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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 .  

No shame...

May has no shame at all,

Flaunts such gaudiosity

As a slightly tipsy prelate

Might array himself for

Mass display before his

Scoffish congregation

On some minor feastday,

But nobody laughs at May

Dancing by, brandishing

All the extravagant hues

Of our unbridled hopes.

Henry's books.