jabian wrote: In hotspot mode you have wifi. The wifi of your hotspot. What you do not have is internet access (i.e. connection to your home network and router).
You can get internet if you bridge your internal raspi wifi with an ethernet line from your home router.
Also you can add a external wifi dongle and have wlan0 and wlan1. I am not sure but I think you can have one of them connected to your wifi network and the other generating the wifi hotspot.
Not an expert, others could give you more specific details.
bdavis wrote: Once you've connected the Pi to your WLAN, then connect your PC to the same WLAN, and communicate with VNC. Just connect to "stellarmate.local" with VNC, and you should be good to go.