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, September 22, 2011

Land of Lincoln

I made two important discoveries on my brief trip to Illinois last week. The first was this incredible hand-made quilt that was on a bed in my sister's house. The intricate detail on this old family quilt is amazing. Isn't it beautiful? The second thing I discovered was the Lincoln Museum in Springfield. The exhibits were outstanding. The one thing that surprised me was just how unpopular and reviled Lincoln was as President. Even his wife did not escape scathing verbal attacks. One part of the exhibit displayed all the nasty cartoons of the day that attacked Abraham Lincoln. The one depicting him as a monkey reminded me of similar cartoons of President Obama. Lincoln must have been a very strong man to lose three of his four young sons and bear the burden of his wife's grief and a nation embroiled in civil war. His photos throughout his term up until his assassination, show an ever growing sorrow etched upon his face. He saw that his mission was to preserve the union of all the states and he gave his life for it. I left the museum realizing what a true hero he was and what incredible strength of character and wisdom he must have possessed to withstand the fierce winds that buffeted him.

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.  Abraham Lincoln

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reminding us of the true character of one of our most outstanding and influential leaders. If only more of our current elected officials would stand tall for the greater good of our country.