(Another) WIP finished!

I’m just surfacing. Written the last word of the first draft of a mythological mash-up that incorporates the stories of Niamh, Oisín and Aengus with the Norse myth of Idunn and the apples of eternal youth.

There are lots of apples and swans, women held against their will, transformed into things they don’t want to be, given children and tasks they never asked for. They are tricked into doing things they don’t want to do, married to men they don’t love, and generally abducted, handed over as payment for a gambling debt, pursued with passion, or murdered with indifference. Different cultures, but with many of the same characters.

The hardest part remains—the title. At the moment the two I prefer are:

Apples of the sun and moon, and Between the horns of the moon.

Now I have the fun part ahead, rereading to check I haven’t resurrected any dead characters, changed their names or lineage, or got my wires hopelessly crossed. Then I’ll see if I can twist an arm or two to beta read it.

I might just write a poem first to celebrate.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

44 thoughts on “(Another) WIP finished!”

    1. Thanks! It’s an image I thought I’d dreamed up until I discovered that Aengus’s mother was as well as being the River Boyne was also the White Cow and they are her horns we see in the sky.

      1. No, not really. I’ve been through the small publisher mill and it’s not worth it. A whole load of people, publisher, editors, cover artists, are earning a living wage from your writing, and you’ll get the price of a cup of coffee a month if you’re lucky.

      2. Nobody buys anything unless it’s promoted and small pubs don’t do promotion. I have a series with a small pub and it just sits there looking silly.

      3. Someone who has a blog and is a writer himself (and a founder of a publishing house as of late) seems to understand writers better. Why don’t you give it a try? You have nth to lose.They are pretty eclectic and, from what I hear, a great bunch of people to work with.
        (River Dixon, Potter’s Grove Press)

  1. Congratulations! You sound relieved and pleased, which I am for you. I’m glad we’ll have this mythos set down in the fashion of the best of old and new. We’ll know where we came from and how to understand and live the legacy.

    1. Thank you! I am, and exhausted. The two halves of the story were fitting together nicely at the end, the characters behaving themselves. Just need to let it settle and get another pair of eyes on it.

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