Eugene Stonefield

I currently reside in San Angelo, Texas and am a member of the San Angelo Writers Club. Previously, I enjoyed a lengthy residency in Austin, Texas where I pursued a career in technology with the federal and state governments. Preceding that period, I completed four years of service in the Air Force and attended the University of Texas at Austin where I received a BA in Liberal Arts with a major in English Literature. During this time, I pursued the writing of poetry for self-amusement. Now, I have entered a time of life that allows more freedom to write and am expanding efforts into prose.

The Saga of MacHeracles

In my current work in progress, The Saga of MacHeracles, the reader will enter the fantasy in Scotland in the summer of 1787 and will follow the voyage of Angus MacHeracles-Racoon for three years while he becomes a valuable member of the crew of the Okeanos as they sail the Mediterranean and Tyreanean seas as merchant mariners. MacHeracles’ identity evolves throughout the voyage as new assignments are made by the captain of the Okeanos, Master Nebbelsten Glaucus and MacHeracles sets about to perform them. The saga proceeds as told by an unidentified narrator who reports the scene and dialog between participants who may be among the human or animal world. The tale blends history with fantasy, so some of the characters are historic as are some of the episodes that are modified to allow the saga to proceed. Other characters, the members of the crew are named from various mythologies to feature a characteristic they exhibited in their ‘old’ jobs. Captain Glaucus believes in providing a ‘second chance’ to the long-termed unemployed. In addition to the narration, an omniscient chronicler interjects commentary periodically about past, present and future events that relate to the story line to give additional flavor.

As of this posting, I have not concluded the appropriate manner in which the Saga of MacHeracles may be submitted for publication or to whom. I have had some readings by others to help me assess the tale’s acceptance and will likely seek others before the decision is made. My thanks go to Laurel Scott for her effort in encouraging me to step outside my interest in poetry and try my skill at prose as well as for her much-appreciated feedback from her reading of the story.