Hi! My name is Lew, and just finished the first draft of a rather massive piece of 1st Century historical fiction, in which three Romans take off on journey by sea on a diplomatic mission to China. Nothing goes according to plan, and they find themselves coming back overland, after having chosen honor over expediency in the court of China and being condemned to death. It is set between two historical events that actually did happen: the Gan Ying expedition to Rome in 97AD and a Roman presence in the Chinese court in 166AD. I suspect the first Roman mission, lost to history, might well have gone like this. The adventures crosses all six great empires of the age. So I am in the process of editing this, which will either have to be two books, or put it on a serious word diet. But it has been fun. I am now starting to network with real writers, since I am an engineer by trade, neither a writer nor a historian. I think the lesson learned is: getting it finished is the hard part!