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.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Stop the World: I Want to Get Off at the Montage in Laguna Beach

When I'm having one of those weeks when I'm feeling overwhelmed, wound up, fed up, and just plain annoyed with everything and everyone, I know the best solution is to just head to the beach. Somehow that settles me down and I start to feel human again. So when I announced on Saturday morning that I was in a foul mood and that I needed to go to the beach, my husband suggested we go to the Montage in Laguna Beach. The park in front of the hotel and the beach are exceptionally beautiful. We strolled through the park and later bought a sandwich and sat on one of the picnic tables overlooking the beach.  Pure heaven. The dark clouds in my mind were quickly dispelled.

Of course, when we decided to head for home, our car wouldn't start and we had to hang out for a couple of hours until we could get a tow to the garage, but neither of us seemed to mind. The man who towed our car was a sweet man named Jesus from Spain. And when we finally arrived at the garage, the manager gave us a ride home. All is right in my world.

So tell me. Isn't this the absolutely most gorgeous resort and beach? I love California. 

Montage Resort - Laguna Beach, California


  1. If you are able to visit Ruth Mayer's gallery right across the street. I have some of her work and she is the best Laguna Beach scene painter ever. He paintings of the Cove and Break Point are awesome

    1. Thanks for the tip, Renee. I will definitely check it out the next I'm there.