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, October 6, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

You’ve probably heard about the recent demonstrations across the country against corporate greed and the demise of the middle class. Are these the beginning rumblings of an America waking from a complacent slumber? Is it class warfare as some so derisively call it?

Listen, the foundation of this country was about religious freedom, freedom from oppression and the elitism of Europe, and financial freedom. The colonists grew to resent seeing the results of their hard work flow back to Europe. We went to war to gain our independence. America became the symbol of freedom and opportunity. It is not in the nature of Americans to remain complacent for too long when they see themselves being stripped of their hard-earned freedoms.

So when someone like presidential candidate Herman Cain says “I don’t have much patience for someone who does not want to achieve their American dream the old-fashioned way,” I have to ask what the hell is he talking about? Americans have always taken to the streets in protest when those in power would not listen to the call for justice and freedom. If they hadn't, Cain wouldn't be running for President. When Mitt Romney dismisses these demonstrations as class warfare and states that “I’m just trying to occupy the White House,” I say, watch out. Americans may have finally had their fill of greedy Wall Street institutions and corporations. They hold their Congress in utter contempt for its venality, stupidity, and unresponsiveness to their wishes. They are infuriated about the threats to the American dream for themselves and future generations. Class warfare? Bring it on.

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