This is a bit of an experiment for me. I haven’t always been a writer, in fact as a kid I absolutely hated writing and if you had told me back then that I would love writing I would have laughed in your face. But now I am dabbling in writing and have come a long way in the process. I first attempted to write a book when I was in 7th grade but it never really went anywhere and I didn’t get beyond 30 pages but after that, writing started to get into my system. Since then I have begun my first serious effort to write a book when I was a Junior in high school. The book is a comprehensive history of the Eastern Front during the 2nd World War spanning from 1941-45. I have read many specialized accounts which cover very specific aspects of the war like a given battle, or a campaign or a famous commander etc, but I have yet to see one that tries to look at the war as a whole. My book will not only cover the military aspects like weapons, tactics and battles but other topics like politics, economics, espionage and how all these topics interacted to make the war what it was. I’m planning to follow up this book with one that covers the Western Front and possibly one that covers the Pacific Theater if I can build up the interest in it. I have worked on this project for nearly 4 years now and I currently have 417 pages written. I still have a ways to go yet but it is most certainly much further than I had gotten in my first attempt. My work in non-fiction has only strengthened my love of writing but it has also spurred me to begin writing a work of science fiction as well. I’m not giving away too much of the plot just now but I will say that the book takes place in the distant human future and follows a civil war that has broken out. Currently I have 71 pages of the first book in the series written and I can’t wait to add more. Unfortunately I don’t have as much time as I would like for my writing. Between college, applying for internships, looking at graduate schools etc I am kept very busy but I try to work on my books whenever I have the opportunity.
That leads me to the purpose for starting my blog. Every so often I am just going to post a piece of writing I have done, either as a paper I wrote for a class at college or even some of the answers I have given on question and answer site for questions related to history. When I have the time I will also post pieces of writing intended specifically for this blog. If you like what you read here and would like me to answer any questions you might have about anything, be it about history, me, my books etc just leave a comment and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner with a post on the site or as a reply to your comment. If there is sufficient interest generated here in either of the books that I am writing I will likely post a chapter or two from them. I look forward to where this experiment will lead me!