Quick Updates

26 Jul

Well, we’re back from Malaysia and still quite jet-lagged. Eric has developed a habit of screaming madly every so often (he’s also developed a new skill of blowing raspberries) so sleep has become increasingly foreign to us. I actually intended to start work today, but between the general lack of sleep and the remains of the cold I had to put it back until tomorrow.

That said, I did manage to start scribbling down notes for Schooled In Magic 10 – which is problematic, because I don’t have a precise idea of what’s going to happen in Schooled In Magic 9. Well, that isn’t quite accurate, but I don’t have a proper plot outline yet. But I have to write Wedding Hells first.

On an entirely different note, the wanderlust has struck again, so my wife and I are planning to try and spend some time in the USA before Eric needs to go to school. This leads to an important question – does anyone have any good recommendations for places to live?

Basically, I’d prefer a small or mid-sized town. Any suggestions?



37 Responses to “Quick Updates”

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 26, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    By the way, how’s little Eric moving now?

    • chrishanger July 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

      With more enthusiasm than skill, but he’s getting there.


      Sent from my iPad


  2. Mike July 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    Boulder City, NV – small town, but close to Las Vegas (which is far more than just gambling and so forth).

    • medialook15 July 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm #


  3. Brad July 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    Help me with your definition of small and mid-sized. Most temporary residents seem to settle on one coast or the other (my unscientific empirical observation from days modding a visa help site). I have lived mostly in the Midwest, and with admitted bias, believe there is plenty to recommend it as a family destination.

  4. James Stubbins July 26, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    Appleton WI is nice. Only been here for a year, but it has good people, cheap homes, and nice weather.

    • medialook15 July 26, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

      Very small town on Green Bay (close to water) Sister Bay ,WI. If you like boating, sailing….

      • medialook15 July 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

        There are different marginal cams for different towns in Door County,WI. On Deck clothing has one of Fish Creek Harbor, Yachtworks in Sister Bay,WI has one

    • Brad July 27, 2015 at 11:10 am #

      I lived in Milwaukee for about six years, and visited Appleton often. Nice place.

  5. Robin July 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    Kearney, Nebraska I a midsize city.. about 31k pop. Consistently voted the best city in Nebraska to live.

    • robinsvoyage July 27, 2015 at 12:57 am #

      And Nebraska doesn’t believe in socialism or Common Core! Unicambrian gov as well

  6. Paul July 26, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    What type of climate do you prefer? I live in California; therefore, my idea of a small or medium sized town is pretty different from mainstream views.

  7. Rick Johnson July 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    Austin, TX. A bit like Southern California back in the day but with less crowds and friendlier people. But Texas summers are brutal.

    • Austin July 29, 2015 at 4:52 am #

      Austin is great, but the summers are nasty. I’m going to be there for a few days next week, and the only reason I’m looking forward to the weather is it’s better than Houston.

  8. Jack Hudler July 26, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

    Allen, TX Great schools! Dallas and DFW airport is 30 minutes away, better summers than Austin :), no state or city income tax.

  9. Andrew Sivula July 26, 2015 at 11:43 pm #

    Semi-arid i would go with the tri cites in se Washington, if you want to go to a large city seattle is just a short flight away

  10. Richard A. Keintz July 27, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    Grand Rapids/Holland Michigan.
    Pleasant summers, beautiful fall and enough winter to kill off large bugs.
    Lake Michigan about 120km by 500km in size and no sharks.
    Huge dunes and lots of water sports with friendly people.
    If you need a large city fix Chicago is 4 hours away.

  11. John J. Marko III July 27, 2015 at 1:58 am #

    There are some great small towns between Chicago and Milwaukee that would probably have exactly what you’re looking for but still leave you withy relatively easy drives to two major metropolitan centers and their surrounding areas as well.

  12. Tim July 27, 2015 at 2:54 am #

    Any more details? Anything in particular you’re looking for?

  13. Jack Boone July 27, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Either Gardner or Olathe (both in Kansas) would fit I think. Very near Kansas City so close to airport and other stuff to do. Charlottesville, Virginia (lots of history and within driving distance, for a long day trip, to the Smithsonian) or Idaho Falls, Idaho (2 hours from West Yellowstone). I’ve lived in all of them and enjoyed it.

    Jack Boone


  14. Richard Parks July 27, 2015 at 5:47 am #

    Try William Falkners hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. The home of University of Mississippi and seems to be a writers haven it has more writers per capa. I guess misery loves company, lol. All joking aside it is a lovely small town close to Memphis, Tennessee. Winters are mild, summers not bad.

  15. Duncan Cairncross July 27, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    I really enjoyed my four years in Columbus Indiana,
    Great for a young family – I suspect a taste of hell for a teenager
    You guys are a “younger family” (the parents) than we were – it may be too tame for you

  16. Bob Goerlich July 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    May I suggest Doylestown, PA in Bucks County. Home of James Michener,
    end of the commuter rail line to Philadelphia and easy to get to NYC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doylestown,_Pennsylvania

  17. Don Miller July 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Chris, your family would be welcome in my hometown, Weiser ID. Rural agricultural community in Western Idaho. We have 3 ski areas within a 2 hour drive, if you ski. Good fishing in the area. Low cost of living

  18. Glen Romero July 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm #


    Give Michigan a try we have a lot of things to see like Mackinac island, Frankenmuth which is know for it’s fried chicken and Bronner’s. You could always just tell you friends that you went to Hell and it does freeze over. Plus there are any number of Michigan brewed beers and wines.

  19. Bruce Fullerton USN(ret) July 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    I grew up in a little town in Nebraska called Neligh its about 30 miles from Norfolk which is a small City which is 99 miles from Omaha which is a rather large city you have all 4 seasons there if that is something you like. how ever there is tornadoes so that must be a factor. look here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neligh,_Nebraska

  20. Bruce S Edwards July 27, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

    Victor Colorado is an old gold mining town at about 10,000 foot elevation. I went there when a friend ran his photo workshops there in the 1980s. Very scenic and only an hour or so outside Colorado Springs.

    Charleston, Illinois: Cornfield modern in a small university town. The opposite of Victor Co with a flattened landscape

    Madison, Wis, an over educated classically liberal college town but it has the larger college town amenities and resources.

    Kenosha Wis, half way between Chicago and Milwaukee on the Lake Michigan shoreline

    Spring Lake Michigan, a lake and resort town outside Grand Haven Michigan on a smallish lake but tied into Lake Michigan as well.

    Maybe Port Washington or Sheboygan Wis north of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan

    All middle America and showing my midwest bias. While I have spent a couple years living in Philadelphia and have traveled extensively on the west coast, I come back to mod-America when I choose a place to live.

  21. Matt D. July 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    Many great places in Central Coast California. Santa Barbara maybe a little to large for your liking but it is a magical place. Morro Bay might be the right size. Allegedly the basis for Moonlight Cove in a few of Dean Koontz novels. Here is a good link that can breakdown the different areas:


    Plus you would be about 3 or a little more from San Francisco.

  22. Dennis the Menace July 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    After all that hell to get to Scotland you want to move to the USA? Hmmm…must be really bad, there.

    Well, since you are a writer you can live pretty much anywhere, I gather.
    All I can tell you is where NOT to move to: Most of California. The People’s Republic has gone totally over the deep end thee past few years and is now just a Greece with a lot more money to burn through. But it isn’t pretty to watch.

  23. utabintarbo July 27, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Insufficient data to make a proper recommendation. What I will recommend is where NOT to live, and that is the west coast (California, Oregon, or Washington) or New England (less maybe New Hampshire). For a number of reasons, I don’t think you would fit in well in those places.

    FWIW (damn little), the suggestion re: Western Michigan is a pretty good one. I live near Detroit, and given the chance, I would likely move over that way.

  24. Katharina I. July 28, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    Oberlin Ohio is an awesome artsy music town, but it’s positively miniscule. There is also Columbia MO, another university town. Columbia is a bit larger and has St. Louis and Kansas City two hours away on either side.

  25. lexie July 28, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    any were between Louisville and lexington Kentucky lots of small towns but only an hour or 2 to a big city

  26. proudfit July 30, 2015 at 5:06 am #

    San Anotnio Texas

  27. Clayshirecastle August 1, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Just a thought – Indianapolis Indiana. It has a world-class Childrens museum, several large Sci-Fi/Fantasy conventions (including GenCon), is close to Chicago, and has several good universities nearby (Arts in Bloomington, Science/Engineering in Purdue). It’s also relatively conservative and financially responsible (we don’t spend more than we make). The city is about 800K folk, but within 15 minutes you are in farm country, which means housing and land costs are low (figure $3K/acre and <$80/sq ft for homes).

  28. ralphcramden2008 August 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    you haven’t indicated your weather preference. there is a wide range of weather zones in the US that one can choose to live in. pick your weather and then your transportation needs (international airport, public transportation, auto, etc) and go from there. for a writer, los angeles and new york city are the obvious choices. plenty of contacts and various associations to be made there. if you don’t like that, I would suggest the southern appalachian area for nice all around weather. suburbs of portland oregon ans seattle wa can be nice also. just for the heck of it check out lewisberg west virginia. have fun searching! not everybody gets to choose.

  29. Walt Dunn August 9, 2015 at 4:22 am #

    Just think,next summer Eric will be just about ready to automatically wake up as soon as the sun comes up! and,be ready to play!

  30. Blair Cherry August 9, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Granbury, Texas is a great small town with good schools and low taxes.

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