On the way home from my Skyline meeting, I pondered the difficulties of writing a 'current' piece. I've never attempted writing something in the present day.
I thought about writers who have been writing Sci-Fi books about the space shuttle program. Books usually take a few years to write. So they start this little venture about three years ago and the President up and stops the shuttle program. I think I would pull my hair out.
Another thing - the Bruno Mars song sings about doing the 'dougie.' Now, you and I both know a book with that in it will be dated in three months. Or less.
Dialogue changes daily. Technology (iPad, Kindle, etc.) will change by tomorrow. Something new will come out as soon as I close my eyes. I'm waiting for HP's newest entry, the Touchpad.
Fantasy gives me the freedom to write plot and characters without having to worry about being dated the day before I am published.
That doesn't mean I don't have to research everything. I do. I'm just glad my Muse happens to be a fantasy muse. Of olden times. Of other worlds. I can create my own languages, my own countries, my own slang. It's fun.
Life is fun - disconcerting - but fun.