This is the autobiographical journal of Arvil Bren, a somewhat reluctant hero who has been placed on an unknown quest by powers that he barely knows exist. Follow his journey as it is updated daily, Monday through Friday, and enjoy! These are the most recent entries in Arvil Bren's third journal; Politics of the Redoran. His first journal can be found in its entirety here. His second journal, Trail of the Archmage can be found here.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Let's try this again


Just in case you didn't! This post was forward dated so it will stay at the top for a everyone a chance to respond. YES, that was a hint if you have not yet responded! Anyway, what I want you to notice is that the latest entry, day eighteen of Trail of the Archmage is posted below. Enjoy!

Somehow, for the first time in literally hundreds of posts, Blogger actually let me down. This post disappeared into the void sometime after it was published. I was wondering this morning why I had so few responses to the request. Anyway, just so we all know that Arvil Bren is safe...I use a feature that e-mails every post to an e-mail address I set up exclusively for that purpose. Which is where I went and retrieved this:

Hi all! This has been a hectic period, coupled with Arvil going through a stretch that I have not been looking forward to writing. Once again I fell off schedule. Friday's episode is posted, and today's should post later today to catch me up...if not there will be two tomorrow for sure.

Note...I did get that done!

Your patience through the turbulence is greatly appreciated.

So here's the exciting things that have contributed to the turbulence:

I'm sure most of you don't really look much at the header up there at this point, but if you do you will see that it changed. Arvil's Dusty Tomes, which is the archive of the first hundred and fifty days of his journal, has been deemed 'complete', and the current adventure Trail of the Archmage has its own new site. In being 'complete' the first volume of the journal opens some doors that a serial cannot pass through, and I will be approaching Bethesda Softworks regarding publishing options. Many of the great comments you have left over the past months will certainly contribute to that effort, and I thank you more than I can express.

In the wake of my thanks I have a request for your further support. Two requests actually. The first will take just a moment of your time. At the end of this post is a small link that says comments. Please click on that link and leave a very brief comment; just your city and country will be fine. It is becoming important to know not just how many views the site gets, but how many regular readers there really many that are willing to take just a moment of their time anyway.

The second request is familiar territory. Find new readers. There is a new twist to this, since they no longer really have to deal with the serial fiction aspect of things. Volume one is a stand alone novel that is available for free reading; I think a good one. Share it with your friends. Who can turn down a free book if their friend says it is a good one?

Thanks to you all once again, don't forget to comment, and may you walk on warm sands!


Anonymous pferris said...

Brisbane, Australia

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Middletown, Ohio, USA

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newport, Michigan, United States of America

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pratvvile, Alabama USA

I have read all your Morrowind story with Alvin. I have enjoyed them. Thanks.

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Love your writing. I ripped through the first 'Volume', and now eagerly await each addition
Nathan - Canberra, Australia.

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Champaign, Illinois, USA

8:52 PM  
Blogger Qwikblade said...

Jamestown, TN, USA

9:05 PM  
Anonymous mikekearn said...

El Cajon, California USA

It's good to hear that things are straitened out, now. I was worried for a while, there.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lakewood, WA

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Lord of Vas said...

Cheverly Maryland USA

I look forward to reading your tales very much and it truly caps my evenings or more often I wait and end my week.
Keep up the good work!!

Skydevil14 - Lord of Vas

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great!

Elara , Dallas , TX USA

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Dan2310 said...

I read it regular, find it very good.
I do mis a picture now and then.

Copenhagen, Denmark

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phoenix,AZ USA

Great Story, I love how Arvil Bren has developed.

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Noah said...

Downingtown, PA, USA

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is truly excellent work. Good luck getting published. Are you already linked off the Bethseda website? I think that's how I found this--if you are, you've already got one foot in the door!

Newport Beach/Stanford, CA

11:51 PM  
Anonymous BoMb_FrOsty said...


12:17 AM  
Blogger life is wierd said...

stafford england...
check it every morning first webpage at work with my coffee:)

12:21 AM  
Blogger Danica said...

Howdy,tim !Stopped by to make a note on your blog. I simply liked it..yeah....make a comment on my
postings too! I would appreciate it...Enjoy!

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Bravo 1 said...

Very nice work Tim!

Augusta, Gerogia, USA

2:21 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Cooma, Australia.

You have a great talent. Good luck with the publishing.


2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to explain what's been happening.
I appreciated that, I was REALLY worried that Arvil Bren might have gone from my life!!(see my earlier comments!)
As always I love reading the journal- yours is the only website I regularly read; it's my first stop every morning(in England it doesn't appear till the day after you print it) and MISS it terribly when it fails to appear!!!!

It's brilliant, and I really hope it's a roaring success and gets published - it's way beyond just a computer game walk-through, and reads excellently in its own right(write?!), as a novel. Your characerisation and plot handling are easily in the top level of general literature.
As well as reading your journal, probably the first of its kind, we all are on tenterhooks to see how it develops as a genre in the wider readership of the "real" world!! Morrowind invades reality, at last! It is a very exciting new development in online authorship, which I hope will be very successful for you.

_ Angela, Brighton, England.

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Mebyon said...

Regular reader since Day 1. Need my morning fix of Arvil Bren!

Alvaiazere, Portugal. (No, you won't find it on a map!)

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perth, Australia

3:33 AM  
Blogger Kira Kinora said...

Martinsburg, WV, USA

4:18 AM  
Anonymous David Harrison said...

Just another vote of confidence for some really good storys.

I found your site a few months ago when my son intoduced me to Morrowind and have been faithfully following Arvil Bren ever since.

Keep up the good work.

David Harrison,
Raleigh, NC, USA

5:07 AM  
Anonymous Gothos said...

Ah, I think this has been covered (a thousand times over) but yes, this is by far the most wonderful piece of writing I have come across in about a year of searching.

Adelaide, Australia

6:31 AM  
Blogger frootat31 said...

Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S.A

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Rex Little said...

Santa Ana, CA

Regular reader, posted once before. I'm curious: does the sequence of events in the journal match an actual game you played?

8:11 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

I stubbled across this blog while trying to find a decent walkthrough. This is much better than a walkthrough. Keep up the good work

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Antioch, IL, USA Thanks!

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Reading this got me playing again.
Love what you've done so far, please keep it up!

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried leaving a comment here yesterday.... I guess that was during the "troubled times."
Upstate South Carolina here. I've been reading from day 12 or 13 or so. (If you check the IP's (since you've said you know your readers least where they're reading from)they've changed 3 times or so.) The RSS feed is the first thing I check when I get on my computer in the morning.

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boston, MA

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your writing so much that I went and bought the game. Just completed the main quest, on day 302! Look forward to your post every day - keep em coming, and thanks.

North Bay, ON, Canada

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Talkkno said...

San francisco,CAlifornia, U.S.A.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Fahrradd said...


Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Yzark Ylatot,Telvanni Mage said...

Yes,yes I read it even though I'm Telvanni :)


3:46 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Mt. Vernon, Iowa, USA

I appreciate how you manage to squeeze so much detail out of battles that always seem like 10 seconds and a cloud of dust to myself. Bravo.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Enix said...

Coming to you live from the City of Roses, Portland, Oregon....

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Random said...

Perth, Western Australia

Hey Tim, I've read this from day 1 now, hope you get the publishing rights, will be a best-seller!

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Tucson AZ

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for such an excellent spark of novel into the world of Morrowind.
Bangkok, Thailand

3:03 AM  
Blogger Scott Hanson said...

My character has been following along with your story since about day 50. Wonderfully exciting story!

Santa Rosa, CA, USA

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Evoker said...

Zaanstad, The Netherlands

I started reading when I saw it advertised on Morrowind Summit. Great Story.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous rarr said...

Bedford, IN, US

I've been reading since about Day 30, I think.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seattle, WA

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corpus Christi, Texas. Been reading since the early days, and very much loving it. Congratulations on finishing Volume One!

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philadelphia,Pennsylvania,USA. Love your story. Keep on trucking!

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrew, from Michigan. I've been reading and enjoying your story for some time now, thank you :)

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frimley, Surrey, UK

1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

York, Pennsylvania USA

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

been here for half a year now, and still loving it!

Rochester, New Hampshire, United States of America

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colorado Springs, Colorado.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

N.H.'s Stoneyfield Farm on Web logs bandwagon
DALLAS - If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em. That emerging marketing strategy is creating a new career: corporate bloggers.
Nice blog site, really cool!

I have a Craftmade Ceiling Fan site/blog. It pretty much covers Craftmade Ceiling Fan related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sliedrecht, The Netherlands.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Bookworm said...

Copenhagen, Denmark

Thank you for a really good read of Arvil Bren. I have just finished reading from day one to your last entry of Twenty: New Hall (Journal Two).

I am also reading some of the other long (and still on-going) fictions that resemble yours and are featured over at Waiting4Oblivion's site: The Story of Trey, The Tale of Sudhendra Vahl, and Serene of Cyrodiil. (Just so you know what I am comparing.)

All of you writers each have strengths and weaknesses in your writing - who doesn't. ;)

Tim, you can of course just chuck my criticism as you see fit, this next part is only my humble personal opinion. As a fledgling fan fiction writer myself, I know that critism is really nice to receive even though you don't agree with the reviewer. :)

Overall, I like the way you weave your own political views of the affairs of the Guild of Mages. You break free of the constraints that the game throws at you if you were to follow each quest literally. Instead, you put in your own line of thinking and even turn a quest over to a junior mage as a way of testing her abilities and make her 'grow up' . Really impressive. This has made your piece of work very involved and is, to me at least, the best part of your writing. The reasoning behind Bren assuming the position of Archmage was intriguing to follow, and I'm looking forward to read how he will attain the 'yes' from the Great House Telvanni to being named the Hortator, when he is also the Archmage of the Guild of Mages, the arch enemy.

After reading the other three aforementioned fictions first, I was a little disappointed in the first many days of Arvil Bren and even considered stopping to read, I'm sorry to say. This first hesitation was caused by the cursory description of Bren's background, his reason for being in jail (touched more upon later on, I know), the quick fight descriptions etc.

This is of course very subjective to every reader so I mean no offense. As a reader, I like detailed descriptions of almost anything, provided they move the plot along or leave the reader with new knowledge that helps to immerse said reader in the story.

You have sort of 'grown into' the style of Arvil Bren, and that is why I am now pleased to commend you and your writing, since the first cursory and quick descriptions have later evolved into really nice, detailed and immersive descriptions on everything from fights, conflicts, and Bren's reasoning behind his actions and emotions towards people, quests, or places.

Normally I read texts ranging from Dostovjeski to the backs of cereal boxes. Reading fan fiction about my favorite game, Morrowind, has been the top treat for me this summer.

Good luck on your publishing ideas and on continuing this enormous writing task.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montreal, Canada
Your blog is truely amazing. Keep up the good work. Too bad Arvil Bren isn't a Telvanni (I'm a loyal Telvanni).

11:43 PM  
Blogger Mikhail the Shmikhail said...

Fife, Scotland.

Leader of Elder Scroll's Elite, your journal is a credit to Morrowind!

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bristol, Rhode Island, USA

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitly good reading. I've been reading this for about a week and i just can't get enough of it!!. Continue with your path to neverine and never stop!!!

Mesa,Arizona USA! USA!

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic Work, Tim! Keep up the good work and pressure Bethesda.

Garrett Ghostflame
Manteca, CA - USA

1:45 PM  

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