Sunday, October 30, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

WOW! Women on Writing

I hve an e-books article today on the WOW! blog. Here's the link if you want to check it out: WOW! Women On Writing Blog

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pretty Pink Planet review (from Amazon)

5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous Human and Eerie Aliens, October 25, 2011

This review is from: Pretty Pink Planet (Kindle Edition)
"If you like your aliens exotic and your humans adventurous, then Pretty Pink Planet is for you. Lori's mission as an agent of SOESFOL (Search Out and Establish Sentient Forms of Life) almost immediately puts her face to face with an assassin. She is seconds from death--with only the bizarre ocean life of the flamingo-pink planet to help. But can they?

Smith has an uncanny talent for portraying quirky aliens, who are both strange and familiar at the same time--or more precisely, the familiar turns suddenly eerie in this story. Lori's alien companion and translator, Chiing, is both amusing and seriously mysterious. Warning: Once you've read Pretty Pink Planet, you'll want to continue the adventures with Lori and her alien companion Chiing in Hot Yellow Planet, which is also available for science fiction readers who are fascinated by intelligent alien life."

Pretty Pink Planet is available free from Smashwords (Nook, etc.):

And Amazon (if you click the I can find it cheaper elsewhere button):

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Where we love is home, ..."

"Where we love is home,

home that our feet may leave,

but not our hearts."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I love this quote from the November issue of Country Living, which also has Thanksgiving recipes, along with lovely home and decorating ideas, an article on America's Most Popular Silver Patterns, and more. One of the recipes is for Pumpkin Goat Cheese Cheesecake with a sour cream and honey topping. It looks luscious!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hurricane Rina

Rina is heading WNW, but is expected to circle back later and strengthen to a category 3. Too early to tell if it'll reach Florida.

Update (10-25): Rina is heading west and is now a cat 2 and may become a cat 3 soon. The big U turn is a little more north now.

Update (10-27): I forgot to post an update yesterday when Rina had dropped back to a cat 1 and wasn't expected to strengthen. Now she's a tropical storm, but we are getting some clouds from the system.

Update (10-28): Rina's just a tropical system now, and will be turning back south. (Odd path!) Florida's getting some rain from Rina's remnants now, and hopefully more 'cause we really need it.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Home decorating ideas

There are some lovely homes, furnishings, and decorating ideas in the December issue of Early American Life. I like the box with six drawers that sat on a counter and held flatware. I don't know what it was originally, but it's perfect for flatware and utensils, I think. There are also articles on dulcimers and old advertising signs, among other things

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Design styles (link)

Check out classic design styles here: Design Styles Defined : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

I appreciate most of these styles, including Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, and Asian, but my personal style is eclectic--and practical ('cause of the dogs).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Universal design (link)

This HGTV webpage lists and defines the principles of universal design: Universal Design Principles : Interior Remodeling : HGTV Remodels

Any time you remodel would be a good time to think about these principles to make the house user friendly now and in the future.

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Planning a kitchen remodel? (Link)

If you're planning to remodel your kitchen, here are some suggestions about how to do it: Where to Splurge, Where to Save : Kitchen Remodeling : HGTV Remodels

You have to think about your needs, resale value, etc. If I had to do my kitchen remodeling project over, I'd get quartz instead of granite for the countertops. I would still skip the stainless steel, which is a nuisance to clean, but get a bigger refrigerator. I've got plenty of storage, and I like my maple cabinets. I'd skip the disposal, since it has to be maintained. 'Course we've got a small compost bin (tumbler style) tucked away out back.

For more on my kitchen remodel, you can check out my e-book, Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure: Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure eBook: Joy Smith: Kindle Store

Or: Smashwords - Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure - A book by Joy Smith

Monday, October 17, 2011

Solar lights

I love solar lights, and I buy them from catalogs and the hardware store. My latest ones are mosaic spheres, which didn't glow at first so I took them back (one at a time) after a few days in the sun, and finally a sales clerk figured out that there were switches underneath the solar panels, and when she put the sphere in a dark place (not easy at the cash register), it glowed so I took it home, along with a golden mosaic sphere. (There weren't any switches on my other ones, and I was careful with them--I didn't hold them upside down because the spheres are delicate, and the posts tend to separate.)

Anyway, I went out last night and saw five glowing spheres! The two new mosaic ones, two old ones that don't glow as much at night any more, and the big gazing ball I got for my birthday a year or two ago--hard to put together, but worth it. And I saw my Saturn with rings glowing a bit. It doesn't have a solar panel, but sort of reflects light or something. I enjoy looking at them all when I take the dogs out.

I have three solar spheres out front too, but they don't glow like they used to; they may have been in the sun more at our old house. And I know someone who has his solar sphere in his house, where it's exposed to the sun. I never would have thought of that. They are beautiful and fun!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pretty Pink Planet review

Pretty Pink Planet review from Amazon:

"The Pretty Pink Planet is quite the tourist destination, but have the developers violated intergalactic law? Is our protagonist in danger? (Of course she is.)"

Pretty Pink Planet links:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kitchen design ideas

Check out these HGTV webpages for ideas on kitchen work zones, cabinets, storage, etc.: Kitchen Space Planning : Kitchen Remodeling : HGTV Remodels

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hot Yellow Planet

Hot Yellow Planet, the sequel to Pretty Pink Planet, is now available on Amazon's Kindle: Hot Yellow Planet eBook: Joy V. Smith: Kindle Store

Review: "Hot Yellow Planet is the cute sequel to Pretty Pink Planet and continues the saga of a quite diverse group of characters--human, humanoid, and "other." Lots of cool ideas here."

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sears blog with suggestions for your home

Here's a blog from the Sears website with interesting tips and ideas. Remember: you don't have to repace doors, etc. just because a company wants to sell you something.

Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hot Yellow Planet

Hot Yellow Planet is the sequel to Pretty Pink Planet. Lori and Chiing continue their adventures, meeting up with Chameleons, Ghosters, Splurts, and other aliens and humans.

Note: It was published in Dragon Dreaming Spring/Summer 1997 and Startling Science Stories May 1998.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lots of ideas for your garden in Country Gardens

I found two wonderful new plants in the Fall Issue of Country Gardens. I would love to get the Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea and the Pink Lemonade blueberry, which is truly pink!

There are also interesting articles on giant pumpkins, dahlias, self-seeding flowers, radishes, and vintage watering cans, plus lots of beautiful garden photos.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pretty Pink Planet is now available free!

Pretty Pink Planet is available on Smashwords now--for free: Link:

If you need to access it on Kindle, look for the link that asks if you’ve seen it cheaper elsewhere.
And stay tuned for the sequel: Hot Yellow Planet

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pretty PinK Planet

My story, Pretty Pink Planet, is available on Amazon Kindle now for 99 cents.

Description: Lori, an agent of SOESFOL (Search Out and Establish Sentient Forms of Life) visits Prism, a popular tourist destination, to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens, if she can find and talk to them. It's a good thing she has help...

I hope you'll enjoy this fun story. Check it out at: Pretty Pink Planet eBook: Joy V. Smith: Kindle Store

Saturday, October 1, 2011

To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus (e-book) review

My review of To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus is on: The New Book Review

This updating of Jack London's To Build a Fire is combined with the London story. I love the updated story--and dog! Great opportunity to enjoy and compare them.

Amazon link: