I was going to write about board games today. Actually, I was going to write about board games last Friday, and again yesterday…

And then I remembered how this blog keeps dying and how much that annoys me. So, a short one today.

Writing. I had a good friend who finally opened my eyes about writing last year. He made me realize that it’s about enjoying writing, about enjoying creating worlds and thinking about storytelling. He helped me get past my paralysis and my self-loathing (most of the time). I don’t write as much as I should but I write now.

I recently gave up on a project that has been in my head for years and years. Not given up on it forever, but put it to the side for a while. Now I’m writing something that is essentially a bit silly. I’m concerned that it’s derivative (it is), I’m concerned that I don’t know what I’m doing (I don’t) and I’m concerned that it’ll be terrible (…). I’m writing though, and I have a story in my head, and it’s about the distant future. Essentially it combines my experiences reading of the last year that have been mostly defined by reading Dune (and several sequels thereof) and researching the lives of American missionaries in China in the 1920s. There you go.

Dune. I have to write about Dune some more in this space. What a wonderful book. It frequently came to mind as I taught students about the ebb and flow of East Asian civilizations last year. Wonderful stuff.

One last little point in among these little points overlapping: the trick to writing is to write. This is written everywhere, funnily enough, but it cannot be underestimated in its importance. This short little blog post is a piece of writing. I am writing. Write as often as you can and whenever you can. Don’t put off writing because you think you have a clear idea of what you want to do. Don’t put off writing, end of story.

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