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, July 5, 2011

Escape is Sweet: El Morro Canyon

A hike from the El Morro Canyon visitors' center (Crystal Cove State Park-Southern California) was my first act of freedom over the fourth of July weekend. Up early, while it was still cool and overcast, we hiked the No Name trail. The sun soon burnt off all the fog. You have to get up early because this hike is a hot one in the summer. Also, the parking lot fills up pretty fast.

The new Morro camping areas and day use areas have also opened up. From the day use area, you can take the tunnel passage to the beach, which is beautiful. All the camping spots have an ocean view. Day use is $15, but good luck on ever getting a camp site. They are booked up until September.
It would be wonderful to get a camp site at Morro. It's so close to Laguna Beach restaurants, art galleries, and entertainment. You can easily imagine yourself checking into a whole new dimension of reality and escaping the old one.

Wildflowers were all in bloom on the trail and buzzing with bees. I have no idea what the name of this vine is, but it had enormous creamy white blooms.


  1. What a gorgeous spot to spend the day!

  2. What a wonderful spot to spend the 4th of July. The fact the campsite is booked out until Sept. is testament to the popularity of area.