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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pomegranate Gelato

Writers have to eat too. For those of you who love pomegranates, here is a recipe that is easy, but heavenly. You'll need an ice cream maker.

1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 T cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
1-1/4 cups pomegranate juice, freshly extracted or bottled
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1-2 tsp. lime juice

  1. Whisk together cream, milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a 3-quart heavy saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil (about 2 minutes), whisking all the time and being careful not to burn it.
  3. When the mixture thickens, remove it from the heat, place it in an uncovered bowl, and refrigerate until cool (about 1 hour). Impatient? Toss a tray of ice cubes in a large stainless steel bowl and set the bowl of custard on top of the ice cubes.
  4. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and freeze in an ice cream maker. It's to die for. Makes 1 quart, but you can double this recipe.

Also see my blog about extracting Pomegranate juice. Pomegranates


  1. Sounds yummy. I cannot wait to try this. Thanks for posting.

  2. I left out the important word "cups" for the amount of pomegranite juice. 1-1/4 cups of pomegranate juice!

  3. Has anyone tried using the Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker (The Ice Cream Ball)?

    Here is a link to the product on Amazon:

    It got negative reviews, so I don’t think I will try this. I will stick with my traditional ice cream maker.