But now, after decades of peace, ancient forces awaken across the uncharted sea, and the nations of Vanah are tested by an underlying current of war. But the games must go on. _Before The Games_
Every person that writes, no matter what they write, dreams of writing a book. It is the penultimate goal. The pinnacle of the madness that possesses every writer. Every would-be Author wonders about how it would feel like to own a work of art like a book. Their very own creation, birthed in their minds, nurtured by their hearts and brought out into reality with every ounce of determination they possess.
Myself, like every other would-be author out there, wanted for a very long time to do this thing. At some point it ceased even to be about money or fame, all I wanted was a book that belonged to me. One that I would carry along with me in my heart and in my mind. One that would forever cement my place in the venerable hall of Authors. How pleased I would be, I thought to myself, to introduce me to people as Bujabs Dennis, Author of ….a book.
And so, with the goal in Mind, I embarked on my journey to create a book. At the very beginning, everyone would ask me why I spent hours upon hours in front of the University Computer Lab desktops, and the answer sounded silly even to me… “I am writing a book.” What madness!
See, the thing was, I did not own a computer, and so I had to come up with a way of achieving my goal. And that meant, every morning I would walk five kilometres to the nearest branch of my university, hoping against all hope that I would find a computer in the computer lab that wasn’t already being used, (of course that wasn’t always the case, at times I would find all the computers in use and on those days I had to wait for one to be available or go back home.)
On those days that a computer was available, I would embark on writing a few words, say 500, and save them. But because these were university computers. Saving your work in just any place on the computer wasn’t at all safe. Students are naturally curious and would peruse any files saved on the computers just for the sake of it, or to beat boredom. Because of this, I had to come up with ingenious ways of saving my work that would ensure I did not lose it. The solution would be to sign into my Gmail account and save my progress on google drive. The only challenge this presented was that internet access wasn’t always readily available or reliable. What that meant is that on those days when the university internet wasn’t working, I came up with a simple yet curious and ingenious way of saving my work.
I would save my progress by deleting it, every person that uses a computer knows it takes a while for items in the recycle bin to be emptied all on their own, unless of course a person empties the recycle bin manually. As such, I would delete my work and pray that no one would empty that particular computer’s recycle bin until the next time I used it. Not the most reliable way to save documents I know, but there was no other way.
With time my book started taking shape and after six to seven months of painstaking work and untold challenges, I finally finished the book. Then came the next part, rewriting and formatting and rewriting and formatting and correcting all the mistakes in the book. This part, I have to say is the hardest part of writing a book. Rewriting is no joke folks. Somewhere along the way I came to own a personal computer and finished working on my first book. To cut a long story short, my book, Before The Games, Book One Of The Vanah Chronicles is out on Amazon.
I finally own that which I worked so hard for, a book. And now people can see more than just Bujabs Dennis’s articles. Before The Games is a fiction novel in the epic fantasy genre. A while back, I wrote an article on this website that better describes my book. Read it here
But more importantly, My book is out, I am a full-fledged author. My journey as an author has just begun. Watch this space.