My ten part series of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series is now officially complete and the time has come to officially bring it to a close. I have no more references to include, but this conclusion is more than just a wrap up… it is a thank you.
WHY I WROTE THIS SERIES
I almost feel as if I should explain my reasoning behind why I wrote this series. As I mentioned in my introduction, this series has been a year and a half in the making, so why would I post it now?
I won’t go into incredibly detail for I cannot really explain it myself. I cannot explain why I love this fantasy series so much nor can I explain how it has affected my life and have others understand my reasoning. I discovered Sapkowski’s series while I was in college and the more books I read from it, the more I fell in love with the story and its characters.
Fast forward to graduation. In all honesty, college really doesn’t prepare students emotionally for the job hunt that comes after graduation. The job market is terrible nowadays and when you feel like you can fly and do anything on graduation day, you are not even close to being prepared for the silence and rejection you receive when looking for a job.
I was one of those graduates who received the silence and rejection for the longest time. I found a job almost a year after graduation that turned out to be a wonderful first job with equally wonderful people. Two years later, the company unfortunately closed its doors. I found myself slipping into a depression because I felt like I wasn’t good enough for any job. I started to become a person I didn’t recognize anymore.
Shortly after I lost my job is when I found Witcher III: Wild Hunt. I was a little late to the game for I didn’t receive a PS4 until the end of 2016, but it was at this time I began playing it. I know it may sound cliché or whatnot, saying I was able to lose myself in a game to escape the real world, but in all honesty, I did. When my mind began dragging me down, playing the Witcher lifted me back up again.
While playing the game, I started noticing references to the book series the game was based off of. That is when I decided to start rereading Sapkowski’s series. The second time reading through, I loved the stories even more and I was happy I did for The Lady of the Lake was set to release in 2017 and I had to remember who all of the characters were.
After completing the game and finishing the book series, I planned to write my reference series on my blog… but then my depression got in the way and it told me that no one wanted to read my words, so why bother? Rather than trying to fight it, I started rereading the series again and playing the game over again.
In all honesty, I’m actually glad I waited because with each new read through and each new playthrough, I found more and more references from the books in the games (hence why my articles are so long).
Fast forward to today, I am sitting here writing this article and feeling happy and content. I am in a better place both physically and mentally. Physically because I moved from my lifelong home in Indiana to California where I am starting the next amazing chapter of my life. Mentally because I have a better grasp on making myself feel happy when I have down days.
I can honestly say that today I am BEYOND happy. I have finished what I was putting off for over almost two years and I begin a new career tomorrow. Life is very good. So I would like to take this time and conclude this series by saying thank you to some very special and amazing people who, without them, this series would not have been possible.
Without my family, I would be completely lost. A huge thank you goes out to my mom and dad who during my down nights would always lift me up again. Your love has gotten me through everything in my life and I cannot thank you both enough.
Thank you to my amazing brother Josh and my amazing sister Tiffany who made growing up a blast. I could not ask for better older siblings than you two! Thank you for all of the pep talks and for always making me feel as if I can do anything.
Thank you to my other brother Tom and my other sister Ellen who have added wonderful parts to our ever growing family. You two are amazing and I am honored to also call both of you my siblings!
And thank you to Mary, my best friend, my sister, my cosmic nerd, my soul bestie. You are more than my friend, you are family and my life would not have had as much laughter if I hadn’t met you. Ten years and going strong, we’ll be friends till the day we die and beyond.
Whether you only read one paragraph or the whole series, I want to say thank you to all of my readers. I know I don’t have a big following, but I am beyond happy with the following I have received over the past four years since I started writing reviews.
To the authors I have spoken with, I also wish to extend a quick apology. This series has taken me away from reviews for a little while, but with it being complete, I will now be back on track and rolling out those reviews. I will be sure to reach out to each of you so I can give you updates on your books, but thank you all so much for waiting.
TO CD PROJEKT RED
A big thank you to CD Projekt Red for creating the Witcher games. While I have not played the first two in the series, you most certainly brought justice to Sapkowski’s books with Witcher III: Wild Hunt.
I wish to extend my thanks to every person on your team. You gave me an escape during a time when I needed it most. If I come across a bad day, I still find myself going into the game for it makes me feel happy.
And finally, to the amazing writer who started it all, thank you, Andrzej Sapkowski.
Without your work, none of this would have been possible. You truly are an amazing writer and one of my favorite authors. Your stories helped me through a time when I felt like I wasn’t good enough for anything. Your books gave me a world to escape into time and time again and characters to fall in love with.
You wrote in Season of Storms that witchers will always be necessary and that, hopefully, they will always be there with sword in hand whose gleam will penetrate the darkness and whose brightness will disperse the gloom. Just know that your witcher was there for me when I needed him and I know he is there for me if I need him again.
I faced a period of depression. I am thankful mine was more of a minor case, but I now understand how real it is. I NEVER thought I would ever face something like this in my life for I have always loved looking at life with an optimistic view. Today, I am back on track with staying positive and being happy. This is thanks to my amazing and wonderful family who helped me and supported me every day and continue to do so today. And this is thanks to Andrzej Sapkowski and CD Projekt Red who gave me something to look forward to, an escape where I could clear my mind of negative thoughts so I could think clearly.
My final tally as of today for both the books and the game is 11,770 pages read and 965 hours played… wow, this makes it seem like I have no life. Oh, well. These numbers will rise as I reread the books again and play the game again in the future and the Witcher will always hold a place near and dear to my heart.
Thank you all so much again. To finally have this series of articles finished is an amazing accomplishment for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!