200,000 Hits!!!!

I'm sure the 200,000th hit at I Must Be Off! was a Russian spambot. They do love me. I owe a great debt to my Russian spambot followers. Thank you for following my posts so closely, spamskis! And thank you for your übercreative, grammatically incorrect comments!

And then there are the real followers. Thank you to the real people who read my blog and comment. I hope you continue to enjoy my wacky travel anecdotes, my expat author interviews and my gluten-free travel advice. I Must Be Off! began July 27, 2009 with a rather serious post about Alsace. It got 46 hits, which is kind of sad considering yesterday I Must Be Off! got over 800 hits.

And I hope you continue to read my stories published here and there and here. Several have been published recently. If you have a few minutes, you could make a guy happy by going to these places, reading and commenting (where allowed) on these stories, all of which are particular favorites of mine for many reasons:

The Bee at Crack the Spine

At the Deathbed of William Fear: the Wife, the Priest, the Lover and a Dog at Pure Slush

Three Minutes in Harry's Still Life at The View From Here

Beyond the Fences at Flash Frontier

The Raging, Melting Space Between at Apocrypha and Abstractions

Again, thank you for visiting my blog! 

I must be off,


Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's award-winning fiction and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, SmokeLong Quarterly's Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, Crack the Spine, The Best of Every Day Fiction, Pure Slush, Bootsnall Travel and Chicken Soup for the Soul. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. He is the managing editor of the daily litzine Metazen. Recently, Allen--along with editors Michelle Elvy and Linda Simoni-Wastila--hosted Flash Mob 2013 in celebration of International Flash Fiction Day. 


  1. William Fear is an awesome story. I was going to try to articulate why I think it's an awesome story, but I'm out of brain. The transformation of the nice dog to Cerberus sold me. A domesticated hell-hound.

    1. Hey, Bad Alice!
      Thank you so much for reading At the Deathbed of William Fear! This makes my night. My twist on the dog story.

      I hope you're doing well,
      Chris :)


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