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, January 13, 2017

Metamorphosis

I don't like photos of myself. Never have. I prefer to take the photos or, if I don't have that option, then I prefer to hide behind someone else in the photo, Or a rock. Or a tree. Anything. No selfies for me.

So as I near my 70th birthday, it seemed like an important milestone. I've survived a long time. Many of the kids I went to school with are now six feet under. I see the downward slope I'm on and so I dug out a few milestone photos that were easy to unearth. Most of my old photos are hidden in boxes tucked in the back of a closet. Others are stored in a clutter on our iMAC. Still many others ended up in the garbage or on the receiving end of a DELETE key.

So here is metamorphosis--mine, that is.

Here I am as an infant smoking my first cigar. Where's my glass of scotch?



Infant

Toddler

First grade

Fourth grade

High school junior

Marriage

Daughter Tonya

Fourteen years later: daughter Michelle

July 4, 2016

There is the story writ very simple with all the mini milestones stripped out, but it's enough to make one realize how fast it all goes by. And so as I look forward to 2017, which I don't feel is getting off to a good start with the inauguration of Trump, I wonder what contributions I can make to the world with the time that is left. For me that has to be art in whatever form that may take. But I also have to make room for family and friends, doing whatever I can to make their metamorphosis easier. I wish I had a voice big enough to fix all the evils in this world, but I don't, so I will join my voice with all the others who fight injustice with words, and deeds, and art.

6 comments:

  1. What a great portrait study of your metamorphosis (and better than Kafka's. . .) Thanks for sharing those images.I like the baby and cigar shot, and the toddler - what a cutie!

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  2. Wonderfully done. Short, sweet and to the point. Yes, time seems to flow so quickly. I remember one of my best friends who has her birthday at the end of the year on December 29 said that on her birthday she will make herself a drink and then sip it and try to think how it could happen that she is the age she is. I forgot which milestone she was going through but I do remember how philosophically she said this and now a whole bunch of years have again passed since that time.

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    1. Thank you. It's mind-boggling how fast it all goes.

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  3. Beautiful all the way through from baby to senior citizen! In my opinion you are quite photogenic but I agree with you about "posing" for photos. Here's to graduating to your 70's, another decade I'm sure you'll enjoy.

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  4. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the pics.

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