Author Archives: Theodore P. Druch

About Theodore P. Druch

Born in Milwaukee and educated in Boston, Theodore P. Druch went on to take a “higher” degree at Timothy Leary’s LSD commune at Millbrook, NY. He has written about this experience in a “true” novel, Timothy Leary and the Madmen of Millbrook. After his graduation from the Psychedelic Academy, he went on to become a general contractor in San Francisco, mostly remodeling old Victorians. Their houses anyway. At the age of fifty-eight, he and his partner, Maria Ruiz, chucked it all and ran away from home to see the world. They spent ten years traveling to fifty-two countries, and living in several for extended periods. Today, Druch lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he rekindled an old love of writing. He is an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writer’s Group, and conducts a weekly workshop for serious authors. He was chairman for the 7th Annual PVWG International Writers Conference in February, 2012. In the last two years, he has published four full-length non-fiction e-books, and is currently working on his first novel, a historical fantasy of 1492 called King David's Harp. he fully expects it to be a blockbusting best-seller, filled as it is with pirates, adventurers, corrupt Popes and priests, several heroes and heroines, and a search for clues to the hiding place of the harp of King David, the recovery of which might bring about the return of the Messiah.

In Love with Words

Words are more than just a writer’s tools; they are his reason for existing. Well, existing as a writer anyway; we do have other tools for other jobs, but since this a blog about writing, let’s pretend that nothing else exists.

The writer who loves words can’t keep himself from playing with them; if they were children, he’d be arrested as a pedophile. Always posing them this way and that to the best effect, he might also be considered a torturer; pulling, twisting, tweaking, stretching, and otherwise abusing them to get them to reveal their hidden meanings: the ones that fit perfectly in the sentence.

Luckily for a writer’s sanity, there are a limited number of such words to a page, so writers who actually are insane can’t really use that as an excuse.

You know who you are.

In my own writing, I find that I can spend hours on one or two sentences. Not necessarily all at once, but in the aggregate of all the readings, re-readings, and re-re-readings. There’s always a new twist to explore.

Maybe I’m insane. (I just spent 5 minutes on the difference between I’m and I am in the sentence.)

I know that we’re all trying to sell our books, but I’d like to try and keep this blog mostly about writing, not selling. A calm break,if you will, from the mad world of publishing & marketing that’s getting madder by the day.

Come, relax, talk about our favorite subject. Let your hair down – but try to keep it out of your eyes.

Call me Ted.