Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Joy's writing news update

My latest e-book, The Doorway and Other Stories, will be available as a free download on Kindle June 8 & 9: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2

I’m happy to have some of my old stories in one place. Except for The Princess Quest, which is a humorous fantasy, and Old Rex, a ghost story, the rest of the stories are all science fiction adventures of different types, involving aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home and/or family. All the stories have been published elsewhere–sometimes more than once–over the years, except for Royal Guardians. And you don't need a Kindle! There's a free app on the webpage.

In the meantime, Pretty Pink Planet is always free: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615 (SF)
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.

And my other e-books include: Hidebound: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ICFOHY (SF)
After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.

Hot Yellow Planet: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029 (SF)
In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.

Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560 (Non-fiction)
How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fun choices (link)

Have you ever seen that TV home show that helps you find look-alike (more or less) furniture cheaper than the those fancy and expensive designer pieces?  (I'm always tickled when I like the cheaper pieces more.)  Here's a webpage that lets you make such choices: Splurge or Steal: Sabrina Soto's Picks for Bargain Housewares : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This is one hot kitchen! (link)

This colorful, sleek Italian kitchen really has the WOW factor--along with an impressive price tag, which doesn't even include the appliances.  Stand by to admire this import:  http://blog.hgtvremodels.com/2012/05/17/a-colorful-italian-kitchen-system/?nl=HGRM_052212_bottom2link1_blogitaliankitchen&sni_mid=42376&sni_rid=42376.405.424158


Monday, May 21, 2012

Architecture in fiction

"...the Jade House, whose upcurved eaves could just be seen through the tall pines.
It was two years since Susanne had stayed in the Jade House.  It was a miniature palace which derived its name from the green stones of its facade and the green tiles of its roof.  Over the doorway was a single piece of polished jade into which had been carved the Chinese characters for 'The Flight of the Heron.'  Upon its bronze doors was pictured the long-legged water bird on the wing."

From Underground Retreat (Reynal & Hitchcock, 1946) by Maribelle Cormack and Pavel Bytovetzski

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Decorating and entertaining ideas

There are lots of decorating ideas in the June issue of Country Living, including an apparent trend in octopus accessories. Decorative bird cages, metal chairs, and carnival collectibles--including those old weighted bottles--are also fun, and I loved the Valspar green paint color: Martian.
There are also a variety of room design, party, and craft ideas--and a story about a rescued Beagle named Eureka... The Real Estate Sampler focuses on Eastlake stick-style homes, while a landscaper uses a mixture of foliage plants. And there are some intriguing recipes. Looking forward to summer!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Glass sinks (link)

I don't care for vessel sinks (they sit on top of the counter)--so impractical--but here are some lovely sinks from Kohler: http://www.us.kohler.com/us/catalog/merchandisingStyleList.jsp?stop_mobi=yes&id=429706#id=filters&chk-4294966204=4294966204

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Curb appeal (link)

This HGTV webpage has some great landscaping ideas, though, frankly, I'm not that fond of picket fences.  I love curved paths and rock hardscape though.  Brick--maybe not so much, but that could be because we're about to have our front brick pathway (curved around our big flower bed to the driveway) regrouted...  I also love colorful foliage and flowers; and a home lit up at night is so welcoming!  Link: Curb Appeal Tips : Outdoor Projects : HGTV Remodels

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Design Star (new season)

Design Star, which includes remodeling and design challenges, returns Tuesday (new night), May 29.  It looks like they're trying to make it more dramatic--or something; and they've added one of the Kardasians (sp)...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Innovative hammock: The Wave

This hammock makes its own shade. "Standing on a single point from which it rises and curls into an elegant and sun-shaded oval, the Wave is constructed of stainless steel and fabric. Its unique shape and balance point make it resilient to wind and rough-housing, and the semi-transparent fabric is enough to block 86 percent of the sun’s rays."  Check it out at: http://blog.hgtvremodels.com/2012/05/13/the-wave-hammock/?nl=HGRM_051512_bottom2link1_wavehammock&sni_mid=41971&sni_rid=41971.405.460864


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

I love the  beautiful display of flowers and plants in the grocery store--a lot more than usual because of Mother's Day.  They were everywhere when I went shopping Friday.  I was tempted to bring some home, but decided to buy more groceries instead...  However, my sister shopped Saturday and brought me a potted tulip!  She said she picked the one whose buds were closest to opening, and now I can't wait to see them.  I'm not even sure of the color(s) yet.  I hope all you mothers out there are enjoying your day--and flowers!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Architecture in fiction

"Around a turn was Rojack's house. It was one of those places that an architect had been given a free hand with, and too much money. He had decided that he could make a totally postmodern statement without violating the traditional forms implicit in the setting. The place looked like it had been designed by Georges Braque while drunk. It was slabs and angles and cubes and slants in fieldstone and brick and glass and timber, and it flaunted itself against the pastured landscape in self-satisfied excess. ... Beyond the horses [in the pasture] ... was a barn, newly built, that mimicked the old barns of New England the way fashion mimics clothing."

From Stardust by Robert Parker

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Getting rid of all that clutter isn't easy (link)

Here's a fascinating blog post about getting rid of years of accumulated clutter. It required grit and determination. I think getting rid of stuff right away helped, along with the shredder and storage system. I think it's inspiring!  Link: http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2012/05/04/organizing-my-home-office-the-first-reveal/?nl=HGI_050912_bloglink2&sni_mid=40881&sni_rid=40881.324.1661475

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Kitchen cabinets (link)

Here are some lovely and interesting ideas for kitchen cabinets, though I prefer light cabinets to those really dark ones; and I like a granite--or whatever material you prefer--countertop that complements the cabinet color: Kitchen Cabinet Styles and Trends : 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, May 7, 2012

The A to Z Challenge (reflections)

I enjoyed the Challenge.  Coming up with the words for each letter was fun and educational.  I also appreciated the days off each Sunday after the first one; I labeled them Intermission and used them to catch up with posts that I needed to put on my blog.  And using Yes! for my Y day I thought worked well with my interview with Amy Peterson (author of From Zero to Four Kids in Thirty Seconds) since I was scheduled to host her on her blog book tour that day (April 28).

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Detour Trail (a novel of the frontier)

I just signed a contract with Melange Books for Detour Trail, my frontier novel.  (Purr, purr)  Now I have to finish the paperwork--getting together the info for the cover art, bio and blurb info, etc.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Doorway and Other Stories (Kindle freebie)

The Doorway and Other Stories is available as a free download on Kindle May 6 and 7.   And remember that if you don't have a Kindle, you can download a Kindle app...
Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2

Story teasers:
The Doorway

Nessa stumbles into the time corridor while helping a friend.
Guard Dog
Sequel to The Doorway. Nessa travels to the time of Earth’s first contact.
Stray Cats
Cats, herps, and humans–sometimes interchangeable.
Pilot’s Course
Terran humans in the far future settled on other planets. Heroine plots new course… (Won 2nd place in the Florida Freelance Writers Association’s Florida State Writing Competition–Andre Norton Fantasy/SF Short Story division 1995.)
The Princess Quest
Sword & Sorcery: The princess and the barbarian…
When Danger Rules
Reesa came back to rescue the remaining members of the family she loved. Now she had to avoid being killed by her cousin, who wanted the throne, and the new ruler of the planet, who didn’t want a throne, and the ones she had come to rescue…
(Excerpt in Writer’s Digest Nov. 2000 and Excerpt in Writing Clinic (special issue) 2003)
Home Not
When Grief’s Aunt Chelsea died, his Uncle Sandro saw his chance, and Grief was at his mercy… Adventure.
What Price a Friendly Freep
Aliens and humans and spaceships.
Too Tight
Close call…
Royal Guardians
Heroine and companions land in Florida after escaping from another dimension.
Old Rex
D.A.’s daughter’s dead dog (ghost story).