The Writing of “Deirdre of the Sorrows”

In New York City during the fall of 2002,  Sharon was sitting under the light of her

 Grandmother’s lamp.  As she began to read  An Introduction to Celtic Mythology

by David Bellingham,  more specifically,  Deirdre of the Sorrows, the idea came to  her

that she could render  Deirdre of the Sorrows  into poetical form.   She wrote much of 

Deirdre of the Sorrows on her computer in a room that overlooked  a tree that became

her friend as she wrote.   Deirdre became like  her third child.    The writing was much like

 creating a quilt, piece by piece.  In the summer of 2003,  she went to Roccalvecce,  Italy,

with her daughter, and with Deirdre of the Sorrows,all she had written up to that point, 

stuffed in her suitcase.     Here she was able to think about writing all the missing links that

appeared throughout her rendering of the story line.   She  began to see the outline of the

“quilt”.    In June of 2004,  she was guided  to  Southern California to a town called Palmdale.

It was while looking at the  desert sky that the inspiration came to complete  “Deirdre”.  She

 continued to write and rewrite.  One day in January of 2005,  she had gone over the whole text

 and had again made a lot of changes.  When she clicked the save button, it was not able to register.

 Then she closed her eyes  because she knew that, by  God’s grace,  it was now finished.