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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 .  

...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.

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  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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