Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

Harvest Time at the Farmers Market

It’s harvest season; late summer, early fall, when squash, pumpkins, apples, pears and tomatoes are in. Leafy greens still abound, and the market is a festival of bright autumnal colors. Even the spindly trees in the plaza join in, turning … Continue reading

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The Circus Came to Town

Flynn Creek Circus gave several performances at the Sebastopol Grange. This small family circus works closely with youth circuses and non-profit circus camps. Like most small venues, the focus is on tumbling, ropes and rings, juggling and magic tricks. No … Continue reading

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MCWC, 2019

The high point of this year’s writing conference was learning that several of my consigned book sold in the conference bookstore. I wheedled the day-one bookstore employee into letting me put out five to start with; that was two more … Continue reading

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Brian Hauser at Copperfield’s

Copperfield’s Petaluma hosted a low-key author event on Wednesday, July 17. Debut horror novelist Brian Hauser read from Memento Mori; the Fathomless Shadows.   I liked Memento Mori a lot. I guess “creeping dread,” is my favorite brand of horror. … Continue reading

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ReaderCon 2019!

I will be on my way tomorrow to Quincey, Massachusetts for the annual book-based speculative fiction convention ReaderCon. I’ve never been before, but I’m going with Terry Weyna, who has attended a few times. The program is jammed with wonderful … Continue reading

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Low-Effort Greek Chicken Salad

Most of this recipe came from an episode of The Kitchen on the Food Network. I made a few changes to make it easier. It’s a good meal for two, can scale for 4 probably, (or you can use these … Continue reading

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Living Room to Library; the Final Phase

Please notice that I did not title this “Project Complete.” Scandinavian Designs delivered a chair in the correct color and a functioning lamp this morning. The chair is very comfortable for me. Spouse tried it and thought it was good, … Continue reading

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Almost Nearly Pretty Close to Done

Nope, not a work of fiction: the living-room-to-library process. Today I sat in the converted room with my baby laptop, writing, pausing now and then to glance up at the bookshelves, listening to KDFC on an old-fashioned boombox. I could … Continue reading

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Living Room to Library; Phase Three

An update to the leisurely upgrade of our step-down living room into a library space. Phase Three has begun. The bookcases have arrived! The four cases arrived on Saturday, May 25. The cabinet maker who made them said he was … Continue reading

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In the Village

A blond woman a few years younger than me was taking photos with a long lens. She wore a cloche hat over a stocking cap but I could still see locks of hair beneath the headgear. “Nice lens,” I said … Continue reading

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