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, April 29, 2016

Definition of a Prince

Every strong and loving family cherishs their children, the princes and princesses of promise for a better future.

It has always been a dangerous world where evil and misfortune abound. Innocents perish and those that survive are often scarred for life physically, mentally and spiritually. Any child that has been blessed with health, the necessities of life, and loving parents is true royalty.

We marvel at our princes and princesses--their beauty, intelligence, and god-given gifts. We shelter them, impart our lessons of survival, encourage their development, discipline them to teach them the best human attributes. And then we remind them that their royal privilege comes with responsibility to their family, community, and the world. Noblesse oblige.

I like to think my grandson Jake has the makings of a true prince. He has gone from baby to boy it seems overnight. The next time I turn around he will be a young man. I hope that his high energy, sensitivity, and intelligence will translate into a man who will nobly serve the purposes of good in this world. The world needs good. That's what princes are for.


  1. Wishing all happiness, success, and joy - Prince Jake!

  2. Wishing Prince Jake a very bright future. He is going to be a very handsome fellow and will have his choice of princesses.

  3. Thank you for your comments. Somehow my grandson, soon to be 8 years old, thought being designated a prince meant that I was advocating sending him off to war. He was a bit troubled about that. Where he got that idea, I don't know. I just want him to make the world a better place in whatever way he chooses.