Each Day We Improve

It’s one of those weeks that feel like a blur and by the end of my days I feel like my mouth is literally just sputtering because it is all out of steam. Surprisingly, my fingers have quite a bit of energy to type away—must have been all that time I spent writing that got them accustomed to the work load. Either way, you get the point, I’m exhausted.

I realize that we are ever busy and this seems to be the state of most people I talk to but for me, this particular busy is new because of a new position I took on at work. It’s funny as I realized it would be more work but even still, it is hard to conceptualize exactly what that feels like. And the other thing that we rarely factor in is that we aren’t quite as efficient at doing the new role as we may have been with the old role. I take longer to do things, I’m not as efficient or effective, but this is to be expected. Bottom line, I know that with time I will gain efficiencies, speed and effectiveness.

Lessons learned? Sometimes it is okay to be tired or exhausted. Most important is that we work in some time for relaxation and sanity. Each day is a learning experience and with that we grow to improve ourselves in some way and somehow.

Happy writing this week!

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All Paranormal Mardi Gras Paranormal-Scope

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When things get tough, distract yourself with a party.

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:
Yetis love the bling in Mardi Gras. Changing up your attire is a mood enhancer and game changer at networking events.

Taurus:
Wear your Elven beads with pride. Time to show off what you’re made of this week to optimize your career and personal opportunities.

Gemini:
Pixie dust gets lost in the glitter of Mardi Gras. But if you indulge too much, you’ll feel it in the morning.

Cancer:
Faeries love to party at Mardi Gras. You may discover a surprise in the morning. Just smile and bear it.

Leo:
Parade your stuff this week at work. Don’t do the Zombie crawl. Show your best work.

Virgo:
Were bears love Mardi Gras for the snacks. Good food with friends or family is on your must do list this week.

Libra:
Shapeshifters cannot make up their mind of their Mardi Gras attire. Pick something fun. Take time with all important decisions for events.

Scorpio:
Mermaids are singing in the delta outside the city enjoying the lights and merriment. The Big Easy is causing a sway in the waves. Go with the flow this week.

Sagittarius:
Werewolves howl with pleasure at all the Mardi Gras dancing. They follow the parades and love meeting new people. Make a new friend but don’t go too far until you know them better.

Capricorn:
Leprechauns are warming up. Then love the lights of Mardi Grass and sprinkle some luck on the way. Some may land on you.

Aquarius:
Nessie surfaces in the New Orleans’ Delta. The lights are attracting fish. The eating is fine. Add some new recipes to your repertoire. Invite friends over to share a meal and some partying.

Pisces:
A Vampire strolls through the Mardi Gras partying crowd looking for a bite. Enjoy the fun but take care with anyone you do not know.

-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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It’s Snowing! A Good Day for Inside Hobbies! Shout out if you Have Snow!

It’s snowing here in Connecticut. My indoor miniature Lavender rose bush has two roses with one bud still to open. All three love the window. That cut off tree you see is a feeding station for birds.

If you’re in the snow zone, be safe. It’s time for inside hobbies like working with clay, playdoh, coloring, crocheting, watching movies, or whatever tickles your fancy. Napping even applies.

Most of all, be safe. Shout out to me in the comment box if you have snow, too! Come on make my day!

-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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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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A Lotta Being Sick

Is it me, or does the world just seem sick lately? Okay, so that is a really loaded question but in this instance I am actually talking about all the coughing, throat clearing, watery eyes, sore throats – you get the picture. Beyond this, the sprinkle of Ebola virus updates from NPR certainly isn’t positive either but that’s a whole different level of sick.

No really, everywhere I look these days, folks seem to be sick and part of it I’m sure is the season as the flu seems to be rampant this year in the schools, but the other part of me wonders if we are just doing something different that makes us more susceptible?

I will start by saying that I am not a doctor nor have I ever studied medicine. Like any curious person out there I have search Web MD extensively as either myself or my kids have fallen ill at some time or another. This all being said, I often question my own “healthiness” with my sedentary job and off-kilter eating habits. I do exercise with some degree of consistency and I do eat my vitamins every day but lately it always seems that I am fighting off some illness as those around me (at work and at home) ride the ups and downs of the season. It could be my suspicions are right and that we all are just a bit more sick lately or perhaps this is the way the cycle works… who knows? Either way, I figure it can’t hurt to put healthy practices into play (more eating right, getting rest, etc.). If anything, I may reap other benefits such as being in a great mood more often, right (one can only hope!)?

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Zombie Mardi Gras Blues Paranormal-Scope

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Winds blow the world around and everything seems upside down but it will straighten out in time. Be patient.

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:
The Mardi Gras vibe is in the air and zombies are gathering as they love a party. Lay low to avoid negative people.

Taurus:
Zombies love to wear feathes for Mardi Gras and that’s about it. Re-examine your wardrobe. Get some new outfits. Don’t get feathers.

Gemini:
Beads distract zombies. Don’t be distracted by an opportunity that glitters. It may not be the gold you are seeking.

Cancer:
Zombies love slow jazz. It sort of goes with their walk. They drool into Hurricane drinks. Don’t overindulge in anything at this time. It can come back and bite you.

Leo:
Zombies know the blues first hand. Feeling low? Talk to family or friends. Getting it off your chest will make you stronger.

Virgo:
Zombies like to dance in a straight line. Why? No one knows. Dance to your own drummer. This may be the time to follow your bliss.

Libra:
Making beaded necklaces is not a zombie’s strength. It’s the lack of coordination. Consider starting to gain balance yoga. Always check with your physician first when starting a new exercise.

Scorpio:
Some zombies prefer the day after Mardi Gras. They like to pick up whatever is left behind. Vintage things might be trash or there maybe treasure. Look through your old things.

Sagittarius:
Zombies are confused by crowds. They can’t move forward. Plan a weekend away to spend time with your close ones.

Capricorn:
When the rhythm gets going, zombies are great dances. You are hitting your stride in your profession. Go with the flow. Enjoy it.

Aquarius:
When the parades end and the dances are done, zombies head for the bar on Bourbon Street to mumble about their escapades. Go to bed early and avoid who you might meet in a bar.

Pisces:
Zombies aren’t the only ones that like gathering with friends. Plan a friends party or “bring a dish” dinner. Be open to new taste sensations.

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

NEW: 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
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A Little About My Writing Process by Laura Greenwood

I’m not all that sure what it was that made me decide on this topic, maybe it’s the various things going around about writing at the moment. But I thought I’d share some of the stuff about my writing process! I guess and my publishing process too.

I won’t share timelines and stuff – mostly because they really vary by book, series, length, the time I personally have, etc.

Plotting

I didn’t used to plot. I was a hardcore panster, making it up as I went along and working the rest out later. But then I took a course on how to actually plot and all that changed. Some of my co-writes are still pantsed, but for my solo books, I much prefer plotting them out. This can happen when I have the idea, just before I start writing, or when I’ve just finished the previous book in the series.

Writing

I write books start to finish, very rarely having scenes written for later in the book before I get there – I tried it once, and it ended badly for me! (Not for the reader, just for me trying to get them to fit!) If I’m writing on my own, I use a site called 4thewords.com where it turns writing into a game. If I’m writing with one of my friends, we’ll use mywriteclub.com where we “race” against one another in short 25 minute sprints. During this phase, I’ll send passages to my writing chat (and sometimes even chapters if I’m unsure about them) and talk through any plot blocks I get.

Revising (including but not limited to the editing and beta process)

Easily the most painful part for me. This is where I learn just what’s wrong with my book and try to fix it!

Covers

This is probably in the wrong place of this – I have covers already for some books I won’t publish until 2020. Normally, I like to have a full series of covers before I release book one – so I know I won’t get held up having to wait!

Formatting

This is normally a very last minute thing for me (because my formatter – Gina Writes Words – is an absolute angel). This is the last thing before I lock in a final file.

Start work on the next one…

Though actually, this is inaccurate as I work on multiple things at a time! I write almost every day on one of my projects – even when something is in the revision stage!

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Gazing at Romania and Looking for Contributing Bloggers

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Since my next book is based in Romania, I thought I would would give you some viritual sightseeing of the country. Built between 1873 and 1914, it was the former summer home of the Romanian royal family. Currently is owned by the country and is a museum. Note: They close it in November for cleaning, but if you are in Romania at other times, it is a definite must see.

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Even though Bran Castle (above) built in 1211 is often referred to as Dracula’s Castle, it’s not really. Vlad Tepes was a ruling prince of Wallachia. Not Transylvania.  This castle is on the border between the two. Also Dracula the vampire is a fiction. Vlad Tepes was also known as Vlad Dracula. His father was Vlad Dracul. Historically, speaking Vlad was only at this castle for two months as a prisoner and then was transferred to another. This castle was the home of the royal family of Romania. It was taken over by the Communists after WWII and made into a museum. In 2009, it was returned to the royal heirs. It is currently a museum and another must see.

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If you are an author of romance (not erotica or YA) and would like to blog once a week on Nights of Passion, email me at onlyladyknight@yahoo.com and put Blogging NOP in the subject line. Please, send me information about your writing.

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

NEW: 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 and Print, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords and iBooks (on Apple devices).
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