For The Love Of…Your Superpower by Artemis Crow

My husband and I are great fans of superhero movies. On any given weekend day or night you can walk past our house and hear the speakers rumbling as we watch Marvel and DC movies, the Fast and Furious series (okay they aren’t really superheroes but they stayed at a Holiday Inn once…maybe), the Witcher, Tolkein movies, on and on.

Action isn’t the only genre we watch, but it is one of our favs. And yes, I do the “what if” questions: What if I had an Iron Man suit? What if I had Captain Marvel’s powers? Or Wonder Woman’s? What if I, like Star Lord, was raised by a Ravager? What if I had Aquaman’s powers? I could go on, but I’m sure you get my drift. I think most folks who are fans of the genre ask themselves the same questions.

Today, I want to challenge your perceptions about superpowers. Granted, anything remotely similar to the powers the characters listed above have are either impossible given the limitations of the human body, or require tech that won’t be invented until well past the length of our lives…if ever.

So, how exactly am I going to challenge your perceptions about superpowers we don’t have or can’t obtain? I want you to rethink what a superpower actually is, and how all of us have one or more superpower already.

Yes, I went there, but hear me out. Rather than think of a superpower being something no one else in the world has, I want to narrow the definition down to what do you have inside you that is the best of you. Your best skill, your best talent, your best gift to others; what is your personal superpower?

We all have them, and while I think it’s great fun to enjoy entertainment, and speculate about being gifted with an unrealistic superpower, I would like to see us think about our power and how we as individuals can use it, enhance it, share it to live our best lives and then reach out and help others too.

I believe one of my superpowers is the ability to find the humor in most every situation then sharing it with others. My friends and family know this about me. My Facebook friends are learning this about me since I devote my Artemis Crow timeline to sassy, silly, sometimes naughty, memes meant to give a giggle. In the current times of suffering and grief and stress, having a chance to laugh can get you through the hardest of days. If I can give that to people, then I have shared my superpower with them.

I have a couple other superpowers and more that I want to devote time to nurturing. Will my superpowers literally save the world? Well, no, but that’s not the point. What’s important here is twofold: one, recognize that which is best about you and build on it, revel in it, because that power is part of what makes you so very rare and beautiful and special in all the world; two, when you stand in your superpower and that foundation is rock solid, then you are ready to give of yourself to others. When that happens, you become a real superhero, or supershero, living your best life and helping those around you do the same.

We all have superpowers. I challenge you to claim them. I challenge you to claim the title of superhero of your own life. Then, I challenge you to live in that reality, sharing who you are with the world.

I. Am. Giggle. Monger! 

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

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A Griffin Paranormal-Scope

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There was a flurry of wings and this happened.

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:
A griffin smiles. Open your eyes wide to the hidden beauties of your life.

Taurus:
Griffins are very fond of gifts. When information that is necessary falls into your hands, it is a gift to be grateful for.

Gemini:
As the light shines behind the wings of a griffin in flight, you will have the opportunity to shine!

Cancer:
An griffin smiles from behind a cloud. Follow your heart.

Leo:
Griffins know it’s best to do one thing at a time, and do it well.

Virgo:
Griffins see the good in others. Do the same. Relax. Go with the flow.

Libra:
Griffins search for treasure and that means they must dig deep. Do the same.

Scorpio:
Griffins know confidence is everything. Believe in yourself.

Sagittarius:
Griffins are flexible when the winds are turbulent. There is merit in this.

Capricorn:
Griffins get excited when their search nears its end. Celebrate your achievements.

Aquarius:
Griffins have keen eyesight and can see the details of the tiniest thing. You have keen insights. Use them.

Pisces:
Certain griffins are leaders who can find the best in others. They are great listeners. Listen and find the good qualities in others too.

-Susan
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What If Older is Wiser By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Two favorite people of mine. I guess Santa does know things after all.
(I have several people on my favorite list.)

For a long time, I wondered why Santa is an old person! Why does he remind me of so many Grandpas and PopPops out there that watch over grandchildren and tell fascinating stories from another time? I am beginning to think that perhaps wisdom comes with a lifetime of experiences.

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(The following is respectfully appropriated from J.A. Fludd who respectfully appropriated the following from Wendy Pini.)

A little something to ponder…

I asked one of my friends who has crossed 70 & is heading to 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself?

He sent me the following very interesting lines, which I would like to share with you ….

#1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, now I have started loving myself.

#2 I just realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

#3 I now stopped bargaining with vegetables & fruits vendors. A few pennies more is not going to burn a hole in my pocket but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees.

#4 I pay my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than me

#5 I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down the memory lane & relive the past.

#6 I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.

#7 I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You”

#8 I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.

#9 I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.

#10 I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.

#11 I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.

#12 I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships I will never be alone.

#13 I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last.

#14 I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!

I decided to send this to all my friends. Why do we have to wait to be 70 or 80, why can’t we practice this at any stage and age….

I stole this, I don’t know who to credit it to, but thank you!

Good to share.

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Thank you to Wendy and J.A. I have learned a lot just now.

Have fun and stay safe.

-Susan
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I’m Thankful…Yes, Even in 2020

Okay, so I’d like to say I’m spontaneous and some what unpredictable and perhaps I can be in some instances but today is not one of those instances. Today I am the optimist who is simply thankful. Too much has happened in this year of global tensions, crazy weather, a global pandemic and an economic recession—not to mention those of us who have faced our own personal challenges.

2020 has been a year like no other. Some of us have lost jobs or had work cut back. Others have faced illnesses or even lost loved ones to this horrible pandemic. We’ve watched our life savings ebb and flow on market whims or simply drained savings to make up for lost income or to help a friend. We’ve cut ourselves off from others and become lonely and so here we are suffering and alone. All right, I know I’m not sounding real positive here but the truth is it has been a hard year.

So what am I thankful for? I’m thankful my job has been somewhat stable and I’m thankful I’ve gotten to spend so much time with my kids even when they’ve driven me crazy. I’m thankful so many loved ones are still in my life and they are healthy. I’m thankful my kids are happy. I’m thankful I still have hope for so many things.

As always, I want to say thank you to our service members for all they’ve done for our country. For anyone reading, please feel free to share what you are thankful for— it is good for us to remember.

Happy writing this week!

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Those Wonderful Elves Paranormal-Scope

Elves come in all shapes and sizes and differ from country to country. Some are generous and some have wicked ways. Not all make cookies. I’m am suspicious of the elf in the Christmas tree that just stares.

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:
Elves of the Golden Wood love painting and writing. Explore your creative side. Delight in it for your own sake. You don’t have to share it with the world if you don’t want to.

Taurus:
Elves are solitary by nature and only gather when there is a purpose to it. This can be a time for self-reflection and indulging in all your favorite things.

Gemini:
Elves of the North choose their daily tasks with care. We tend to overload ourselves. Balance your work. Put somethings on another day.

Cancer:
Elves of the highlands could daydream all day and get no work done. Planning a vacation is fun, but don’t let it get in the way of completing your work.

Leo:
Meadow elves dance and delight in music. Play your music more often and sing along or dance. It’s healthy.

Virgo:
High elves are spiritually-minded. Turn to what you believe in and spend some time studying it.

Libra:
Santa elves are workaholics. Don’t do that to yourself. Build in some relaxation time and enjoy life.

Scorpio:
The elves in the valley know that when the wind blows, you save your money. Create a gift-giving budget and try to stay within it.

Sagittarius:
Some elves look like beautiful humans. A magical gift is bestowed by their smile. Draw a smile on your mask to uplift those around you.

Capricorn:
Elves cherish their ancient ones. Get in contact by phone, email, Facetime, Zoom, etc., and tell the people you love that you love them.

Aquarius:
Elves of the West listen to the sounds of the world. Listen to the world around you to learn what you might not have known.

Pisces:
Elves of the South are all about theatrical entertainment. Plan a movie night and don’t forget the snacks.

-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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Extend Your Daydreaming with An Excerpt by Susan Hanniford Crowley

As Artemis was discussing, even though we may be travel restricted there’s no reason we can’t think of all the places we’d like to be. My list is actually very similar to her, except adding on Japan (Studio Ghibli in particular), Hawaii, and some alternate historical time periods. When I daydream I don’t limit myself to physical places.

Why not daydream inside a book? I invite you to the alternate history of Victorian England and inside Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room! This is a world of dirigibles, and you are about to visit a lavender dirigible of infamous repute. Here’s an excerpt.

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A heavy hand knocked on the door.  Goshev.  “My dear, why don’t you go into the bedroom, and I’ll meet you once I have concluded my business.  I believe we’ll make an arrangement that will be mutually agreeable.”  The knock came again in a more insistent fashion.  He lifted her off his lap and patted her bottom.  “Now off with you.”

Euthalia scurried into the bedroom and shut the door.  

The Russian’s impatience infuriated him.  Travers crossed the floor and opened the door.  Goshev pushed past him.  The captain locked the door against any disturbances.  Then he saw the bedroom door slightly ajar.

“Travers, I have something for sale; your queen would be interested.”  The Russian headed for the table and with a sweep of his arm crashed the tea service to the floor.

The captain shook his head. What a terrible waste, and Travers hated wasting anything.  He stood silent as his informant spread a rolled up paper across the table.  When he caught sight of the revealed plans, a burn spread through his gut. The blueprints for the Britannia, her majesty’s new air ship, the flagship of her fleet, revealed in all its glory.

“Where did you get this?”

“I cannot reveal my sources.”

Seeing Goshev’s tight-lipped expression, Travers knew the queen was betrayed at the highest level.  What puzzled him most was why the Russian would reveal this to him?

“Well, will you buy?”

“I must examine it for authenticity first.”  Travers leaned over it.  He was stalling for time.  Of course, the plans were worthless to him, since the Russians had already seen them.  On the other hand, the name of Goshev’s informant had the highest value.

A flash caught his eye.  He turned fast enough to see Euthalia plunge a crochet hook through the Russian’s neck, a dagger dropping from his hand.  He turned blue, grabbing at his throat, and making a hideous gurgling sound.

“What?”

“Goshev?  Goshev?”  Two distinct voices shouted from the other side of the door.

“It appears Goshev didn’t come alone.”  He rolled up the plans and stuffed them into his jacket.

Two men continued yelling and then pounding on the door, as if to push it in.

With his arm snuggly wrapped around Euthalia, he ran to the window.

“What are you doing?”  She squirmed, pushing at him.

“We’re leaving.”

“I don’t have to leave.  He tried to kill you!”  She wiggled and he tightened his grasp.

Throwing the window wide open, he jumped to the window seat.  “My dear. Hmpf.”  He adjusted his grip on her.  “Your life is forfeit. Crochet hook in the neck.  Need I say more?”

“Let me go!”  She squeaked; her entire body trembled against him.

“No!”  He kissed her on the forehead.  “Now be a good girl and hold on.”  Fearing she would get away, he jumped through the window into the darkening sky and aimed for one of the ropes that fluttered around the airship.   

Travers caught one with his free arm and eased them both onto a thin railing below their room’s level.  Then came the hardest and most delicate task of moving from rope to railing and back again.

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Books can carry us away for a bit and change our perspective on life. The worlds between the pages of books are an invitation to travel in your imagination. 

Have fun and stay safe.

-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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Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
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For The Love Of…Dreaming of Traveling Again by Artemis Crow

Ah, COVID, you are a true party pooper. The world is locking down again as the cold weather drives us inside to sneeze and cough on one another. Lovely. *heavy sarcasm*

And with the number of our at-risk family, there’s no possibility for us to visit them for the holidays. Sooo, rather than put on a poopy face and think about what I’m missing, I decided to regale you with my thoughts about where we’ll go when COVID has gone the way of the Dodo…or at least until we beat it back enough to fly far, far away.

I have so many places I want to see before I’m so old that my carry-on is packed full solely with Depends diapers to get me through the flight. Not that there’s anything wrong with Depends, they are a godsend. It’s just after years of having to fill a carry-on with feminine products when I traveled, it would be nice to, say, have room for my e-reader, or some tissues, or a snack instead of the modern day versions of chastity belts for the maid and mother, or the crone.

Anyhoo, on to the topic at hand and away from the bane of men’s existence. Travel, ah, yes, those were the days. You could plan an extended trip to some exotic land, or get a wild hair and jet off at a moment’s notice to Las Vegas for its version of exotic. Which for the rpice is a great alternative with the added bonus of the old saying, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

I mean really, you don’t hear the Scots say, “Whatever happens when you eat the haggis, goes back in the haggis.” Nope, just doesn’t have the same ring.

For this blog I thought I’d share some of the destinations I’d like to see after our lives return to some semblance of normalcy. If you’re so inspired, share where you’d like to go in the comments!

First, in light of the aforementioned Depends issue, I’m thinking I should start my days around the world by flying to the farthest place I’ve dreamed off: New Zealand.

Lord of the Rings country, or the Land of Mordor as my editor calls it, is a country I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Scotland was at the top of my list and my hubby kindly let me drag him off on out first international trip together (outside of the Bahamas, which technically is another country, but it’s within spitting distance of the US so it doesn’t feel the same).

I want to do the full on LOTR tours, I want to climb the mountains and gaze upon the jaw-dropping vistas. I want to play in the clear waters of the Pacific and see the land and aquatic wildlife that abounds there. I’d also like to meet my editor face-to-face and give her a great big bear hug as thanks for her patience. Or maybe, no bear hug, if that’s not her jam…

And since we’d already be at the opposite side of the world, I’d like to go on to Australia and wander. Do a walk about. See all the wonderful, unusual, and frankly, deadly creatures that I’ve only seen in documentaries and in magazines. There is such beauty and splendor, such uniqueness to both countries that I’d love to explore.

Where else? Definitely, Italy. My FIL’s family is from Sicily, and he was stationed in Italy when my husband was a boy. I want to see all the famous sights, I want to drive along the Amalfi coast, stopping to eat in small cafes that are perched above the beautiful sea. I want to see Sicily, I want to see it all, truth be told.

I want to go to Iceland and walk the starkly beautiful landscape, soak in the stunningly colored hot springs.

I want to spend time in England, Wales and Ireland.

Oh, heck, there are few places I don’t want to visit, though I do have a list.

We are living in a strange and difficult time, no doubt. To mitigate some of the stress, I daydream about these places and others, and plan.

So spill, my friends! Where do you plan to go in the future? 

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

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Important Lessons

These days, I like everyone else, am binge watching Netflix, Prime, Vudu, HBO, etc. I try to limit it somewhat; otherwise my family and I will come out of quarantine twice our size and lacking in muscle mass, but each day that effort gets a bit more difficult to put forth, especially as the days grow colder.

This week we watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I’ve seen this movie before but love it for the many lessons it teaches us. What lessons you ask? Where do we start… Never underestimate those around you, don’t punish others for being different, Try to understand what others may be feeling… I could keep going. But perhaps the reason these lessons resonated so much this time around is that I couldn’t help but think of how much these lessons would help us during these current times if we would be open to them.

I am not going to get political here but I am going to admit a pride in this country. The United States of America is far from perfect, but there is something about Americans coming together— in times of struggle or need or disaster. We are a passionate people, possessing innovative minds and warm hearts. My wish for the future s that we remember this and we recall the rights and wrongs we committed over time, so that they may guide us forward.

Happy writing this week!

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Sweet Magical Winter Creatures Paranormal-Scope

Sweet magic creatures are seldom seen but when they are, it is to help make things better. Very much like that dog is making his tongue feel better on a hot day with an ice cream cake.

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:
Snow faeries dance among falling snowflakes. They make it a magical experience, so that you may forget your worries for a time. Don’t be hard on yourself.

Taurus:
Were otters play in the waves enjoying the company of family and friends. Try to balance your attention to work with your attention to loved ones,

Gemini:
Were cardinals are preparing for winter. They are very clear with their mates on what they need to survive. Have open and honest communications with those you hold dear.

Cancer:
Were hares are all about building the perfect burrow and family. Look around your home and consider what would make it more cozy.

Leo:
Were seals love fish and can’t get enough. Sometimes they are impatient. People need time to do things well.

Virgo:
Were squirrels are all about getting nuts into the nest. Their chirping mate makes them laugh. Look at a critique as a possible way to do things easier.

Libra:
Arctic foxes are idealistic. They like things just so. Spend the extra time to do things well. Others will appreciate it.

Scorpio:
Were owls can get overwhelmed by life, until they just don’t give a hoot. Give yourself space to breathe and rest your mind. Do one thing at a time.

Sagittarius:
Were chipmunks are singing. They divide up nuts fairly. Always be the best you.

Capricorn:
Were Penguins are dancing. Dedicate special time to share with loved ones even if it is long distance.

Aquarius:
Were baby polar bears love rolling down hills. When things change, just roll with it.

Pisces:
Reindeer have a map they follow through the sky when helping Santa. Make of a map of what you want to accomplish and what to do to get 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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Surviving the 2nd Wave by Susan Hanniford Crowley

In surviving the 2nd wave of coronavirus, we are going to get closer to those in our immediate household.  During the 1st wave, pet adoptions were up. Everyone needed someone to hug in their own home.

The 1st wave saw a lot of cooking shows and many of us gained weight. The country reached the shut down point, and we only went out for groceries and visits to the drug store. I rescheduled most of my in-person doctor appointments and did video visits with some. We learned a lot during the shut down. Some of us took up hobbies, listened to music, cleaned our house until it was immaculate, and more.

Experts have asked us to forgo family get-togethers for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Too many people are ending up in the hospitals with covid after attending family events. It is a horrible disease and what’s worse is that they really don’t know who will get it badly. Old people, yes, but maybe no.  20 and 30 somethings might get a mild case or could lose their lives. Children may just pass it along or get very sick. Each case presents a new challenge to doctors. 

So how are we going to survive this 2nd wave? Wave from a distance! FaceTime and Zoom family events. Make new recipes. Take up a new hobby. Binge watch your favorite shows. What are mine?

Murdoch Mysteries (Acorn) Also you can buy (Acorn) as an add-on to Amazon Prime Video. We bought Acorn because there are many worthy detective shows on it.  It has a lot of British and Australian shows and movies.
Corner Gas (Amazon Prime Video) (IMDb TV) (CTV) (Crave)
Truth Seekers with Nick Frost. Simon Pegg is in it too. It’s on Amazon Prime video.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. (It’s not for the faint-hearted.)
Bob’s Burgers (Hulu)

People made it through the 1st wave by making things. This time we’re going to make things and send them to friends and relatives.  I can see this as a continuing pattern.

People who could, worked remotely. I know many remote workers, but I also know essential workers too, who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us.

We’re going to buy tons of things online. Black Friday will be online. I stood once for 4 hours in the freezing cold outside a store. When I got inside, they didn’t have my item anyway and showed me something twice the price. I left without buying.

Now I buy things before Black Friday. Because of the 1st wave, many stores that were not online are now. The ones that were only got bigger. I am buying Christmas presents now to ensure they arrive on time. Shopping online takes a lot of time since you will want to read everything especially the information on returns and warranties.

I’m going to exercise to get rid of the weight I gained in the 1st wave. With the weather getting rough in places, you may want to confer with your doctor and devise an exercise you can do inside. Putting your Fitbit on your dog’s tail does not count.

I’m going to read books some in paper and some in Kindle. In my case, I’m going to write a lot. I already have been. (A new book of mine will be coming out soon. Date to be announced.) I know musicians are still practicing and writing new songs. (I’m going to take up my glass flute again.) Everyone in the creative arts have been working full-tilt and showing performances online.

I’m going to be wear a mask, if I need to make a grocery/drug store run. I’m going to wash my hands and linger in a bubble bath. I’m going to stay over 6 feet from the masked person I’m talking too. I am going to be sending presents.

Everyone is worried about the gift-giving holidays. Send the gift, but remember it is only a thing. The true gift you can give the people you love is to stay alive.

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

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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.
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