This November is a busy one for me, featuring events and an exciting new project.

First, on November 10th at 7pm, I will be part of a panel to chat about mystery and whatever else comes to mind at Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland, Oregon. I will be joining  Stephanie Gayle and  Lisa Alber, with Cindy Brown moderating. It should be fun and friendly and (I suspect) sinister! If you’re in the neighborhood, come on out. I’m thrilled about the chance to hang with such talented authors. Learn more.

And speaking of talented authors, I will be part of the last stop on the 2015 Crazy 8s Author Tour. Conceived by author George Byron Wright, the Crazy 8s Author Tour features stops at eight Oregon cities. At each event, eight Oregon authors have eight minutes to share their thoughts on writing, their work, and just about anything else that comes to mind. These events are fun, playful, insightful. It’s a real privilege for me to be a part of it. On November 14th, the tour comes to an end in Albany, where I will joining K.B. DixonMolly GlossLisa Ohlen HarrisLindsay HillJustin HockingJody Seay, and Molly Best Tinsley. The event will take place at the Albany Public Library, with book sales by Grass Roots Books & Music. Learn more.

As if that isn’t enough, on November 28th I’ll be hanging out at the Book Bin in Salem for Indie First. It’s been a real privilege to participate in this celebration of independent bookstores each year. Adding to the fun will be the delightful and talented folks I get to hang out with, including Heidi SchulzAdam Gallardo, and David Barker. Learn more.

Meanwhile, I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month too, which means a lot of words in a short time. For this year, I’ve decided to work on the follow-up to my young adult mystery, Property of the State (June 2016, Poisoned Pencil). That means taking a break from the standalone adult mystery I’ve been working on for *ahem-murmur-murmur*, but I’ll get back to that one soon enough.

I’ve often commented on the fact I’m a slooooow writer at best, but with Property of the State coming out in a mere eight months, I thought it prudent to make a hard push on the further Legend of Joey Getchie (working title: Joey the Second) sooner rather than later. My hope is — like so many other writers — I can leverage the energy of NaNoWriMo to pound through a first draft this month. So far, so good. Sure, it’s a big, hairy mess, but I’m making progress, staying ahead of the word count curve, and coming up with ideas I’m excited about — even if the prose is pretty raw and hideous. That’s okay though. As I like to say, revisions are when you get to move the darts onto the bullseye while no one is looking. I solemnly promise not to unload this puppy onto Janet Reid until it’s been revised and revised and revised.

As for that adult standalone? I’ve spoken to a few people about it, and I get a question about it from time to time. I can say it’s coming along. Slowly, though. After I get through this month of NaNoWriMo, I will return to it while Joey the Second is resting. Aside from that, there’s little else to share since I don’t know when it will be finished or what it’s fate will be when it is.

So that’s this month! Busy, but exciting. Hopefully I’ll see a few of you at my various events.