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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.  

Year after year...

Tastier than mustard or turnip greens, more nutritious, too. Try chicory greens, sauteed in garlic, peppers and butter, dressed lightly with vinegar and oil.

Chicory is a perennial, so unless you harvest the root, you can maintain the bed from your first planting. These greens came from seed we sowed last year. We took several cuttings over the summer, and this is our second this spring.

I've been doing some reading when I'm not in the garden. There's a review of The Treeline by Ben Rawlence on the Hungry Dragon Books blog.