Things are becoming Tripartite (three interrelated pieces) ๐Ÿ˜ถ

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 “nonMediรฆval 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ถ

Tomorrow (Monday) is another work day. So until then, True Believers, Excalibur! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Despite a late start, some tasks were completed. ๐Ÿ˜

I am currently at least three (3) months behind in my own schedule. After carefully re-assessing the entire project, it has been decided to revise the publication schedule. Every book will either be out by June or December of a given year. The Introduction volume has been pushed to a June 2021 date, with the second book (Arthur) out by December 2021. For complete schedule details, please visit the website. ๐Ÿ˜Š

That being said, I am at 9 May 2018 in my emails. The Grand Bibliography is currently numbering 1829 sources. Total pages in The Introduction volume’s manuscript are 1252. ๐Ÿ˜€

Tomorrow (Monday) is another work day. Until then, True Believers, Excalibur! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Even though I have surpassed 1000 sources, I still have 6 folders left.

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! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Ž

Doing well again.

Had a good day (do not forget that I am off tomorrow). I am now at 897 sources that span 1154 pages. Should easily get past 900 on Sunday. I should also exceed 1000 sources by month’s end.

I will keep going past that as I make my way through my physical folders. But once the folders are properly sorted, then I will turn my attention to editing information and moving it around accordingly. My goal for that phase is to bring the page total down to 1000.

Once that phase is completed, I will revisit the original nine sources that were used on the 1985 self-authored paper “King Arthur”. Those sources will be used to expand the manuscript for The Introduction Volume beyond the Arthur barrier and into the whole of Arthuriana. This will be done to spread the style of the original paper throughout the existing manuscript.

After that, more editing. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Well, back at all of this on Sunday.

Keep the faith, true believers!

Excalibur!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Ž

Last night, or was it this morning?

Late night last night (5 am today). Made it to 628 sources, covering 1125 pages total on the manuscript. Almost ready to go back through and add the sources that are separately cited within existing citations. As I have said before, I am very thorough.

After that, I will go through the manuscript from the beginning to edit even more tightly (some major hack and slash). Then I will check each and every citation, in detail and accuracy.

After that, I will go back to my original nine sources that I used for my 1985 paper “King Arthur”, so that I can use them to expand the overall manuscript in the same tone as my original paper. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Ž

Time for a little nap. ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค