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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 Follow.it to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .  

Around the bend...


Summer has rounded the bend toward fall. By mid-August the light is beginning to slant in from the south, the golden hours at morning and evening not quite so short and far apart. The shadows that swing about the trees during the warm sunny days grow longer, the evenings a bit cooler, reminding us that we are nearer the season's end than the beginning.

In spring, we imagine that summer could never be long enough. About half-way through, we start to remember that endings, too, when they come naturally, have their slow, shy, only half-sad charms.

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