Final days at Jentel: Draft 1, Done!

Yesterday, in my fourth week at Jentel, with three days left in my residency, this happened…


Draft 1: Done! Clocking in at about 250 pages (77,500 words), about 150 of them written at Jentel. It must be official if it’s in dry-erase marker.

…while I was working here:


The Sunset writer’s studio at Jentel.

So today, I did this to celebrate…


Lake DeSmet, about 5.5 miles from Jentel up Lower Piney Creek Road. That fine little bike’s name is Genevieve; she belongs to the awesome writer and artist Jill Foote-Hutton, who was kind enough to let me borrow her.

…knowing that I still have lots and lots of work to do to before the book is actually finished.

Still, this place…


View from Jentel, looking toward Lower Piney Creek Road.


The endless permutation of clouds and sky.

…has been a little bit of magic, and I…


Walking out on “The Road.”

… am forever indebted and grateful.


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