Friday, January 28, 2005

What is Science Fiction?


Reading and writing about things that may be possible requires imagination.  Sci fi is all about extrapolating the known to extend into the possible.  Any person has a window of reality that they can peer through to see the things that are.  With an expanded imagination a person has an infinity of windows through which they can see the things possible.  You explore worlds unknown.  You explore worlds unimagined.  You are not imprisoned by reality.

(Thanks to Richard Lee Anderson for his definition)

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Another interesting home magazine I read recently is Dwell (January/February 2005).  This magazine is on the cutting edge with an architectural slant.  It also has an ad that utilizes William Wegman's Weimaraners; the ad is for Crypton Fabrics.  (Hmm.  I saw a commercial for this the other night.  I could use a fabric like that in a house full of pets.)  Btw, Dwell is also a TV show on the Fine Living channel. 

Inspired House

I came across Inspired House (January/February 2005, #8) recently.  This magazine has great photos, articles, and ideas.  Among the articles I enjoyed was A Fresh Look at the Fridge and Find Your Eclectic Style.  Not So Big Solutions, a column by Susan Susanka, author of The Not So Big House, looked at ways to make a garage less obtrusive; it has lovely illustrations and ideas.   

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Straight on Until a New Planet

My writing article, Straight on Until a New Planet, is now up on the Nonfiction category page in the Preditors and Editors readers poll: Preditors & Editors Poll   You can read the article at: WORKING WRITER For people who write 

Kitchen organization link

. Kitchen Organization   (From HGTV e-mail newsletter)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Triumph review

A wonderful short story of fantasy and horror.  One aches for the hero through out the story.  The twist at the end is elegantly handled, with a horrific casualness that is rarely found in stories this short.  I was drawn into the story easily, and was not disappointed.  A pleasure to read.

by Richard Lee Anderson      

 (See: S.S. Raven - Triumph )




Friday, January 14, 2005

Well Met by Water review

It flowed like a deep river.  Like it knew the path of the currents lying ahead.  There was a grace to it, a rhythm, the words following one after another in a soft yet unyielding dance.  It was complete.  It was humbling.  

by Richard Lee Anderson

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Preditors & Editors readers poll

My short story, To the Last Drop!, is a nominee in the SF and Fantasy short story category: Preditors & Editors Poll  Read it and vote for the story of your choice...

Monday, January 10, 2005

Books available:

Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook is available from: Barnes & - Building a Cool House for Hot Times Without Scorching the Pocketbook

My audiobook, Sugar Time, is available from Project Pulp:  Project Pulp

Kings of the Night II, an anthology that includes my story, The Princess Quest, is available from: Fictionwise eBooks: Free eBooks, eBooks for Palm, PocketPC, PC, & Mac  (It should be upcoming in print.) 

Sammy's Beautiful Tail, my illustrated children's story, is available on CD (Volume 2) from: ChildrenzBooks™ Books for you and your child.

Well Met by Water is in Scoundrels & Rascals (Volume 2), which is available from ImPRESS Books: ImPRESS Scoundrels

Old Rex can be found in a ghost anthology:  Ed. Edward Lodi's Ghost in the Gazebo. The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Web Site


An eco-aware catalog

I recently received a Gaiam Harmony catalog; they carry a line of products and clothes that are environmentally friendly.  I was happy to see they have clothes and linens in more colors now.  The website is:


Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Time Saving Suggestions

Start with the basics:Group your errands so you can do them in a circle. Be ahead when possible. Get an extra roll of toilet paper out before you need it. You do it when you can--not when someone is yelling for it. Saves time and aggravation. Ditto for paper towels and anything you need to replace. Do it before you need do--at your convenience.

Put things going somewhere--another room, a friend's house, recycling--in the same place always and take them when you go there. If you can train your family to do this also--what a relief.

Do one extra cleaning chore--cleaning the microwave, fridge top, stove burners, wiping off one kitchen or fridge shelf--every time you do the dishes.

Ditto for the bathroom and for the whole house. Do a little something when you're in that room. Don't try to do everything at once--so impossible and tiring even to think about.

Do one outside chore--weed one flower bed, mow one patch of grass (you set the dimensions) every night or every other night or as frequently as works for YOU.

Pull a few weeds every time you let the dog out. It's good to get outside with your pets AND accomplish something AND enjoy your yard. Also, don't rake your leaves--let them be or mulch them. (Earth needs the organic matter.)

TV watching time:Use commercials and the remote to read, feed the cat, clean the birds' tray, shake out a rug, vaccuum the living room. Commercials nowdays take enough time so you can almost clean the whole house one night during commercials.

That is, if you keep organized and neat. Do the little things now instead of putting them off until they pile up and fall down on your head. I know people who do some things twice--look at the mail or a magazine twice; start something, leave it, and start over. Finish it now!

To save your sanity and your time, be flexible and do your chores--like you'd chew your food if you had time--in small bites.

And remember, "There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over."

HGTV room planner

Here's the link for the HGTV room planner (from their e-mail newsletter):,1783,HGTV_17897_23822,00.html