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, February 26, 2016

Would Jesus Support Trump?

These monkeys don't look as dangerous as the real ones
That’s the headline for an op-ed in a recent edition of the LA Times. The Republican Party is in appalling disarray thanks to Donald Trump and the media—and, of course, the party’s own unerring ability to shoot themselves in the foot. I’ve been a bit of a political junky since I attended my first Kennedy rally in Springfield, Illinois, but last night’s Republican debate was shameful no matter whom you ask. CNN did a poor job of monitoring the debate and the candidates embarrassed themselves and us.

The field of 17 has now shrunk to 5: dopey Ben Carson, who was largely ignored by the moderators; Marco Rubio with his boyish looks, elephant ears and beady eyes; Donald Trump with a grotesque grimace that looked like he had been sucking lemons; Ted Cruz, also with big ears and a prominent nose and the look of a snake oil salesman; and finally John Kasich, who actually looked and acted like a normal, rational human being and therefore was totally out of place in this circus.

Anyway, back to the op-ed—would Jesus support Trump? The point of the op-ed was to question how God-fearing Evangelicals could reconcile their Christian beliefs with their choice of crass, fear-mongering Trump and all his empty promises and hate. I don’t know. How did all the Christians in Nazi Germany follow Hitler and justify the extermination of 6 million Jews? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here’s the important take away: if citizens don’t educate themselves about politics, history, and the issues facing our country, they will be the victims of these monkeys. Democracy is hard. Fascism is easy to fall into if you are fearful and blind to the truth.

Here’s what I think: the Republican Party will be unable to take down the monster they created, Trump. The alternatives, except maybe Kasich, are just as scary. Jesus has nothing to do with this mess. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders has contributed a lot to the debate, but I can’t see him as President. Why not give the job to a real woman who has more experience than all these men rolled together? Why not give the job to Hillary and let her see what she can do? Somehow I think Jesus would have more patience with a party and a candidate that advocates for the poor and disadvantaged and wants to fight the corruption of big money in our elections and Congress. Just saying—if we want to get something done, maybe we ought to consider a woman. We have our ways and God knows we're tough because we've been stepped on enough times.


  1. Id love to see what a woman president could do with the various problems in the States. Hilary seems like a better choice than many of these males, IMO. What interesting insights we see during Election years. . .

    1. I don't understand why we've never had a woman president. There are plenty of other countries in the world who have women leaders.