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Month: January 2013

Help me name the characters in my current novel in progress!

Help me name the characters in my current novel in progress!

In mid-November, 2012, I began writing my current novel in progress, tentatively titled Thanksgivings. I’m thrilled to report that I’ve been making great strides, having written more than 60 pages so far. That exceeds my goal of writing a page every day and puts me on track for a completion date of October 15, 2013. In addition to my writing goal, I’m also researching and developing a marketing plan for the book. You might think that publishers take charge of…

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Have you spotted new home design trends for 2013?

Have you spotted new home design trends for 2013?

Home design trends come and go — that’s why they’re called trends — and it can be fun to see how quickly you recognize their arrival. Here are a few home design trends that author, Barbara Ballinger, believes will be coming into vogue this year. Automated control systems for the various electronics in your home. Systems are becoming easier to use and more affordable all the time. You can remotely turn on your furnace, security system, lights, media, etc. with…

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Do West Seattle restaurants welcome single diners?

Do West Seattle restaurants welcome single diners?

I am a single adult, living alone in West Seattle (not counting my awesome canine companion, Tess). First, let me say that being alone and being lonely are not at all the same in my book. In fact, they’re not even on the same page. But that is not what this post is about. It is about my frustration at being excluded from the benefits of most “dining out” coupons. I recently received yet another coupon book in the mail…

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Low inventory still a problem in West Seattle real estate market

Low inventory still a problem in West Seattle real estate market

Yes, you’ve heard me say this before, but it bears repeating. The single biggest challenge in the Seattle-area real estate market continues to be the dearth of quality homes for sale. I have many qualified buyers who would like to purchase homes, but cannot find anything suitable. • If you are considering selling your home, or know someone who is, please give me a call to discuss the possibilities. 206-708-9800. I will prepare a free market analysis of your home….

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New homes rising in West Seattle’s Westwood neighborhood

New homes rising in West Seattle’s Westwood neighborhood

Reprinted from my December newsletter: Another sign that we are easing out of the housing crisis is the spate of new homes being offered by Seattle-area builders. As lenders make more money available to builders, builders are more willing to speculate.  • You may have noticed that many older homes in Westwood are being purchased by developers who “scrape” the dilapidated structures and replace them with new construction. Most of the new homes are much larger than the older homes….

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Appliance rebates and home energy audits available from City of Seattle

Appliance rebates and home energy audits available from City of Seattle

Did you know that Seattle City Light offers home energy audits for $95 to City Light customers living in single family homes? The City contracts with certified independent auditors who will visit your home and conduct a thorough assessment of its insulation level, leakiness and heating system efficiency. The auditor will leave you a report, specific to your home, with suggestions for energy-efficient upgrades, their estimated costs and the potential benefits to you and the environment. Appliances make up about…

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Open House at 5661 Beach Dr., Jan. 5 and 6, noon-3P

Open House at 5661 Beach Dr., Jan. 5 and 6, noon-3P

My latest Open House. Here’s another top-notch event to add to the weekend planner in my previous post. I will be holding open a wonderful beachfront home on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 5 & 6, 2013) from noon-3pm both days. The address is 5661 Beach Dr. SW, 98136. This comfortable, rambler-style home has 1,980 square feet of living space, with 4 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, a formal dining room plus eating space in the kitchen. The deck overlooks the accompanying 40…

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Steel, Blood and Fire: a new Science-Fiction novel by Allan Batchelder

Steel, Blood and Fire: a new Science-Fiction novel by Allan Batchelder

I am excited to help promote this new science fiction/fantasy novel by my friend, Allan Batchelder. I want to congratulate him on this tremendous accomplishment! Announcing the publication of Steel, Blood and Fire: Immortal Treachery, a new Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel by first-time author, Allan Batchelder! On the march, around the campfire, and in the taverns, they tell incredible stories about Tarmun Vykers – how he’s never been cut in battle, how he once defeated hundreds of men by himself, how he…

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My first novel is a new adventure in AliceLand

My first novel is a new adventure in AliceLand

I’m excited to announce that I have started writing my first novel! I will be even more excited when I can announce that I have finished my first novel, but that is probably about a year down the road. This is new ground for me, as I have never attempted to write fiction before. Fiction always felt more intimidating than non-fiction, perhaps because I feel that it reveals more about the author and requires (in my opinion) a higher degree…

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