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.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


It's raining in the Southern California today, which is highly unusual for October. I can't remember an October when we've had rain. Usually it's fire.

Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive

(Shakespeare's Othello, I believe--correct me if I'm wrong)


  1. Sir Walter Scott, "Marmion", 1808.

    A quote often mistakenly attributed to Shakespeare.

  2. Yeah, I heard that too, but then others adamantly claim the line is in Othello so I guess I'll have to research that.

  3. Here it is Ms Anonoymous, good friend of Sir Walter:

    "In brief, my lord, we both descried
    (For then I stood by Henry's side)
    The Palmer mount, and outwards ride,
    Upon the earl's own favourite steed:
    All sheathed he was in armour bright,
    And much resembled that same knight,
    Subdued by you in Cotswold fight:
    Lord Angus wished him speed."
    The instant that Fitz-Eustace spoke,
    A sudden light on Marmion broke:
    "Ah! dastard fool, to reason lost!"
    He muttered; "'Twas nor fay nor ghost
    I met upon the moonlight wold,
    But living man of earthly mould.
    O dotage blind and gross!
    Had I but fought as wont, one thrust
    Had laid De Wilton in the dust,
    My path no more to cross.
    How stand we now?--he told his tale
    To Douglas; and with some avail;
    'Twas therefore gloomed his rugged brow.
    Will Surrey dare to entertain,
    'Gainst Marmion, charge disproved and vain?
    Small risk of that, I trow.
    Yet Clare's sharp questions must I shun;
    Must separate Constance from the nun -
    Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!
    A Palmer too!--no wonder why
    I felt rebuked beneath his eye:
    I might have known there was but one
    Whose look could quell Lord Marmion."

  4. Be ye brave and be ye bold,
    Tis but folly to question the oulde!!