Colby Cuppernull is a writer currently living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. "Best Laid Plans" is taken from his currently unpublished manuscript, Cold Comfort, which follows, in linked short stories, the life of Ethan Hager as he struggles to reconcile his desire to leave his hometown with the knowledge that his presence there is the only thing keeping his mother and brother from certain self-destruction. The manuscript in its entirety was a runner-up for the 2010 Mary McCarthy Prize in fiction. Various stories from the novel have been nominated for awards and/or published in both print and web-based journals. In 2013, three stories from the manuscript were collected and published as a chapbook entitled Best Man by Winter Cardinal Press (available on www.amazon.com).