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Among the Fallen - progress report...

Eight chapters in on the initial edit of Among the Fallen. Finally screwed up my courage to cut two pages of delightful stuff that was way fun to write but failed to push the story in any direction at all. With five chapters to go, I've shed a couple of aimless characters and pruned the manuscript to under a hundred thousand words (barely). It's beginning to look like a novel somebody might find time to read. It is the most dark and bloody book I've written, and also the most playful. If I don't die meantime, I should have something to go out to beta readers by summer. The first draft came hard but I'm actually enjoying the editing.  

Come and gone...


Ten days ago when you read this, my 81st birthday came and went, leaving me a cup and a jug and a song and a shirt richer, besides the real and abiding treasures, like the old friends who drove a windytwisty road in the mountain dark to celebrate with us at our favorite watering hole, and my beloved Main Muse, who still says she loves me when there's nobody left around but me to hear her say it.
Somehow, I wound up in the right place with the right people after all. I don't deserve it, but God knows I'm grateful.