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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 .  

Better late than never...

Spiderwort (aka Tradescantia virginiana) is fairly ubiquitous on the eastern slopes of the Appalachians, but this is the first I've seen in the woods this spring. We met recently when I was walking with friends on the Saluda Passage of the Palmetto Trail, just over the line in South Carolina.

We spied plenty of post-bloom trilium along the way. I should have walked this trail a month earlier, but then, I wouldn't have seen the spiderwort.


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