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, August 12, 2015

Mother Nature

Plants fascinate me. I try to discipline myself and restrain my tendency to find a home for every plant that I come across but my yard is full of flower beds, planters and pots. I like animals too but we don't have the right accommodations for them so we only have an old Maine Coon cat.

A Giant Dracula Orchid - Botanical Garden @ Golden Gate Park

Fat & Sassy in Walnut Creek, CA

Growing in Golden Gate Park - No idea what this is

Spotted on the Glacier Point Trail in Yosemite



  1. Beautiful, the first photo, when I looked at it I thought it was a bird. Had to look closer to see the Orchid. Amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Was "Fat and Sassy" at Zuzu and Deb's? Nice your overhead view of the deer with fuzzy antlers.