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, December 15, 2011

Sandvox Revisited: A Good Tool for Writers and Entrepreneurs

I recently put together a website using Sandvox 2 for iMac. I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm learning. What I like about Sandvox is that they've taken away the complexity of web design and given the average person a really good tool for quickly creating a personal or business website. I was fortunate to pick up Sandvox when they were offering it for a discounted price. When A2 Hosting offered their web hosting services for half price, I decided to take the plunge. I roughed out a few pages based on previous blog posts so I could get a feel for how Sandvox works. I set up an account with A2 Hosting and then I did the host set up within Sandvox. It was easy once I located the instructions. Then I held my breath and clicked on the Publish button. Presto. Website. You can see my effort at Now I will try to find the time to focus on content.

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