Thursday, May 17, 2018

Read the Ink in Thirds, one question, one quote, and one music video interview

This is where I speak about busy minds, and writing, related to Rubik's cubes. Read it HERE

Oh, toss in Don Miguel Ruiz, and Todd Rundgren media, for good measure. Good for Ink in Thirds for how they go about business

Thursday, May 3, 2018

It's a Glorious Day, when your first rough draft gets finished!

Happy to say that the first rough draft of my third novel, "Joe, The Salamander," was finished today. I started on January 26, and wrote every single day, without missing one single day.  (click the link, non-believers!) This task was completed one day at a time, and without the knowledge of daily use of that discipline in my life, my sobriety, and my Higher Power, this wouldn't have been successful.

So, I feel great joy in this accomplishment, but sad because I will miss daily writing, the lives of Joe, Laura, Grace, and The Gamuts.

Now, the hard part. Revision, revision, revision.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

I have a little something (as in three lines) in the Ink in Thirds May/June issue

It really is a lovely magazine. Color, glossy, with some pretty good writing. So, I have a little three line poem from a picture prompt of a forest with birch trees. (see below)

It was something I wrote for fun, and didn't realize it was submitted, so for the first time ever, I have an "Untitled" work.

Also, my friend Meg Tuite, whose Meet My Haze, collection was published by Big Table in 2018.

Another writer I've appeared with in RE: Telling and the Fuck Poems Anthology, J. Bradley is included in this bi-monthly, Ink in Thirds.  Below you'll find the cover of his most recent, Neil, and Other Stories.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

UPDATE: LA event now happening with Amy Dresner, Erica Garza on May 10, at Book Show LA

We sold 11 tickets, so The Last Bookstore canceled the event. Then Amy, Erica, and Jen Hitchcock, from Book Show LA stepped in to host us on May 10, 7:30 at their store on 5503 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles. No ticket. No purchase necessary. Full refunds offered by The Last Bookstore. Win

So check out Amy Dresener and Erica's Garza's sand if you are interested buy them. (use your refund money too)


The Last Bookstore presents three authors, in recovery, and all with remarkable stories, on how they lived. Dresner, My Fair Junkie - A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean, and Garza, Getting Off, are well known for their memoirs, while in Gager's Every Day There is Something About Elephants, he uses his tools of recovery in the craft and subjects matter of his flash fiction writing.

My Fair Junkie A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean - In the tradition of Blackout and Permanent Midnight, a darkly funny and revealing debut memoir of one woman's twenty-year battle with sex, drugs, and alcohol addiction, and what happens when she finally emerges on the other side.

Getting Off - A courageous account of one woman’s unflinching and ultimately hopeful journey through sex and porn addiction. A fixation on porn and orgasm, strings of failed relationships and serial hook-ups with strangers, inevitable blackouts to blunt the shame – these are not things we often hear women share publicly, and not with the candor, eloquence and introspection Erica Garza brings to Getting Off.

Every Day There is Something About Elephants - Gager's book consists of 108 flash fictions, ranging from 72 to 1,159 words. Every story has appeared previously in print or on the web. The stories show the range within the form of flash fiction, from narrative poem, shorter short story, to trips to bizarro-world where strange events evoke solid meaning and metaphor. Timothy has had over 500 total works features and these 108 are the best of the best.

Amy Dresner is a former professional stand-up comic, having appeared at The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and The Improv. Since 2012, she has been a contributing editor of the online addiction and recovery magazine She’s also written for the Good Men Project, The Frisky, Refinery 29, and has been a regular contributor to and, where she has her own addiction blog entitled “Coming Clean.” My Fair Junkie is her debut book. Visit her website:

Born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents, Erica Garza has spent most of her adult life traveling and living abroad. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Erica’s essays have appeared in Salon, Narratively, BUST, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, Bustle, Alternet, Vivala, HelloGiggles, the Los Angeles Review, and Australia’s Mamamia and The Motherish. She has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4, Thom Hartmann’s The Big Picture, and August McLaughlin’s Girl Boner Radio. In 2010, she earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Columbia University. Her memoir on sex addiction, Getting Off, is her first book.

Timothy Gager is the author of fourteen books of short fiction and poetry. Every Day There Is Something About Elephants, a book of 108 flash fictions, selected by over fifty-five editors, was released by Big Table Publishing in 2018. He's hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2001 and was the co-founder of The Somerville News Writers Festival. He has had over 500 works of fiction and poetry published and of which thirteen have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio.

please note: events that do not reach a 25 ticket minimum will be canceled


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Flash Boulevard gives a sneak peak for those interested in Elephants

George Wallace's Poetry Bay, which I've had poems appear in has a flash fiction arm, Flash Boulevard, edited by Francine Witte. When she reached out for my work, I suggested using 3 of the 108 stories from Every Day There is Something About Elephants

You can read them right HERE

The three, Every Day There is Something About Elephants, originally appeared in Smokelong Quarterly in 2011. Continuum originally appeared in Connotation Press in 2012, and Simplicity is Beautiful is here making its debut.  All appear in the book Every Day There is Something About Elephants So if you like what you see on this Boulevard, stop into a bookstore and buy a copy.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Nourish-Poetry publishes "My Name is Paul. (after Trouble Boys)" in their very first issue

According to EGW Publishing: This first issue features over 70 poems, over 50 haiku and includes poems and haiku by the following authors: Juan Felipe Herrera (U.S. Poet Laureate 2015-2017), Roald Hoffman (Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 1981) and Naomi Shihab Nye (Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets 2010-2015). Poetry is in the air, in the dirt, in the bugs and butterflies, in your old shoes and truck, in the fabric of what it is to be human. During these politically charged times, so much of what is printed confines your thoughts like a bird in a cage, poetry liberates that bird into the sky. With our mutual love of poetry, please help us to spread the word, sow the seeds, pollinate the flowers and set the birds free.

 My poem, My Name is Paul, was included in the Nourish-poetry Issue 1 anthology. The poem, also published in the book Chief Jay Strongbow is Real , is a "found poem" based on the lyrics of Paul Westerberg,, and was written after I read  Trouble Boys by Bob Mehr. 

The poem ends:

today, there’s a four year old boy
still hiding, If someone comes seeking,
I'm here, but they can't see me.

 found here (which I believe was a tribute to the late Bob Stinson):


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Read the front page article in hometown, Dedham Transcript, this week.

     To read the article on-line go HERE

      I believe this is the first time I've been outed in Dedham, Ma. outside of the writing community. When my very first book, the electronic, The Damned Middle, was published, I was in the Wellesley Townsman. After that, it there was, thanks to Doug Holder, many appearances in the Somerville Times. Anywho--Max Bowen did a nice job on this.
      After then interview was done we spoke about the declining newspaper business, and how local papers such as the ones mentioned above, are thriving. Locally, newspapers offer what cannot be offered or reported electronically or with alert notifications. They have a certain niche which can go further than articles on Aunt Mable's bake sale (even though I love Aunt Mable and baked goods). Newspapers need advertising and low overhead. Thumbing through the Dedham Townsman, Max's name is all over it. He may be the only writer on their staff, which makes it a full-time writing job, and not an easy one at that. Thanks Max, for determining my fitness to print.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Have travel will book?

Today Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story was left around T stations all over Boston. I donated the book, the Books on the T people then did their thing. A sticker is added to the cover which says:

Take me with you. Read me, and return me for someone else to enjoy. This photo was taken by one of the book fairies, who left a copy somewhere on the Red Line.

It's kind of like an Easter Egg hunt for books.

Books on the T launched in the spring of 2017 to engage the community in promoting literacy and encourage excitement about reading across the Boston metro area. By sharing new titles for adults and youth on the MBTA, Books on the T will create a traveling library that introduces books to the Greater Boston community.

Many of the titles will have connections to the Boston area: Books on the T features authors who have a connection to the Boston area, titles with topics of interest to local readers, and local settings and/or subjects.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to purchase "Every Day There Is Something About Elephants" or any of my books

You can buy Every Day There is Something About Elephants
using the suggestions below, but also

Chief Jay Strongbow is Real,

Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story

The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan 

or any of my books in similar ways, as well. 

the exact same way 

1. Through me, Paypal, ( $14.99   on my website (paypal)

You make out with no shipping, I don't charge any.
Author makes out from you buying direct.
Paypal takes some of the money, unless you use the gift button.

2. Though me, Credit Card, $14.99

You make out with no shipping, I don't charge any.
Author makes out from you buying direct.
Paypal takes some of the money, because this option is through them

Contact me with your credit card numbers (sounds a little sketchy, I know. Sorry).

3. Though me, Check, $14.99

You make out with no shipping, I don't charge any.
Author 's best option.

Contact me for my mailing address.

4.  Through your favorite Indy Bookstore $14.99 + brief wait

You make out by getting the book. Ask store to order with  ISBN-13:  978-1945917363 
For other books Amazon page has the number
Author  makes out by  very small royalty.

5.  At Amazon $14.99 + shipping 
Kindle $8

You make out by getting the book.
Author  makes out by sales number increase on site and the very small royalty. Can you say a dime?'
If you buy from a outside seller listed on Amazon, author gets ZERO

6.  Though Barnes and Noble,  website $15 + shipping, store $15

You make out by getting the book.
You pay a penny more
Ask store to order by ISBN number   ISBN-13:978-1945917363
Author  makes out by sales number increase on site and the very small royalty.

7.  By coming to a reading or appearance. If you don't,  I'm sure I'll have some hanging around, if you bump into me. The trunk of my car. My closet. At work.

You make out by getting the book, saying hello, and hearing an entertaining read. I'll get to thank you. I'll even sign it..
Author  makes out by you buying direct, getting to say hello to you, and receiving all my gratitude--and no shipping cost for me.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Meet the Crockers, Sanesplaining, first of two podcasts from 2018 podcast "tour"

Hear the awesome interview / podcast from Dan and Margaret below. My segment starts at about 21:30.

Daniel and Margaret Crocker (pictured below)  host Sansplaining, where the general topics are mental health, poetry and nerd stuff. It is available to listen to today--free. They shoveled a lot of excellent questions my way.

I've known Dan for a long time. We both wrote at New Graffiti Magazine, and later, in 2009,  Dan came to Dire Literary series. On the cast, I read two flash fictions from the seconds from released, Every Day There is Something About Elephants and a few poems from Chief Jay Strongbow is Real. It was pretty fun, and laid back---loved recording it. We talk mental health, addiction and recovery, and nerd talk. Throw in a little about how bleak I thought things used to be. We also hit up Boston sports vs. Missouri sports and for good measure, Philly sports fans.

It was the second time recording a podcast this week. This week I also was a guest on Frankie Norstad's the Little Miss Addict podcast. That one will be available in a few weeks, I'll let you know.

Here are some other podcasts from my past
The Koncast 2017
Parkside Lounge Reading 2017
Interview by Doug Holder on SCTV 2017
Oddball Magazine podcast 2017
SAFTAcast with Scott Fynboe
The Unknown show with Bud Smith, 2013

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New exclusive flash fiction no one has ever seen before, today at Oddball Magazine

Today at Oddball Magazine, Historic Men Talking By A Fire,  is a flash fiction story that won't appear in Every Day There is Something About Elephants. Thanks so much to my friends and editors there, especially Chad Parenteau who requested the original submission.

Here's the joke: Prince, Betty White and Elvis Presley are sitting by a campfire...The story features conversations about death, and that little dude from the Diet Dr. Pepper commercial, 'Lil Sweet', who ended up in the story because he annoys the f-u-c-k out of me.

Long live Betty White! c

Here's the second joke: This is the second Elvis based story I have had published recently. The reason for this is that I fucked up and the previous one was accepted by both Oddball and another journal. I hate losing track of submissions. Since Chad is a friend, I reached out and asked if I could write another one staring Elvis. This way, the art drawn for the first piece by Cesar Valtierra  could be recognized. Anyone, I liked the outcome and hope you do too.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f***in' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

Here's an example of a great acceptance letter via Ink in Thirds, (their new issue out today):  

Hi Timothy!

Thank you for submitting to Ink In Thirds. It was a pleasure to read your work! I have never, I mean NEVER laughed-out-loud at a submission before. This, by far, is the funniest sub I have ever read as an editor, and I've been doing this for several years now. 

I am thrilled like to publish "Death Pool" in our March/April issue of Ink In Thirds and welcome you to our growing family of authors.

Back issues are available on our website. Please take a moment to read and share with others. We hope to forge lasting relationships with our writers. We will keep you updated as we confirm exact publication dates for the next issue.

We look forward to seeing your work in print!


Grace Black

So what is a death pool? 

A typical modern dead pool might have players pick out celebrities who they think will die within the year. Most games start on January 1 and run for 12 months, although there are some variations on game length, betting and timing.

There are websites that rank odds of death too. I was inspired to write this after Tom Petty died. (33 pts. or dollars)

 So, go to the Ink in Thirds site and check it out. It's a beautiful magazine

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

READINGS: Come to or come with, to these fine cities and towns.

May 4, 2018 New York, NY

KGB Bar, 7 PM

Reading from the new "Every Day There is Something About Elephants"

85 East 4th Street
New York, NY

Paul Beckman's Fbomb Flash Fiction Series

May 10, 2018 Los Angeles, Ca

Book Show LA, 7:30 PM
5503 N Figueroa St,
 Los Angeles, California 90042

Reading with Amy Dresner and Erica Garza 

October 14, 2018 Plymouth, MA

Mike Amato Memorial Series, 1:30 PM

Plymouth Library
132 South Street
Plymouth, Ma

All fiction reading with Daniel Watt and Virginia Young 

March 11, 2018 Podcast

Sanesplaining Podcast, LISTEN HERE

Podcast with writers speaking about Mental Illness hosted by 
Daniel and Margaret Crocker
Recorded 3/9

March 17, 2018 Leicester, Ma

Library Fundraiser, 11 AM

Leicester Public Library
1 Paxton Street.
Leicester, Ma

Reading with Keith Tornheim, Renuka Ragauhan, Tom Lyons, and Richard Fox 
hosted by Christopher Reilley 

March 23, 2018 Boston, Ma

Poetry Salon of Boston, 7:00 PM

Private Home near Symphony Hall
e-mail me for address

The Poetry Salon of Boston continuing the spirit of The Goba Salon hosted by Ron and Sue Goba which was first known as Friends of Poetry (FOP) Friday, founded by Prabakar Thyagarajan and Ron Goba 

March 2018 Podcast

Little Miss Addict, Available to listen TBA

Podcast discussing writing and addiction
Hosted by Frankie Norstad 
Recorded 3/7/19

April 14, 2018 New Haven, CT

Yale University Bookstore, 2 PM

77 Broadway
New Haven, CT

April 21, 2018 Newton, Ma

Release Party for "Every Day There is Something about Elephants"

New England Mobile Book Fair, 2-4 PM

241 Needham Street
Newton, Ma