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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 .  

Maintenance and repair...

Assorted minor medical interventions over the past few weeks have interrupted my gardening routine somewhat. I suppose at eighty years one must expect to endure a bit of maintenance and repair from time to time.

Fortunately, I haven't needed to forego my daily strolls and I've not missed a day writing. Wendl's tale continues to unroll, as full of surprises and delights as a mountain trail. I am taking some care to walk upwind of the herd, even though I've had my shots.

As the new variants of the Plague gather steam, we'll likely be postponing our "return to normal" indefinitely. Normal has historically been overrated. It's quite possible this is the "normal" for the foreseeable. 

Wear your mask in company. Get your vaccine if you haven't already. Don't be among the killed or the killers if you can help it. As Pat Humphries' song says, "We're all just swimming in the stream together...swimming to the other side."


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