To Carry Her Home: The Bath Flash Fiction Anthology Volume One

I won a beauty contest! No kidding. But it’s not what you think. I learned that my story had made the shortlist in the Bath Flash Fiction competition while I was hiking the Sentiero degli dei (the Path of the Gods) on the Amalfi Coast, so of course the memory of my trip to Naples […]

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I Must Look Back–Looking Back at 2016

It’s been a busy year. Sometimes I kind of feel like the tower in that picture to the right, drowing in stuff to do. This is one reason you haven’t seen much from me here at I Must Be Off! apart from the wildly successful annual travel writing competition. I’m so glad and frankly stunned […]

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Juked! Juked! Juked!

Hey, adorable IMBO readers! I have a new story in Juked today. You can read it online. Free. Totally free. Juked is such a great journal. Thank you so much to Ryan Ridge, Ashley Farmer and everyone else at Juked for giving “The Air Between Us” an incredible home! This story all started with the […]

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Bronze! Bronze! Bronze!

I won! I won! Well, not really. I won third place. And I’m thrilled and honored to have received bronze. Here’s why: It’s rare that writers are paid for their work. We publish and publish and publish. We publish in cool places that accept .0001% of subs. We tell our partners this and they still […]

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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 ├╝bercreative, grammatically incorrect comments! And then there are the real followers. Thank you […]

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Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize Results

I’m thrilled that my story “When Susan Died the First Time” was chosen as a finalist in Indiana Review‘s 1/2 K Prize competition. Writers use that word “thrilled” a lot. I don’t use it lightly. Indiana Review is one of the top 50 places to be published in the US, and it’s cool. Indiana Review […]

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Lots and Lots and Lots of Stuff!

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) It seems like the last few weeks have been stuffed with stuff coming out, so I thought I’d take a few minutes and update you on, well, stuff. Yesterday, my story “The Shop Between the Prophets and […]

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My Crete

I’m flying to Crete on Saturday. My experience with Greek islands tells me that I should expect the island to be heaped with rocks and chockablock with incredibly friendly waiters. I can’t wait. The bad luck is that I’m leaving an unusually sunny Munich (90 degrees on Saturday) for an island that hasn’t exactly opened […]

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BirthEasterDay in Italy

Christopher Allen on his ::coughs-th:: birthdayMy birthday always falls close to Easter, so we’re always on a trip when the clock strikes 12 and I turn another year younger. This year, it was my great fortune to turn ::coughs:: on Easter. Oddly, one of my many nicknames over my ::coughs:: years was “Bunny” (given to […]

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A New Year, A New Story

We’ve made it another year, and we’re all prettier. My shoulder is feeling a bit better and I’m one wisdom tooth lighter (although the swelling is just now going down). I’d like to welcome each and every one of you to 2012. It’s going to be a beautiful, juicy year. For me 2012 has started […]

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