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, April 28, 2011

Writers Have to Eat Too

Brussel Sprouts and Pears
It's almost the weekend. This is an easy veggie side dish you can serve with pasta, grilled chicken or just about anything. But first, pour yourself a glass of wine.

Here's what you need:
  • Fresh thyme leaves (remove stems)
  • A couple of pears
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive Oil (about 1/3 cup)
  • Shallots - 5 large
  • Brussel sprouts - 3 to 4 handfuls
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A sprinkle of paprika (optional)
Here's what you do:
  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut up the pears, shallots, and brussel sprouts in bite-size chunks.
  3. Place in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme.
  4. Spread on a large non-stick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and stir.
  6. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with lemon juice and paprika, toss, and place in your favorite serving dish.
That's it. Now throw something on the barbeque and pour yourself another glass of wine.


  1. I have only recently decided that I like brussel sprouts. I had them roasted - instead of boiled until slimy - and they were incredible. I'll try this, thanks for the recipe.

  2. I have to admit, brussel sprouts and I don't get along. : ( Maybe roasted...

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  3. Brussel sprouts, say it isn't so!!! Am so not a fan I'm afraid. Though if anything could make them taste good, your recipe might ;)



  4. Ah, to those who hate brussel sprouts - give this recipe a try before you officially cross them off your list.