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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 .  

Seasonal routines...

The last week of winter has been unseasonably warm, so our daily domestic routines have already shifted into spring/summer mode. Mornings are for the garden. I write in the afternoons. 

We don't have a television, so in the evenings we read, usually aloud to one another. Occasionally we might stream something on-line for entertainment, but mostly, we read. If I'm still wakeful at the end of my day, I'll write for an hour or so before turning in.

I'm writing and reading mostly short stories these days. I have a couple of unfinished novels lying around, but they don't exude much appeal since I've already figured out how they will end. So, I'll keep chasing the little stories for now. Maybe one of them will turn into the Big Surprise. 

The Main Muse leads a more public life than I do, being as she is more useful to people than I am. She is the reason we still have a few friends. She keeps me in the world. If I had no readers at all, I would still write tales for her.

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  1. "If I had no readers at all, I would still write tales for her." This is one of the most romantic and delightful compliments to a beloved spouse as I've ever heard Henry. You just made my day!


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