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, April 27, 2010

Sedona Quick Trip

None of us had ever been to Sedona, so curiosity and a willingness to test family bonds finally got the better of us. We travelled by RV and rented a condo at the Hyatt Pinon. Great place and conveniently located.

The gang - ready for takeoff

David & Jake

Michelle, Buddha Boy & Momma Tonya

Jake & Koko

Chauffeur Steve

Arriving: cold, drizzle & gray

Hyatt Pinon

Cathedral Rock

Dave & Michelle

Jake, Steve & Tonya

Dave & Michelle


Enchantment - Coconino National Park

Michelle taking advantage of the vortex

Dave, Michelle & Steve

Dinner Time

Tonya & Michelle

The boys

The bone shop - they had an impressive array of bones from beavers to bovines. I have no idea who buys this stuff.


  1. Beautiful pictures. I love the mountains and all those rock formations.

    Alba H. Rodriguez

  2. Yes, Sedona is very magestic. I was looking at your website. Do you have a recipe for one of those dark salsas I remember from visiting Houston--not too hot, but kind of a roasted, smoky taste with probably a little cumin?

  3. Is the first picture the RV you rented : - ) Hope you have AAA.

    I took a trip there a few years ago. It took my breath away—the beauty of the red rock. Amazing place. Then we drove from Sedona to Flagstaff via the canyon drive (I forget the hwy number). Such a beautiful drive.

  4. My son-in-law's RV. Was a very convenient way for the whole tribe to travel. The back section is storage for bikes, luggage, etc.