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Writing Wendl...

I really did want to write a light-hearted tale in case this one turns out to be my last novel (assuming it yet becomes a novel), but it's headed currently toward the shadows. I thought I knew Wendl Von Trier pretty well, having trekked with him through my previous book, The Winged Child .   There, Wendl presents as an elusive solitary, moving above all worldly fray while at the same time nudging events and characters toward a satisfactory conclusion. Sharp and intimidating on the outside and tender and motherly on the inside. A friend to the world, something of a trickster, but in all things working for good outcomes.  That is how I saw Wendl VonTrier. A  púka, mischievous, but essentially harmless, even benevolent, capable of presenting in whatever form or gender the moment required. Wendl seemed the ideal candidate to carry readers off into the literary sunset in good spirits after an exhilarating romp through a fantastical fiction. But all along, it seems, there were depths to

Season openers...

Several species of native deciduous azaleas are growing down in our glen. They don't all flower at the same time, and dependent on the weather, their bloom dates will vary from year to year. This year, Piedmont Azalea (Rhododendron canescens) unfurled some glory (above) in mid April and Coastal Azalea (Rhododendron atlanticum) flaunted elegant and fragrant blossoms (below) to bring in May.

The azalea show will continue here through spring and summer. We'll keep you posted on coming attractions.

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