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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 .  

Two worlds...

We live in two worlds. One world is home to makers. The other is occupied by users. Between those two worlds is a great gulf none can cross except by mercy and miracle.

Those souls who live a life of making create abundance. Whatever they put hand and mind to becomes more than it was. Users generate scarcity. What they have used up is no longer there to bless their ends.

Using ends in chaos and debris. Making brings about a new order of things, deeper and richer than existed before.

In a society where most people are users, consumers, it takes uncommon courage and depth of vision to be a maker, creator. God is ever the Maker. We know God through participating in the creative processes of the universe. We experience Presence in making.

Be a maker then. Make love, beauty, make peace or freedom, make a home, make a garden, Make a poem, a story, make something, anything that is real, that is true, that sustains and nourishes everliving souls.

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