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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 .  


At our house, we're reading Secrets of the Springs by Robin Brown and Scott Derks. Secrets... is a tasty stew of accessible science, readable history and imaginative narrative. My first glimpses of the book came as I walked a mile down the mountain on summer afternoons to sit with my friend and neighbor Scott Derks on his porch beside Joels Creek, as he read to me excerpts from what he had been writing.

I knew then it would be a different kind of history book, and sensed that Scott himself was on a journey to a different kind of writing. And that is just how it has turned out.