The setting: 12 bottles of fresh southern Oregon Syrah in our closet, waiting for Christmas. Some will be gifts, some will be kept and drunk by the proprietors. Each label will have different art to illustrate the story (commissioned from my two children handy with pen, paint, and charcoal).

Challenge to myself: Write 12 character descriptions or place settings from a complete story, one per label.

Deadline: mid-December, 2008, in time to print the labels

Working concept:

A Case of Syrah, a Nan Peregrine mystery in 12 labels

Featuring murder, ninjas, vino, drunken sailors, and song. And a Nan quotable on every bottle.