I like to go everywhere and do everything. My favorite things in life are peak experiences: learning to do the Eskimo roll in an enclosed kayak in the open ocean. Scuba diving off Ensenada. Hiking in the mountains. Falling in love. Body surfing on a perfect evening in Laguna Beach. Sailing alongside a gray whale off Dana Point as the sun is going down, with no other boats in sight. Falling in love. Did I mention falling in love?
I'm a writer--fiction, poetry, journalism. Just had my first mystery story accepted for publication. First one I ever sent out.
I am an artsy creative type. Love kids, dogs, the outdoors, good friends, good movies, good books, and spare time. Funky lifestyle. (This ain't the Ritz.)
I think love is more about giving than it is about getting.
I didn't understand that when I was young and got married.
I thought I was going to be in love forever and get everything I ever wanted.
I think compatibility factors are important. Here are six:
1. Loves nature, loves the mountain and the ocean.
2. Physical fitness. Works out.
3. Loves to go places and do things.
4. Focus. Able to be present and not distracted.
5. Loves the arts—literature, music, visual art, movies, etc.
6. Has a positive outlook on life.
I like women who are slender. The closer the bone....
What I’m doing with my life
Writing. Working out. Looking for new challenges. Trying to ignore the ticking clock. Most recent publication: a story called "The Hit-Man" in "Murder at the Beach," an anthology for Bouchercon, published in November, 2014. Am turning that story into a novel. Also, taking my grandsons places, spending time with friends. Re-reading Joseph Conrad. Feeling young.
I’m really good at
Keeping busy. Staying in shape. Looking young. A woman friend told me I speak both male and female languages. BTW, I can say hello in 21 different languages, including Russian and Bulgarian. It's a hobby.
The first things people usually notice about me
Total strangers tell me their life stories.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Literary fiction: “Blood Meridian” by Cormac McCarthy, "Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad, "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, "Ulysses" by James Joyce, "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner, short fiction by Jorge Luis Borges.
Mystery/thrillers: "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," "The Brass Verdict," the Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald, "Gorky Park" by Martin Cruz Smith, "Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow.
Hard to categorize: "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt.
Mainstream fiction: "Here On Earth" by Alice Hoffman.
MOVIES: "The Godfather," "L.A. Confidential," "One-Eyed Jacks," "Thelma And Louse," "Fargo," "Blade Runner," "No Country For Old Men."
MUSIC: Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Bob Marley, Chrissie Hind, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Gipsy Kings, Wyclef Jean, and many more.
FOOD: mostly ethnic, including Thai and Mexican. Mostly healthy, more or less.
The six things I could never do without
My grandkids. Writing. Exercise. The sea. The mountains. Good
books. Friends. The arts. Love, in all its many forms: family,
outdoors, friends, lovers, animals.
Wait, how many is that? Who's counting?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to get everything done.
How to make my novels better.
How to be both honest and positive in my relationships.
How to exercise enough to get back my six-pack abs.
How to tell a really good joke.
On a typical Friday night I am
Curled up with a good book. Or watching a movie. Or out with
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I have some regrets in life. Wish I could go back and do a
couple things over.
You should message me if
You love life, don't care too much about money, have a positive outlook, are slender and in good shape, like to go everywhere and do everything, have a sense of humor. If you think Obama is not progressive enough and Dr. Phil on TV is disappointingly shallow.