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, April 5, 2012

You're the Orkin man, dude

Rachel Maddow's response to RNC chairman, Reince Priebus, about his caterpillar analogy and the war on women was spot on. According to Priebus, the media dreamed up the war on women. They could just as easily make an issue about a war on caterpillars. Huh? Caterpillars. Women. We're talking about women's reproductive rights, not extermination of insects. It's the 21st century in America and we still have some men trying to push us back into the 18th century. I'm stunned and amazed that the Republican candidates for the presidency have no moral qualms about cutting off women's access to reproductive health care and birth control. We fought that battle already and now we've got to fight it again? It's interesting that those who are so violently pro-life are anti-life when it comes to providing education, medical and social services for those born to parents who can not care for them.

Women are intelligent enough to make decisions about their own bodies. They have a right to birth control. Under certain circumstances, abortion should be an option.

Well, keep it up boys. We may not react when you try to take away our right to organize or our right to vote, but when you take away our birth control pills, you're asking for serious trouble. We might be heading over to the Obama camp.


  1. Well said. I watched Rachel Maddow last night, too, and cracked up at the look on her face about those dopes likening women's issues to the politics of caterpillars. I think the only way to make them aware is to lay them off.

  2. Hi Linda. I was shocked when I heard about this in Australia. There's always someone willing to push down women, no matter how far we think we've come!

    If you get a moment I'd love you to check out RFW and see the flash fiction going up. If you have a little story you're welcome to email it to me so I can post it on one of the days - 50 - 400 words. Nancy Williams is going up Monday but I've done it all until now.

    Francine Howarth is featured on L'Aussie today as I move through my childhood blogger series. It's been great.