Welcome to Another World, Tir na Nua

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I have imagined a world apart.  A land out of time.  I have collected some information on this strange new land on this PAGE.  But what Tir na Nua is primarily is a setting for epic fantasy.  What makes this Celtic Fiction is what makes a celt a celt.  It is not born of a people, it is the stuff of memory and remembered history all bound up in story.
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Recently I realized, “I’m not a young man.”  Time passes ever faster and faster and my writing time grows less and less.  A schedule change has further restricted my “writing” time, and discouragement has consumed the rest.

But I do want to write.  I’d like to finish the first draft of a novel this year (or novella, or or or short-story, or anything).  It seems unlikely, but despite my discouragement, I still believe in magic.  Perhaps the magic I need is a clear and achievable goal.  To that end I am, at least in-so-far as my limited focus on writing is concerned, going to narrow my writing to one project.

Therefore, despite its limitations (or perhaps specifically because of them) I am going to focus all efforts on Child of Moss.  If you had another favorite story perhaps your advocacy could change my mind.  Right now, Child of Moss seems the wisest choice.  I have a clear view of where the story of Lugh and Oatie is going so that I can measure the distance to the end.  Here is a place to find the beginning of Child of Moss!

So please, if you have an opinion or objection, please pass them along to me.  I will do what I can.  If your story is on hold, give  Child of Moss  a try, and with some success perhaps, especially with your encouragement, I can return to other projects.

Wish me luck, or better yet, wish me magic.

LSO, 6/5/2012

Let’s just say that writing novels is not my day job.  As a result, I’m left with 15 and 30 minute stretches of time to write.  I might want to present more polished work, but instead I put up what I can.  HERE you can find my first draft online novel.  This is the INTRODUCTION to The Abbott and the Djinn.  At least as far as it goes to this point.  I’m putting it on hold in favor of Child of Moss.
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I am engaged in several other stories, link to my Current Primary Story Lines page.  Or you can jump right in to: Child of Moss, The Red Son of Concubar, or Concerning the Deer Riders.
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I’ve written a bit about what drives me to write.  Read about the Author L. Stephen O’Neill HERE.  For a more involved answer than “because I like to do it” you can read this attempt at explaining it:  HERE
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Free CELTIC Fiction

My hope is to create fiction that speaks to the Celtic Heart.  So, warts and all here is a new story that I rip from Celtic legend and set in my new world, Tir na Nua, the Red Son of Concubar.

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I’ve begun to post a first rough draft of this novel that I plan to finish . . . 
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. . .  I am writing it on the fly without recourse to a lot of notes or plotting so that I am often surprised by the turns that the story takes. 

Here is the novel beginnings: Intro to and Beginning of The Abbot and the Djinn.  Follow my progress HERE.

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Rough Draft Fiction Free Online
 
I am not polished.  This is all about doing, but I always wanted to write fiction and I feel that I can.  I love old tales, tales of heroes, tales of real people in strange times and strange people in real times. I have wanted to write such tales and, prodded by my friend, Jeffery, I have.

Using a sort of “just start writing and see where it goes” technique I’ve completed the first draft of a short story.  In the end, Concerning The Deer Riderswandered a bit farther than I had anticipated.  Legendary wanderings?  You can read Concerning the Deer Ridersyourself and see what you think.

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My Polished Stones

Since this is my process, a good deal of it is rough here as I begin.  My hope is to get better and better at writing Celtic Fiction so that reading it free will become a bargain and not a chore.  I plan to work on a few of my stories to make works of fiction closer to my potential.  That is, I plan to polish them by rewriting them for your reading pleasure and in particular the reading pleasure of those who might come across this sight and have little patience for my early fumblings unfiltered from my imagination?

Recently I’ve realized that I should not.  My first goal was to get something, anything here, secondly I NEEDED to write because it had been a long time since I had.  I have courted your opinion to no effect, but then why should I expect it?  Do I read other’s work and offer up my opinion, my help?  Not recently and can I help? 

So, I intend to polish up a few of the stories that have accumulated.  The raw novelization of the Abbott and the Djinn will continue, undoubtedly I’ll put up more unfiltered imaginings like the Deer Riders and Child of Moss.  Then, in a section before those unpolished stones, I will begin to offer some that have had my attention and effort so that you can judge me or at least have a better chance of being reliably entertained.  Some may read on to the raw.  HERE is the page that will list the more polished work. (it is currently empty <sigh>)

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Other Stuff

I am in the process of writing several novels, but on the way to that I offer these thoughts, insights, resources, and diversions of interest to me and, I hope, to you.  Here I hope to gather legends and lore, notes on antiquity, and present day reality.  Have a look HERE

For now, welcome, and please tell me what you like or you don’t.  I value your insights.

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LSO

PS. HERE are some authors I have read and admire by way of giving you hints about where I’m aiming

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