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, February 15, 2011

Torrey Pines Nirvana

Saturday, February 12th, was one of those perfect days in the universe. Everyone in San Diego seemed to be in Torrey Pines State Park, hiking the trails and strolling the beaches, yet there was room for all. Perfect cloudless sky, perfect temperature. I'm going to remember this perfect day when the cold rain arrives tomorrow.

The Torrey Pine is a rare, endangered species in the United States that grows only in San Diego County and on one of the Channel Islands.


  1. Woooow! I love Torrey Pines. I used to live in San Diego (for 10 years) and it was one of my favourite walking spots. Thanks so much for sharing the photos. (I live in the UK now)

  2. Yes, it's a wonderful place. Before I came to Southern California, I used to live in Minnesota. When I moved here, I though I'd died and gone to Heaven.

  3. wonderful photo! I am a fellow crusader and new follower. Nice to meet you.

  4. I saw you on Nicole's Blogfest and HAD to follow you when I read this post! I love learning about unique plants and animals! Thanks for posting!

    ~Carla @

  5. BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing!!

  6. I did not know that about Torrey Pines. Love learning some thing new, so thank you.