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.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Congress: Ship of Fools

All societies have had their share of fools and bad actors. They seem to have a way of dominating the conversation and overriding the wishes of the majority. Take, for example, the United States Congress, which lately most Americans regard with utter contempt because this elected body has subverted the intentions of the Constitution, ignored our voices, and accomplished NOTHING. Democracy is a difficult art. It requires knowledge, patience, adherence to law, fair mindedness and a willingness to compromise for the common good. In our two-party system, neither party is without guilt, but lately it's the Republican party which has taken leave of its senses. They have furiously worked to destroy the Obama administration for the last four years using any means available to them, including vast sums of money from powerful lobbys, flagrant lies, suppression of the vote, and attacks on unions. There is no Nixonian trick too dirty for their hands. We the people gave Obama a second term and the Republicans have been reeling in a state of shock ever since. Now as we are hanging on this so-called fiscal cliff by the tips of our fingers, they refuse to do our bidding and enact the laws that are necessary for the well being of our country. They choose to fiddle. The question is will Congress ever conduct itself like a democratic body or will it be shipwrecked by greed, corruption, inertia, and egotistical self-interest? Who are these people we elected who are so flawed that they do not understand that their first duty is to us, not the puppet masters and ideologues who so eagerly funded their campaigns?

I'm just letting off steam. I'm so sick of the non-stop campaigning, posturing, and stupidity. More than that, we are all affected by this unwillingness to compromise and get something constructive done.


  1. Unbelievable isn't it? I think I heard a newsflash that Congress had passed it. I hope that's so. How frustrating for the American people. Obama hasn't been given much of a chance and they say it looks like his second term will be much like his first thanks to the Republicans.

    That said, I hope you have a Happy New Year! I see you're getting ready to publish! How exciting!

  2. Yeah, American politics is pretty crazy. Right down to the wire.

    Best wishes for the New Year. I'm getting close to publishing. Just waiting for one final tweak from the designer and then hopefully I can upload my files and get a print proof. Also waiting on the ebook conversions.