May 31: Short Story Behind the Door first published on Story Time
August 15: Discovered that America had mosquitoes too, and at first thought it had been sent after me from Nigeria.
August 17: Arrived at Edwardsville Illinois, and experienced my first and truly memorable power outage in America that lasted more than 12 hours.
August 18: Found out that I could be Jewish, after all.
August 21: Met Papa Rudy, my colleagues at the Department, and got a bicycle as a gift among many other surprises.
August 23: Visited Six Flags at St. Louis where I lost a camera.
August 25: Discovered the value of a quarter.
September 10: Moved from ktravula.wordpress.com to ktravula.com
September 29: Met Frank Warren of PostSecret.
September 29: Began writing Home Alone, Traveller, a poem.
October 3: Showed off my new camera.
October 23: Wrote “America Tonight,” a poem on returning from a walk in the rain.
October 24: Visited the African American museum at Carbondale
October 27: Got news that short story Behind the Door will be published in an anthology in the UK in 2010.
November 11: Wrote my name on the “Berlin Wall” on Campus.
November 09: Published my translation of Richard Berengarten’s poem Volta online.
December 1: Wrote an unpublished poem titled This step, This spot.
December 2: Got a Secret Santa.
December 4: Found out that I couldn’t donate blood if I wanted to.
December 6: My poem Home Alone, Traveller and a few others published on Africanwriter.com
December 7: Fried Dodo to class for my students to eat on their last day of class.
December 10: Arrived in Washington DC where I’d gone to attend a Fulbright Event. I toured the city on foot, visiting the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, the Washington Monument and the White House, taking pictures.
December 11: Published the 200th post on KTravula.com
December 12: Went to the White House, again.
December 15: Visited Howard University, Washington DC in the rain.
December 15: Visited Maryland, where I met a few Nigerian bloggers, and ate food and drank wine like no man’s business.
December 15: Poem America Tonight and a larger Home Alone, Traveller published on Canada’s Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Issue 5.
December 19: Found out who my Secret Santa was.
December 20: My short story Behind the Door reviewed for Critical Literature Review.
December 25: Saw real snow.