Hello! Welcome to my blog, “The Colonel and The Vicar”. My name is Ed, and the blog’s subject is a book which I’m writing that combines two of my personal interests: my family ancestry and the American Civil War. More specifically, the blog will chronicle the progress of my writing the book. Even though this sounds like a beginning, the genesis of the book started more than eight years ago, but circumstances prevented me from really getting any traction until a few months ago. This is a huge project … much larger than I ever thought … research never ends, even once you’ve started to put pen to paper, so-to-speak (actually I don’t know how writers survived before word processing).
Another reason is that in the process of research, I’ve made some friends in Canada and “across the pond” in England. Up until now I’ve communicated either by personal emails or by “Tweets” (140-character messages sent through the social medium “Twitter”). I’ll be creating a “feed” from this blog to Twitter so that I can say as much as I want without limiting myself to 140 characters, and the same message will go out to anyone that chooses to follow me. Of course you don’t have to become a “Twitterite” … you can just drop into the blog directly anytime you want.
The last thing I want to say is that the subject of the American Civil War can be controversial and for some, well, emotional. I welcome lively discussion, in fact I strongly ask you to leave comments – the lifeblood of any blog. All I ask is that you keep it clean, and respect everyone.