Monday, July 9, 2012

A Few Words from Our Author . . .

Historical mischief-maker and wife.
First of all, I want to thank all of you who expressed an interest in this project. It's nice to know someone else is interested in this history.

Also, second, thank you for your patience during this long period of waiting, during which I was focusing on helping to get my little VISTA nonprofit through its next growth spurt. We're very close to done with that growth spurt (almost back in the black after bringing on new staff - whew!), which is fortunate because my brain is about saturated with it from working long hours for so many months in a row (despite two most excellent vacations during that time). As the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus wrote two and a half millennia ago, "It is weariness to keep toiling at the same things so that one becomes ruled by them" (Heraclitus, translation and commentary by Phillip Wheelwright, Oxford University Press, 1959, p. 83).

So, third, to help rekindle my brain I'm resuming my Wizards history project this week. While eating Camarones a la Mojo de Ajo at a small table in Peso's restaurant before last night's Seattle Storm game, I sketched out for Beverly what I think the next section of the history is about, how to approach the material, and some remedial work I need to do in flashbacks to flesh out section one and the prehistory (which I barely touched on in section one). In her usual good-natured editorial fashion, she helped me polish the approach up a bit, so now I'm ready to resume writing.

Here we go. I hope you enjoy it.


  1. Hey Rick, glad to see you back and continuing your history of WotC. I look forward to your next installment.

  2. Good to see you back Rick. :-)

  3. Thanks, guys. It's good to be back. All work and no play made Rick a dull boy indeed. It's time to have some more fun.

  4. I just want to say how great it is that you're doing this. I find your tales of WotC's history enthralling, and very much look forward to reading more.

  5. Huzzah! Good to see you returning to this - and I'm glad VISTA is going well, too.