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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 .  

August garden report...


 This acorn squash is our first of the season. Okra is coming in daily now. We've had a cutting of basil for pesto, and a weekly harvest of assorted greens. There are dozens of butternut squash on vines that are still blooming and flourishing.

Asparagus has been pretty much a washout this year. I haven't had a lot of luck with that in the five summers we've been here. I think something else might be growing in their place next year.

A late freeze kept us from harvesting any figs this summer, but we've had some delicious blueberries. The surviving herbs have done right well, though we didn't plant a lot. Besides basil, we've been cutting parsley, cilantro, purslane and chicory.

Various resident critters ate our tomato plants, fennel, dill and our first planting of okra. Next year, we may major in berries.

Fortunately, there are some real gardeners in our town, and we haven't wanted for fresh veggies in our neck of the woods.

 

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