Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Devil's Dust

This is a fabulous spice mixture for grilling and sauteeing vegetables and meats. Paprika is the key ingredient.

This recipe is best if you make your own sweet and spicy paprika powder. (Yes, you have to grow the peppers yourself, dry them, and grind them, but it's like no other paprika you've ever tasted.) If you haven't the patience to make your own paprika, then buy a good quality paprika. If you live in an area that has a lot of Mediterranean stores, you'll probably find a good one that is more affordable than your local grocery store.

This recipe makes about 2-1/2 cups. Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container.

1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup chili powder
2 T. sugar
3 T. salt
1 T. ground black pepper
1 T. cayenne pepper
2 T. ground coriander
2 T. curry powder
2 T. mustard powder
2 T. dried Italian herbs (mixture of basil, thyme, oregano)
1 T. cumin
2 T. garlic powder

1 comment:

  1. Maybe I'll get some Devil's dust in my stocking for Christmas? :)