Category: On the Sly


So, when I laid On The Sly down to ferment, I had a squeaky clean outline. All my notes had been worked through. But you remember what I said fermentation was really about? Me forgetting my story. Clearing my head. Now I’m back at it and my outline has more notes than I’ve ever seen. These are quick, easy to take care of notes, … Read More Post-Fermentation


Like a fine wine or a busty microbrew, a good novel should ferment. That’s what On The Sly is doing right now. I’ve finished the fourth draft (it takes as many drafts as it takes, sorry), and now it’s just sitting there, waiting for me to forget all my little thoughts about it. All my hopes and despairs. It ferments so I can look … Read More Fermentation

Cooking Along

On The Sly is coming along quite well. I’m at the point with it where I’m getting itchy to read it again. But that will wait. First, I need to work some more on the ending. As I said before, I’m extending it by a couple chapters. I want the final battle between Sylvia and Pike to be bigger. And badder. Still mulling it … Read More Cooking Along

Adding Chapters

I’m pretty much 85% done with this draft of On The Sly, but I’ve decided to add a couple more chapters. Extend the climax of the novel a bit. In the chapter I’m writing now, Nick Eccheli, the homicide detective investigating the murder in Sylvia’s bar is trying to find her (she’s been abducted by the killer). The chapter starts with him at the … Read More Adding Chapters


As you know, I’ve been reworking my mystery, On The Sly. I’ve rearranged a lot of chapters and deleted some big premises. This brought everything to a simpler story, which will payoff in a big way with more detailed scenes and a grittier overall feel. The past few weeks I’ve been busy fixing all the plot holes caused by the changes. Today, I’m happy … Read More Halfway


So my main character in On the Sly is Sylvia Wilson. Despite being told numerous times to let the detectives do their job, she just can’t not investigate on her own. Right now, she’s set up a new security system in her bar. It’s a long shot, but profilers say criminals often return to the scene of the crime. Will the killer come back … Read More Spying

On The Sly

I hit 10,000 words yesterday on this story. Go me!!! What happens when a bar owner finds a body on the floor of her bar? #wendylkoenig #mystery  

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