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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys

The political scene in the U.S. is the most dismal it’s ever been. Not only do we have to deal with the Tea Party Taliban, a completely incompetent Congress, and a seriously ailing economy, but now we’re into this miserable election cycle where the candidates will be telling so many lies that they and we won’t be able to keep track of their stupidity.

Enter Rick Perry, Texas governor. Macho man. Please God, not another, rip-snortin’, swaggering, faux cowboy. We had one of those already. The damage Bush did was bad enough. This guy promises to be even worse. How can a candidate for President be so ignorant as to accuse the Chairman of the Federal Reserve of treason? Perry is the same guy who made over-the-top statements about Texas secession and who brags about his prowess in creating jobs in Texas (minimum wage jobs that no one can survive on). This is a man who puts his finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing and then adjusts his rhetoric accordingly. This does not make him a man who stands by his word. This is a sidewinder. He’s giving us an old story with all those old cowboy clichés. If you want your life to feel like a parched, southwestern desert, vote for this buckaroo.

As for Obama, all I can say it’s time to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy. His mama must have been intent on not raising a cowboy. He needs to understand that bullies rarely understand reason or kindness. Sometimes you need to tak’em down. Obama took down Osama. The President now needs to focus on the Tea Party Taliban and all those so intent on destroying him that they would destroy our country too. Otherwise, we’re all going to be scraping the shit off our boots on the backs of our pant legs.


  1. Wow. Thanks for this. I was beginning to think I was the only one who felt this way. Rick Perry scares the hell out of me. He's a fringe lunatic who the corporate media is framing as a legitimate candidate. He's not above pandering or back tracking, and he's already proven himself capable of out-and-out lying. Unfortunately, there's no mainstream media outlet that's calling him out on anything.

    I made a pledge when I started this blog not to get into politics with it, but I may be changing my mind because I think it's up to people like us to try to reach people who might just glance at someone like Perry or Michelle Bachman and think, "Hey, they don't seem so bad."


  2. Thanks for your comment, Dan. Like you, I try to stay clear of politics, but I slip up every now and then. The world is upside down. We can no longer afford to be led by liars. If the Tunisians, Egyptians, Libyans, and Syrians are brave enough to lay down their lives for the hope of a better world, then certainly we can press for needed changes in our own country. For starters, politicians should start treating their fellow Americans like intelligent human beings. Stop lying and trying to manipulate us. Work with us to make this a better country for everyone. Allow us the freedom to decide how we want to live our lives without forcing ideology or religion down our throats. Freedom.