Caleb Howells is onboard to write the Afterword to the Circle of Logres: The History of Cornwall, Wales, and France (Saxons, Romans, Picts, Scots, and The Irish) volume. Glad to have him aboard. Welcome Caleb! 😎
I want to “freeze” the Grand Bibliography soon. I only have 249 more old emails to process (presently back to 11 January 2018). The Grand Bibliography is currently 2234 sources. Manuscript is 1291 pages.
I am also continuing to find physical and/or digital versions of some few Arthurian “source texts” that I am missing (dating up to AD 1635). I do include sources from after that date, but they are considered “nonMediæval Arthurian source texts”, or rather “non-core texts”. By the mid-1600s, true modern fiction had begun to emerge. That is why “the time of Shakespeare” (+/-) is my “cut-off” for “core texts”.
I am also going through the physical copies of all of my Arthuriana-based books and cataloguing their content based on the 30 topic areas across the sixteen volumes of the project. Those areas are Logres, Arthur, Guinevere, Perceval, Galahad, Grail, Merlin, Morgan, Mordred, Avalon, Gawain, Round Table, Knights, Lancelot, Lady of the Lake, Tristan, Isolde, Camelot, Excalibur, Cornwall, Wales, France, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians, Romans, Picts, Scots, and the Irish. 😀
Those are presently the three major “tasks-at-hand”. I feel that they are reasonable and interrelated. This project has indeed become a true Magnum Opus. 😱😁😶
Tomorrow (Monday) is another work day. So until then, True Believers, Excalibur! 😎
I am at 1018 sources, and 1166 pages. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is one of my off days. Still have physical folder left to peruse (from Wednesday onward).
Remember, this is the culmination of an effort that started in 1972. All of my research has been accumulating since that time.
I feel confident that by year’s end I will have a manuscript worthy of Beta-readers (I am really the only true Alpha-reader). I have a small circle of those who have supported my efforts, including those who have offered to write Forewords or Afterwords for each of the sixteen volumes. I currently have 8 people signed on for that. Which means that I need an additional 24 individuals who would be willing to write either a Foreword or an Afterword for one of each of the sixteen volumes. If anyone is interested, let me know. I do have some specific slots already filled. What I do not have is someone to write the Afterword for The Introduction volume. Jill M Roberts has agreed to write the Foreword for that volume.
Here is who and what I have so far:
As I previusly stated, Jill will be writing the Foreword to the Introduction volume. Linda A Malcor has agreed to write the Foreword to The Arthur volume, with John Matthews writing the Afterword for that same volume. Broadly John Knight has agreed to write the Afterword to The Grail text. Nicholas Anthony Tockert II will be writing Excalibur’s Foreword, while Thomas Branchetti will take the Afterword to that same book. Huathe Fearn has agreed to write the Foreword to Merlin, and Meredith Mackworth-Praed with be creating Lancelot’s Foreword.
That leaves 4 books with either an unclaimed Foreword or Afterword. Ten of the volumes have no one claiming either one for them. Those ignored volumes cover the following: The History text (which explores the historical backdrop of Arthuriana); The Lady of The Lake; Gawain; Morgan le Fay, Mordred, and Avalon; Camelot; Tristan and Isolde; The Round Table and True Knights; Perceval and Galahad; Guinevere; and the final volume, The Compendium (which will not only include a summary of summaries from the previous texts, but will also include a comprehensive Bestiary Arthuriana).
So if anyone feels so inclined to volunteer to write some of the missing Forewords or Afterwords (as those volumes emerge for you to do so), let me know.
This is an opportunity to help unite the whole of Arthuriana. Looking forward to the eventual fruition of this wondeful adventure.
Until Wednesday, true believers, Excalibur! 😎😀😎