How I Survive Migraine-Fried Brain By Susan Hanniford Crowley

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My doctor has told me that whenever there is a snowstorm or rain, his phone rings off the hook with calls for help from his migraine suffering patients. I know that I feel it in my head when the barometric pressure changes. Today before I could get out of bed, I took my migraine med and a pill for nausea.

If you suffer from migraines, there are times when you can survive the brain-fried feeling without going into reclusion. I’ve been in reclusion sitting in a dark bedroom with ice on my head and hoping the pain would soon fade. But I am doing better with the medications now. It’s important to know your triggers. For me, a weird scent can set off a migraine as well as strong light and sounds.

I will watch TV with captions if I know the sound to be too much for me that day. I draw curtains to soften the light. I also use a day-light or all-spectrum light bulb. If I wake with a migraine because of barometric pressure, I take my meds right away. Using all these techniques, I would go to work (when I had a day job), but now that I’m retired and a full-time writer, I just station myself on the sofa and decide I don’t need to go out this day. I am writing this blog post using my personal migraine relieving techniques.

My husband went out to pick up a few things and found the supermarket packed with people. We are expecting a snowstorm.

For writers and others on their computers a lot, you can find the things that will help you the most. I adjust the brightness and sound on my computer. If it’s still too tough on my eyes, I switch to a tablet. I think tablets have a different kind of screen. You can also adjust the brightness there. If I’ve been hit with a mega migraine, then I’m writing in a journal to type up at a later time.

I’m not a doctor, so I am not giving medical advice. I’m only saying what works for me in addition to those prescribed meds. For migraines, you will want to see a doctor to figure out what is best for you.

While I sit on the sofa typing away in soft light and sound, I want to mention that my new book The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars has been nominated by the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Awards 2019 for their award which is dear to my heart. I’ve always wanted to win. The reviewer called it “a love story for the ages.” On the ballot (which is a long scroll down), the book is in the categories of Young Adult/New Adult (YA/NA) book and YA/NA series. It is a New Adult.  Please, vote for my book in its two categories.  The reviewer said she could not put it down. https://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/2019-prg-reviewers-choice-awards-ballot/ Thank you.

The novel is available in Kindle and Amazon Print. https://www.amazon.com/Vampire-Blanket-Stars-Arnhem-Knights/dp/1796926760

Thank you for sharing your day with me. If you are in a storm zone, please, be safe.

-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 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
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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
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…Helen Mirren And Being THAT Woman

 

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Unexpected Delights Paranormal-Scope

I am honored that The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars has been nominated by The Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Awards 2019 in the categories of Young Adult/New Adult (YA/NA) and YA/NA series. It is a New Adult. The review calls it “a love story for the ages.” Please, vote for my book. https://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/2019-prg-reviewers-choice-awards-ballot/ Thank you. Please, share this with others.

This has been truly an unexpected delight. Now let’s see what else is in store.

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 vampire takes good and bad news in stride, but can sometimes be seen dancing in the shadows when struck by good news. Do some dancing!

Taurus:
Werewolves are loyal and faithful friends. Go out to eat with your friends or invite them over for tea or a meal or both.

Gemini:
Shapeshifters enjoy inside exercise when the weather is not quite comfortable. Always check with your physician before changing your exercise routine.

Cancer:
Were pups think everything is fun. Take their viewpoint to heart and enjoy life more.

Leo:
Werewolves travel the distance to see a place dear to their hearts. Time for vacation planning.

Virgo:
Were cats enjoy exploring and investigating. Check out a place you’ve always wanted to go to.

Libra:
Shapeshifters who are talented like to take the form of park trees. They listen in on conversations. Pay attention to what people are saying to you. It will help.

Scorpio:
Vampires have a long time to make mistakes. Learn from mistakes and go forward. Don’t dwell on the past.

Sagittarius:
Were pups like to cuddle. Spend time with those that love you the most.

Capricorn:
A were owl flies in your window and does a little dance. Fun is in your future.

Aquarius:
A werewolf howls to warn of problems. Pay attention to your gut instincts. Trust what you know and those that have proved trustworthy.

Pisces:
A vampire gazes at you and finds you delightful. You will receive compliments from an unexpected source.

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

New Release: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
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 I’ve Learned From the Koala By Susan Hanniford Crowley

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The world is in a whole lot of hurt because of a lot of different things. The wildfires in Australia are just one reason. People are dying. Animals are dying. While are some are feeling helpless, others are stepping up and helping any way they can.

Last week I shared a story on Facebook about a mom Koala undergoing surgery. Her baby was holding onto her. Recently we have found out that mom and baby are doing well.

There are stories out of Australia about teenagers driving around rescuing Koala Bears. A woman walked up to one with a towel as it was clinging to a tree on fire. She was able to get the little guy to safety. There has been a Koala hospital helping the burned bears.

If you would like to donate to help, here is their website. The website tells a lot more about them than the news story.  https://www.koalahospital.org.au/

What have I learned from the Koalas? They are sort of the symbol of love in Australia. You can see why. All of us at some point in our lives have to decide when we will step up to help someone else, even if that someone is a Koala Bear. This disaster has brought out the best in many people.

-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 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
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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There is No Place Like Gnome Paranormal-Scope

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Ever feel you’re being watched? Maybe you are. We never know what gnomes will do next.

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 celebrate the new year with a Bunny Hop. That’s right. They dance with rabbits. Go out with family and/or friends and celebrate in your own way.

Taurus:
Ten gnomes noticed zombies walking down the street. Avoid those that you know have caused you troubles in the past.

Gemini:
Nine gnomes are writing their histories. Write a history of your own.

Cancer:
Eight gnomes are fond of going to lunch and the movies. Get together with friends and do the same.

Leo:
Seven gnomes enjoy redecorating. Look over your home with a critical eye and make some changes for comfort and style.

Virgo:
Six gnomes walked down the street and saw a Yeti. They ran for the hills. Don’t watch scary movies past 6 p.m., if they are going to give you nightmares.

Libra:
Five gnomes run a shoe business. Keep focused to do your best work and listen to your team.

Scorpio:
Four gnomes work hard at making cakes. Don’t be discouraged if your cakes fall flat. Double-check your recipe or take a cooking class to get expert advice.

Sagittarius:
Three gnomes are planning a trip to the big city. They want to go someplace they’ve never been. Try it. Plan a trip to a new place.

Capricorn:
Two gnomes love to play games. They play soccer or the sudoku puzzles in the Gnome Gazette. What games do you enjoy? Schedule time to watch or participate.

Aquarius:
One gnome is reading a good book to expand his mind. They read everything from travel to history to how to grow carrots. Visit a bookstore or the library. Expand your mind with something enjoyable.

Pisces:
Gnomes are baking sweet treats. It makes the entire home feel cozy. Keep the chill out by making some comfort foods yourself.

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

New Release: The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 3 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
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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Happy New Year Dreams and Wishes By Susan Hanniford Crowley

Happy New Year, everyone! May it be a great year for all of us.

As usual for me, I’ve been dreaming. In my case, when I write down my dreams the next morning that will eventually become another book.

This week, I was at the hospital’s infusion center and met a lovely couple. The wife was starting on the journey with cancer that I went through. We talked about traveling and books. They spoke about Greece. We spoke about Ireland.

I know every time, I register for a test or procedure at the hospital. They ask if I have been out of the country in the last 30 days. I always say, “I wish.” They laugh. It appears to be a truth that patients tethered to a hospital for life-preserving care all wish to be traveling the world.

In April, I will be going to a science fiction and fantasy conference called Heliosphere on April 3-5 to Tarrytown, New York. It’s great fun. I don’t know yet what panels and other events I will be part of yet. I love that conveniently for me it’s not a long drive from home.

Amongst the conversations in the infusion center of travel and adventure, they always return to what is dearest to our hearts: family, friends, and to return to good health.

-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 available in Amazon Print and Kindle!
Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
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…Time

I had big plans to write a New Year post filled with the joy and excitement and hope that starting fresh always gives me. A new year, a new book by a favorite author, a new work in progress of mine; there are so many beginnings we have a chance to experience in a lifetime.

I was going to wax on about how I like to choose a word of the year to inspire me instead of coming up with resolutions. 2020’s word was discipline, in case you were wondering. But New Years Eve slapped me upside the head and reminded me that time is precious.

My husband and I have been involved in Doberman rescue since 2005. We’ve had a parade of foster dogs come through, but over the years I developed a real love for the seniors, special needs, and hospice dogs. The throwaways who need more work and understanding than most people feel able to handle. Those are the dogs I bring home and love for as long as they grace us. Sometimes we get years, sometimes months, sometimes weeks, but every moment is precious.

About a year and a half ago, we adopted a biped Doberman puppy named Roo. Born with nubs for front legs and severely twisted shoulder blades, he was found in a paper bag, in a shopping center parking lot, in the dead of an Ohio winter. He ended up in rescue and from there we brought him home.

Roo turned out to be a force of nature, a dynamo, a lover, a power-snuggler, a dervish who could go from zooming around the house to giving out the sweetest kisses in seconds flat. He reveled in wrestling with our German Shepherd then cleaning his huge ears. We have laughed and smiled everyday since we adopted him.

Now, we have learned that our time with Roo will be limited to weeks, or months, if we’re lucky. To say we’re wrecked by the news is an understatement. It’s not that we’ve never been given devastating news before, it’s that Roo is only two years old and so full of life. How cruel can Fate be that a puppy born with such issues gets so few years? I have no answer for you, nor do I think I’ll ever have one for myself.

Deep sigh… So, now that I’ve thoroughly depressed you, I’ll finally get to the point.

Love while you can. Time isn’t guaranteed.

That is true for all the people and animals in your life. They are there for a reason but it’s easy to let that reason be obscured by work and the hurly-burly pace of your world. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the minutiae of each day, to let our phones ring and sing and vibrate our attention away. Open your computer and there’s a universe of distractions to get sucked into for hours at a time while the heartbeats around you wait for you to see them, hear them, wait for you to look up and just BE with them.

For me, the wonderful phrase in the movie Avatar, “I see you”, says it best. So instead of a single word to help me focus during 2020, I’ll use the phrase, “I’m with you.”

I’m with you each and every day.

I’m with you through the laughter.

I’m with you through the pain.

I’m with you to the end.

Be present. Be with. Be.

That is what we will do for Roo. That is what we will do for each other as we shepherd him through his last days. That is what we will do this year and the next and the next.

That is what I wish for you and your loved ones in 2020 and beyond.

 

May your words flow freely,

Artemis

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