weekend I had knots in my stomach. I was torn between two worlds. Half of the snapchats were from my friends who were partying it up in college for the first night back, and reuniting with everyone back at school. I felt like I was watching helplessly through the window of a party I was kicked out of. I felt so left out. I should be there, I thought. And all those friends say how much they wish they were you. They say how sick of college they are (but they don’t really mean it), and that they want to start their real life. Let me say this once. You don’t get to skip those shitty years right after college to the golden years when you are with the love of your life living in a nice house with all the fixings of the American Dream. You get to crawl through a river of shit AKA living paycheck to paycheck, paying student loans, and living in grungy apartments. I won’t even mention the horrors of the dating world. So don’t complain when you have a class that runs past 3 p.m. when the rest of us are suffering through an 8 hour shift.

The other half of the snapchat stories are from  friends my age or older. They are making coffee runs for the office, sitting through staff meetings, or posting pics of the creative pinterest dinner recipe they made last night. Let’s be honest, we all started off with the same balanced diet of PBJ, Easy Mac, and Chipotle. Face it: at first we are all helpless without mommy’s cooking or the dining hall providing for us. I still can’t cook a decent dinner without setting aside 3 hours, and by the time I’m done cooking I’m not hungry anymore. It really is true when people say you are so broke that you have disappointment and sleep for dinner.

Okay, so that’s the tough part. You are tired, overworked, and everything is foreign for about a month, and you want to wring your college friends necks because they don’t know how good they have it. But after that, things get better. You start to get comfortable in your new surroundings, and picking up new hobbies and creating a routine for yourself. For example, I do meal prep for the week on Sundays and Wednesdays, and laundry on Thursdays. I also started cooking all my meals at home to save some money. If I said I called my mom once in a while for cooking tips, that would be a major understatement. And that’s okay. You are just starting out on your own and will need some help.

In short, everyone’s first year out of college is different, the common denominator is that it’s stressful. Think about how you felt when you moved into college as a freshman. Excited, overwhelmed, disoriented, maybe a little scared? I know my throat burned and eyes stung when my parents left to go home and I wasn’t with them. I felt the same way when I drove away from home after college to start my new job and live on my own. It’s a huge change, and it’s tough to adjust. Just give yourself some time, and cut yourself some slack when it comes to your emotions because they will run rampant for a bit until you settle in.

So the bad news is you don’t get to go back to undergrad, the good news is this is a huge step, and you should welcome the changes with open arms. You are experiencing new things for the first time on your own. You can work, travel, fall in love, basically you can do whatever you want now. There is so much out there! Live it up!

 

 

 

 

How to Get Your Kids Crazy for Kale

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Kale is full of vitamins, minerals, and all that good stuff. It’s not shaped like a cookie, it doesn’t look or smell like a cookie. So how do you get your kids to eat it? First off, do your kids even need it? The answer is yes! Kale is full of iron and vitamin K which helps clot blood. This means good news for your youngster who scrapes their knees playing outside everyday. Iron helps wounds clot, heal, and scab faster. Faster healing and healthy eating makes for happy parents!

But back to business. How do you get your kids to eat it? Do we negotiate? Reward with dessert later? Disguise it? Maybe. But here are five ways to get your kids to eat that leafy green goodness.

1. Chop it up and put it in their scrambled eggs or omelets. Drizzle some ketchup on their eggs and they won’t even know it’s there. If they do notice the green flakes, just say it is sprinkles, or these eggs are special speckled dragon eggs. Be creative!
2. Put a few leaves in their salad. If you are lucky enough that your kids eat salad, then you probably don’t have to beg little Susie to eat the kale.
3. Make a smoothie or juice. This is the easiest, undetectable way to get your kids to eat kale. The fruit overpowers the taste of the vegetable. You can even double or triple up their veggie dose by adding carrots, or cucumbers to the smoothie. If the sugar in the fruit is a bit much then water the smoothie or juice down. Instantly healthy!
4. Make little sushi roll ups. Kids love lunch meat roll ups. Make some fancy sushi by wrapping the turkey or cheese around a piece of kale or vice versa. Add some dipping sauce and the kids won’t complain!
5. Use the kale while making chicken stock for soup. Throw in some chicken, celery, carrots, onions, and kale! Simmer it for a while until the vegetables you are keeping are tender, then remove the kale. The kids will never know it was in there, but the vitamins are there to stay!
Getting the kids to eat healthy doesn’t always have to be a battle. With these easy tips, the kids will be getting their vegetables without a fuss! Happy cooking!

Why You Should Watch the Walking Dead

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There’s plenty of reasons why you should watch this show. I’m not going to beg you. OH PLEASE, PLEASE. You don’t know what you’re missing! As someone who was very skeptical and wasn’t going to watch it for anyone, and somehow transformed into a crazy fan overnight, I suggest you read the rest of this post, pop some corn, and start pounding episodes immediately.

  1. Come for the zombies, stay for the people drama. I was skeptical about getting into this show. I hate mindless blood and gore, and I hate zombies. It’s like hating Twilight. You don’t even give it a chance. You just hate it. BUT, take it from me: continue to hate Twilight, but give The Walking Dead a chance. It’s awesome, addictive, and so bingeable. It’s like Grey’s Anatomy. You may not even care about the basis of the show. You just come for the people drama. If you like eavesdropping and thrive in drama filled environments, this is the show to watch.

2. The hot guys. Okay, they are stunning. Rick, Shane, even Glenn has certainly grown into himself. Don’t even get me started on Daryl Dixon. But not only are they attractive, they are heroes, smart, caring, and normal human beings. The apocalypse sure brings out the best in people, and the worst in a few people. Well, they have to have conflicts somehow, right?

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3.  It’s super informative. Before this show, I would not have known how to survive an apocalypse. Let’s be honest. Everyone thinks they do, but we don’t. We all like to pride ourselves on being smart, rough and tough, and resourceful. The truth is, we would probably shit a brick before even considering a strategy and game plan. So remember friends, if there is a zombie outbreak, DO NOT, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO NOT head towards the cities. Quickly gather supplies, and try to stay remote. Highly populated areas are a hot spot for chaos. So head for the woods or an abandoned house. Make sure you establish food, water, and shelter before you do anything else.

4. Blood and gore. Who doesn’t love a little gore? It’s addicting. The kind of stuff that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. Waiting, watching. Squelch! Dead walker. The detail is amazing. But don’t worry! If you are squeamish, it’s not that bad. Buck up! Remember, come for the zombies, stay for the drama.

5. DO I SERIOUSLY NEED TO CONVINCE YOU FURTHER? JUST WATCH THE DANG SHOW!

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Review

Dreadfully busy still, and it’s only going to get worse as I return to school in a mere two weeks. *sobbing internally* But what better way to escape the school induced anxiety that looms over you than by reading Harry Potter! Book was great, but I have several complaints I have to get out of the way.

  1. VERY…LONG…BOOK: It dragged a bit at times, but still it came out on top as my favorite book so far. (yes even beating out Prisoner of Azkaban)
  2. MOVIE TOO SHORT: Extremely frustrating that the longest book gets the shortest movie.
  3. UMBRIDGE AND SNAPE NEED TO LEAVE: Portrayed even more ruthlessly in the book than in the movie (if that’s possible)

Upsides to the movie:

  1. Harry beating Voldemort in his mind was portrayed far better. I particularly liked when he used the happy memories of Ron, Hermione, his parents, and Sirius to fight him off, very touching.

Upsides to the book:

  1. Lots of detail that sheds light on things the movie did not. Ex: The Black house and Sirius’s relatives, Neville’s backstory, why Cho and Harry didn’t work out, etc.
  2. Spared the agony of Harry’s reaction to Sirius’s death. I mean there was detail, but we didn’t have to see Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal of it. (that was heart breaking, and disturbing).

Favorite Scenes:

  1. Though uncomfortable as it was, the scene where Harry and on visit St. Mungo’s to see Mr. Weasley. Funny because we got to see Gilderoy Lockhart again, and he is as pompous as ever (signing autographs) even after being Obliviated he still has the characteristic narcissism hanging about him. Uncomfortable because Harry and Ron see Neville with his parents. Even more uncomfortable is Harry overhearing via extendable ears from the Order that Voldemort is trying to possess him.
  2. McGonagall basically rewarding Harry for picking a fight with Umbridge. “Have a biscuit, Potter.” Sound familiar? Best plot twist ever!
  3. Fred and George telling Peeves to give Umbridge hell, and Peeves obliging!
  4. Another uncomfortable scene was Mrs. Weasley trying to fight the boggart in Grimmauld Place and failing as it turns into dead Weasley children, and dead Harry. Lupin, being the comforting man he is, disposes of it, and comforts Molly. I believe this drives home just how protective Mrs. Weasley is of her children and that even the adults in the world have fears.
  5. The patronus lesson in the D.A. meeting. I loved finally getting to know what other peoples patronuses were, because I’ve always wondered what mine would be. (I think it would be a wolf or a horse

AWARDS: Most hated character ever invented: Umbridge The anatagonizer: Snape (he’s like the taunting older brother except even more of a schmuck) MVP: McGonagall (because she sassed Umbridge and put up with so much of her crap)