“Diabolical: Three Tales of Jack Thurston and Revenge” Will Be Free January 15, 2018

Diabolical (e-book)On January 15, 2018, Diabolical:  Three Tales of Jack Thurston and Revenge will be from on Amazon Kindle.  You can find this and other works at my Amazon author’s page:  www.amazon.com/author/philslattery.

Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. He has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions.

Currently, Jack has a Twitter account (@jthurston666), where he has attracted a small following and where it has only recently been revealed that he is fictional. Jack has his own blog at jackthurstonblog.wordpress.com (a work in progress) and his own e-mail at jackthurston666@gmail.com.

Information on more social media accounts and other characters (as they are developed) can be found at: philslattery.wordpress.com. Please interact with him at any of his social media accounts as you would with a real person.

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To be Published February 2–Nocturne: Poems of Love, Distance, and the Night, a callous and disinterested lover.

NocturneOn February 2, 2018, I will release my latest work, my only book of poetry.  It will be available initially only in e-book via Amazon and Kindle, but a print version will be released soon thereafter.

These poems were written from about 1985 to 1993, during which time I was an officer in the US Navy. This was a time of rapid and frequent change for me in many ways, including geographically, emotionally, professionally, and romantically.

During this time I had several lovers, who were always of good character and heart. They doubtlessly loved me more than I deserved, but I had an overpowering drive to experience as many women as I could. It was never a matter of heartlessly notching my proverbial bedpost, but honestly enjoying women for who they were. All these women were sincere in their feelings, beautiful in body and spirit, and honest with their emotions.  I suppose that what prevented me from forming a permanent attachment to any was a subtle, congenital character flaw of a need for solitude that inevitably won out over a need for a solid relationship.

As time passed, I enjoyed the hunt for women more and more and was more and more satisfied with one-night stands that I could find in local bars. My original sincerity gradually faded as I grew to identify more and more with the nightlife and the night itself. I lived for the night. Dawn was the unwelcome end to my adventures.

What stimulated my interest was my move to my first duty station at Naval Air Station Whidbey on Whidbey Island in northern Puget Sound in 1985. I fell quickly in love with the beauty of the San Juan Islands, Puget Sound, and the whole of the Puget Sound culture. I traveled as much as I could on weekends and, whenever I could, I would drop in on some small, out-of-the-way bookshop, where I became familiar with the works of local writers such as Tess Gallagher and Raymond Carver.

Something about that northwestern literary voice alleviated much of the professional tension I was feeling and I began to devour more and more of the northwestern literature, which became a stepping stone to a new literary world as I expanded my reading to the Beats, W.S. Merwin, and many others around the world. Soon I dabbled in writing poetry and found it at least as enjoyable as reading it, because it allowed me to ideas and feelings that had no other escape.

Somewhere around 1993 I began developing an interest in photography, which allowed me to express myself in other ways in which I could interact more intensely with my environment. Over the following years my love for photography supplanted my love for poetry, and then, true to my fickle nature, fiction began to supplant my love for photography, though the attraction to film and darkroom still lingers like the fond memory of a former lover.

Over the past year, I have begun contemplating my retirement from my current career and have begun to work at establishing myself as a writer for my second career. As part of that transition, I decided to collect as many of my poems as I could find and to publish them as my first serious literary accomplishment. Some of these are based on actual events; others are fiction designed to capture the spirit of the moment.

In reviewing them, I detected a theme. Therefore, I arranged them not in chronological order, but in an order that tells what I perceive as the story of my spiritual and emotional development during those years.

I made none of the photos contained herein. They are all public domain photos from online stock agencies. However, I selected each one carefully for capturing the intended spirit of the poem preceding it.

“Diabolical: Three Tales of Jack Thurston and Revenge” Will Be Free January 12, 2018

Diabolical (e-book)On January 12, 2018, Diabolical:  Three Tales of Jack Thurston and Revenge will be from on Amazon Kindle.  You can find this and other works at my Amazon author’s page:  www.amazon.com/author/philslattery.

Jack Thurston is a retired professor of medieval literature and history. He is also a widower and father and a retired sorcerer who has returned to the black arts to exact revenge for the death of his wife, daughter, and brother. He has an intriguing position in the universe at a focal point of life, the afterlife, logic and reason, anger and hatred, the ancient and the modern worlds, grief and his attempts to escape grief through self-destruction. Though he wants to have the peace he once found with his wife, Agatha, he is pulled in many directions by circumstance and by his powerful negative emotions.

Currently, Jack has a Twitter account (@jthurston666), where he has attracted a small following and where it has only recently been revealed that he is fictional. Jack has his own blog at jackthurstonblog.wordpress.com (a work in progress) and his own e-mail at jackthurston666@gmail.com.

Information on more social media accounts and other characters (as they are developed) can be found at: philslattery.wordpress.com. Please interact with him at any of his social media accounts as you would with a real person.On

The Farmington Writers Circle meets again Tonight, Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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David Selby

The Farmington Writers Circle meets again tonight, Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at Entertainmart’s Hardback Café located at 3020 East 20th Street, Farmington, NM.

David Selby will be reading from his short stories.

Delsheree Gladden, noted local author, will give lead the discussion on what bookstore owners and publishers look for in selecting a book to carry.

Traci Hales-Vass, who will be hosting the new author interview program on KSJE 90.9 FM (NPR Radio) will be at the meeting to find out which local authors are interested in being interviewed on her show Write On 4 Corners.  She notes: “Write On 4 Corners will begin broadcast again soon. I am collecting names and contact information from local writers who would be interested in interviewing on my show. The mission of Write On 4 Corners is to promote the writing of local authors and authors who write about the four Corners. Please contact me if interested. I will be at the meeting on the 11th if you want to talk more about this.”

Also on Thursday, Phil Slattery will give an update on the Writers Circle social media and lead a discussion on what speakers we might like to invite to future meetings.   We will also discuss a Meet and Greet event to be held during the summer’s Artwalk among other topics.

The mission of the Writers Circle will be to promote Farmington area writers of any genre and skill level, to advise each other on publication, marketing, publicity, using social media, and establishing useful contacts within the local, regional, and national literary communities among many other writing-related topics.  Please feel free to attend to see if we can help you.

Anyone is welcome to join our group or to attend our meetings.  There are no requirements for membership other than an interest in writing of any genre or style.

The Farmington Writers Circle normally meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 at Entertainmart’s Hardback Café.

You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/farmingtonwriterscircle and on Twitter at @fwriterscircle.

The Farmington Writers Circle meets again on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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David Selby

The Farmington Writers Circle meets again on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at at 6:30 p.m. at Entertainmart’s Hardback Café located at 3020 East 20th Street, Farmington, NM.

David Selby will be reading from his short stories.

Delsheree Gladden, noted local author, will give lead the discussion on what bookstore owners and publishers look for in selecting a book to carry.

Traci Hales-Vass, who will be hosting the new author interview program on KSJE 90.9 FM (NPR Radio) will be at the meeting to find out which local authors are interested in being interviewed on her show Write On 4 Corners.  She notes: “Write On 4 Corners will begin broadcast again soon. I am collecting names and contact information from local writers who would be interested in interviewing on my show. The mission of Write On 4 Corners is to promote the writing of local authors and authors who write about the four Corners. Please contact me if interested. I will be at the meeting on the 11th if you want to talk more about this.”

Also on Thursday, Phil Slattery will give an update on the Writers Circle social media and lead a discussion on what speakers we might like to invite to future meetings.   We will also discuss a Meet and Greet event to be held during the summer’s Artwalk among other topics.

The mission of the Writers Circle will be to promote Farmington area writers of any genre and skill level, to advise each other on publication, marketing, publicity, using social media, and establishing useful contacts within the local, regional, and national literary communities among many other writing-related topics.  Please feel free to attend to see if we can help you.

Anyone is welcome to join our group or to attend our meetings.  There are no requirements for membership other than an interest in writing of any genre or style.

The Farmington Writers Circle normally meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 at Entertainmart’s Hardback Café.

You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/farmingtonwriterscircle and on Twitter at @fwriterscircle.