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Writing Wendl...

I really did want to write a light-hearted tale in case this one turns out to be my last novel (assuming it yet becomes a novel), but it's headed currently toward the shadows. I thought I knew Wendl Von Trier pretty well, having trekked with him through my previous book, The Winged Child .   There, Wendl presents as an elusive solitary, moving above all worldly fray while at the same time nudging events and characters toward a satisfactory conclusion. Sharp and intimidating on the outside and tender and motherly on the inside. A friend to the world, something of a trickster, but in all things working for good outcomes.  That is how I saw Wendl VonTrier. A  púka, mischievous, but essentially harmless, even benevolent, capable of presenting in whatever form or gender the moment required. Wendl seemed the ideal candidate to carry readers off into the literary sunset in good spirits after an exhilarating romp through a fantastical fiction. But all along, it seems, there were depths to

...not much

It doesn't take much to occupy an old man's mind. I could ponder this spot for days and be happy with it. The moss seems much happier here than on the roof of the garage.

Henry's books.


  1. I'd like to try that here too..there is a lot of moss growing at the end of our driveway, and of course also in the woods. I don't know what kind it yours Irish moss by any chance? I just might get the book you mentioned. It looks like yours is spreading fast!

    1. Sharon, I've transplanted mosses with good result from places in my yard where I didn't want them, from various pavements about town where they were destined to be destroyed by the snowplows, even from roofs. Clear the ground of all vegetation before you put them down. Keep them misted moist but not flooded and walk on them occasionally until they are established. That will help rhizoids attach to the substrate. Annie Martin's book has a lot of basic information on identifying, starting and maintaining mosses in the garden.

    2. Just a word about "Irish Moss." It isn't really moss. It's a flowering vascular plant.

    3. Oh wow..I just looked up vascular plants..I have so much to learn! I'm betting my son David would love growing moss too. Looks like Annie Martin will be getting more orders for her book soon! Thanks, Henry..


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