Author reflections

Down From the Mountains

JF Danskin’s weekly update, #3

JF Danskin
4 min readJun 26, 2022


A bright Alpine scene with a lake and houses and snowy mountains in the background.
Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

Hi! And welcome to another personal update and summary of my writing from the week. You can see last week’s story here.

Personal update

I’ve been at a conference in mainland Europe (thanks to considerable patience and support on the part of my family!). Most recently I moved by train from the fringes of the Alps in Austria to the ‘low countries’ of Netherlands and northern Germany.

As I jumped from one mode of transport to another (3 flights, several types of train/tram/bus, etc), as well as packing in conference talks, I reflected on this quote by Henry David Thoreau, which I came across in a story by Gregory Russell Benedikt:

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

As writers and ‘authorpreneurs’, I think we can over-schedule ourselves, and try to get involved in a few too many things. I certainly do, and I see it in other writers on Medium, too.

Perhaps, though, like Thoreau says, success is more something that happens rather than something that is forced or planned.

I know that I need to cut down on a few of my activities (and I plan to!), but it’s hard to know at the start what’s going to take off — and what you will enjoy — until you try it.

This week’s stories

On to my weekly stories, and the first one is suitably travel themed — my list of writing prompts. This has become something I do every week, and I’ve been very happy with the feedback! I’ve also found it hugely helpful to have a theme for the prompts each week (not least to avoid boring titles like ‘another list of prompts’ 😆):

Next up was my regular weekly list of reading recommendations. This one was all about writing techniques, and there are some brilliant articles in the list:



JF Danskin

Fantasy and LitRPG author.