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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 .  

Once there were...


Once there were people here,

Hot breakfasts, childrens’ laughter,

Works planned and accomplished,

Bright dreams, dark imaginings,

Love and hopes and strivings,

And yes, sometimes, too, strife,

Hurts, harsh and hateful words,

Griefs and losses, weeping.

Those who crossed this ground

In holy zeal or blind lust or anger

Now lie quiet and still within it,

Flesh fails before steel and stone,

And in her slow slow time,

The mountain claims her own.



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