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Writing Wendl - attrition...

Status report on the current novel project, Wendl the Fallen : At around 60,000 words, I've killed off a couple of characters, which is usually an early sign that the story is finding me. The target is a rough draft of about 100,000 words in twelve chapters, which will trim down in re-write and editing to something like 70,000 words in ten chapters. I've never written a novel this dark before - or this funny. To be honest, I'm not at all sure I'll ever be able to finish it. Meanwhile, The Winged Child will be out in February. That is my best one so far.   Henry's books . If you would like to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .  

December grays...

It was one of those gray December days that hints it might end in a drizzle or a flurry. It felt good to have the walling done at last, and work to do in a sheltered place out of the wind. I spent the morning clearing the little space where the kitchen garden will be. Then, having enjoyed it so much, I went out again and worked through my normal afternoon writing hours. I can write when it's dark and raining.

Yesterday, I found the unruly little spruce that will reside out there somewhere. I'll maybe go fetch it home tomorrow. Two or three of these rocks might stay. If not, there's plenty more left around the place to choose from. The garden will need a bit of stone here and there to converse with the walls.

I'll keep you posted...

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