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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 .  

Loci in the time of Covid...

The year ends at least with a good beginning. This new garden project should keep me out of trouble for the coming year if I last that long. Gardening has become more nourishing to my soul than writing of late. I think my garden might be remembered longer than my books.

That said, I hope to fill my ever briefer future with lots of both. When I was young, it was my joy to wander. Post covid, my own little house and yard is getting bigger and bigger. Soon, I think, it might be the whole world.

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