Writing Journal 11.17.2019: Diving deeper into fantasy and keeping up with things

I’m sort of in a weird place in my life. I’d have to say that for at least the past three years, I’ve been in a transitional period of time.


I’ve been counting down the time when both of my kids were going to be out of high school and starting their journeys into adulthood. In May of next year my daughter will graduate from high school. I think my wife (Laura) and I had been looking toward that date for a while as an opportunity to make a change. As it turned out, she finally got a great job opportunity. This summer, it looks like I’ll be moving away from Muscatine, the town I’ve lived in off and on for 30 years, and it’s not likely I’ll ever go back except for a visit.


I’ve begun to wonder how this uncertainty might be affecting my writing. Much of the writing advice that I’ve ever heard says you should try to establish yourself as a regional writer, but I’m going to be leaving my region in less than a year. I’ll be in central – well, south central Iowa, and there appears to be a good community of writers in Des Moines. I’m not sure how many writers there are in the county that I’m going to be living in, but given there’s only a few thousand people in the town I’m living in, there might not be as many as I knew in Muscatine. But, I will be looking for them, as well as trying to hang on to the writing connections I have made during my time in Eastern Iowa.


So, that means that I’m marking time on many things, even on where I’m going to live and work and what that is going to look like. However, there are several months before that finally happens. And, like my wife, I have never been the most patient of people. Maybe that’s part of why I’ve been getting into more fantasy, getting so obsessed with Game of Thrones that much of my writing recently has been fanfiction. There’s a whole series of projects I should be working on, but my mind seems to be idling.

This blog seems to be getting more personal the longer it goes on.

I’ve been reading some more classic fantasy recently, trying to get more of a feel for the genre. On my reading list this week is The High King by Lloyd Alexander and A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. I read The High King as a kid. I’ve never read Earthsea, but her book The Beginning Place was one of the best books I discovered as a teen. First impressions – The High King is definitely aimed at kids, and Earthsea is pretty good. However, you really have to use a magnifying glass to read the map there (see the featured photo for this entry). I’ve becoming a connoisseur of maps recently.

I’m going to close with the stats for this week. Not the worst, and fairly consistent work, even though production was not how it has been. Well, I’ll see what next week brings. Later, everyone.

+2,715 words written.

Days writing: 5 of 7.

Days revising/planning: 5 of 7 for  330 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 7  of 7 days.




3 thoughts on “Writing Journal 11.17.2019: Diving deeper into fantasy and keeping up with things

  1. I thought that looked like an Earthsea map…I read the main 4 in my teens and have had the others on my shelf for a while. Recently picked up The Other Wind. Also–fanfics are totally okay. If that’s what’s in your mind right now, that’s what you should write. Especially if you’ll be busy moving–sounds exciting.

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    1. The fan fiction is totally giving me ideas for my original project for sure. After reading both A Wizard of Earthsea and The High King, I switched my opinions on them. There was some good imagery and writing in Earthsea, but I wasn’t really feeling the plot. As for The High King, it did sort of feel traditional and kid-oriented, but I loved the imagery, the plot, the characters, and the heavy emotional content of it. It definitely held up to my memories of it.

      Thanks for commenting, by the way.


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