Archive for March, 2014

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.

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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.

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Herbach making jokes for middle schoolers.

Stupid Fast the Movie

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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.