The New Discovery
First the new (to me) discovery. For any pre-published writer, a visit to the blog Writers In The Storm is essential. This blog has been around for a while, so it is well-developed. it features guest bloggers as well as regular contributors and focuses on the writing process. Some recent posts include guest blogger James Preston (5+ Tips to Keep You Writing), Orly Konig-Lopez (What I Learned About Submissions as a Reader For An Agent), guest blogger Susan Spann (What Should An Author Expect From An Agent?) and Laura Drake (Small Edits Can Make a BIG Difference). Lots of useful information from a group of talented writers. You can find them at http://www.writersinthestormblog.com
The Old Favorite
Seeking refuge from our usual late July valley weather (106+ temperature. low humidity, stagnant air), we went to Santa Cruz for five days. The almost thirty-degree temperature drop, cool foggy mornings and warm, not hot, afternoon sun was a good antidote. We spent time reading, walking and site seeing in and around the Pacific Garden Mall. There are lots of good, small restaurants, several great bookstores and unique coffee shops. A small movie theater about two block off Pacific Street is a favorite of ours. Lulu’s has great coffee, food and a small garden patio at the back. People sit, sip coffee, read and even write there! Book Shop Santa Cruz is wonderful to explore.
In 1989 the Loma Prieta earthquake destroyed several of the older brick buildings on the Pacific Garden Mall. At least one person on Pacific Garden Mall died in the earthquake.
For a couple of years after, parts of the area looked pretty grim. It was good to see an area we have visited many times over the years looking healthy and vibrant.