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, October 29, 2011

Garden Winding Down But Still Has Beauty

After a hectic week of work and other events, I am enjoying this comfortably warm and sunny California day. It seems like a perfect time for a garden post now that my garden has given me a breather. Most of the vegetable garden is finished except for herbs and a few peppers. There are still persimmons to pick, and in a week or two the pomegranates will be ready. I'm thinking maybe I'll make some grenadine syrup.

So despite the fact that the fall garden is dwindling, there are a lot of interesting discoveries. First of all, are the habaneros. I planted a variety that's supposed to be milder. It's not that hot but whenever I try to cut into a pepper, my eyes water, my nose runs, and I start to cough uncontrollably. The plant is large, the peppers are tiny. Nevertheless, they are certainly pretty.


Habanero
Christmas Cactus
Persimmons
Roses, Marigolds, Nasturtium, and Alyssum
Red Basil
Pomegranate


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