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, June 8, 2016

Utah: Embracing Mother Earth

Most of us live in a crowded, fast-paced environment where we scramble to keep body and soul together. Our lives are preoccupied with acquiring the necessities of life: food, shelter, meaningful work, supporting our family and friends, and juggling all the complexities of modern life. It's easy to lose ourselves. We feel disconnected, frustrated, overwhelmed.

Perhaps this explains why people turn to nature. There is something about nature that touches us and refocuses our mind. A walk through a neighborhood park, a day at the beach, or a hike in the mountains can restore our equilibrium and change our perspective. We slip into Mother Earth's embrace.

Recently, I made a trip to Bryce National Park and Arches National National Park in Utah. I think Bryce was my favorite. It was a jewel of colors and bizarrely-shaped rocks. On the other hand, Arches with it's massive rock formations and sprawling desert lands was overpowering. It swallowed you whole. Intimate Bryce trails allowed visitors to wend their way through the crimson hoodoos down to the floor of the canyon. There is something magical abut losing yourself in nature because it allows you to find yourself.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing photographs and I'm sure very humbling to see in person! Thanks for sharing!