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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 the end of the beginning...

One more week of winter, according to the calendar, although the past week has felt more like spring. The season is almost done. Something to reflect upon.

Age encourages reflection. The change of seasons reminds me that my own brief season in the sun is nearing its far terminus. Most of the preceding males in my line of Mitchells went down to earth in their eighties. I'll be eighty in a few weeks. Genetics make it likely that I'm already well into my last decade.

Denouement. That's what the novelists call it. That point in the plot where all the conflicts and complications get resolved, when all the loose ends are tied up. That's where I am. A little peace and calm. A spell of gratitude and forgiveness toward all participating parties. A rest from striving to please and impress. Some quiet joy at what is before the Author types The End.

It's been a pretty good read. I wouldn't mind at all if there were a sequel.

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