Category Archives: View from the Road

Wandering thoughts.

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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Notes From the Bookstore

Wednesday was a slow day at the bookstore. First of all, it rained off and on all day. Secondly, it was a work day for most people, so while there was a small flurry of activity from around 11:45 to … Continue reading

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About the Barlow

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the Barlow, a relatively new shopping district in Sebastopol, flooded badly, closing businesses for several days, some maybe permanently. Many other parts of the west county flooded too, like Guerneville and Rio Nido. It was a … Continue reading

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