Year End Update
What has Aurochs been up to?
2023 has been an odd year. From an increase in responsibility at my day job, to unexpected natural disasters, time for writing has been scant. I am still working on my first work of non-fiction “The Brythonic Heroic Age: The Coeling”, and assuming there are no more major hiccups it should be done early next year.
All of my blacksmithing projects had to be put on hold, as my was unfortunately destroyed when a tree came down on the shed it was under, and I haven’t had the time nor the will do deal with building a new one, though I hope to do so very soon now, and start back up with The Kutuluk Club reproduction, as well as some Seaxes and a few Spathas.
I feel like I have produced some of my best works yet in 2023 despite the hardships. I am particularly proud of my pieces on Preiddeu Annwfn and Guallauc (which I believe is as of now the definitive work on him) as well as analysis of two of the most important battles in the late Brythonic Heroic Age Catraeth and Camlann. I also waded into the realm of historical fiction with a treatment of the dramatic last days of Peredur and Gwrgi of Ebrauc before their deaths at Catraeth.
I have managed to stumble into a few new discoveries this year, first, the possibility of a splinter faction in Elmet around the time of Catraeth, led either by Madog ap Morydd, or possibly an otherwise unattested son of Guallauc.
the next discovery is that Gartnait may be a Pictish form of the name that would become Arthur.
As many of you know I have also released my Arthurian Colouring book, and it has exceeded expectations. It is currently on sale for $5.99 USD, and will remain so until Christmas, so pick it up here remember to change to your appropriate marketplace otherwise it will show out of stock. I hope you purchase it and that you or a young history enthusiast may love it.
Next year I have the book release planned, a long with more short historical-fiction stories, first on Camlann, then Badon after, as well as more deep dives into figures from the Brythonic Heroic Age, Taliesin, Myrddin, and many more. I hope you will continue to follow my work and maybe we make some new discoveries together over the next year? Thank you as always for reading, and making this work a possibility.