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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

On writing while drugged...

Lately, I posted here about my recent bout of writer's block. I seem to be writing better now that I'm on drugs. Thanks to an abscessed tooth, I'm on a ten-day course of antibiotic while waiting for the endodontist to return from his vacation.

My first dose of the day is at 2 a.m. After I wash down my pill, I write for an hour or so before I go back to bed. It is the most productive stint of word-smithing I have all day. Perhaps stories must be dreamed before they are dreamed up.

At any rate, concentration comes much easier before the mind gets filled with day-clutter. Imagination loves the dark.

Henry's books.


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