Lake Erie Ink

I haven’t posted to my blog in so long I’m ashamed.  The main reason is that I’ve been working on a new novel.  Another is that I’ve been volunteering at a Lake Erie Ink, a not for profit organization.  LEI’s mission is to “provide creative expression opportunities and academic support to youth in the Greater Cleveland community.”   Amy Rosenbluth, the Executive Director asked me to jot down some thoughts on why I volunteer there.  I thought I’d share them with you. Continue reading

If you have five free minutes ….

Hey everyone.  I’m working on new novel, tentatively titled Perk Noir Jukebox, but that could change.  It’s about … hmmm, I’m not really sure how to describe it yet.  There’s a mystery … but it’s not a thriller.  It’s funny … but it’s not a comedy.  It’s thematic … but I wouldn’t call it a literary work, nor is it genre.  It’s a black and white piece about jazz, coffee, football and ninja girls.

I might not write new flash fiction for the next couple of months while I pound out this story.  In the meantime, here’s a link to this past summer’s flash fiction.  If you have five free minutes, you have time for any of these stories.  They’re all 1000 words or less.  That’s about two pages.

Flash fiction from Chris ….

The Trade

I’m very upset with the Browns right now and I say that knowing there’s a good chance that this trade will look good a year or two down the road. Even if Trent Richardson plays great for the Colts, which I hope he does, the Browns could still come out fine on this one … if they pick the right quarterback. Given the front office’s track record (don’t preach to me about a new regime, I’m tired of the word and besides, they’re all the same), that’s not something anyone should take for granted.
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Livid over Healthcare!

The biggest source of stress I’ve had since leaving Progressive is securing health insurance.  It isn’t easy for someone like me, someone with a history of health issues.

For me, COBRA afforded 18 months of coverage.  For the first 52 weeks, I paid $66 per month, which was the employee share.  For the last 26 weeks, I paid approximately $460/month, which was the employee plus company shares.  I didn’t know how good I had it.
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