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, February 20, 2011

Writers' Crusade Challenge

In 300 words or less, reveal a secret, a lie, a quirk, an annoying habit, a best trait, and your favorite thing in the world--using the words fuliguline, bloviate, rabbit and blade.
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Oh, fuliguline creature, me, paddle your way through these treacherous waters. Are not blog and bloviate the same? Nevertheless, I will rabbit through all these intrusive questions the best I can and try not to put too much blade to the bone.
I'm a simple person. My favorite thing in the world is to be creating something all the time. I've created a couple of people and planted too many gardens to count. I draw, paint, cook, and sew. I played general contractor on my kitchen remodel a few years ago, and I dream of tackling a landscape redesign. But most of all I want to give birth to my novel, Laughing Hawk. I'm finally about ready to start editing it.

I have a few annoying habits, but I try not to advertise them. According to my husband, impatience is one of my more tiresome habits and he's busy cataloguing all the others.

Best character trait? I haven't a clue. You would trust me.

Quirks? Let's just talk about writerly quirks. When I hit the wall and can't figure out where to take a scene, I throw a few tarot cards on the table. It kind of works like a creative whack pack. All it takes is a little diversion to bypass the analytical part of the brain and trigger a creative solution.

Secrets? If I had one, I probably wouldn't share it, although I heard my husband is secretly planning our vacation trip to Galapagos and Machu Pichu.

So there you have it. How have I lied to you?


  1. Maybe your husband's plans. Or you not having a clue about your best character trait :D

  2. Maybe you aren't impatient? I totally am... :) Nice to meet you fellow crusader!

  3. You must know what your best character trait is... otherwise why should we trust you? Cheers Crusader!

  4. Oh and I just looked at the list and realized we're in the same group! I guess we'll see lots more of each other!

  5. I love reading tarot cards! Don't think I'm loony -- I don't rely on them or think they predict the future. But I believe they can be a mirror into the truths we hold, especially the ones we aren't willing to face. And, as for your lie, I'd guess the vacation locations are fibs?? (Seriously, I have no idea :P)

  6. Hey fellow Crusader! 100th follower! :)

    Love the tarot cards! :)

  7. I gave you an award :)

  8. Hello fellow crusader! I am a tad bit late, so I just thought I would just say Hi! :D

    I would have to go with your character trait being your fib.

  9. Not sure at all what your lie could be.

  10. Oh, Machu Pichu! Take me! I'm the one waving wildly from the Cherry Tree Shade. ; )As for lies, I can't tell at all.

  11. I like the Tarot Card idea. Not sure if that is the truth, but I think that rocks. What a wonderful idea of sorting it out! Best wishes and I hope that husband of yours holds true to those vacation plans. :D

  12. I'm going to guess that you didn't play contractor on your kitchen remodel.

  13. I think it's the husband's plan that is a lie, or perhaps more of a subtle hint.

  14. I'm guessing the lie is about you doing most of the work on the kitchen remodel. I've heard about people using the Tarot cards as you mentioned and think it sounds like fun. :)

  15. What a seamless way to incorporate all the challenge elements! Bravo!!!!