Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Natural Home & Garden

This is another good home magazine I've read recently.  Lots of good ideas with pictures on how to improve your home inside and out.  I especially like Can Your Home Be Greened?  It includes problems and solutions.  Lots of environmental friendly suggestions and products.  Design and decorating ideas too.

Book signing

I'll be signing my book, Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook, at AUTHORS AT THE PARK on SATURDAY, March 19, 9am-3pm at Centennial Park-Ybor City/Tampa (corner of 8th Ave. & 19th St).

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Midwest Book Review

In Building A Cool House For Hot Times Without Scorching The Pocketbook, author Joy Smith draws upon her on-site personal experience with the building process involved in constructing her own home. This slender, 61-page book reveals what she learned about the thousands of decisions that must be made in order to build within a budget as illustrated by diary excepts, photos, and more. A chronological compendium of events and practical advice from planning, to "punch list", Building A Cool House For Hot Times Without Scorching The Pocketbook will prove an invaluable read for anyone contemplating building (or remodeling) their own home.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Reviewer's Choice!

Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook got a great review from The Midwest Book Review;  it's on the Reviewer's Choice list in the February issue of "Small Press Bookwatch."  Link:  MBR: Small Press Bookwatch, February 2005 

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Does your contractor need a hug?

I enjoyed Bruce Kluger's article, Does Your Contractor Need a Hug?, in the December issue of This Old House. I give contractors a lot of credit in Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook; and my builders, Ed Locke, Walter Graves, and Ernie and Anthony White, are mentioned on the Acknowledgments page.  A good contractor deserves a hug!

Monday, February 7, 2005

Book signing

I'll be signing my book, Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook, at the Kathleen Area Historical Society's 14th Annual Heritage Day Festival, Saturday, March 12, at Heritage Park, 8950 N. Campbell Road, Lakeland.

Guest speaker

I will be guest speaker at the Musing WordSmiths writers group March 8 at their regular meeting.  (They meet Tuesday evenings at The Club at Eaglebrooke, 1300 ClubHouse Road, Lakeland, FL every two weeks, 6:30-8:30p.m.)

Appraisal, Inspection, and CMA

An appraisal is an assessment of the value of your home. The lender usually requires an appraisal.

An inspection is intended to find any hidden problems with the home you're buying or selling.

Real estate agents can provide a comparable market analysis (CMA), which gives you an idea of what your home is worth.

Friday, February 4, 2005

Spreading the Word

My marketing article, Spreading the Word, is in the March/April issue of Working Writer, which is available as a free PDF download.  Send an e-mail request to Workingwriters@aol.com.  [t's available now.]

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Kitchen planning links

Home & Garden Television: Heart of the Home

Kitchen Renovation Planner  (Lowe's website; you have to register)

Preditors and Editors readers poll

My story, To the Last Drop, is #10 in the Short Story SF category; and my article, Straight on Until a New Planet, is #11 in the Nonfiction category. 

Hurricane cleanup

I spent another busy day at the Kathleen historical society park Saturday.  It is looking much better, but there are still a few leaning trees that need to come down.  The fence lines are cleaned up; and a big ditch was dug where the hurricane flood waters tore through.  At home our porch ceilings have been replaced.