bedbdearg I tried to reply to you with this but tumblr ate it 3 times. So I had to post it stand alone.
You know loads about your family. Id say Skene are scots cos they come from the lowlands where the language started but theyd more than likely be from scotland since theyre jacobites. Our scots were williamites or atleast are now.
I know rices and reeces here though and theyre irish people even though they arent Irish names. Its still possible but not clear cut…
What type of scifi are you writing? Im a fan of late 19th and pre ww2 american sci fi. Some of the golden age zines too, they made everyday people into authors. Before the internet that leap in affordable printing was the most class busting n empowering thing in the 20th c.
With the myths, I object to silly narratives that try to revise myth for religious reasons. Paying attention to tyre lit. and expanding on it would be class.
If you did it then youd be following a trad in the medieval. The pre bardic authors were called fer comgne/synchronisers because they tried to create a chronology.
Itd mean identifying motifs, then looking at how motifs are arranged to create narratives in myth. Motifs can be common to IE cultures its the arrangement of then that makes the myths distinctly Irish. Its easy enough to spot key motifs since that pop up over n over figuring out what the motifs are is easy cos the Aarne Thompson index that defines them is online.
Then avoiding modern tropes would be the big hurdle. It couldnt be written like a space opera with relateable social settings just played out infront of a medieval backdrop. Some motifs are rooted in reality to make the stories more engaging for the audience but since myth is defined by its age it should seem genuinely archaic because thats how myths are percieved today.
Thats a challenge myth authors didnt face originally and it means loding a tool to make the readers empathise with the characters. Back in the medieval its possible fionn n oisin or odysseus n telemachus might meet n not know theyre father n son. Long journeys n harsh social.circumstances. It would be a relateable reality to the listeners/readers. Using modern tropes that would do the same thing today would shatter suspension of disbelief. Like having a night smoking a marlboro on the crusades to seem grizzled and manly.
Its a tall order but its been done. A druid lad wrote a book called the lebor feasa runda and expanded on myths so well they couldve been written in the medieval…
But he did it to legitimise his paganism n said it all came from a medieval manuscript… That had a rake of paganism in it rituals, sigils, prayers. He included it all in the second half of the book. If he hasn’t done that hed be the new Tolkien. Hes an amazing writer but his religious zeal means hes gone down as a fraud.