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, August 19, 2016

The Emperor Wears No Clothes

Remember all those fairy tales from your childhood that seem so irrelevant to your life now? Perhaps because they were cautionary tales cloaked in the trappings of far away times, talking animals, and impossible scenarios, we easily dismiss these fables.

So this week naked statues of Donald Trump have been mysteriously appearing across the country in major cities in the U.S. It's tacky and disrespectful and yet the child in some of us is amused that this vain emperor has been exposed. He is bloated with evil, lies, and incompetence. Those who don't want to see who he is play along as if he is dressed in the most elegant clothes with the highest of ideals. They are tone deaf to the ugly innuendo and outright lies that come out of his mouth. They ignore the truth of the life he has lived...multiple marriages and affairs, multiple bankruptcies, racism, misogyny, and on and on. He is naked in his ugliness, the pursuit of money and celebrity, and the threat he represents to this country.

He has no clothes, Nothing. He can only offer fear in hopes that we will continue to cloth his arrogance.

It remains to be seen whether the Republican Party survives this craziness. More important, will the country survive this fairy tale, uh, I mean nightmare.

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