Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Burns Day! And The Second Anniversary

Hi everyone! I have several things to talk about today; first of all is that it's Burns Day, and I hope all of you having a Burns Night have a wonderful time and eat lots of haggis for me ;)

Here's your Burns Day song from me: Scots Wha Hae sung by the amazingly talented Scocha!

On another note, this is also the second anniversary of this blog! I really can't believe I have been writing for this for two years. It's been a lot of fun, and though I didn't do as much as I had hoped last year, I will not stop writing for Bonnets and Broadswords.

Due to my writing career, I regret to say that my posts will only be about as frequent as last year, but I will endeavor to post at least a couple things each month. This year, I am going to mainly be focusing on writing stories about legends or famous historical events that happened in Scotland. A lot of people enjoyed what I did for my Bruce month last year when I wrote short stories about some of his exploits. I want to do this again for other things, because I have come to a conclusion over my years of studying Scottish, and also Irish, history: The people and things that happened were really too beautiful or heartbreaking, or brave to be written into the typical textbook history format. They need to be told like the bards told them over the centuries. Who could come up with a story as heroic as the ones that Bruce and Wallace lived? Noble characters such as Montrose, and the real life Robin Hood, Rob Roy MacGregor? I love history for the stories and the people, and I want to keep it that way. There's nothing worse than someone beating the life out of history to study it. Do not study history: Enjoy it.

So that said, I hope that everyone has a wonderful year, and I hope to write at least a few wonderful stories that have caught my attention over the years in my own hand and carry on the long lost tradition of the Bards.

Slainte, Hazel