Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 14, 2022

Naming 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 and The Stranger nightlife listings for abundant source material!

Exciting news! My friend and fellow author LeeAnn McLennan and I brought our fictional teen superheroes together in Far from Normal, a Rage Brigade & Supernormal Team-up novella. The book will be available starting May 26 in ebook form for $ .99, and in weekly serialized episodes right here on my blog. So readers can get to know Barbara, Olivia, and the rest of the gang in advance, the first book in each of our series is FREE today, May 14 through Thursday, May 19. Get The Gospel According to St. Rage (St. Rage Book 1) here. Get Dormant (The Supernormal Legacy Book 1) here. (Be sure to click the “Buy Now” button, not “Read for Free.”)

While St. Rage is my favorite fictional band, there are plenty of real bands out there with names just as good or better. They deserve to be celebrated! If you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch to encourage them as we look forward to less interesting times. And … hit the follow button at the lower right to never miss a post!

Classless Act
Loser pride and utter lack of pretense.

Dead Streets
Quiet avenues, lined with Sleepy Haunts and Dead Bars. (Let’s get these three bands on a bill!)

The Last Responders
Morticians? Scavengers? Ghostbusters? Or perhaps Death’s Midwife herself.

It’s wild to me that some people don’t have an inner voice. Does something else fill the space, or is it just silent?

Reverse Death
Not just resurrection, but a return to health, youth, infancy, and eventual non-existence.


Shameless Self-promotion Department: I’m double-boosted and ready to dip a toe back into in-person events! Next Saturday, May 21, I will be at the U. District Street Fair, one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the nation. I’ll be signing and selling books from the Author Event Network booth from noon to 3 pm. Come say hi and maybe pick up a book from me or my fellow authors!

Two last things before you go:

  1. I run The Rage Brigade, a Facebook group for conversation about fantasy, science fiction, superheroes, and music (and the intersections thereof). If that sounds like fun, come join us here.
  2. I share highlights from this blog in my quarterly author newsletter, The Storypunk Report, as well as news of what I’m writing and reading, upcoming events, and other goodies, including “Wizard in the Mosh Pit,” an exclusive short story just for subscribers. Click the link to check out the archive and subscribe here for future issues. (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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