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, January 2, 2013

Holiday Movies: My Favorite Flicks

I love stories in whatever format they can be delivered in and that includes movies. This holiday season there have been several good selections. So far, these are the movies I have been able to see:
  • Argo, directed by Ben Affleck - this is a tense, on the edge-of-your-seat story about the rescue of the six Americans who managed to escape when the U.S. embassy in Tehran was stormed and 66 hostages were taken. I don't remember hearing much about this rescue at the time it happened in 1979. This movie is a must-see. You will be thoroughly in the grips of this movie.
  • Lincoln is outstanding. Daniel Day Lewis is an amazing actor. This is perhaps the most realistic view to date of Lincoln, the Civil War, and the struggle to abolish slavery. In my opinion, you should see this movie above all others.
  • The Hobbit - This movie is disappointing. It does not measure up to the Lord of the Rings series in terms of plot and acting. The pace was slow and boring at the beginning and the rest was just a blur of motion and monsters that didn't engage me. This movie was lacking in depth of characters and plot. It was not worth the cost of admission in my opinion. Over hyped. 
  • Silver Linings Playbook - Every holiday could use a romantic comedy. This is a very clever story about two people with mental health issues and their dysfunctional family and friends. It's a nice, uplifting love story.
Les Misérables is next on my list of movies to see. I'm having a hard time imagining Russell Crowe in a singing role, but I'm game. All indications are that this musical adaption of Victor Hugo's novel is excellent.


  1. Hi Linda. I struggle to get to the movies during school term, but I have been having a feast this holiday. Have seen Les Mis, LIfe of Pi, the Hobbit and just today, Skyfall. I loved Les Mis most--Russell Crowe has his own band, you know, but he is pretty flat in some of the songs, but is excellent in the more passionate ones. Hugh Jackman is JUST AMAZING!!! Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

  2. Oh, I had totally forgotten that Russell Crowe had his own band. Definitely, I have to see Les Mis.