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Quartet - A Writers Group composed of Maria Goodwin, James Maxwell,
Lydia Rand, and Skip Wollenberg.

Our writers group is composed of four members from Mendocino County in California; it has been meeting since 2000. The weekly 10 a.m. gathering began as a readers group focused on one book, but we found out fast that we were more interested in each other than in the book. That year we began presenting our own work: poetry, essays, and short stories. There have been changes in the participants, one died, others dropped out. We have visiting authors as well, they contribute when it is their turn. Each person presents a hardcopy for a creative overview and we line edit as that participant reads their work to us. We sit at a round table overlooking a slow-moving creek, indulging in strong coffee and pastries as we each take our turn, and continue listening. We feel we are finished with the meeting when the last presenter has received feedback; we usually conclude by 1:00 p.m..Three steadfast members from the get-go produced this anthology of stories,
"Along the Way - Travel Stories."

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Here's what we've done together.


Copyright © 2009 by James Maxwell, Lydia Rand, Skip Wollenberg.
ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4363-7311-1
Softcover 978-1-4363-7310-4
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted
in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying,
recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system,
without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

As we promote our book, there is new work in front of us to write and discuss. We are back at the writers group weekly, doing that work as well as taking care of book business.


Maria GoodwinMaria Goodwin

Editor for Along the Way, is at work on her memoir with the group. Maria, a freelance editor and writing doctor, writes professionally for magazines and newspapers. Her editing expertise brought her to our attention. Her skills as a writer fit into our groups need to exchange meaningful stories. She currently is quite focused, busy remembering growing up in San Francisco. She says, "My face hurts from all the smiling."
James MaxwellJames Maxwell

Author and Project manager of Along the Way, is a graphic artist/designer, painter and sculptor. James has returned to his novel, Cad Red Dead, dusting it off after five years of rest. While in the group, he has completed a suite of short stories, a number of published articles related to his art and travel experience, and a screenplay. James has three non-fiction, how-to books on concrete as a fine art medium, and is close to pitching them to a publisher. He is a events planner and web-publisher for Mendocino Stories.

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Lydia RandLydia Rand


Author of Along the Way, has written another book published by Xlibris, The Many Faces of Subud, by Riantee Lydia Rand, with the collaboration of Lillia Davidson and Rasunah Katz, edited by Ilaina Lennard. She is the stories editor of Mendocino Stories - where you may purchase The Many Faces of Subud. Lydia has returned to work on her novel concerning a secret within her family, Entre Nous. She is instrumental in Mendocino's poetry events, and frequently organizes poets to present their work. At such popular events, she performs her own work as well. She is Stories and Poetry Editor for Mendocino Stories.


Skip WollenbergSkip Wollenberg


Author of Along the Way, an environmental geologist, writes reviews on local timber harvest plans, letters to the editor of our newspaper reminding folks there is a level headed approach to local politics. He may say he is retired but it doesn't behave that way. He is compiling his short stories encompassing military, and work related experiences: collection of work that shows one man's personal relationship with nuclear energy and the impact it has had on his life. He is represented by Mendocino Stories, CLICK HERE.


Along the Way - TRAVEL STORIES

Three travelers, as disparate as it gets: an artist, a poet and a geologist recount their journeys on many continents and climes. From Africa to Eurasia to Greenland, Central and South America, Oceania and the American West, their traveling companions and the people and situations they encounter may raise your hackles, bring on a shudder or a laugh. Along the way you’ll experience interesting geographies, ethnologies and sometimes bizarre human behavior.

310 pages with 20 illustrations -

I've often heard, "You are going? Where? I've always wanted to go there. Do you have room in your suitcase for me?"

Now you have your chance to go places you've always thought would be interesting to visit with whimsical, and wise friends. Here are your companions in book form. This fits into your suitcase with room to spare.

Along the Way - Travel Stories by James Maxwell, Lydia Rand, and Skip Wollenberg, edited by Maria Goodwin is now available for armchair travelers, the insatiable-experience-hounds, and that vicarious fly on the wall.

It's Illustrated and at twenty-five bucks
it is cheaper than going to Vegas.

Eva's Plot
by James Maxwell
Los Migrantes
by Lydia Rand
A Good Trade
by Skip Wollenberg


the Book

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”Along The Way – Travel Stories”
by James Maxwell, Lydia Rand,
and Skip Wollenberg.

Edited by Maria Goodwin

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