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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 .  

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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