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, November 9, 2016

The Evil They Embrace

What an awful experience this most recent election was! I blame voters for being uneducated about American history and the constitution or being unwilling to evaluate what is truth or lie. I blame the media for all their reporting of bogus information and opinion, for giving the platform to a man who has no capacity for truth just because he was entertaining and could boost their ratings. I despise those who are mean-spirited and unable to recognize their own hypocracy. I despise the Republican-controlled Congress for their corruption and unwillingness to serve the American people. The list of blaming is a long one and we each bear responsibility for the damage done to our democracy.


  1. I agree on so many accounts, but I truly despise ruling from above and cramming policy down peoples throats, then pouting when they don't like it. Change is the name of the game, and today we have some. I hope people can stop with the hate and focus on the amazing country we live in. It can only be amazing if the people living here make it so, regardless of the politics.