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Post Hurricane Irene

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 11:15 PM

When a writer loses power and is editing a book, it's mind numbing.  That's what I've gone through this weekend and week, until the power came back on and more.  When the power is gone, everything is the family.  How do we provide all the basics of life?  We haul water for all the sanitary needs.  We listen glued to the radio for information.  We try to keep everything together.  Cooking, cleaning, living all becomes harder.

The power's back but the difficulty with living has changed.  With all the trees down and roads closed, it takes longer to get to work.  Finding gas is a challenge.  Finding a store that will take a credit card--nearly impossible. 

Be brave, pay attention, and be flexible.  Learn a new way quickly.  That's what it's all about in Post Hurricane Irene Connecticut.  In the blink of a hurricane's eye, we've gone colonial. 

I have to tell you I was ecstatic when I had a cell phone signal I could call on again.  When my Wifi worked, Woo hoo!   Cable returned!  Amazing.

Slowing we're marching into the modern age again.  Perhaps this time, it will be a kinder, more productive age for more people.  There's still a part of me that hopes for a Star Trek Utopia, where creativity is valued and people have their basic needs cared for.


Return from Authors After Dark

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I'm back from Authors After Dark in Philadelphia, and I'm absolutely whipped into the ground.  Hours after hours of bumper to bumper traffic in the pouring rain and fog.  The convention was awesome.  Interesting and fun stuff happened.  I also had laryngitis during the event.  Fortunately when I lost my voice on Friday, I had no panels to speak on.  By Saturday, it was back but scratchy.  The ride home knocked the socks off me. 

As for the goals, I may have lost a little weight not wanting to eat much with my sore throat.  I don't recommend losing weight this way.  Also getting sick hasn't helped with the writing.  I did manage to write the beginning to a new story.  I edited a little.

On the flip side of the author's life is meeting people which is a blast.  I met a lot of people at the convention and booksigning.  More on the happenings later.


Goals: Always Move Forward

Posted on July 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I've been doing well.  Most days I average 1000 words.  One day I did 2000, but the next I did 500.  Right now I am 4500 words from the end of my newest vampire/supernatural adventure romance novel.

Exercise?  Kickboxed twice last week and walked one day.  I've been glued to the computer trying to finish the book.

Preparing for the Authors After Dark Convention?  I have my steampunk costume almost done.  I need footwear and some accessories.   But for the second costume, I'm starting from scratch.

If you can't do everything, forgive yourself and start again the next day.  Goals are challenging.  :-)  You're worth the challenge.  Hang in there and so will I.

Susan Hanniford Crowley


Goals: Helping Others

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Okay, I've not been great on goals one or two lately.  I did go walking on Sunday, kickboxing yesterday, nothing today.  Not good.  I wrote 1000 words on Sunday, 500 on Monday, none so far on the novel today.  Not good.  I've been guest blogging on FF & P and setting up for an online workshop on blogging for Savvy Writers.  

I did do something fun and unexpected for me.  I made a video of my Thursday blog article on Nights of Passion.  It's about book trailers, marketing, synching files, and online storage.  I don't feel very photogentic but decided "I don't care"  and went ahead and made it because I felt saying it would in this case be more important than writing it.  So I'm on You Tube and Nights of Passion.  But go to Nights of Passion (see link on horizontal menu above).  It was all the links of the book and programs I mention.

I'll be writing again soon.  My goal is to get back on the novel.  8000 words left on the novel.


Goals and A Lot on the To Do List

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Except on the days when I kickbox, my exercise goal has fallen by the wayside.  Not good.  I was reading today about yoga.  I know how to do it.  I took a semester of yoga classes years ago, so I may try that at home.

The writing goal has suffered with 100 or 200 words, but today we're back at 1000 words.  I find when you have too much on the to do list.  Life just knocks the wind out of you for a while.  Right now, the kitties are playing and I'm writing a little more before I go to bed. 

My hero and heroine are in the bathtub. They're so much fun.

I'm in a lot of contests too.  This website is part of the Night Owl Reviews Web Scavenger Hunt.  See their graphic in the sidebar of the homepage and visit their site to see how to play.

On the Nights of Passion blog (see link on horizontal menu), I'm part of the Skyrockets in Flight Blog Hop Giveaway.  You must go to that page on Nights of Passion to enter.  Be sure to read the directions there.

I'm also packing giveaways for the Authors After Dark Convention in Philadelphia in August.  I will be raffling off a basket of goodies for charity.  I'm putting together a prize for the banner scavenger hunt there.  I will also have on me multiple things to give away.  So if you're going to Authors After Dark, be sure to say hi. 

I'm so behind in putting my costume together.  Oh, well.  I'm back to my characters.  Where did I leave them?  Oh, yes, fooling around in the bathtub.  I tell you I can't leave them for a second without they ... LOL


Achievement of An Old Goal

Posted on July 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM

So many times we must expand our goals.  My exercise goal during the two hot days were either shadowboxing or nothing at all.  My writing goal also suffered.  200 words one day 800 the next.

But yesterday I decided that if I couldn't go walking, I would write like the wind and wrote 1800 words. 

Today was a partial day for me.  I needed to have an MRI today.  My past history with MRIs had been failure.  The only one I ever passed was with an open MRI.  Since it was for my shoulder, they let me see out and I had harp music drowning out the horrible sound that usually causes migraines and physical illness.  I ended up migraining for two days afterward. 

This time, my doctor gave me a pill, then they waited until I felt fuzzy. They put this thing over my face which included a mirror that allowed me to see out the tube by my feet.  I didn't feel sick in the machine.  My migraine which was starting remained where it was and did not progress.  I concentrated on the soundtrack of Fantasia in the headphones on my head and the sight (courtesy of the mirror) of the technician in the booth talking to people and running the board.

So I have finally achieved an old goal--the ability to get an MRI. 

I did have a mild migraine when I got home and took a pill.  I ended up sleeping most of the day away.  But I'm happy.  I'm on the computer taking with you.  Now back to writing.



Goals and Life

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Sometimes life rearranges your goals.  That's why I'm writing now rather than later.  I went out to walk and only got so far when a family of skunks (very adorable) came out of the driveway of a neighbor.  I turned around and ran home.  Okay, we met our exercise goal partially by running instead. LOL

Satuday I worked on promotions for Nights of Passion blog, where our guests always get first class treatment.  I fell a little short of my writing goal.  Shadow boxed.  I think I learned all of Muay Thai combo 2.  

Sunday was a wash.  I wrote about 200 words,but that's okay.  I went to two great birthday parties and watched True Blood.  My daughter, Sarah, who received great gifts gave me a present to celebrate the return of True Blood--two adorable crocheted dolls of Sookie and Vampire Bill.  I've

emailed the doll artist about being interviewed for Nights of Passion.  I'll keep you posted.  They both came with heart beads with tiny vampire bites so I tied them on.

Monday, actually after helping the family and doing errands, I've managed to almost reach my 1000 writing goal. 

I think the point of all this to always redirect yourself to the goal and don't forget enjoy life.


Goals: Don't Let Setbacks Set You Back

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM

I've been doing fairly well with my goals.  I either kickbox or walk everyday--one day I shadow boxed.  I've been hitting my 1000 word mark too.   But this morning when I got up, I realized that at least half of the words I wrote last night were not going to work. 

So today I'm cutting 500 words and rewriting.  Will I write 1500 words today?  Maybe.  I doesn't matter.  What matters is that I still love my novel, and I'm willing to throw away words to make it better. 

A setback?  Perhaps.  If you can look at rain and see growing plants, then it's not a setback at all.  It's another move forward.  Thomas Edison once said when asked about his previous failed attempts to build the light bulb, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." 

My favorite quote by Mr. Edison expresses it better.  "Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."

I'm off to accomplish something.  Ta for now.


Goals: Include the Things You Love

Posted on June 20, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Yes, I have lost my mind.  Yesterday was my dad's 82nd birthday. Consequently I ate ice and did not walk or kickbox.  I also only wrote about 500 words.  Darn.  But I had a great time at his party.

It is vitally important that you have a great time in life and include the things you love.  While I'm at it let's look at some other things I love.  I love Jonathan Maberry's book Vampire Universe.  It's an alphabetical resource of vampiric creatures from around the world.  Yes!  I think I've mentioned this book before, but it really is that good.

I love the Irish movie Once.  It's the story of a street performer who meets a girl, a musician from Czech Republic, and how together they pursue a dream. 

I love my new Facebook author fan page. I love it so much that I'm inviting romance, urban fantasy, sf, & fantasy authors, you are invited to post book covers & blurbs on my Facebook page

And what I really love is that lets me shorten my links. 

Let's recap:  I've talked about my goals, a great resource book, a fun movie, my new Facebook page and my author invitation (please, visit and Like me), and a website that offers a valuable public service.  There are paid services as well.

Tell me about your goals or what you love today.
-- Susan

Where I've Been?

Posted on June 18, 2011 at 11:47 PM

I've reached a word count of 71 thousand words, managing to write 1000 words a day.  I've kickboxed twice this week and walked on days I didn't kickbox with the exception of two days where it rained a lot. 

I've been enjoying the True Blood marathon on HBO.  I've also been doing some research on assorted items.  Here and there I've been reading a book called Vampire Universe by Jonathan Maberry.  It's a reference book on vampires in cultures around the world.  It's a lot of fun and I've learned a lot.

Today is Father's Day!  Happy Father's Day!  It's past midnight and I'm still writing.  I'm on a roll. 

-- Susan