Sweet readers. I know all of you aren't Russian and Chinese spambots. Over the last few days, you've sent me 10,000 hits a day. I hope you've had a laugh. Maybe you've learned something? I'm not really here to teach you anything (that's my day job), but I do hope to keep your eyes open, to show you a new place or two from my slightly twisted perspective.
I've been worrying and fretting about how to give you a new-and-improved I Must Be Off!, but life is hectic right now. At least until September, I Must Be Off! will have to remain old school. I've started a business in Munich. You can like it HERE on Facebook if you want. Do you like life colorful? Do you believe colorful food will save you? Maybe it's the fountain of youth?
In the meantime, I publish short stories here and there. Several will be coming out in the next few months, and one of them was published today at Prime Number Magazine (thank you, Cliff Garstang!). I explain why I wrote the story in the Q&A on the site, but I'll explain it here as well. Traveling by train each morning is like reading a sudden fiction collection. Stories get on and off the train as the doors open and close. Each person has his story, and I sit there and read them. This does involve a squirmy amount of staring, yes. Germans are less bothered by staring than, say, Americans or Britons. You can stare all you want here. Good to know, right?
Thank you, Prime Number, for publishing this story! Literary magazines need a lot of love. Please click on this:
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, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly's Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, The Best of Every Day Ficton, PANK, Word Riot, 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.