Square Pig in a Round Hole-November 18, 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!

Heading into Thanksgiving week, I am thankful for the bounty of band names that appears to have no end. This week the cornucopia gifts us with these:

Diced Candy

Chopping sweets as if they were vegetables for soup. Does it make them good for you? (Personal note: when I was a child, my mother had a recipe for rhubarb marmalade that called for diced orange gumdrops. It was the most delicious spread ever invented.)

Die Nasty

When a ruling family goes down, they go down hard. (Confession: I’ve seen this one in the listing for years and only saw the pun this week.)

Look Vibrant

When looking alive is not lively enough.

Model Snake

Setting the example for all serpents. Or: freaking out the fashionable as it slithers down the runway.

Murphy’s Lawyers

Who you call when everything goes wrong, or the reason everything went wrong in the first place?

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION: My novel Daughter of Magic was 1 of 8 books released by Not A Pipe Publishing in 2018, The Year of Publishing Women, which also included a weekly online series of short stories by women. The best of these (18 stories representing a wide range of genres) have been collected into a print anthology, STRONGLY WORDED WOMEN, which will be released on November 20 and is available for pre-order now. The collection includes my story “Crane’s Fire” from deep in the backstory of Daughter of Magic. Makes a great gift!

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