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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 .  

What we're reading at our house...

This little book, to use the author's favorite word, is "delightful." One can read The Things That Charm Us in a day (it took me two, I did so frequently stop and ponder). It is one of those rare early books where we can see a writer becoming, bringing up to light water from the well he will draw from in all his work to follow.

I read N. K. Carlson's collection of stories, poems and essays in preparation for an upcoming interview here with him about his trilogy out in spring of next year from Creative James Media. It was a (there's that word again) delight to discover we have similar religious history and share some common motivation for writing fiction.

While our similarities render us tolerable, it is our differences that make us interesting. Nate expresses his own unique vision in his own personal voice. Every page of his book is a discovery. This reader especially liked the short stories. One of the more successful of the tales is The Man With No Face. It's a chiller.