Where to begin? Ill guess ill start with my birth. I was born in what you guys call the "two rivers". Florence, South Carolina. A stones throw from charleston. That would be the first signs of the wheel weaving around me. The second? I don't really know. I guess it could have been one of the two times I met Robert Jordan. Back then, when I met him, I had no ideal who the man was at the time. "An author signing books" I thought aloud as I watched him at a book signing at a mall in North Carolina. Little did I know that the man I was looking at would have such a profound impact on my life. It wasn't until a few years later that I would actually hear about WOT. I was about 3 months into a 15 month deployment to Iraq when I found a copy of "the great hunt" for sale at the PX. I bought it and suddenly I couldnt put it down. It started with me reading it on details where I wasnt doing anything. I would read a little here and there. Before I knew it "the great hunt" was finished and I was going back and reading "the eye of the world". In fact I took it everywhere with me. Reading it on missions. Skipping meals just to see what rand was doing.
I fell in love with the wheel of time. The characters. The story. It wasn't tell after Mr. Rigneys death did I realize who he was. Who I had met. How his books impacted me and gave me a refuge to turn to in dark times. The escape his books provided me cannot be over exaggerated. The day I found out my father had been in a wreck and broken his neck, I was in iraq. I still remember laying on my bunk and reading "the dragon reborn".
I know im rambling a bit and im a noob on this forum but I just wanted you guys to know how happy I am to have found this website and community. Thank you guys. All of you.