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.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Today is a day of thanksgiving when we celebrate the bounty, goodness and freedoms that have been bestowed upon us as a nation and as individuals. And while we are aware that there are those who suffer from want, misfortune or loss of loved ones, almost everyone has a treasure trove of thankfulness for the kindness, goodness, and love that has come his or her way in life.

So this morning when I read about the story of twin 3-year old boys who weighed only 15 pounds each, I thought what a horrible life to be starved and abused by your own mother. One of the twins is now in intensive care in San Diego. The other, who was rescued from his home, is also severely malnourished and has a fractured jaw. Maybe this Thanksgiving there will be a glimmer of hope for them and a chance at a better life.

Life, even when difficult, is meant to be embraced and we thank God and those that help along the way.

1 comment:

  1. That's a sad story to hear. Hope your Thanksgiving is a pleasant one and that you don't eat too much. . .

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