Saturday, May 31, 2014

Right Hand Pointing's Tenth Anniversary Issue--honored they asked to published "We Won't Work Out"


  Big credits goes to Dale Wisely and John Sharp. Ten years as a quality on-line journal takes a lot of work for zero money. They certainly do it right. For their tenth anniversary they published by invitation only--some folks I'm honored to be published alongside of. They took We Won't Work Out, (out of the three I sent), a short and sweet poem with a couple of meanings. Personally this closes out a month where six of my flash fictions and three of my
                                                      poems were published. Much gratitude. Here's the roll call of all the invitees. Lots of old friends came to the party.




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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Also in today's Bonanza, Three Flash Fictions in Fried Chicken and Coffee

Mmmmm, Crown's Fried Chicken Coffee Shop (pictured)...
It's tasty, Fried Chicken and Coffee
                                      
Crown's Fried Chicken Coffee Shop Brkly, NY

You can get both there, then,
maybe, cut your long hair next door.

Wonder through town and there's an editor, named Rusty. If editing is his fried chicken and writing is his coffee, then I reckon you should buy a cup of his novel, Reckoning.

Back to this make believe town where there are people struggling in their sandbox (Best Fiends), a gym teacher who takes his date to the strip club (Pole) and a daughter who is made to feel so small, she fits into her mother's apron pouch (The Beauty on the Inside)

So, park your truck and your cup right here to read them all. 





Last stop--get out at No. Station on Thursdaze!


"No. Station"-This is a creative non-fiction piece which is told in the point of view of the woman who originally told her story to me.  No. Station is Boston's North Station, but I like the shortened No. because it's like "No". YOU CAN READ IT HERE

The piece will be in Akashic Books (which I found out about through Zoe Hansen) series Thursdaze, Original Flash Fiction Under the Influence where authors take on stories influenced by their favorite vices.  Heroin was the subject I wrote on but as in Twenty-Six Pack and Short Street, I don't glorify nor condemn any usage, nor do I wish it upon anyone.

Akashic says about their series: Thursdaze (because the weekend won’t come fast enough) features original flash fiction modeled after our Drug Chronicles Series. Each story is an original one, and each encapsulates the author’s fictional experience with drugs. Our print series has anthologized authors writing about marijuanacocainespeed, and heroin, but contributors to the web series can focus on any drug, real or imagined, controlled or prescribed, illegal or soon-to-be legalized. 

The Drug Chronicles Series: Inspired by the ongoing international success of the city-based Akashic Noir Series, Akashic created the Drug Chronicles Series. The anthologies in the series feature original short stories from acclaimed authors, each of whom focuses on their fictional experience with the title drug. Current releases in the series include The Speed Chronicles (Sherman Alexie, William T. Vollmann, Megan Abbott, James Franco, Beth Lisick, Tao Lin, etc.), The Cocaine Chronicles (Lee Child, Laura Lippman, etc.), The Heroin Chronicles (Eric Bogosian, Jerry StahlLydia Lunch, etc.), and The Marijuana Chronicles (Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Linda Yablonsky, etc.).

They also have Mondays Are Murder stories every Monday, and Terrible Tuesdays (Non-fiction stories about your darling children) which are worth checking out.



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Amazon review for The Shutting Door from Laura Cherry

"Haunts" available through Cooper Dillon Books

This is awesome poet and human being, Laura Cherry and her book Haunts.

She generously put up a great review of "The Shutting Door" on Amazon. Read it and consider anything people may do at Amazon as an option for you. 

(Available in paperback and Kindle form)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Two Videos 1) A Symphony From Thin Air: Five Artists Discuss the Creative Process 2) Willie's Web Show






Brendyn Schneider, poet and fiction writer Timothy Gager, composer and organist Jeffrey Brody, choreographer and dancer Anna Myers, and multimedia storyteller Catharine Weber discuss creativity – that elusive, untamable beast – on a lively panel on Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm at the Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road in Sudbury, Massachusetts. This free panel, moderated by author Erica Ferencik, is the first in series of four panels on creativity and the lives of artists.

Where does an artist find inspiration? What if the muse has left the building? How does an artist know when a project is working, or when it’s best to move on? What keeps artists going in the face of inevitable rejection? What is the definition of a successful artist in 2014? It may not be what you think.


                                 

On May 20, I got to appear on the Boston Neighborhood Network show hosted by Willie Pleasants. I share the stage with comic Bob GautreauIt's a bit of a strange juxtaposition.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Two Flash Pieces in The Legendary (Down Dirty Word)-and my process of both

They like me. I like them. Today there are two flash fictions up. You CAN READ THEM HERE. When they get archived they will be HERE, with the rest of my work published by The Legendary. Again thanks to Katie Moore.

Now the stories behind the stories of each piece.


 "All About Zebras in the Wild"- Instinctual facts and slang about the word and the animal. Superimposed throughout the story which is the story of a relationship that is sputtering. I was the method I used in Everyday There is So Much About Elephants.



"What Are The Reasons They Hang On" -This is another piece written around the same time as "Zebras". The tone is different, the story similar. It's also one of those flash stories that the opening line jumped into my head and I decided to work with it as a prompt. I liked the off-rhyme the words "awful" and "waffle"

Also in the issue

May, 2014. Issue 43.
Non-Fiction

May, 2014. Issue 43.
Fiction

May, 2014. Issue 43.
Poetry

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Riding with Kim Addonizio discussing poetry in a crappy car. MassPoetry Festival May 2014

Kim Addonizio and Timothy Gager heading to Mass Poetry Festival 2014

I'll admit here and now that I was pretty starstruck though I appear cool as a cumcumber...



..and of course, I'm an excellent driver