July 21, 2010

July 2010, Vol. 9, Issue 7

Welcome back to the "always late" July edition of Truckin'!

1. Everest by Paul McGuire
What was supposed to be the family room was completely unorganized clutter -- bags of clothes, empty containers, Betty Boop memorabilia, canned goods, grocery store fliers, and boxes of Christmas decorations. Everything was piled on top of each other like ever shifting sand dunes... More

2. Baby Boo and the Canyonlands Motel by Katitude
The sun is blazing into your eyes, and no matter how you squint, you can't really see what's up ahead. You can feel the mother of all headaches begin to take up residence between your temples. You're hot. You're tired, and tired of being on the road... More

3. The Lonehorseman by Ernest
The extremely pregnant woman did a shot of Jagermeister, and then started slowly sliding off her barstool. The bartender ran around the corner of the bar and caught her just before she hit the ground. That’s a sound I was glad I didn't have to hear. The sickening thud of a drunk pregnant woman hitting the floor... More

4. Art of the Bluff by Waffles
I was a little bored when one of those Facebook web cam whores came on. You know the ones I am talking about. The ones with hot pictures who call you baby and tell you how hot you are while trying to get you to enter your credit card information on their webcam sites... More

5. Free by Paul McGuire
That abrupt shift in reality does not happen over night. It's a gradual decline as your brain slowly loses touch with reality. It was as though he had been hanging on by one last little thread for many weeks before it... snapped... More

What a Long Strange Trip It's Been...

From the Editor's Laptop:

The July issue is always delayed because of my summer work assignment which takes away all of my attention and zaps my creative juices. I apologize, but then again, true fans of Truckin' sort of expect a two-week delay every July. Like clockwork, we hit our usual snag. Rest assured, we'll get everything back on track in a few issues.

Anyway, if it's any consolation, we have an amazing batch of stories for this issue. Ernest makes his debut. What can I say aside from the fact that I love any short story that starts off with a pregnant woman slamming Jager? Katitude is back with another stellar road tale about a motorcycle adventure she took last summer. Waffles is also making his debut with a story about a webcam scammer. And yours truly penned two stories; the first was inspired by TV shows about hoarders, and the second is an excerpt from a novella that I never got around to finishing about a serial killer on the loose in Seattle.

The scribes write at Truckin' for free, so please help spread the word about your favorite stories via any means possible which includes social media networks and good old fashioned word of mouth. We all appreciate your assistance.

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I can never thank the writers enough for exposing their blood and guts for the world to read. That takes a lot of courage and a tremendous leap of faith. I'm eternally grateful because they constantly inspire me by keeping Truckin' alive for eight years.

Before I go, I want to thank all of you, the readers for taking the time out to support the arts. Thanks for keeping the spirit alive month after month, and issue after issue.

Be good,

"It ain't braggin' if you can do it." - Al Jolson

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