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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey - I'm Done

Okay, I have trudged dutifully to the end of Fifty Shades of Grey. I tried to give it a fair shake, but I am somewhat disappointed that I spent the time with this novel and even more disappointed that it has a sequel. I downloaded a sample of the sequel and frankly it feels like a cheat. More of the same boring relationship. I have grown to dislike Christian Grey no matter how many times the author assures me that he is incredibly handsome and extremely rich. It's not enough to convince me to overlook his controlling, overbearing, and sexually twisted character. And it's not enough to describe every conceivable sex act. Very little of interest happens in this story. At the end we are left hoping that Christian can overcome his addiction to kinky sex and come to desire a true love relationship. This is supposed to tempt us to buy the sequel. Are you kidding me? The author has succeeded in taking one of the most arousing elements of storytelling, sex, and render it completely boring.


  1. I agree with this 100 percent. It was an absolute disappointment. I was led to believe I was going to get to read about a good Dom/sub relationship, only to be disappointed. Don't waste your money on the second book. It's so sappy, boring, and gross. I bought the second hoping things would get better but it get worse. Ugh, absolutely terrible.

  2. Thanks for your comment. You just never know what you've got until you start reading. I picked up a nonfiction book to keep me occupied on a plane trip and I couldn't stop turning the pages. Midnight in Peking by Paul French about a murder mystery in 1937 China. It was such a pleasant surprise after Shades of Grey.