November is the Busiest Writing Month EVER!

And I’m not even participating in NaNoWriMo!

However, I am fortunate enough to be part of a Fiction Studio at the Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk which meets twice this month. For each meeting, I’m submitting a piece of my novel and critiquing the impressive writing of three of my studio-mates. At the first November session, I presented “Choreography of Characters,” a little lesson on how to make your characters move logically and resonantly. If that makes sense!

On November 8th, I’m co-presenting “The Anatomy of a Mystery” with friend and fellow writer Jayne Ormerod as part of Suffolk’s very first Suffolk Mystery Author Festival. I’m so excited that my home town is taking this on! Jayne and I have had a blast putting this together.

On November 15th, I’m coordinating a workshop and critique session with some fellow mystery writers who are working on short stories to submit to the second Virginia is For Mysteries anthology. I’m looking forward to hanging out with some very special people!

As a Spalding University MFA grad, I’m participating with two amazing and inspiring fellow graduates in a critique group. We submit once a month, more or less, and their input is invaluable.

In preparation for the second annual Coastal Crime Fest in Va. Beach in March, I’m lining up speakers and organizing the agenda. I like to get things done well in advance.

Oh yeah – during every second of spare time, I’m still slogging through the polishing of After the Fury – my post-Civil War novel manuscript. I haven’t yet heard from the agents who were kind enough to ask for the first 50 pages in September, but the way I see it is that every extra minute I can polish, polish, polish is a good thing, even if they don’t ask for the rest of the novel.

And of course, I’m working full time, taking care of beloved husband and spoiled rotten wiener dogs, and sometimes even doing a load of laundry.

It doesn’t sound like much, but it sure feels like it! I couldn’t be happier! I hope I’m not jinxing myself!