CC#4 – Big Brother in my Pocket

Colored Chalk Fringe

Colored Chalk "Fringe"

Work by Charles King, Colin McKay Miller, Chris Deal, Micahel A. Kechula, Gary Libero, Gavin Pate, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Tyson Estes, with design by Jason Heim.

CC#3 – After the Fire

Colored Chalk Fallible

Colored Chalk "Fallible"

Designed and edited by Caleb J. Ross, with work by Nik Korpon, Michael A. Kechula, Anthony David, Chris Deal, Charles King, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Joel Shoemaker, Sean P. Ferguson, Mark Grover and Keith Haworth.

CC#2 – Cockroaches Ate the Ending

Colored Chalk Committed

Colored Chalk "Committed"

Edited and designed by Jason Heim, with work by Casey Frechette, Jason Kane, Justin Holt, Vitaly Sokirko, and Caleb J. Ross.

CC#1 – Two guys enter a bar, one leaves

Colored Chalk Steel-Toed Boots

Colored Chalk "Steel-Toed Boots"

Edited and designed by Caleb J. Ross, with work by Michael Paul Gonzalez, Anthony David, Jason Heim, Mark Grover, Jason Kane, Gordon Highland, and Mlaz Corbier.

So it begins

A hug and kiss to the wife and kids, loaded up, gas, car washed and a fresh supply of crack in a cup, Starbuck Venti Mocha, and I am wanderlust.

Not bad. 178 miles from Mundelein to Champaign. Baymont hotel? Eh. Ok. But nice free wifi, so I can’t complain too much.

Lots of thoughts ran through my head as I cruised down here. Memories of college at the nearby Bradley University flash before my eyes, fast cuts of frat parties at DU and chasing girls. I pass fields of grass and wheat and corn. Or whatever it is they grow here. The road ahead darkens and I’m reminded of David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and as always I wonder what life is like in these small towns. Been there. You’re terminal, or you want out. Fast.

Listening to the Sherman Alexie tale “The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian” as I cruise a straight line south. Very funny. Supposed to read it for classes. Behind. Between the magazine I’m editing at Colored Chalk, my job and family, and other writing commitments, I’m not done with the reading. Stupid book from Amazon didn’t get here in time, so I’m screwed on that one. Out of print. And the Poe? Ugh. Unreadable. Gonna surf for the cliffnotes, or wikinotes, and pray that is enough.

Well, short stories to read, the best of 2008. Awesome collection. If you don’t read this series, do it. Keeps you in touch as a writer with what is happening in the world of short stories, and pubs, and has been pretty good so far. TC Boyle, AM Homes, and others make this a good read.

Look forward to meeting my prof and mentor. I hear good things about the lady Pruitt, so I’m optimistic.

USC vs Penn on tv. I mean, my books to read. And I see a Taco Bell out the window. It is calling me. I am rather immune.


MFA Here I Come

I head down to Murray, KY from Mundelein, IL on Friday.  Wish me luck.  Should be about a seven hour drive.  I’ve got some audiobooks, six CDs in the console, including Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” and every gadget, tool, and creature comfort I could stuff in the trunk.  Will be in the dorms.  That’s a hoot.  Haven’t done that in about…oh, 18 years.  Looking forward to wandering around the campus.

More to come.

Opium Magazine

Here is my short story “Animal Magnetism” at Opium Magazine.

Animal Magnetism

"Animal Magnetism"

Gold Dust Magazine

My short story “Redemption” is in the 14th issue from Gold Dust Magazine.

Hello world!

More to come.  I’m just getting this baby up and running.  This is primarily a site for my writing, and I hope to also blog about my experiences with my MFA at Murray State University.

Be patient.