The Pegasus Paranormal-Scope

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According to Wikipedia’s page on Pegasus:

“Usually depicted as pure white, Pegasus is the offspring of the Olympian god Poseidon. He was foaled by the Gorgon Medusa[1] upon her death when the hero Perseus decapitated her. Pegasus is the brother of Chrysaor and the uncle of Geryon.

“Pegasus was caught by the Greek hero Bellerophon, near the fountain Peirene, with the help of Athena and Poseidon. Pegasus allowed Bellerophon to ride him in order to defeat the monstrous Chimera, which led to many other exploits. Bellerophon later fell from the winged horse’s back while trying to reach Mount Olympus. Afterward, Zeus transformed Pegasus into the eponymous constellation.”

Let us see what the visit of Pegasus brings to the Paranormal-Scope.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Some say that Pegasus delivered lightning bolts to Zeus. Check all things electrical. Anything worn-out needs to be replaced. Check cords.

Taurus:
Pegasus always flew in the winds and paid no heed to gossip. Always check the facts and never depend on hearsay.

Gemini:
Pegasus never involved himself with money. You might come into some money. Saving is a good plan for these times.

Cancer:
Pegasus had few stresses except about the person you wanted to ride him and that worked out. Time was the healer. Don’t act on stress. Give it a day or two and do other things.

Leo:
Pegasus was a masterpiece of fitness. If you haven’t worked out for a while, talk to your doctor in advance and go slow.

Virgo:
Pegasus was a compassionate being and listened to the woes of others. A friend may need to talk.

Libra:
Even a divine winged horse can feel overwhelmed with everyone wanting something. You may have too much on your plate. Go by priority and sometimes say no.

Scorpio:
Pegasus knew no limits. Now is your time to dream and plan for the future you want.

Sagittarius:
Pegasus could smell out a scam. Can’t you? There are a lot of get-rich-quick scams around. Be aware and careful.

Capricorn:
Pegasus reached heights. You want them too. Let go of the things you cannot control, and work towards those dreams.

Aquarius:
Too much work made a grump Pegasus. Are you overworking yourself to get ahead. Pace yourself. You want to live to enjoy your success.

Pisces:
Pegasus enjoy the company of those that made him comfortable. Do the same, even if it’s a phone call. Contact with others keeps us healthy.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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It’s Great to Be Alive By Susan Hanniford Crowley

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I am thinking about summer. I can’t wait to go to the beach and collect shells, inhale the sea salty spray, and let the surf dance on my toes.

By and large, I’ve been a person in seclusion for a long time.  2019 going into Feb. 2020 was the year and some of breast cancer. I had a lot of chemotherapy and then immunotherapy (which for some weird reason also made me sick) and a surgery to remove the breast. Unfortunately, I got two bad infections in the surgerical site which meant more medication that made me ill. Then another surgery to clear out the infection that the medicine couldn’t reach.

During all that time, I edited the best I could and worked with my editor. I wrote. When my mind was too tired, I colored which is very restful for an adult to do. It also helps relieve stress.

One thing I was not aware of was that the medications compromised my immune system, so for much of my treatment I could not see my grandkids or go to church. I had to avoid small children and crowds.

Of course, the universe is hilarious. A week after I ended the chemo/immunotherapy (mid February 2020), the pandemic was announced. So again I’m in seclusion and can’t go to church and must avoid small children and crowds.

I miss all the hugging. But I’m alive and it’s great to be alive!

So…what am I doing? I’m editing and writing. I’m eating takeout when I can to support my local restaurants. I buy things online. I love Alex and Ani stuff. I read and watch tv.
And I patiently wait.

By summertime, I hope to have gotten the vaccine. I will still wear a mask for a while. I will walk more in the sunshine.  I will chase grandchildren again!

My summer by the sea will happen! I believe!

All the best,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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For The Love Of…Excerpts # 7 by Artemis Crow

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I’m so happy to share this opening from my current work in progress, called Cancer’s Moon. I’m looking at a release at the end of April. I hope you enjoy this glimpse…

Cancer shifted his sore-to-the-bone body, trying to roll onto his side, but his face pressed against a huge, hairy, furnace. Eyes still closed, he slipped a hand out from under his blankets. His palm landed on a thick-furred flank; a long, heavy tail started thumping the bed, the beast’s butt a scant inch from his nose.

“For goddess’s sake, why must you sleep right up against me, you overgrown dog,” he groused when the Fenrir wolf wriggled even closer to him.

The wolf snorted and bestirred itself just long enough to cut a fart in Cancer’s face.

“Ah!” Cancer opened his eyes, and regretted it immediately. 

The cavern’s light was low. Only the vialled souls of dead fallen angels hanging on the rough rock walls provided light enough to move around without tripping over the uneven ground, or over the dozens of wild and domesticated cats, Fenrir wolves, and paranorms sleeping, well, everywhere.

He grabbed the edge of the blanket and fanned for a moment before turning away from the flatulent wolf and straight into the face of the black jaguar. Pale gold eyes stared at him, his long whiskers almost touched Cancer’s face. The huge cat’s lips curled, exposing his very long, very sharp teeth. A growl rumbled low, vibrating the mattress.

Cancer froze, afraid to blink. Moving away was out of the question. He could slither down the bed, but the sheets were tucked in tight and he would be stuck. If he scooted up, he’d hit the headboard he just had to bring down to this lower cavern. Going over the top of the wolf was a seriously bad idea. You wouldn’t think such a huge beast would get touchy about being crawled over, but the Fenrir wolves took umbrage at the littlest things. 

He was trapped.

“Outbreeder,” he whispered, his voice getting drowned out by the distant roar of the cavern’s twin waterfalls.

Silence.

Cancer closed his eyes and took another breath. Here goes nothing.

“Outbreeder,” he said in a loud voice.

Bodies shifted, snoring paused, a grunt or two sounded, but no reply.

The jaguar growled louder, his body tensing.

Something touched Cancer’s hair and he jumped. The cat rolled onto its belly and hunched its spine as if preparing to attack.

“Be very still, Zodiac,” the Kellas Cat Outbreeder said.

“I. Am.”

“Can you make your shell appear in case I can’t stop him?”

Cancer closed his eyes and willed his newly-discovered power to create a defensive carapace into existence. “Done,” he whispered, relieved his voice didn’t crack like a stripling boy’s under the tension.

She removed her hand from his head and backed away a few steps. “I’ll be right back.”

“What? Wait.”

“And my name is Nokomis, by the way, Outbreeder is my title,” came her hissed response.

“You’re worried about nomenclature? Now?”

“I don’t know what that means,” came her reply.

“Nomenclature is a system or set of terms or symbols used especially in science, discipline, or art. Not people,” Georgie called out.

More groans and snorts and rustling of bedding followed her pronouncement, but no one bothered to come to his rescue. 

“Suijin, save me.” Cancer pressed the back of the wolf and gave the jaguar a glance. “Deciding which body part you’ll eat first, aren’t you?” Cancer whispered.

The cat grunted and continued to stare.

The Outbreeder Nokomis reappeared, a slab of red, raw meat in her hands. “Take this and toss it. If you’re lucky, he’ll settle for it.”

“Settle for it? What do you mean settle for it?”

“Instead of you.”

“But eating me would be so much work and there’d be lots of screaming, I can guarantee it.”

“Yet, so much more meat to be had. Let’s hope he’s not hungry enough to want crab on his menu.”

“Not helping.”

“I’m all kinds of help. Like, see how his eyes have widened?”

“Yes.”

“He’s seconds away from jumping on you, so I suggest you throw the meat instead of continuing to argue with me.” She grinned and spread her hands. “See? Helping.”

Cancer closed his eyes and threw the meat to his right. The jaguar blinked and tensed further until the meat hit the ground with a dull splat. The wild cat sniffed and turned his head in the direction of the free meal before leaping from the bed and into the darkness.

Cancer exhaled and sagged. “Why does he want to eat me?”

“I suspect he sees you as a threat.”

“Me? I’m nothing of the kind.”

“That’s for him to decide.”

“So he ends up on my bed?”

“Perhaps once he decides, he wants to be close enough to kill you.”

“Why the hell did you bring such a dangerous cat?”

Instead of answering his question, Nokomis watched the big male inhale the meat then slink off, getting as far away from anything living as was possible. “No other Outbreeder can get him to eat. I had no choice.”

“So you’re planning on bringing him with us to find the children?”

“Look at him.”

“He was inches away. I couldn’t help but.”

“As large as his frame is, he should be three hundred pounds, instead he weighs two hundred and continues to lose weight. If I hadn’t brought him, he would have starved to death. As it is, if he doesn’t choose to live, he won’t.”

“Well, keep him away from me, or convince him I’m no threat. I literally can’t keep my carapace up all the time.”

She cocked her head and studied him, a frown slowly forming. “I don’t own the cats, nor do I control them, so work it out yourself. In truth, why he chose to get in the bed with you is beyond my understanding. You are the only person he’s gotten close to, including me. Rather insulting that.” 

Nokomis left without giving Cancer a chance to respond, her focus on walking around and stepping over the bodies between his bed and hers.

Cancer sat up and rubbed his skin, willing his carapace to disappear, breathing slowly through the nausea-inducing adrenaline. Goddess almighty, how am I supposed to sleep now?

Soft cries pulled him out of bed. He stood, but remained still until his eyes adjusted enough so he could navigate the cavern. He crossed the space until he reached a wall and the four female Fenrir wolves and their newly whelped pups lying in individual nests of moss covered by thick comforters. 

He folded his legs under him and watched one female nudge each of her babies until they found a teat and began to nurse.

“It’s a miracle to have one litter whelp, but four at one time,” Lyon said softly, sitting next to Cancer.

“Freedom was what they needed. You gave that to them,” Cancer said.

“We gave that to them, especially you, C. I’ve barely been around the past weeks.”

Cancer nodded. “I did learn that they needed more than just the meat they’ve been fed for decades. They’re omnivores and needed a far more varied diet. Between that and their cruel treatment by the Twelve, I’m amazed they survived at all.”

Lyon slapped him on the back. “Like I said.”

They sat in silence watching the pups knead as they suckled, their grunts turning to growls when a littermate tried to encroach on their space.

“Think you’ll hear from Abella soon?” Cancer finally whispered.

“I hope so. I don’t think I’ll be able to keep Persephone here much longer.”

“She has…changed since giving birth,” Cancer said, hoping Lyon wouldn’t take offense.

Lyon stared at the female wolf. “I’ve heard hormones are strong in a new mother, but I don’t dare say that to her face.”

“She killed an angel with her mind. I think that’s more than just hormones.”

“I was there, remember?”

“Yes, but has she told you how she did it? I’ve never seen anything like it, and no doubt the Powers haven’t either. Doesn’t that make her a target?”

“We’ve all been targets since Circe, Asmodeus, and my father blew a hole in the InBetween and released a demon army. We will be in many more crosshairs before this is over.”

“But angels and archangels.”

“I know, my brother, I know.” Lyon stood and offered Cancer a hand, pulling the Zodiac to his feet. “It’ll be dawn soon. I think I’ll make my way to the surface and see if I have a message from Abella.”

“Mind some company?”

“Not at all.”

The two Zodiacs crossed the cavern again to access the path that rose along the wall, up to a small exit. They learned of this deep, isolated haven because the reclusive Pestilence Fairies—recently revealed to be fallen angels—had shared its location with the trapped paranorms who once lived in in the main cavern of the subterranean world called the InBetween.

The moment the passage to Hell had been opened, the Great Cavern of the InBetween had become a nexus for Hell and Hades and the human world. No matter how strong the Zodiacs were, they had to leave it behind, give up the only home they’d known for safety deeper within the network of tunnels and caves that comprised the subterranean world the goddess Hecate had created for them. With Libra and Taryn somewhere out west still searching for kidnapped paranorm children, Pisces only the goddess knew where—if he was still alive—and Gemma, Gem, and Sagittarius on a trip to Hell, their numbers were too few.

Circumstances had torn them apart, and now—after humans had taken Lyon’s and Persephone’s children—the Zodiacs would be divided further. As soon as Abella got the location of the children, Lyon, Persephone, Cancer, and the Outbreeder with her cats would be setting out to find and free them.

Cancer scrambled along the steep path, his legs complaining after days of navigating the trail. Finally they reached the top and walked their way down the widening tunnel that eventually got them to the Great Cavern. 

Lyon paused, Cancer by his side, the pair listening and smelling before stepping inside the huge space.

“Your Spidey senses catch any scent, C?”

“Crabs and spiders are not related.”

“Spidey sounds better than crabby. Just be glad your eyes aren’t sticking out of your head on posts,” Lyon added, the back of his hands against his temples, his forefingers pointing out and moving in circles.

Cancer snorted once at the ridiculous sight. “You got me there.”

He took a step inside the cavern and drew a long and slow breath through his nose. Individual scents danced along his tongue, most from the huge space around him, but others, too, that had drifted down from the huge hole in the roof leading to the human world.

“I smell humans, woodland creatures, water and woods, even a little angel stench, but nothing fresh.”

“Good, let’s move. I don’t want Persephone to wake and find me gone.” 

Lyon passed Cancer and strode fast to the double door main entrance. He opened the right door and eased outside, remaining just inside the doorway as he scanned the small glade directly in front of him and the woods on all sides. The grass in the glade had been trampled, divots had been torn out during the battle with the angels, and large scorch marks had been created by the dragons who had joined the fight on the side of the paranorms.

Yet, even though it had only been days since the damage had been wrought, signs of life were already interspersed within the destruction: tiny mushrooms in the shade, small blades of green grass dotted among the black blades and gouged earth. Gaia was already tending to her wounds, ever vigilant in her fight against the damage done by those who should have been her stewards.

Cancer sighed. With what was coming, Gaia would soon find herself fighting to hold herself together. They all would; human and paranorm alike.

Lyon walked to the middle of the glade and pulled out his phone. He turned it on and waited for a connection.

“I’m still amazed you can get a signal out here,” Cancer said, joining him.

“I get one, but it’s crap,” Lyon said, scrolling through his messages. He scowled and gripped the phone tight. “Damn it.” He shut the phone down and pocketed it. Taking a deep breath, he closed his eyes.

“Nothing from Abella?”

“Nothing. Let’s go back.”

They worked their way back down to the new cavern and parted without a word.

Cancer returned to his bed and slipped under the covers. It hadn’t been long since Abella left for Las Vegas to play a poker game; just a few days, but the waiting seemed much longer. If anyone could win and get the location of the children, it was Abella. She was their best bet. 

But, still. 

Cancer closed his eyes and forced his heart to slow. He needed rest for the coming mission, one that he had serious second thoughts about going on. Of all the Zodiacs, he was the only one with no offensive power, only a defensive carapace, and he’d only just learned about that. Why the hell he had volunteered was still beyond him, but he had. Maybe it was because the humans had his friend, the Kellas Cat Arrona, the one for whom he’d called the Outbreeder. Or maybe it was because he couldn’t stand to be left behind again, relegated to the job of keeper for Candace, no matter how much he adored the baby Portend.

He pulled the thick blanket up and scooted over until he was against the wolf’s body, relishing the waves of body heat that combated the chill. The sound of the double waterfall nearly drowned out the quiet burble of the water flowing through one section of the cavern, but both lulled him, pulling him down into a drowse as only water could.

Just before he drifted off, a huge body jumped on the bed and filled the space on his right. Cancer opened one eye.

The jaguar stood over him like a vulture contemplating roadkill, his huge head only inches away, his eyes glowing gold. He sniffed Cancer’s face from chin to brow before plopping down against Cancer’s side, the exposed bones of the cat’s emaciated body digging into Cancer’s flesh. The cat groomed his paws and face, cleaning away the blood from the raw meat, purring hard enough to vibrate the bed.

Son of a bitch.

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

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There’s No Place Like Gnome Paranormal-Scope

Gnomes are known to be elementals of the earth preferring to dwell underground and having a humanoid appearance. They avoid people but when encountered are not hazardous. They love their homes in the wild woods and mountains.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Gnomes are meticulous about their homes. They can smell spring coming and have started cleaning. Join them in Spring cleaning.

Taurus:
Gnomes never worry about money. They mine gold. Time to watch your spending and review your budget for possible savings.

Gemini:
Gnomes love plants and flowers and decorate their homes with them. Do the same. It will lift your spirits.

Cancer:
Gnomes enjoy playing games with the little dogs and cats they encounter. If you have a pet indulge them. Otherwise, play a video or app game.  Playing keeps us healthy emotionally.

Leo:
Gnomes make the best of solitude to get a lot of work done. Think of it as “me” time. Enjoy!

Virgo:
It is a secret but there is a Gnome with television. They love to laugh especially at shows about gnomes. Find some shows that make you laugh.

Libra:
Gnomes make excellent friends. They know when a friend needs cheering up. Make a call or text a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while.

Scorpio:
Gnomes are crazy when it comes to closets. They dig through them and purge anything tattered and unwanted. Perhaps it is time to do your closets too.

Sagittarius:
Sometimes because they think it’s funny. They will stand perfectly still next to a Gnome statue in a garden.  Remember to always count the statues in your garden. Ha!

Capricorn:
Gnomes often dig deep in the earth and occasionally find a dragon. They are old friends and dragon caves are known for their warmth. Keep in contact with friends.

Aquarius:
Gnomes are gracious with gifts. A flower. A jug of fresh milk. A ring they found in a street. You will find a gift left by a gnome. 

Pisces:
Gnomes work hard at gardening and mining. There is always one gnome who thinks he’s the boss. Smile at work. Remember to leave work at work. Let your home be your sanctuary.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A National Holiday

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“King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.” Quoted from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Day

May your remembrance be blessed!

-Susan
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Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is now available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.
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Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
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Save the Date–Friday, January 22, 2021, By Susan Hanniford Crowley

My cat Buffy taking over a chair! At the time, she was younger and not so camera shy.

On Friday, January, 22nd, I will be doing an Author Takeover in the I LOVE romance books group on Facebook. To attend, you do have to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/262774088092512 

Afterward, you can leave the group, but I have to tell you many choose to stay. Why?
It’s a lovely group with fun activities.

What happens on Author Takeover Friday? Chatting! Sometimes games! Always contests! It’s a great way to get to know an author and have some fun! I am already planning things to do and prizes to give. 

So… Please, save the date and join me on Friday, January 22nd from 10 am to 6 pm. See you there.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

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Pixie Pandemonium Paranormal-Scope

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Pixies have a mysterious background. They can be good luck or bad. Let’s see what they are up to on the Nights of Passion blog.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

Aries:
Pixies are intrigued by books and often leave them half-opened on a chair or table. Enjoy the calm that reading can bring.

Taurus:
Pixies love the music of nature like frogs and crickets. Expand your music collection and try new artists.

Gemini:
Some pixies play practical jokes. Keep a low profile to avoid the jokers, or watch cartoons or funny movies. They will watch, too, and forget their pranks.

Cancer:
Pixies enjoy flowers and caring for them. Pixies will bite, so don’t touch the small fae. Admire some beautiful things from a distance! Buy a plant to lighten your home.

Leo:
Pixies love to dance. Pandemic dancing in your home is all the rage. Enjoy.

Virgo:
Pixies might be small but they can be powerful. You will be surprised by a friend.

Libra:
A pixie has crossed your path with pixie dust. Good luck is coming your way.

Scorpio:
Pixies know how to make a home enchanting. Time to consider decluttering and going through closets.

Sagittarius:
Some say pixies always wear green. Don’t believe it. They love all colors. Add more color to your wardrobe.

Capricorn:
Pixies don’t care about coins. They tend to bury them. Consider saving more of your own coins.

Aquarius:
Pixies love the arts and games. Time to indulge in an old hobby or discover a new one.

Pisces:
A little pixie mischief will make you laugh. They like your sense of humor and have left a small gift.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is now available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, Walmart ebooks, and Smashwords.
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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What Determines A Person’s Destiny By Susan Hanniford Crowley

I do believe there are many factors that determine the course of one’s life. But in the end, the choices are ours.  Even more, it is what we do with that choice that makes us unique. We create our own destinies.

There are so many pathways for a human being to take.  In many cases, there are no wrong choices, just different possibilities.

I find it endlessly interesting that two people can come from the same circumstances and yet end up living a different life. I’ve been studying the life of Abraham Lincoln. He grew up in poverty, had a formal education of less than a year, but continued his studies on his own through reading. He eventually became the 16th President of the United States.

You can be at any point in your life and still change your destiny!

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

New: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 is now available in Amazon Print and Kindle, Nook, Kobo,  Apple, Walmart ebooks & Smashwords.
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch(mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
When Love Survives, Vampires in Manhattan Book 1 available in Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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For The Love Of…Being An Artist by Artemis Crow

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I found a wonderful article titled, How to Be an Artist, According to Georgia O’Keeffe, written for Artsy by Alexxa Gotthardt.

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artist-georgia-okeeffe?fbclid=IwAR1rfFNX8J3bEr7g2R6AeFp6x4miVJb3t0sYwUzJz0PZNeh6AmixD3jBcP0

The article had this great quote by Georgia O’Keeffe: “Great artists don’t just happen, any more than writers, or singers, or other creators,” she continued. “They have to be trained, and in the hard school of experience.” 

Often you’ll hear people talk about nature vs. nurture when it comes to being a creative, the arguments flying back and forth that the greats are born that way versus the greats made themselves great with a lot of hard work. Personally, I think you have to have at least a nugget of talent, somewhere around your left pinkie toe (you know, the one the bed and various other pieces of fiendish furniture make sure you stub), and with that nugget, the passion for it, the drive to pursue it. Without that passion, it would be too easy to give up, walk away, convince yourself that your creativity is a wonderful outlet, but not something to work, sweat, bleed, and cry for on a daily basis.

With that passion, you can hang on, persevere until you reach the pinnacle. Not that the pinnacle is a stopping point. No, I think when you reach one peak in your life, there’s another one waiting that you didn’t see until you reached the top. A Mount Everest climber’s nightmare. I think being a creative means always discovering more about yourself, about the human condition, about our place in the world. Because, for me, that is what the best writing does: it gives me a window into lives that are like our own, or, not like ours at all. Either way, we are richer for spending our lives expanding what we understand the world around us; we are more compassionate when we strive to understand the people around us.

The author goes on to list four lessons gleaned from O’Keeffe’s interviews and letters that all artists can use to cultivate the creative inside you. 

Lesson #1: Observe the world around you—closely, hungrily

This one I already do, though, granted, it’s more difficult to be around people right now. But the idea is important for writers. I’ve always been a watcher of people, animals and nature, because they do the darndest things, and because the world is beautiful and ugly, simple and complicated. There is a depth and breadth of knowing that can be found just by watching the world when it is wrapped in solitude, or amidst a throng. All of it fodder for your writing.

Lesson #2: Organization is key to productivity

The article talks about O’Keeffe’s organization of materials and her studio, of cards of information about the colors used in her paintings, and about her daily routine. All things that important for an artist. For my writing, I take this to mean multiple things. Foremost, for the books I’m a plantser: a cross between a plotter (plot points, spreadsheets, note cards about every scene) and a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants). Being a plantser is what works for me, but every writer needs to organize at the level that works best for them. I do believe that having at least a skeleton of a plot can be a huge help to keep you on track, to prevent the sagging middle, and provide a tight relationship between your beginning and your ending, thus making both stronger, more impactful to the reader.

I like to have the story’s opening scene, inciting incident, the first, second and third turning points, the black moment, and the realization. I also have a character grid (long and short-range goals, character flaw, relationship barrier) filled out for the protagonist, antagonist, villain, and secondary characters. This helps me braid the emotional impacts the characters have on each other.

Outside of the story, organizing your book covers, interiors, blurb, taglines, urls, etc. all in one document for every book is a huge timesaver as you write more and more books. It’s too easy to lose files if you don’t have a central file. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.

Lesson #3: Don’t sweat mistakes—learn from them

Oh, boy, is this ever true. We all make mistakes; it’s how we learn throughout all stages of our lives. What’s important is you must forgive yourself when you do make mistakes, learn from them, and move on. Also, don’t be afraid to ask. The writing community that I know is incredibly generous with their insight, but you have to reach out.

Lesson # 4: Pay no attention to trends—be yourself

So, I must say at the start that this lesson may or may not work for you as a writer. Many writers track trends and tailor their books in service of that trend with great success. If you are a fast writer who can take advantage of the shifting desires of readers, do it. If you’re a slower writer like me, following the trends doesn’t work. You have to be able to turn on a dime and produce content fast enough to capture the moment, then turn again when interests shift.

There can be a cost though for chasing the trends, burnout being number one. I could probably write faster and take advantage of what’s popular, but personally, I wouldn’t be happy. I’m writing the books that are in my head, while being cognizant of what people are buying over time. So, you do you. Just make sure that what you are creating is also nurturing your soul. That is the way to feed the passion inside you so you can be a creative for a lifetime.

Do you have lessons that you want to share, about writing or other forms of creativity?

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

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All About Creativity

We made it! 2021 has got to be one of the most highly anticipated years of this century and with good reason whe we consider all that happened in 2020. But now we’ve entered this new year and for the most part everything feels… the same.

Well, today’s blog is a little reminder that this is okay. It is okay that we entered a new year and the topsy turvy world we’ve come to know over these past eight or so months is not yet set right. That doesn’t make 2021 a bad year it just means perhaps we need to look at it a little bit differently or maybe we need to be a bit more creative.

So what do I mean by creative? I mean that it is going to take time for us to reach a new normal but that doesn’t mean we stop living our lives. This last year has shown us the boundaries of creativity are not so defined. We worked and connected through technology. We consumed more online or curbside and we jumped through hoops to see our friends and family (if we were so lucky).

This year we may do more of the same as well as our other goals. Perhaps we want to lose weight or get in shape or read more or drink less or smoke less… you get the picture. Bottomline, these are all still achievable goals. They just may take a bit more thought and creativity this year but don’t let this set you back. We can do it (yes corny but true)!

Happy writing this week!

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