Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

Snippets from Mendocino

“What’s extraordinarily beautiful in the garden right now?” I asked the volunteer at the counter of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. “Everything,” she said.     A moment later she relented and said the rhododendrons were looking stunning right now. … Continue reading

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Elena’s Westside Cafe; Happy Tenth Anniversary!

I’ve written about the Westside Café before. When Elena bought the café from the young couple who originally opened it, I was skeptical. Elena left the menu pretty much as it was; a Latina serving Asian fusion wraps and salads … Continue reading

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FOGCon: Writing Between Genres or “You Got Chocolate on my Peanut Butter!”

Panelists:  Madeleine E. Robins; Robyn Bennis; Katharine Kerr; Delia Sherman; Sarah Stegall. The FOGCon panel on Writing Between Genres talked about fictional works that fall between established categories. It’s like the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercial: “You’ve got peanut … Continue reading

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FOGCon 2017; Between the Lines

March 10th through 12th I attended FOGCon, held in Walnut Creek in the San Francisco east bay. This is my third FOGCon, and it’s one of my favorite conventions. I also really like the Walnut Creek Marriott where the convention … Continue reading

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How Many Pizza Places Does One Town Need?

In the building next to the Post Office, in front of the laundromat, in my home town, a pizza restaurant has gone in. It’s gone an unusual name: Hippizzazz. I think this is meant to be a mash-up of “Hippie,” … Continue reading

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Super Librarians Strike Again! LumaCon 2017

LumaCon 2017 was held on Saturday, and once again, the Super Librarians of the Sonoma County Library, the Petaluma Library, the Petaluma High School and Casa Grade High School Libraries came together and made this free-admission, family-friendly comic book themed … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Shopping

Last week I spent four days Christmas shopping. I went to several different towns. It’s interesting how different an experience can be based on where you are. I thought I’d share. Novato: I went to Novato,  in Marin County, and … Continue reading

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The Marine Mammal Center

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving I went with a friend to the Marin Headlands. If it had been rain-free we planned to go to Hawk Hill, because the migration is in full swing and Hawk Hill is part of the … Continue reading

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Field Trip!

I’ve never read an urban fantasy set in Vallejo, California, so I’m trying to write one. To me, if you’re going to write urban fantasy the urban center you choose must be vividly depicted, so I had to get to … Continue reading

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Tourist Tip: Florence Avenue, Sebastopol

It’s getting to the time of year when family and friends visit, and we’re often blessed with beautiful weather. You can stay inside and watch football, but if you’re in or near Sebastopol you owe it to your guests and … Continue reading

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