Author Archives: chuckmall

About chuckmall

Fiction and food writer in Chicago. Author of "The Owl Motel: And Other Places Where You Are Not Welcome."

It’s Time to Prove Ourselves

A young journalist’s insight on Gamergate when it occurred in 2014. Continue reading

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When Your Own Writing Spooks You

Clean the basement. That’s how you find pieces of writing you never remember writing. I found one, and am going to throw it away. It isn’t bad as much as it is strange. In 2008 I took a stream-of-consciousness writing … Continue reading

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Cracked Open

You can see I haven’t been the most regular blogger here. But I had a reason for pausing lately. On October 22, 2015, my 22-year-old son was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Seven months later he passed away, after fighting hard … Continue reading

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Angst. Just your general angst.

I know writing is not supposed to be fun. I know it is not necessarily supposed to be hard. I know it can work well as you get into the “flow” and time and space disappear beneath the rapid-fire sequence … Continue reading

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I’m Embarrassed to Admit I’m In Love With This Book

And it’s not even a new one. Let me start by admitting I feel guilty when I re-read a book. I mean, there are so many zillions of books out there I want to read. I’m intimidated that I’m so … Continue reading

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How I Develop a Recipe

To create your own recipe, you need to modify and make it your own. It’s easier than you think. Continue reading

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The Strangest Quotes You Have Ever Heard, No Kidding

Here’s what happens when you open an old box you forgot you had and look inside… Continue reading

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