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Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 23, 2018

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically.

Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

Gray skies and cooler temps arrived right on schedule with the summer solstice, but it looks like Sunday’s weather will be perfect for the Pride Parade. Whether or not there is a deity who controls those kind of details, I believe they smile on people being who they are and loving who they love. I hope we can all smile on a good band name, such as this week’s picks:

As We Are

Perfect for Pride season: we are all worthy and to be celebrated, as we are.

Mythological Horses

The hero’s horse rarely gets enough credit, even if it can fly. (This is the show I most wish I could get to. They’re on a bill with Square Pig faves Mud on My Bra and local legend Kurt Bloch is their guitarist!)


Is it a lizard? A dragon? Or something completely new?

Sun June

Should these words be seen together? Those hot, sunny days right before the solstice felt out of season. It’s reassuring to see the return of June Gloom, though I’m glad it will be nice for the parade.


Another one that feels appropriate for Pride season. There are more wavelengths we can’t see than those we can, and they are just as valid.


Shameless self-promotion: My fantasy novel Daughter of Magic is available now!

Luskell has been dreaming about dead people.

Her parents may be the two most powerful wizards in the country, but Luskell doesn’t have any magic of her own, so she’s stuck spending a summer with her grandmother in the small town of Deep River where her father is the hometown hero. Then the dead start to visit her dreams with mysterious messages. In a secret pact with her friends Jagryn and Laki, Luskell begins to teach herself magic and discovers an apparently bottomless well of untapped power. But before she has control over this ability, her dead grandfather appears with a dire warning. With no way to send word to her parents, Luskell and her friends mount a daring rescue. Can they get to the capital in time to save the country … and her parents’ lives?

Daughter of Magic is one of nine books by women authors to be published by Not a Pipe Publishing in 2018, The Year of Publishing Women. I am honored to be one of them.


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