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.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Into the Chaos

We finally did it. We elected a monster through our own negligence, fecklessness, and unwillingness to deal in truth. Many prefer to bury their heads in the sand, hoping this nightmare will go away. Others have taken to the streets in demonstration. There is palpable anger as our nation divides into two camps--those who stand for freedom, justice, truth, adherence to the Constitution, empathy for the disadvantaged and poor, and stewardship of the earth. And those who feel entitled to disregard any laws up to and including treason that get in the way of their greed, racism, bigotry, hypocrisy, and so on. I'll admit that's a liberal point in view.

And then I stop myself. There is no use treading this ground any further. The world is at a crossroads. We will either destroy ourselves or we will decide to eradicate the evil that plagues every country in the world. Where do we go from here?

I throw some tarot cards on the table and my patient spirit guides have an answer.

The top card on the left is the world in its current situation and the top card on the right is where it's headed. The three bottom cards provide the details.

The Three of Swords plunged through the heart tells us that we, the peoples of the world, need to get to the heart of the matter. We need to let go of negative history and sorrow. To heal we must recognize the need for awareness and purification. The darkness that weighs us down must be dispelled.

The Six of Swords tells us that we are about to embark on a journey that will lead us to brighter days. This card represents a spiritual journey to enlightenment. The storm clouds will pass.

The Five of Cups is a river of tears, but no matter how much we are shaken, we will find our way to higher ground. The loss and disappointments are instructive. We must recognize our own roles in the events that have taken place.

The Magician! Oh, God knows how much the world needs a little magic now. The Magician is a symbol for transformation: to know, to will, to dare, to contemplate in silence and let the world manifest itself. We have all the means for magical change if we follow our passion for a peaceful and just world and practice focused attention. This is just power.

Temperance is the angel of the middle way. It symbolizes balance, harmony, moderation and healing energy as we practice patience and discipline.  Temperance is the essential ingredient for true success if the world is to turn to greater understanding and cooperation.

Well, how's that for a Monday morning reading? Perhaps a small lifting of the veil on the realm of possibilities.

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