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It's September, which means the grass here in Illinois is long dead. Soon, the leaves will change. Just yesterday, first-year students at Knox moved into the dorms. I met with seven of them and took them out to dinner to welcome them to campus.

It's September, and I haven't updated this blog all summer. A year ago, I was three weeks from TELL EVERYONE I SAID HI's officially dropping. Those were exciting times. Soon, the book is going to celebrate its first birthday, and to be honest, things are still pretty exciting.

Back in July, I was something of the writer-in-residence at yeah write!, an online writing community full of lively and engaged folks. Here's a link to the last post I wrote for them, which includes links to the first three.

More recently, Fourth River, the literary magazine of Chatham University, ran an interview I conducted with Abbey Hood. Abbey asked some great questions, was a real pleasure to correspond with. (Please ignore the photo posted with the interview. I've never liked it, and thought I'd had it scrubbed forever from the Internets. But I was wrong. And, yes, I'm a little vain. I apologize.)

A few reviews continue to trickle in. Here's one by R. Jess Lavolette that was published in the Notre Dame Review. Reviews unavailable online have also shown up in recent issues of Mid-American Review & Sycamore Review.

Lastly, I have some pretty cool events/readings coming up. The first one, soon, is in conjunction with this exhibit at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery. Jane and I traveled down there on Thursday for the exhibition's opening reception. Here's an Instagram pic from the event. I'm grateful to Barb Harroun & Ann Marie Hayes-Hawkinson for asking me to be a part of it all. On the 16th, I'll be giving a gallery talk at 12:30, talking about the impact of place. On the same day, at 4:00, I'll be giving a reading, doing a Q&A.

And there's more goings-on, including an upcoming trips to Champaign & Columbia, Missouri. Details can be found on my Events page, which I just updated.

I also spent some time tonight updating my Books page. Maybe check it out?

And speaking of books: I spent much of the summer co-writing a novel with Jane. So far, we think it's pretty good. If the whole thing doesn't blow up in our faces, we hope to have a working draft done by the beginning of the new year. Keep your fingers crossed for us?

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When I finish the novel I'm working on right now, I'd really like to write a book with my husband. What process/method did you guys use? Does someone draft a chapter and the other revises it? I'm very curious.

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Day

Happy September Chad! Good luck with your and Jane's novel.

September 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDawn.

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