Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My guest post: Shared World Anthologies

I'm pleased to have the opportunity to be a guest blogger on Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog, and my subject is Shared World Anthologies. Find out more about these worlds, including some of my favorites:,

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fantasy by Joy V. Smith

Check out my new Fantasy and Fun board on Pinterest:

And my flash fiction story: Triumph:

And Crystal Quest: Mystic Signals - Issue 17

Plus, there are a few fantasy stories in The Doorway and Other Stories on Kindle:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Remodeling: Not finished yet

We had about three projects left after we finished our remodeling--almost two and a half years ago now. We wanted to replace a bathroom pedestal sink that was cracked, the back door which is mostly a big pane of glass, and change out the dining room light with a ceiling fan/light combination. The dining room needs a brighter light, and we’ll get rid of that dimmer switch, which tends to sink down so that after we put on the light, we have to push the dimmer switch up!
So, we recently bought a vanity for the bathroom. We were going to get a smaller sink, but the new one is only slightly smaller; it’s angled on the front corners. We liked its looks better than the smaller vanity we also looked at. It should be installed next week, and we’ll see how it fits--and if we can get it around the corner of the utility room from the garage where it’s sitting now…
We also ordered a door; it has the blinds and a grid that is inside the glass. We’ll be able to finally have more privacy--though our backyard is very private--and yet the dogs can still look out the back door--and smear it up… The ceiling fan will wait a little longer, though we’ve been browsing for one for a long time.
We're still planting, of course, and we have more fruit trees and herbs than we had out in the country! The fig tree is covered with figs, and we've been harvesting them for a long time. The lime tree, which was here when we came, is covered with limes again. Since we moved here, we’ve given bags full of limes away. We're waiting for the mulberry and olive trees to start fruiting.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Architecture of the imagination

From The Heroine's Journey by G. Miki Hayden:

"Guin went out through the kitchen door, into the castle yard ... [Then she] ran inside and up the high stone steps to the battlements.  ... The tower was round, so no blind spots would a allow the enemy to creep up close without warning.  ..., on the other side of the keep, stone masons were hard at work on a second tower.  ...  Guin [glanced] down to the moat.  Tradespeople busily crossed to and fro on the drawbridge.  Just a typical day in the castle."

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tropical Storm Erin

TS Erin is coming off Africa and heading WNW.  It's expected to run into some dry air which will slow it down.  In any case, it's not expected to reach us for a couple weeks.

Update (8-17): Erin is now a tropical depression and is still out in the ocean; it's not expected to do much.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

More home and decorating suggestions

The September issue of HGTV Magazine includes plumber's tips and their How Bad Is It? section, wherein you learn a lot! How to keep your appliances lasting longer was also helpful. And their price comparisons are interesting. You can spend big bucks--or you can shop around. Oh, and I enjoyed their patterns quiz. I knew toile and, uh, ...

There are decorating suggestions and accessories selections and a month of mini makeovers. Some of those aren't worth the money you'd have to spend, and I don't like leaning mirrors against the wall--let alone overlapping them! There were also garden tips and kitchen gadget advice--with recipes. And more, of course. This is my second issue (it's a big magazine, btw), and I'm enjoying my subscription.

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Home--and world building--in science fiction (link)

I discuss world building (planets and cultures) in my guest post, Straight On Until A New Planet, on Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog today:

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Makeover issue

The September issue of Country Living is the makeover issue, with some interesting home makeovers in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Breezy Point, NY (after Hurricane Sandy!).  Lots of ideas that you might use in your home.  And I always enjoy seeing the same room and basic furniture changed with different paint and accessories.  However, I'm sorry to see that people are still distressing floors!