It has been one hell of a summer for Billy MacCauley . His mom died from cancer in May. His dad has drifted away, drowning in his own grief. His grandfather, Pops, has forgotten almost everything and everybody he ever knew. And his Aunt Sue has moved into their lives trying to pick up all the pieces.
For just one day, all Billy wants is to be a normal 13 year old boy and have one perfect day at the fair with his family. He ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now all he wants is to go home.
Time for the Fair is an original podcast novel by Sean McGaughey. You can find it at Sean.McGaughey.ca/timeforthefair.
Time for the Fair Episode 18– The end
For this final episode of Time for the Fair, I did a live recording of the introduction and Story So Far with my friend, Heather James. We have known each other for about 15 years through the Good Vibes Coffeehouse, a weekly open stage that meets every Thursday night at Mt. St. Louis Hall. Heather has proven to be a very enthusiastic fan of the story sending me weekly emails with her responses to each episode. I was pleased to have her record the last story so far in my living room, then read her the final chapters. The musical interlude is My New Guitar, by Heather’s husband, classical guitarist Gerald Boy. You can find his music on CDBaby and itunes.
Thanks to everybody who has contributed to this podcast and to everyone who has listened along. I am considering posting the audiobook on podiobooks.com and on Bandcamp. I may also self-publish as an ebook and paperback. I will post any further news about the story on this website.
Now… It’s Time for the Fair…
Time for the Fair Episode 17
We are down to the second last episode of Time for the Fair. At the end of the chapter, I discuss some of my upcoming musical events.
March 21: 7:30-9:00: I will be attending and playing a couple tunes at the annual Music at the Merril Filk Concert at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy 239 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R5
March 24: I’ll be playing again at the Ladybug Cafe on King Street in Midland, Ontario from 5 – 8 along with Adrien Robitaille.
April 11, I will be performing and participating on panels at the Ad Astra Fan Con in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
April 17-19, you can find my family at the 25th annual FilkOntario in Toronto.
The story so far this week is read by friend, singer-songwriter Scott Cooper I begin the episode by playing his apropo song, Tilt a Whirl from his 2007 album, Tiny Increments.
In this week’s penultimate episode, Robert takes a wild ride, and he and Sue revisit their youth at the fair while frantically searching for Billy.
Now… It’s time for the fair.
Time for the Fair Episode 16
In this week’s episode, Aunt Sue, aka Sister Mary Anna searches the CNE grounds trying to meet up with Billy. The Story So Far is read by my friend Carol Nichols, who was an early beta reader of the book.
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Time for the Fair Episode 15
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I’m recording this episode on February 28, the last day of February Album Writing month, so I start the podcast by playing Long, Long Ride, a song I cowrote last week with Joel Canfield.
The Story So Far is read by Captain Jeff Nielsen, the host of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast and SQPN Catholic Weekend podcast.
This week the focus of the story moves away from Billy and onto his Aunt Sue.
Now it’s Time for the Fair…
Time for the Fair Episode 14
Photo by Kotsy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
February Album Writing Month is well underway. As of this writing I have 12-1/2 or so songs out of 14. In this podcast, I play Woulda Shoulda Coulda, my ninth FAWM song.
You can follow my progress through February Album writing month at http://fawm.org/fawmers/ductapeguy/ .
On Tuesday February 24, from 5-8 pm I’ll be joining Adrien Robitaille at his weekly acoustic stage at the Ladybug Cafe on King Street in Midland, Ontario. I’ll be playing my new songs, and a bunch of my older ones too. If you are in the area come on down for a cup of tea or coffee, one of Elaine’s award winning buttertarts, and some music and stories from yours truly.
The story so far this week
is read by Tim Chesterton, an Edmonton based pastor, blogger, songwriter and novelist. He has posted two novels, A Time to Mend and Meadowvale, chapter by chapter as he wrote them to his blog Faith, Folk and Charity.
Before the Story so Far, I play Tim’s song Fire of Love from his 2013 CD: Folk Songs and Renovations.
In this week’s episode, Billy cannot believe who he meets at the CNE.
Now, it’s Time for the Fair
Time for the Fair Episode 13
After his experiences during the Summer of Love in the last episode, Billy finds himself at the CNE 20 years earlier.
I play, Robbie the Misfit Zombie, one of my new songs written for February Album Month. You can follow my progress there at http://fawm.org/fawmers/ductapeguy/.
The Story so Far is read by Phil Mills, a filk musician and songwriter from Toronto who I met through February Album Writing Month. I play Phil’s song, Talk to Strangers from his album Mix Until Absurd which is available on Bandcamp.