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.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Christening

My oldest daughter Tonya never saved anything when she was growing up. She didn't like clutter and quickly discarded belongings, no matter the value, that no longer held her interest or for which she had no immediate need. Her younger sister Michelle was just the opposite. She would dive into the dumpster to retrieve any of her treasures that I discarded because they were too worn or useless. They're both adults now and I don't have to scold one for throwing things away or trick the other into parting with junk. It's their life; they can do what they want.

As for myself, I occasionally save a few things. I don't like clutter, but I do hang on to some items for sentimental reasons or for some anticipated future need.

One thing that has been setting in a box on a shelf for years is the christening dress Tonya wore when she was baptized in an Armenian Orthodox ceremony. Amazingly, the dress was in pretty good shape except for a couple of seams that unraveled because they had not been properly finished. I repaired the dress and handed it over to my daughter.

Today my granddaughter Kylie was christened in the Greek Orthodox church. I have no idea what will happen to that dress now that it is in Tonya's hands, but it was kind of fun to see that happy cherub Kylie wearing the christening gown I had tucked away all these years.

I have more christening stories--one of which was more like an exorcism than a baptism, but that one is for another day.


  1. How nice that Tonya's dress was there for Kylie and still in good enough condition to wear for her christening :)

    We have a constant problem with keep it or toss it in our house! My husband hates clutter. It bothers me less. And I am more sentimental about saving things for the kids. My mom saved things for me that I'm very glad to have, including the first book I wrote in second grade which I use on school visits all the time now. It provides great hilarity!

  2. Very beautiful Christening dress on a very beautiful little tiny girl. Glad to hear that she was so good during the ceremony as well.

    I find I'm tossing out more and more as things don't age quite so gracefully anymore. If it has turned yellow with age, out it goes anymore.

  3. are you referring to me regarding the exorcism!?