Deb Houdek Rule - D. A. Houdek
Published in Civil War non-fiction as D. H. Rule, in science fiction and fantasy as Deb Houdek Rule and D. A. Houdek.
Deb & Geo
Deb & Geo hither and yon
Deb’s nature photos: Dragonflies, damselflies, owls, flowers, and more.
Houdek, Sauter, Kotek, Kinzel, Picha, Lee, Lie, Dahl, Hegge, Rask, and more
Cats, Cats, and More Cats
Cat-Mama, I am!
Articles & Commentary
Articles, book reviews, thoughts, memories, and this-n-that.
Tales of Television
What is it I’ve done for 30+ years in television? I’ve arranged electrons into interesting patterns, flung them into the ether, and seen them vanish. Here’s pulling back the tales behind some of those electrons in Tales of Television.
Robert A. Heinlein
Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction author, mentor, and the reason Geo and I met.
Creating popular and award-winning websites since 1997, I have done website work covering a wide range. I created first websites for numerous clients, and developed groundbreaking sites like the online Heinlein Archives. The Heinlein Archives is a groundbreaking website in many ways. I was given the job of building this site in 2005 with no more instruction than, “make an archive with document security.” I had 200,000 pages of scanned images piled into unordered, unindexed pdf files, delivered to me on a dozen CD ROMS. From this unstructured conglomeration of material I became the online archivist, creating the indexing patterns, the category structure, breaking apart the pdfs, processing and indexing each individual page to make a coherent, searchable structure for the Archives. Civil War St. Louis (2001-2013) This award-winning site features original research into the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi. This website began as a way to share research Geo and I have done into this rarely-explored, yet important, area of U.S. Civil War history. The site is linked from, and cited by, numerous universities and scholars. We’re even linked from the CIA’s website. Because of the respect the site has, it has gathered original articles and reprints from top authors and scholars. My work in this area even led to my appearance in a documentary on the History Channel in “Civil War Terror”. Civil War St. Louis passed one million visitors long ago.
Civil War St. Louis
Award-winning site online since 1997
Variations on a Theme Publishing
Publishing fiction and non-fiction
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Popular website about Laura, her family, and friends
Sheba, Queen of
Because Sheba is Glorious
SULTANA: A CASE FOR SABOTAGE
STARS THAT SING THE REQUIEM
SEASON OF MARVELS: VIKING TALES
CRACK IN THE SKY
Pizza crackers – I modified a cheese cracker recipe last night to make pizza crackers. They were enthusiastically endorsed as a success. Pretty close to pizza rolls in taste (and probably could be rolled up into that shape, but that seemed like too much work): Recipe – 6 oz (1 1/2 cups) grated Parmesan[…]
Brigadoon, the Steakhouse; or how you can still find something you were looking for only 8 years late when everything is closed. By Geo Rule For a day every hundred years, from out of the Highland mist, appears the magical village of Brigadoon. So, 8 years ago the wife and I moved to this outer-ring[…]
I posted this article on both the Heinlein Prize Trust and the Heinlein Society websites. Robert Heinlein was one of the major influences on my life. All the activities listed below, I am in some way involved in. May 8, 2013 marks 25 years since the passing of Robert A. Heinlein. Rather than a cause[…]
An article I wrote for the Heinlein Society website: The Heinleins’ Adopted Granddaughter Invents Medical Product by Deb Houdek Rule “When your hero adopts you at age 12, there’s little that seems out of reach.” —Amy Baxter, M.D. Amy Baxter, the Heinleins’ adopted granddaughter, is gaining renown as the inventor of a medical device called[…]
Heinlein publishing history was made on March 26, 2013 when the Kickstarter project to fund a graphic novel version of Robert A. Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy achieved its funding goal! With several days yet before the funding date of March 31st, pledges continue to come in from over 260 backers pledging amounts of up[…]
Citizen of the Galaxy will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition, which is the complete and definitive 46 volume collector’s set of all of Heinlein’s works. This project is approved by the copyright owner, the Heinlein Prize Trust, and will be produced with the support of the Virginia Edition Publishing[…]
Variations on a Theme Press Release March13,2013 in PDF Variations on a Theme publishing announces the release of THE BLACK HOLE PROJECT by G. David Nordley and C. Sanford Lowe in print and ebook. The Black Hole Project is a full-length 371 page novel created from the popular Analog Science Fiction and Fact series[…]
So what is it I’ve done in this past 30+ years? In the final analysis, I’ve arranged electrons into interesting patterns, flung them into the ether, and seen them vanish.
Peter Jackson’s new movie, The Hobbit, certainly delivers value for your ticket price. The three hours you spend at the movie will feel like eight or nine! True value. The film is a brilliant example of the film editing concept of pacing, with The Hobbit being the example of a film without. My overriding fear[…]
The Stages of Christmas Lights Denial: I’m just not going to do lights this year. It’s too much work and I don’t have time. Christmas, bah! Waste of effort. Anyhow, no one cares about my Christmas lights. Sure I’ve enjoyed them, and it’s kind of nice for the neighbors to know we have a little[…]