New Life

It’s been a few days now since I left my ecology job behind along with my somewhat misguided dream of finding a suitable career in the environmental sector. 

Returning to my vocation, to being a good awenydd, ‘person inspired’, after a time during which my path had lost its meaning, invigorated with new life. I’d turned away because I thought I’d lost my inspiration after several years of writing nothing of note without realising even unworthy notes fuel the Cauldron.

I didn’t realise my research into the British and Irish and wider myths along with my first attempt to bring them together in The Dragon’s Tongue would eventually lead to the trilogy of books which I am near-certain will be right.

It’s going to be called ‘The Forgotten Gods’ trilogy. The impetus behind it is a long-standing sadness that people in Britain know the names of the Greek, Roman and Norse Gods but nothing of the ancient British Gods and Goddesses. Zeus, Athena, Hermes, Mars, Venus, Pluto, Thor, Odin, Loki are all well known but no-one knows of Nodens, Vindos, Rigantona, Brigantia, Bel, Belisama, Lugus, Ambactonos, or Gobannos.

The first book, In the Deep, is an attempt to re-imagine an ancient British creation myth based on the stories about a primordial conflict between the deities of Annwn (the Otherworld) and the Children of Don in British and Irish mythology.

The second book, The Gates of Annwn, tells of how the Roman Invasions and the coming of Christianity led to the ancient British Gods becoming overwritten by new Gods, demonised, and forgotten, of how the people of Britain turned to Christianity, believing their souls went to Heaven or Hell rather than to Annwn.

The third book, The Black Dragon, which I haven’t written yet and will be the apocalyptic finale will tell of the return of the Gods and provide a vision of the future.

I’ve never felt more alive, since I finished Gatherer of Souls at least, as I have whilst I’ve been writing these books, becoming the Cauldron and in it walking with my Gods in their stories, with Vindos/Gwyn through His Dreams as He sleeps through the Summer.

There’s such excitement and magic in writing a story, not knowing where it’s going, being somehow in control and somehow not. Learning when a plot choice is right, when it is not, divining the guidance of the Gods. Being one with Them in the act of co-creating.

On a more mundane level I’ve had some ideas about how I might reach a wider audience with Their stories and make a little income to support myself whilst I devote my time to writing them by making some videos of excerpts from my books.

I’m looking into how to use Photo Booth on my Mac and planning on re-opening my Patreon with the aim of sharing video excerpts of readings from my books and poetry read around my local landscape along with general news and views.

12 thoughts on “New Life

  1. Aurora J Stone says:

    Well, Lorna, this is very exciting news. Perhaps, just maybe, you needed the time away for these stories to build within you in your internal cauldron of inspiration. Sometimes, we can get in our way and though your foray into the world and workings of ecology may seem unrelated to these new stories, my sense is that they are vital to it. I can’t wait to hear how these three books develop in the months to come. Rich blessings.

    • lornasmithers says:

      Thanks, yes, it seems straightforward. Next step is to find out how to upload to Youtube and/or Patreon/this blog. Is Quicktime Movie easy to upload or do do I need to convert to something else?

      • Ogden Fahey says:

        IF I can just jump in here Lorna, on a Mac, iMovie is free and its absolutely brilliant for uploading to YouTube – it fixes everything for you in terms of you tubes requirements, you have to verify your account first, then you can upload direct from iMovie, it takes a bit of frustrating effort to do it the first time, then its easy once its working. If you ever struggle with that, I’d be glad to help out, or see a tutorial on YouTube or something you’ll be fine 🙂

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