Here I begin the record of my progress of what I firmly believe will become my magnum opus, the great work of literature for which I will, one day, be remembered for above all others. Out of this belief I am chronicling the many steps of the journey here for my own musings (because, somehow, even the possibility that others of my race will read it provides a degree of accountability, mind-bogglingly more so than the knowledge that our Creator will anyway).
The story behind the story began six years ago, when the first seed of an idea was planted in my mind. From there it grew into a world and took shape as a fully-fledged journey—in my mind. Despite the endless reams of notes scrawled over church bulletins, napkins, and old receipts I knew that this was a story that deserved my best.
Unfortunately, my best needed a little help. Though I had already written thirty thousand words, I knew it was all drivel and decided to wipe the slate clean and embark on a secondary journey that would facilitate my true goal.
I went to university.
Research, research, research. Three years of study culminating in a BA in Medieval Studies from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David was simply a means to an end: hands-on experience in a country and a culture that was the main inspiration for my tale.
Despite the several sidetracks I was led down—including but not limited to finding a wife and moving into my parents' basement—my goal remained the same. Now, all other obstacles aside, I have prepared a space in which to begin this glorious adventure.
Bard's War - a two-volume jaunt through the lives of troubled men and women fighting for peace in a war-torn world.
Feel no obligation to follow this tedious page. It does not trouble my spirit either way. Without further ado, I turn to the task at hand.