Going to Janesville, WI and Duluth, MN and there’s this Nook deal! I need better shoes @SourcebooksFire

It’s totally that season. Everything in the world is happening at Minnesota State: theses readings, conferences, advisees doing their annual freak-out, and it’s raining but the snow on the sides of the road is glacial, and like plastic, and non-meltable. But, oh no, I am not sad. Despite the very cold plastic snow, I am very happy.  Why?

For one: I get to address the Minnesota Conference of Teachers of English in Duluth, MN next week. Duluth is like Siberia, except pretty!  For two: the next day I drive to Southern Wisconsin, right by Beloit, where I had my worst defeat ever (2005, booed off the stage while telling a story before the band Of Montreal played), to triumphantly visit Janesville and take part in a great conference.


That’s at Hedburg Public Library, should you happen to be in the region.

Also, Barnes and Noble is running a nice little deal for Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, to help people get into the series.

So, the good transcends any trouble, including freaking glaciers.

But, there’s a lot of travel coming up in the next couple of months and I do need some new shoes. Comfortable ones, because I am an old man. Also, I might show up everywhere in sweat pants.

Packed house at the Young Authors Conference

This thing has become one of my favorite events every year.  Success Beyond the Classroom brings in kids from all over the Twin Cities Metro and gathers a bunch of writers and artists to give sweet classes to them. This year I’m keynoting, which sort of means doing stand-up for middle school-aged kids (plus getting them psyched about writing). That’s as good as it gets, as far as I’m concerned. That’s a job I like.


Herbach making jokes for middle schoolers.

Stupid Fast the Movie


I’m pretty excited about this. I have great filmmaking friends who are putting together this project. I’m so happy to be at least marginally involved. Their script looks great, too. If you’d like updates, Like Stupid Fast The Movie over on Facebook. They’re running contests, too.

This to This.

I spoke at the Secondary Reading Conference of Florida. It looked like this.


Today, I’m back in Minnesota.  It looks like this.


My car wouldn’t start at the airport.  Our condo is 55 degrees. There is ice all over all the roads.  Steph’s voice is two octaves below normal, because it’s so dry.  I am stiff (okay, maybe because I ran on the beach yesterday, but still stiff and it’s too cold to stretch).

I have to ask myself why?  Because I want to go eat pizza on a pier, which is what we did yesterday.  I don’t even care that seagulls kept bombing us, or that they stole the doughnut right out of the hand of the woman who sat next to us in the restaurant’s outdoor seating. She was mad at the seagull, but I thought it was pretty funny. Steph did, too. I want to go back to that.

Why Minnesota, Herbach? 

Whiner. Go to work.

This is coming!

This is coming!

Out in May of 2014~

New Day

I spent the summer writing, sort of on fire, a book called Fat Boy verses The Cheerleaders. I think it turned out, although writing it made me eat all the time. The book will come out in May or June of 2014.

Now fall semester at the University is about to start.  It’s time to get other projects back in gear.  One I’m psyched about is the I’m With Stupid Stories blog. Today, the first post of the season went up.

Clint Edwards tells the tale of horror, wherein he, as a teen, repeatedly took dumps in his pants, because he was so stupid nervous (understandably so).

Check it out here.

Also, I grew stupid facial hair.


I’m With Stupid Birthday. It’s Felton’s last book…

I started writing these Felton Reinstein books about four years ago when my son, Leo, was 11. Really, Stupid Fast, Nothing Special, and the book that came out today, I’m With Stupid, wouldn’t have happened without Leo suddenly growing and suddenly dropping books on the ground instead of reading them. I’m not only a little sad about the last book coming out, but I’m also a little sad because my son is cruising through high school, now. He’s a good reader, by the way (good at lots of stuff — I’m a proud dad).

Oh well, here’s the birthday video for the book!


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