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.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving in Southern California

For those of you in the Midwest or on the East Coast this holiday, we still remember the crisp autumn days,
the colors of the leaves, tossing a log on the crackling fire, and the tantalizing scents of a Thanksgiving spread. Nevertheless, we Southern Californians try to make the best of things. We go to the beach.

This year I didn't want to spend all day in the kitchen. Instead, we put on our sneakers, headed for Torrey Pines, and joined our youngest daughter, Michelle, her boyfriend, Dave, and the hundreds of others who flocked to the beaches.

Thanksgiving California Style

All those little specks on the beach are people. Further down are the surfers and family picnics. On Thanksgiving, the trails through the hills were full of hikers and joggers. Everyone was working off their guilt over the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. And on some beaches, the more adventurous actually cooked their turkeys on the beach. (That's when you need a deep-fat fryer.)

Michelle and her father

After a wonderful restaurant dinner in Carlsbad, we finished the day watching the sun set in Encinitas. No dirty dishes in the sink. For those of you who couldn't be with us to experience the cloudless blue skys and the ocean, you have an invitation for next year.

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