Musings on the Craft of Writing

About Daniel

I’m Daniel–  writer, idea tinkerer & other-universian. My first novel was After Life. silmarillion_symbol

My twin loves are medieval fantasy and philosophy:

Medieval fantasy:  I’ve loved it since getting infected with it at the age of 7 as I read Narnia, and thereafter couldn’t resist banging on the back of wardrobes.  Tolkien’s masterpiece compels me still, and my favorite book of all time remains (strangely, to some) The Silmarillion.  (But, no, I do not try to emulate his writing style.  No one should.)

Philosophy: I was drawn into it with a mixture of watching Spock as a kid where he trounced everyone with his “logic” (even though the writers sometimes didn’t really know what the word meant), and whatever chaotic mixture decides our personalities; I’m a 5w4 on the Enneagram (See my post regarding the Ennea), which means I’m a cerebral/academic type (read, ‘nerd’). My focus has been epistemology, metaphysics & religion.


~~  Socrates remains one of my lifelong heroes  ~~

I’m a horror-movie addict (but am picky about what I like).  I’m a compulsive game creator (and inveterate tweaker of said games).  By now you should have expected to hear that I (paper-n-dice) role played heavily, later created my own RPG, and played that for years with a great group.

When my raison d’etre became novel writing I said goodbye to my dice and charts, and funneled all of my GMing creativity into novel writing (and no, I do not think played RPG campaigns make good stories).

I love being surrounded by trees, and so am lucky to live in beautiful southern Indiana (USA).



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~Email: daniel.ionson [AT] gmail…  (“daniel[dot]ionson”…)

16 responses

  1. Pingback: About Daniel | Daniel Ionson

  2. Daniel, have you ever read THE WELL AT THE WORLD’S END by the pre-Raphaelite writer William Morris? He’s one of the great originators of mediaeval fantasy. There’s also THE NIGHTLAND (little known) by William Hope Hodgson, an English writer who died, I think, in WW1.

    November 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    • I have heard of The Well at the World’s End, but not of the Hodgson book. I will check out the former.
      Thanks for dropping in.

      November 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

  3. Delilah

    I have to disagree with you about the played RPG’s not making good stories. While I no longer have the proof to back up my claim, I would wager that I have made many a game come to life in my writing. 😛

    November 22, 2013 at 11:03 am

    • I think that some of the ideas that come out of played campaigns are useful for the stories we create (and, that is certainly the case with my own writing), but the way that the RPG campaign progresses bears only partial resemblance to the way a good story is written. There are other dangers in trying to mirror one’s gaming experience. EG: look at Dragon Lance #1. It’s so poor because it’s clearly the retelling of a campaign.

      November 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

  4. The Silmarillion? That’s awesome. I never made myself sit down and read it even though I adore Tolkien. Kudos to you, sir.

    December 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    • Yep, I immerse myself in his prose. I also have a high opinion of Children of Hurin, which Christoper released a few years ago.

      December 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

  5. I bought that on release day and never read it…I need to get on that. Which of the two should I read first? Silmarillion or Hurin?

    December 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    • Well, in that case I would actually read CoH first. The tale of CoH is told in Sil, but a much briefer version. So you’ll probably enjoy both more by doing it in that order.

      December 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  6. Glad I fell across your blog, Daniel. Seems as if we share a lot of the same interests, although my philosophy is a little rusty. I look forward to reading your posts!

    December 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  7. I found your posts very inspiring. I’m still trying to figure out if I’m a good writer. If I find out that I’m not, I’ll keep trying.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:09 pm

  8. Are you not on Twitter? No Twitter? I always need to follow people on Twitter! Where is the link to your Twitter profile?

    December 13, 2013 at 6:53 am

    • OK, I have given in and joined the Tweetsters.

      February 11, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  9. pretty intriguing 🙂

    December 20, 2013 at 12:05 am

  10. Hi, Daniel. Thank you so much for visiting my blog a few days ago. I look forward to reading your blog content, as well!!

    It’s always nice to make new connections! 😉


    February 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

  11. Hi Daniel. You can find me at I have several sites on Word Press. I plan to have no more than three in the future. I don’t know what I was thinking. It is difficult enough to do one site let alllow six and try to write another novel. I too just did a revision on by first book (middle grade) and have a new cover. It is an improvement, but I have switched to adult mystery and fantasy writing now. Something I love to read and so I think I will enjoy writing about it too. Again, congratulations on your beautiful new cover!

    May 9, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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