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, September 13, 2013

Taking a Blogging Pause

I am taking a 2-week pause from blogging, but I plan to schedule a flash fiction post on my blog for the Write...Edit...Publish challenge.  The topic for September is "moving on." You might want to drop by Write...Edit...Publish and submit your own fiction or read the submissions of other authors. Submissions go up on September 20.

So August and early September were hellishly hot here in SoCal. For the moment, we have a bit of a reprieve and the evenings have been wonderfully cool. Since my garden got burned to a crisp, I pulled everything up, hoed in some lime to correct for calcium deficiency, and then leveled off the whole thing and covered it with weed mat until next spring. Hopefully a little lime and solarization will fix what ails my garden.

We hired a landscape designer, and I am looking forward to getting a solid design plan that we act on for the front and back yard--driveway, patio, flower beds, retaining walls, and flower beds. I'll worry about where I'm going to find the money for this project later.

My watercolor class is in hiatus until October and I hope to do a little exploring and painting on my own. A trip to Canada should help inspiration for both writing and painting.

In the meantime, I hope you check out some of my older blog posts and I also have a few recipes, gardening information, and travel photos tucked away on See you in two weeks.

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