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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 .  


We've had some visitors in the garden during the first week of March. A pair of pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) have been working the remains of an old stump by the herb beds. These photos aren't great, shot through the window screen with my phone, but they record the encounter.

These big birds, about the size of a crow, live mostly on insect grubs and larvae and are prodigious wood miners in search of a meal. If you don't see the bird, you can't miss their workings.


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