A little something noteworthy for TWLC fans:
One of my day-off projects this afternoon was that of gutting and relocating my mammoth bookshelf from one place in our bedroom to another.
The process as an adult is much the same as it was when I was a teen. But instead of my mom “forcefully requesting” me to pick everything up, or my father admonishing me with his ever-practical phrase of, “A place for everything, and everything in its place,” I have a wife who said to me, “All that right there [waving her hand], is not working.”
In other words, pick it up, you bum.
As I cleaned, I couldn’t help but sense the nostalgic emotions often associated with happening upon an old trinket from a loved one, a box stuffed with handwritten notes, or a dated birthday card from an old friend.
My favorite find of the day was happening upon my original notebook for The White Lion Chronicles. While most of the entries were about ten years old, many of the references were to even early concepts dating to 1996. My favorite page was a sketch of Dionia’s map as I first envisioned it.
It’s interesting to review names on it that were changed when I penned the manuscripts. Bor Isle would eventually become The Isle of Kirstel, while the Kaddrak Mountains would be renamed as the realm of Tontha.
But most poignant is the quote at the top of the page’s header, one heavily influenced by a concept I’d adopted from Tolkien:
I believe this wonderful world of Dionia is not something for me to create, but rather, its that the people and this culture already exist and simply need to be discovered.
Journaling about a project is nearly as important as finishing a project. Without finishing, we can not inform the souls of others; without documenting, we can not inform our own.