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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 .  

Not yet...

Over the years, I've thought that I would be an old man at eighty, unlikely as it seemed I would ever reach that rarefied state of elderosity. Now with the big eight-oh only five days away, it hasn't happened yet.

Admittedly, I'm operating out of a somewhat battered and high-mileage body, but the days are just as welcome and enthralling as ever they were, and I still look forward to doing it all again tomorrow. Brief as mine is likely to be, I make plans for the future.

I may look old. Sometimes I even feel old. But old isn't where I'm living right now. Being young was a much bigger hindrance to getting my life done. In my present state of grace, nobody expects much of me or considers me dangerous, so I'm pretty much left alone to go my own way. 

The only people who take much notice of me at all anymore are those who love me. If this is being old, I'll take as much of it as I'm given.


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  1. To have achieved such a perfect and happy life is a great achievement . Enjoy the next twenty!!!

    1. Nobody's life is perfect, Meadow, but I am content with mine as it is. I'm glad it looks so good from where you are. A couple of days ago, A reader sent a message that I was writing too much "doom and gloom" here. It all depends on one's point of view, I reckon.

      I'm bound to issue a disclaimer in view of your comment, though: my life is more a matter of luck than achievement, but if you can give me twenty more, I'll take it.


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