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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 .  

Come and go...

They come and they go,

like those yellow butterflies

that flutter by on April

afternoons, then disappear

before there's ever a May,

day trippers, weekenders,

summer folk, just pretending

home's not some other place,

if we're lucky, they'll leave

a little of their money behind,

but down the graveled roads

between the creeks and steeps,

you'll find those fervent few

who came this way to stay.


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