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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 .  


There are a lot of rocks in my garden-in-progress. A visitor asked, "Are these supposed to be stepping stones?"

Not really, but if they invite your feet, you are welcome to step on them. Their main purpose is to guide the eye, like the brushstrokes and shapes in a painting. Their placement may change as the garden evolves.

It is a very small garden, and there is not much place in it to walk to. It seems a lot bigger when you stay still and look deep.

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