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.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Make the 4th Your Personal Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a big day in the U.S. Don't forget what it's all about. Freedom. Independence. A joyous sense of self. Unhook yourself from Twitter and Facebook. Ignore the phone, the radio, the TV, and all the other things that claim your life. Enjoy a picnic, fireworks, a walk on the beach or in the woods, a real face-to-face with friends and family. Be free. Be creative. Listen to the silence of a new morning and see if you can fill it with just yourself.

One last thing. Always remember what freedom feels like. There's always someone who wants to take it away from you. (I'll save that rant for another day.)

So are you ready to be free?


  1. Awesome post. I'll see if I can manage to get myself away from the computer and everything and just enjoy time with people I love. :)

  2. Yeah right. And then I'll go into the wilderness and build a cabin and live with a bear too while I'm at it.

    Independence Day is about a nation banding together, not individuals cowering up in the mountains.

  3. Rogue Mutt, based on previous comments, I know you won't get out of your chair to make the trek into the wilderness.

    However, if you want to do something about banding that bunch of idiots in Congress together, knock yourself out. The rest of us will go up to the mountains. :-)

  4. Great idea! The 4th is my birthday :D