Thursday, November 24, 2022

November 2022 update


I'm finally getting a little writing done again on "The Old Gods Endure" - 1,075 words today on chapter 9. Late September and October were crazy, and it's taken me this long to get going again. There was also the usual research pause, with interruptions. Hopefully I'll finish this chapter in a few days and move on.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Old Gods update 8.1

 Writing has been slow this month, but I finally finished Chapter 7 a few days ago, and after spending more time researching, map reading, and generally fiddling with the planned order of the next few chapters, I finally started Chapter 8 yesterday. This takes Gwernin and his friends to Aquae Sulis (Bath). It seems pretty clear that a lot of that Roman city was in ruins by our story date of 562 AD, but the hot springs were still there... and perhaps other interesting things.

Some nice cool damp weather here in Denver today, which matches the weather I'm describing in the story for a change. :)

Monday, September 5, 2022

Old Gods update 7.2


No writing progress for the last week while I researched this chapter, trying to decide what Gwernin will see when he gets to Aquae Sulis. As usual, I will just have to go with the flow, inevitably inventing a good bit. There's also the question of what we might see between Corinium and Aquae, specifically at Nettleton... And it's supposed to be hot again this week here in Denver, which won't help.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Another publishing update


The ebook version of More Mac Criomthann Tales is now available at Smashwords: More Mac Criomthann Tales. I expect to have a paperback version on next month, and eventually on Amazon etc. In the meantime, here is the TOC: 

     Table of Contents
How Mac Criomthann First Came to Ériu
Mac Criomthann and Mount Airecal
Mac Criomthann and the Need for Light
Mac Criomthann and the Words that Kill
Mac Criomthann and the Men Who Disappeared

 The first, second, and fifth stories appear in slightly different forms in The Fallen Stones, but the third and fourth are new stories, written for this volume. There will be more.


Monday, August 29, 2022

Publishing update

I've spent the morning editing the Smashwords ebook into a Lulu paperback version, and it should be available now on the Lulu store. I'm not sure when it will be on amazon, but in the meantime: Ten Years A Bard is the Lulu link.


Sunday, August 28, 2022

Update 7.1

 Aside from the usual weekend activities, I've been doing more research as to what, if anything, Gwernin will find at Aquae Sulis when he gets there. Conclusion: lots of hot water, but not much in the way of Roman remains. Time to start writing again...

Regarding the 6th book, I have a good idea what will happen in the first third, vaguer ideas about the rest. This will involve another set of initiatory experiences for someone, another meeting with Fráechán mac Tenusán, and the death of King Díarmait mac Cerbaill.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Update 7.0

 Not much writing today; mostly research for Gwernin's next stop. I also spent a little while designing a cover for book #6, which will be the 3rd in the "Gwernin's Quests" Trilogy. I'm hoping to have that one done by the end of next year. The water, by the way, is the Boyne at Newgrange.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Writing update, chapter 6.1

 1,150 words today, and essentially the end of chapter 6, bar a little editing. This was the story of Gwernin's visit to Prince Condidan's town of Corinium (Cirenchester). As usual, what I write about places is based on the history and archaeology as well as my own travels, although I had to invent a little more than usual this time. Next stop: Aquae Sulis (Bath). There is a bitter-sweet flavor to some of this section of the book for me, as we are about 15 years before the Saxon victory at Deorham.

Monday, August 15, 2022

writing update, chapter 6.0

 I haven't got much writing done in the last week due to the hot weather, which makes it difficult to imagine I'm in Wales in May, but I've started chapter 6 in The Old Gods Endure. Chapter title: "The Town Outside the Walls". It begins near the burial mound in the cover photo...

Passing a mound of the old ones not unlike the one I had once seen at Bryn Celli Ddu on Ynys Môn, I asked Taliesin if he knew this one’s history, but he only smiled. “We are not going to investigate it today, Gwernin,” he said. “Better not to disturb… those who dwell there… in any case. Although I believe the local people still leave offerings for them at certain times of the year.”

“At Samhain?” I asked, and he nodded.

“Just so.”

Saturday, August 6, 2022

More Mac Criomthann Tales (2)

Chapter list for this collection:

1. How Mac Criomthann First Came to Ériu
2. Mac Criomthann and Airecal
3. Mac Criomthann and the Need for Light
4. Mac Criomthann and the Words that Kill
5. Mac Criomthann and the Men who Disappeared

The third and fourth stories are the new ones, which I wrote for this book. There will eventually be a paperback (Lulu) version, probably by Samhain.