I went over to The Gathering Grove today with alfrecht
so that he could schedule a poetry reading and brought my laptop. This resulted in getting a one-page (and an extra para or so) of my geilt book started. It was a preliminary draft of an opening more than anything else. Sort of a direction I'd like to take the book in. I feel okay about it and he looked at it and thought it seemed pretty good. I'm encouraged, at least.
The other major thing I accomplished was finally scanning my amanita article from Shaman's Drum for my website. It got turned into a pdf and sent off to cruitire333
for inclusion on my articles page, and I'll have the French version up as well again. Finally, after all these years, the thing will be available in English without having to find a physical copy of the magazine. For me, this is huge. I'm very excited to be able to make it available for folks, as it's actually a fairly important article on the topic and has been cited in a lot of places. The scan isn't fantastic quality, but it's readable -- I've looked at the whole thing.
After all that, I read two articles that will be of some importance for the geilt book from the CSANA yearbook Myth in Celtic Literatures
. They gave me some interesting things to think about and some sources to hunt down, particularly regarding Lí Ban, who was also known as Muirgeilt (sea-geilt
), so this is a second female figure in Gaelic literature (along with Mís) that follows something of a geilt pattern. I desperately need to make a coherent listing of articles that have been written on the topic of geilt, of Suibhne, and of poetic madness and correlate that list with what I've actually read so far. The Merlin book was useful in that sense, and also pointed me in the direction of a few other names to add to my list of characters to search for, so that was excellent fodder for my work.
In doing this I need to remember that I'm not trying to write any kind of comprehensive survey of the literature. I'm trying to write about my own explorations and how I've used them and my interpretations of the geilt phenomenon for self-healing work. It's not supposed to be a doctoral thesis, no matter how tempted I may be to range that far from time to time.
I'd like to get it written in this lifetime...