David H Lyman


Creativity is not merely sitting around dreaming up the next Great Idea. It’s taking a small idea and turning it into the next Great Thing. And, it all begins by taking “Action.”

      Author Lyman knows this process well. He’s launched enterprises, founded schools, built a colleges, writes for magazines, authors book, lectures on creativity and leads workshops. He’s failed more times than succeeded, but when he does succeed, it as Big Success. It’s from these failures and success, along with his fellowship with many of the world’s most talented and successful photographers and filmmakers that he initiated a series of lectures and now this book.

     If you have an idea, dream of a better, more rewarding career, this book will lead you, step by step, through the process all ideas and dreams go through on their way to being made real.

     While you are on this path to make your dream real, you may find your idea has far out grown what you thought it might be, because  ideas attract ideas, and that’s The Creative Process. You’ll also discover a great deal about yourself and of what you are capable of creating. Each new idea tackled is in preparation for future ideas. So, get started . . .

Not yet publishged, but I have a first draft cxompleted.

A Memoir of Vietnam

Hoping to stay out of Vietnam, David Lyman joined the U.S. Naval Reserve to avoid the draft. By the summer of 1967 he found himself with a SeaBee unit on a beach in Vietnam.

     A photographer and journalist in civilian life, he was assigned to Military Construction Battalion 71 as the editor of the unit's monthly newspaper, documenting the lives of the hard-working and harder-drinking U.S. Navy SeaBees. His unit spent 7 months in Chu Lai as they engineered the infrastructure of war—roads, runways, heliports and base camps for troops on the edges of the conflict. He got also shot at, almost blown up by a road mine, spent nights in a mortar pit as rockets bombarded a nearby Marine runway, and rode along on convoys through Viet Cong territory to photograph the villages outside “The Wire.”

     The stories and photographs Lyman are from the battalion’s newspaper, The Transit, from memory and recent conversations with shipmates, or I guess you say Bee-mates.

This memoir follow David's 14-months wi the Seabees.

     This book was published my McFarland Publisher in 2019 and is available at www.Seabee71.com

     The book is Books 225 pages, with

131 Photographs, maps and graphics. There are 17 Chapters covering the years 1963 to 1967, especially the 7 months the unit service in Chu Lai, 60 miles south of DaNang.


Flying Under Castro's Radar

Cuba! A colorful and magical island with a stogy communist government standing in the way. Lots of characters, intrigue, suspense, and great photography. That would be a great story tell.

     Between 1999 and 2003, I struggled to get a media school off the ground in Cuba.

     Why Cuba?

     Why not, I thought. No body else was doing it, not even the Cubans. Besides, Cuba would not only provide a lot of story material for students to work with. It was warm, a great place to be in the winter. Besides, I needed a challenge, an adventure.

     So, off I go to Cuba in spring of 1999 to see what can be done. It’s not as easy as that, getting to Cuba, which is part of its charm. The Forbidden Island, at least for Americans. Permits from the US Treasury have to be obtained. I have to have a Cuban partner, or sponsor. There are hotels to find, film processing to arrange, classroom spaces to locate. And I need a “fixer” a Cuban who can translate and couch me in the ways of the Cubans.

     With my scouting trip a success, we book our first master class in Havana with National Geographic staff photographer, David Harvey. It was his idea in the beginning. All is goingv well until 2002. We are kicjed out of Cuba, by the Cubans! And therein lies the tale.

This book is still in serach of a publisher.

More Book Projects in The Works

• The Lake - Growing up on a lake, surrounded by a forest

• The Farm - A young boy' summers on a Vermont Farm

Ginger and Me - A young boy and his horse, Ginger,  are swept back a hundred years into in Post Colonial New England.

Kate: A Woman Observed - A Love story of a special lady who shared a dream with a writer.

My Workshops Years

A memoir of a time when magic was created and lives were changed.

Book Back Jacket Page

The Creative Process

A practical guide

to help turn your ideas and dreams

into something real.