Nearly 20 years ago, I was a 'guest artist' at a summer arts program at Humboldt State University on California's North Coast. The first and last time I've held the title, which amounted to coder-at-large for one of the first experiments in what was then called hypermedia fiction. One of the other artists, more in the traditional definition, was writer Vonda McIntyre. In an evening bull session she mentioned that fellow fantasy author Ursula LeGuin loved the North Coast area around Trinidad and had used it as the model for the seascape of her Earthsea series of books.
So, by that definition, we've spent the last week vacationing in a little bit of Earthsea. The wild blackberries are ripe, the salmon are running up on the Klamath, and a little front blew out the fog for the last two days. Life is good! Now on to Mendo for a few days before returning home.