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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 .  


 Richard Rohr writes of action and contemplation as a unified circle, each arising from and giving rise to the other. In my recent gardening reading, I ran into a parallel thought from Annie Martin in her book, The Magical World of Moss Gardening, where she discusses the temple gardens of Japan-

"These tranquil retreats certainly provide inviting visual spaces for contemplation. Yet meditation is an internal experience with no requirement of external stimuli. In Zen philosophy, it is the creative process of gardening and the ongoing labor of maintaining garden grandeur that facilitates one's journey on the path to enlightenment."


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