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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 .  


The seasons of the soul

all pass on, inexorable 

as time and weather.

Eventually, by good luck

or by Grace, from all

your striving or perhaps

 in spite of it,  you arrive 

at a place that fits your life,

and wish it had always been

this way and you hope

that it will ever so be,

only to awake one spring

morning when the light

whispers change, and know

that beyond this moment,

everything will be different.

Terrified and elated,

you step through the door.

Henry's books.