Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Which character from "The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan" are you most like?


Make sure you use the scroll bar on the right of the quiz box to see all the answers!






Readings for "The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan", Cambridge, SD, SEA, PORT, OAKLAND, LA and NYC


 Read a review of The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (HERE), or some others on Amazon, then go find me on this tour


UPDATE: Gloucester, Cambridge, Newton dates

  December 4, 2014 Gloucester, Ma

Author Night at Lit House, Gloucester "Ladies Night" 5-10 PM

Eastern Point Lit House
261 Main Street,
Gloucester, Ma

Signing with Barbar Boudreau, Kelly DuMar, Renee Mallett, Jenn Monroe, Ivy Page, Eric Pinder and Margaret Young



December 5, 2014 Cambridge, Ma

Dire Literary Series, 8 PM

Out of the Blue Art Gallery
541 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, Ma

with guests Michael Keith, George Wallace, and Laura Bernard



December 11, 2014 Newburyport, Ma

Newburyport High School 9 AM

Workshopping with students for Student Day of Poetry, Mass Poetry



December 12, 2014 Newton, Ma

Meet and Greet at NE Mobile Book Fair, 4-6 PM

New England Mobile Book Fair
282 Needham St,
Newton Highlands, MA

Signing and chatting with customers (right at the register)


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PREVIOUS DATES

September 2, 2014 Cambridge, Ma
Book Release Party
Porter Square Books, 7 PM 

Write up HERE

Tuesday Release Party Appointment of The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan
Porter Square Shopping Center

with readings by Robin Stratton (Publisher of), 

Christopher Reilley (cover design) 
and Rusty Barnes (famous Blurber of)
...and then the tour



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To buy The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan


October 6, 2014 San Diego, California 
event WRITE UP  

The Ink Spot, 7 PM  
Monday Appointments with San Diego Writers 
NTC at Liberty Station, Barracks 16

  2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 202, San Diego, Ca

 



 Featuring with Heather Fowler, Bonnie Zobell and Maggie May Ethridge
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October 9, 2014 Seattle, Washington
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Bang and a Smoke Series, Time 8 PM

The Interrobang Appointments of Timothy Gager

The Pocket Theater
8312 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle
 


Featuring with Dave Clapper's Interrobang Improv
The Pocket Theater, 
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 October 10, 2014 Portland, Oregon
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The Jade Lounge, 8 PM 

Friday Appointment with Portland Writers 
2342 SE Ankeny St., Portland, Oregon

 







Featuring with Parker Tettleton,  Dena Rash Guzman, Yuvi Zalkow, Sam Snoek-Brown,  and Julia ClareTillinghast  

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October 11, 2014  Oakland, California
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E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, 6:30 PM

The Saturday Appointment with Bay Area Writers
410 13th St.Oakland, California

 




Featuring with Alexandra Naughton, Carmella Veronica,  Paul Murufas, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee 


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October 12, 2014 Los Angeles, California 
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Roar Shack Series, 4 PM 

The Sunday Appointment with LA Writers
"826" in Echo Park 

1714 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 
Los Angeles, California

 



Reading with: Tanya Ward Goodman, Allison Burnett  and Jeff Edwards 
Hosted by David Rocklin 

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October 18, 2014 Cambridge, Ma

Lilly Pad, 10 PM-1 AM

The Experimental Appointment with Izihotane
1353 Cambridge, St., Cambridge, Ma

 









Reading with: Izihotane (Avant-Garde in the age of Auto-Correct. Absurd, Psychedelic, Experimental. Izikhotane is Poetry, Music, Performance Art.) Other great acts to be added. 

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November 11, 2014 Salem,  Ma

Wicked Good Books, 7 PM

Wicked Good Books
215 Essex Street, Salem Ma

 






Reading with: Michael Keith

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 November 16, 2014 New York, New York
event listing listed later

Sunday Salon, 7 PM 

Jimmy's no. 43 
43 East Seventh Street, , New York, New York

 





Reading with Mike Harvkey, Johanna Lake, Christy Crutchfield + Mel Bosworth
Hosted by Nita Noveno and Sara Lippman

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"A Modern Form of Disorderly Conduct" nominated by Right Hand Pointing for Best of the Net Anthology


 Hipsters, hockey and homeless. That's the ticket in my story, nominated by RHP from all the wonderful work they've published in the last year. I'm grateful and lucky that they nominated me for Best of the Net Anthology.

My favorite player! She wouldn't be bothered
by no stinking fog horn.

 Here's the rest of their nominations


Prose:

Timothy Gager, “A Modern Form of Disorderly Conduct” (#71)
Meg Pokrass, "Time Lady" (#73)




Poems:

Eric Burke: "Haruspex" (#75)
Robert Scotellaro “Pallbearers for the Living” (#75)
José Angel Araguz “Kindred Spirit” (#72)
Sarah J. Sloat “Heiress to a Small Ruin” (2014 mini-chapbook)
Jon Densford “Omline” (#66)

Lauren Gordon: "Your poem is learning language" (2014 mini-chapbook)



Monday, July 14, 2014

Trying not to be a hypocrite in the asking for money world.






"Just people begging for money"

"If you can't afford to do something than don't do it."

"Modern Socialism"

"They appear to be doing ok. Give to those who really are less fortunate."

"There are so many stupid projects out there, I don't want to be the stupid one funding them."


You've heard all these and heard many of these from me. I've be vocal against kickstarter and other such places because I'm just plan tired of people asking for money. When "The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan" was announced I decided to go West to California all the way up to Washington State because I've never read on that coast. My friends out there have been asking for a long time for me to do so. So I've booked a cheap flight, rented a car, made plans to surf sofas and it all seems to have worked out--except now I'm having doubts.

 HERE is my gofundme for West Coast and Charity Tour. (click this link) Yes, I'm giving half of it away because it makes me feel like I'm no hypocrite. 



Here's some nuts and bolts.

Costs:

Flight Boston to San Diego, Round trip ($350)
3 day rental car ($106 mileage $100)
                                                 $556

Flight San Diego to Seattle One way ($73)
                                                 $73

Drive Seattle to Portland    FREE
Flight Portland to San Francisco One Way ($69)
                                                          $69

Flight San Francisco to Los Angeles One Way ($71)
                                                                        $71

Flight Los Angeles to San Diego, One Way one day rental car ($156 and $82)
                                                                                                            $238

Shipping of Books to various locations ($35)
                                                                   $35

Meals on the road, 9 days--on the cheap $25 a day $225. Normal $450--so lets so ($337.50)
                                                                                                                              $337.50

Total of Flights and Rental Cars: $1,329.50

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My goal is $1200 donated of which half I will write a check to a random donor's charity. This is how I can live with asking for money. Money will be used for gas, tolls, maybe a hotel when I'm exhausted.  Even when asking, there will be certain levels--for example


The $26 level gives you a $16 dollar book. My net is ten and of which I give half to a charity. My take is $5.
The $100 level  Get a signed copy of the novel and four other of my books, a personal CD reading from the novel and a tour of Boston if you ever visit here. The net is $20, I give half to a charity, my take is $10. The tour of Boston=Priceless


Anything less than $26, I net all (50-50 with charity). I'm not looking to pay for this trip through anyone, but any small amount I net would be a bonus, a little help and/or a Supersized meal vs. a Regular. What it most likely do is allow me to stay somewhere to sleep, or pay for part of a flight)

I have 3539 friends on Facebook. The minimum on Gofundme is $5. If only 200 of the 3539 did this, I'd be set for my goal. If everyone threw me fifty cents outside of the site, that would work too.

That's the deal--so share, donate or bitch about it, which is fine because I've done that myself. If you just want to buy The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan when it comes out, that's great!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Teisha Dawn Twomey and I tell the real, I mean the fake story in The Cape Fear Review


Usually, stories do not begin in a room where the hairdryer is secured to a wall, but this one does and it's a sad one. That's how it begins. It ends with " I’m sorry my love, so sorry, sweet darling."

Being Aesthetically Pleasing is Teisha and my third published co-written story. This one was driven by Teisha, and I felt I was just in for the ride, co-piloting with various bridges, connections and transitions which helped make it work. Thanks again to the kind folks at Cape Fear Review. We are no longer scared. 



Ooooooo nice

First review of soon to be released "The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan"

Here it is in The Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

review by Rene Schwiesow


Soon to be available, pre-release sale occurring soon.



The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan
Timothy Gager
Big Table Publishing
Release date: Only a few more weeks
$16.00 available as a special order from select books stores
and at most online book retailers
By Rene Schwiesow
A few years ago Timothy Gager contacted me and asked if I might like to read the draft of his novel and offer some edit suggestions. Who am I to turn down the opportunity to read a book, especially a book by a writer I respect and whose work I have admired? I accepted and, once I began reading, I happily took note of its unique formatting style. “The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan” showcases Gager’s development of his fearless, individual voice. He introduces us to his well-crafted characters first through the clinical notes taken by Bill Sloan, their more-than-struggling-himself therapist.

Gager offers this one line synopsis: “A story of a man whose job it is to help people, but in reality, he is inept, sarcastic, and each and every day represents something to get through.” Sloan is definitely inept and sarcastic and I’ll throw unethical into the mix. The journey through Bill Sloan’s days, however, brings transformation to Gager’s characters, ultimately also transforming Sloan; but as with all transformational journeys the shifts are not without their tragedies. Gager takes quirky characters experiencing grief, past trauma, and existential angst and adds his unique humor intertwining the characters’ lives through their clinical liason, and a twist on counseling Lucy Van Pelt style when the character Kate Hummingbird Warrior sets up a sidewalk therapy stand.

Sloan is therapist meet greed and self-centered absorption. More concerned with promoting Bill Sloan than healing his clients, he spirals downward and out of control. The question is can alternative healing, angry, self-deprecating clients, and a wolf be enough to save him from himself? Can his demise be enough to save his clients from their own self-absorbed morass?

No, Gager’s work does not follow your typical novel template. How refreshing. The formatting captures the reader’s attention from the get-go. Rusty Barnes, co-founder Night Train Magazine and author of “Reckoning,” calls “The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan” a “gangbusters novel.” Meg Tuite, author of “Bound by Blue” says “Get a Copy!” This reviewer agrees on both counts. Do yourself a favor and pick this novel up immediately upon release!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Plans for the 4th? "Rockwellian BBQ at The Town Green" . See you at the grill

Oddball Magazine published my small town based, based in the early70's poem "Rockwellian BBQ at The Town Green" Much food was devoured, many ideals were lost.


Ira Joel Haber