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Please keep an eye on my calendar in the coming weeks. I’m hopeful of stringing together some appearances that will take 600 Hours of Edward into various corners of the state/region.

Here are a few things on tap that I’m particularly excited about:

  • Thursday, Feb. 4: I’ll be at the Stillwater County Library — 27 N. 4th Street, Columbus, MT — to chat with library patrons, do a reading of 600 Hours and sign copies of the book. 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 25: I’m teaming with Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids for a discussion about autism and mental-health issues. It will be held at the Mary Alice Fortin Center at Billings Clinic, 2800 10th Ave. North in Billings, Rooms B and D. The event will include discussion, Q&A, a reading and a book signing. That runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (By the way, here’s an interview I did with PLUK last month.)
  • Thursday, March 18: Road trip! I’m headed to Ronan to chat with the Friends of the Library about my book. That will be at the Ronan City Library, 203 Main St. SW. It starts at 7 p.m. (Some other Missoula-area events are in the works, so check back soon.)

UPDATE: And here’s one more …

  • Saturday, March 27: Signing/reading at Red Lodge Books, 16 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT. 3 to 6 p.m.

Sorry for the light posting around here of late. ‘Tis the season, you know. The simple fact is, there just hasn’t been much to say, even as there’s been so much to do.

Thanks to my friends at Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids, that has changed today. A couple of weeks ago, the organization’s director, Roger Holt, and volunteer Connie VonBergen interviewed me about 600 Hours of Edward. The result can be seen here. It’s a half-hour video. PLUK does terrific work, and I’m honored that the folks there have taken such an intense interest in my novel.

(I’m also thankful, in a way, for video evidence that I need to drag myself to a gym, posthaste. I joked to Roger and Connie that they looked like mountaineers about to climb me. Yikes!)

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve also taken another editing run at my second (as yet unpublished) novel. It’s been sitting on a shelf for a few months, and that distance really gave me an opportunity to reset, refocus and go at the manuscript aggressively. The story arc didn’t change, but I whacked away at some undergrowth of exposition.

Now, I’m going to sit back and watch the rest of 2009 unspool. It’s been a wonderful year in many ways — certainly better than 2008, which is the worst on record for me — and I’m eager to see what 2010 brings. First thing out of the gate: a Jan. 2 signing at Barnes & Nobles in Billings. More details here.

Happy holidays!

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