A Milestone Forged of Five Hundred

Greetings folks and welcome again.

I know it has been a little while since I came to you with my fictions of fantasy and musings born of causality, pens and papers all cluttered amongst the candlelight, ready to forge my reverie anew. But like a wondering wave in the ocean water, I’ll always come back ashore, eventually.

Bloody hell, that ended up being a little more melodramatic than I intended. Oh well, sod it! I think you can tell I’ve had a few days away. My inner muse is getting it all out of our system in a great, big splurge of creative word slush. Truthfully, I’ve been a little under the weather lately. I’ve still managed to get to work and back but the process has left me a little drained to do much else. Its nothing too problematic though. Last I checked I still had all of my appendages intact, I think. Hold on a second…..

*Wanders off to the bathroom to make sure nothing fell off during the night!*

All good. Just a few beard hairs gone astray. It looks like some of those growing on the left side of my face are desperately trying to escape, the ungrateful, gravity defying buggers. Anyway, my faculties are returning to some degree of normality now, if ‘normality’ is or has ever been the right term to describe my faculties, and I would like to address something rather good that happened recently.

Whilst sifting through the many wonderful works made by you good people in our community I happened to notice that a new milestone has been surpassed here at the Forge. I know the numbers relating to our statistics are relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of it all but every so often, they do tell their own tale. As of the last couple of weeks, WordPress follower number 500 granted me the privilege of allowing me to attain that little notification, the one that offered some semblance of acknowledgement and congratulations.  An appreciation inspiring acknowledgement that, little by little, you good folks are joining me as I continue with my writing and my work toward my overarching projects.

To all of you who have joined me over the last year and some, whether from the beginning or just recently, I offer you my heartfelt gratitude once again. I doubt I’ll ever reach monumental numbers of followers in the tens of thousands but I am not too fussed about it if I’m honest. I’ve achieved something I already consider to be significant by gaining the recognition and support that many of you have offered up to this point and if I ever come to feel that isn’t good enough, then I hope I one day come to possess the ability to reach forward in time from this hour to give future me a mighty slap in the face. Or the groin if he pisses me off enough!

One of the last times I reached a milestone, a few months back now, I commemorated the event by doing my first Q & A post where you guys submitted some questions to me that I could answer to the best of my ability. And I did so as you can find out below.

Letters Forged from Curious Thoughts

Well, I thought we’d give it another go, only this time with a bit of twist to the context of it all. Since that day I have offered various excerpts and segments of my work relating to my world of fantasy that is Ayl’gard, and many of you have been good enough to read, absorb and engage me in conversation about what I written here and brought to the Forge. There is a fair amount available so far but there is also so much written down and rattling around in my mind that I have yet to bring out of the shadows and into the candlelight.

So to celebrate this little achievement, I would humbly ask you to join me in conversation once again as I aim to do my second Q & A for the Forge. If any of you have any questions or have ever wanted to know a particular something, anything about the world of Ayl’gard and all that it entails, then this is your opportunity. If this is the case, please post your questions in the comments below, or send me a message if you wish, and I shall endeavour to respond to each of them in next posting I provide. Feel free to ask me whatever you like and as many questions as you like. For those of you finding me and my realms of fantasy fiction for the first time and would like to know what in the bloody hollow (reference!) I am prattling on about, then you can discover for yourself on the following page.

The Realms of Ayl’gard

Cheers and thank you again kind folks and followers for joining me here this day and in days past. I shall raise my glass to you all. Well, mug. I’m drinking tea right now. HURRAH!

Forged From Reverie.

Post Unum Centum

Apologies to the linguists amongst (← say those two words five times really fast!) you that excel in the use of Latin if I have thoroughly bodged up the appearance of my title, I just wanted to add a bit of pomp to these proceedings to celebrate the creation of post number 100 here at the Forge. To add to that notion we have a bit of a triple celebration going on as we have achieved the completion of a trio of milestones.

Since the inception of this site I have now managed to produce copious quantities of word waffle as well as prattle on for a century of pages dedicated to all of the wonderful subjects that sit on the shelves of this archive forged from my reverie. More amazingly, I have gained the attention of many of you fine folks who have ventured here to have a gander at the words and writings that I have to offer. To sum it up and boil it down to pure numbers (and who doesn’t like statistics, right?), here are the milestones that have all converged together at roughly the same time.

  • During the latter days of March 2016, from that sunny afternoon that the fires of the Forge were first set alight, I have completed and published a grand total of 100 posts.
  • Very recently, from the swathe of talented creators and writers that make up our community, just over 300 of you have chosen to follow these pages.
  • Combining all of your recognition together from the lands of Facebook, Twitter and WordPress, there are now over 1000 fantastic folks that I can humbly acknowledge as followers of Forged From Reverie.

Thank you to all of you for choosing to acknowledge and appreciate what I have done, for taking the time to read my words, for commenting to add to the conversation, for sharing my posts as well as your own works with me and for just being all around top notch people, so much in fact that I would gladly shake the hand of each and every one of you.

There is also an exceptional selection of you that deserve even more than that, alas the borders and distances of our world continue to stifle our personal connectivity, impeding our potential for some splendid finger fondling (still referring to the handshake). Instead please accept my utmost gratitude and know that I will continue to be fervently grateful for who you are and what you do, no matter how inconsequential you consider it to be.

If any of you would like to connect with me elsewhere in the domains of the internet then you can do so at the following:

Facebook – If you have a Page of your own I would be happy to oblige.

Twitter – Feel free to follow the Forge and I shall do so in kind.

Google+ – Any and all support is welcome.

Once again, gratitude to all of you and I look forward to connecting with you all in whatever way you choose.

Forged From Reverie.

 

A Century Celebration

Yesterday was quite the special day here at the Forge. The fires of appreciation burned brightly as I welcomed follower number 100 to reach a century of supporters, appreciators, readers and just all round bloody brilliant bloggers from this here community.

For those of you who were here from the very beginning all the way up to those who have just recently set foot onto the pathway into my Reverie, I offer unto you my most sincere appreciation and my dearest heartfelt gratitude for your decision to pop in and have a gander and maybe stick around for the long haul. And to you curious few who may be joining us for the first time, I bid you a warm forge-felt welcome.

It has been an odd few months of writing up my thoughts, musings and ideas into a platform that you dear folks have had the opportunity to not only peruse at your leisure but also decide that maybe you would like to see a little bit more of. I hope that the Gods of Script and Sundry decree that I will be able to continue on this path that I have chosen and be able to bring to you more of my ruminations, ramblings, contemplation’s and dalliances into the meanderings of my mind.

Here is a small collection of some of the images that have appeared on here from the past 77 blog posts and articles that have been ingrained onto the pages of the Forge since its inception in late March of this year. I chose them because I believe they best represent what I and we have achieved here since the very beginning.

So here’s to another 77 postings of everything and anything even remotely interesting that I can think of. I hope you will all honour me with your continued presence and support as I look forward to what the future has in store for us.

Thanks guys. Thank you for making me feel welcome in this community. Thank you for making me feel that I have some worth as a writer.

Thank you.

Forged From a very grateful Reverie.