Well, boys and girls, The Hourglass was a failure. Five or six drafts later (and as many months) the deadline loomed and I found myself faced with a choice: abandon the concept I had been working on for months or fight through. I fought it and wrote about five minutes worth of content across a few files. Then I gave up.
Well, sort of. The main hindrance was that Hourglass was going to be a completely symmetrical piece and incorporate one reveled composer's work as a framework. So, as I went to write I had to tack things on to the end proportionately. It failed musically as well as conceptually. The idea I had been working on for months just sucked and I didn't have time to baby it along.
So, instead of tossing everything I shifted the idea into a less restricting one. Instead of The Hourglass it shifted to Horizon. Horizon is a much darker concept than originally conceived and one that allowed more emotive writing and less of the mathematical. The framework and rhythmic underpinning is still from the original concept but the surface is much more composer/human friendly. Currently I'm putting the finishing touches on it and hoping that my percussion writing (my first involved percussion part) isn't too much to manage (although it well might be).
So, instead of flaunting an intellectual concept for months just write the damn thing - you'll be glad you did.