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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Legitimate Rape

Here's a story for you. This week the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri made this incredible statement: "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Seriously? We're in the 21st century in a country that has access to medical information and this is the calibre of candidate running for office? What is even more shocking is that the Republican Party platform being rolled out next week in Tampa, Florida advocates for opposing abortion with no exception for victims of rape or incest. Again, mind boggling. In 31 states rapists have parental rights. So not only do you get to be a victim of rape but you have to endure 18 years of legal wrestling with your rapist over parental rights for the child you are forced to bear. Good luck collecting child support if the rapist is in jail. I don't know about you, but all kinds of questions are running through my mind.

  • If life is precious and it starts at conception, why aren't pro-lifers also willing to take assault weapons out of the hands of crazy people? Who in America really needs an AK-47?
  • If life is precious and so is that of a rape victim, why does the rape victim have to sacrifice their life to bear the offspring of an unspeakable crime?
  • How is this crazy thinking about rape any less twisted than in societies that stone raped women to death for bringing shame on their families?
  • Why is the shame of rape and incest attached to the woman and not to the perpetrator?
  • Why do pro-lifers oppose Planned Parenthood whose primary mission is to provide birth control and basic health services to disadvantaged women? What's wrong with birth control?
  • Look around you and observe all the neglected, damaged children in this society. If pro-lifers care so much about life, why are they only concerned about the moment of conception. Why do they turn their back when these children need access to education, medical care, and a decent home environment? 
I think it's too bad radical pro-life men can't be impregnated and forced to live with the constitutional amendment they are proposing against abortion. I'm sure there would soon be a shortage of coat hangers in the country.

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