I’m finding it hard to find the time to write. I believe I mentioned before that my hours have changed from the optimal late night schedule with easy access to the Internet to this less helpful one. Worse, while once I was left alone at the end of the night recently I’ve had company. I believe when I mentioned this, I suggested that I might need to figure out how to work at home. I regret to inform you, dear reader, that to this point I havehad no success in that endeavor.
Then too, I’m running up against the realization that I should put some effort into taking the raw ideas I have put out on these pages and posts and refine some of them. I’ve spent time on organization here at L. Stephen O’Neill dot com, but I haven’t begun to polish. I’m sure there are many other projects I could work on too, many that I haven’t even thought of, though there are many that I have and then realized that, though valuable, they were not top priorities.
So, what to do? I believe that I am going to put my effort into two main areas that will lead to a third. First, I am doing research that I hope will lead to more “Celtic Fiction.” That is my original and most treasured goal. Priority-wise, that is what I most want to present. A reason that it hasn’t been most of what I have presented is really that it IS what I value the most and I don’t want to screw it up.
So, to address the glaring lack of things Celtic in my fictional offerings, I began a novel that is going to present a group of people I want to resemble Irish Monastics with a little fictional leavening and of course their setting in the world of Tir na Nua. I think the Abbott and the Djinn project will continue. I need to put more effort into that project making it the first of the two priorities.
Truth to tell, its ponderous pace led me to realize that I need to present something good. I mean, you can look at the Abbott and the Djinn, but with the exception of a few passages that I’m proud of I don’t think it is very good. (not yet anyway)
I have promised Free Celtic Fiction. It’s what I want to do. So I think that the second thing leading to the third is to come up with more that can be directly called Celtic in outlook, presentation, topic, and flavor. Along with continuing the Abbott and the Djinn I see this as a top priority. That would make it the second priority which I hope will lead to the third.
When I’m able to produce some of this “Celtic Fiction” (in outlook, presentation, topic, and flavor) I will need to begin to polish. Hopefully it won’t take a long long time. Perhaps Child of Moss will serve, it certainly needs polishing. Let me know if you have some ideas. Producing more polished work, stories I can stop claiming I’ve put out raw and unedited, will be that third key priority.
But the problem still remains. I have little to no time, so I very much need to prioritize and capitalize on the little that I have.
At least that’s how it seems from here.
Note: I’ve been sitting in a common area at work where I’ve had two co-workers jabber away about their weekends making it impossible for me to get anything done. One of them is so irritating I am imagining a horror genre story involving the offender at least at the beginning of the story all in livid detail.<sigh> Such is life.