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!I
Aside from how it’s still light out at 9 pm, we in the Pacific Northwest could be forgiven for not realizing it’s almost the summer solstice. (Apologies to people everywhere else for whom the season is all too obvious.) It’s next Tuesday if you didn’t know, and I will be spending the Longest Day in a dawn-to-dusk writing marathon with the Writing Against the Darkness team to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association for dementia research, care, and support. I plan to draft scenes for the next book in my garage rock/superhero mashup St. Rage series. I might even write a new St. Rage song! My fundraising goal is $1600–$100 for each hour of daylight. If this cause is meaningful to you, I welcome donations of any size here.
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Donner Party of One
As if dining alone weren’t sad enough. (Even better or worse, this is a solo act from a band called Donner Party of Four, which raises the obvious question.)
If you have to say it, there’s definitely at least one ghost.
The Space Noodles
Wordplay, humor, and local flavor–this one has all three. My Uncle Leo always called our quaint homage to the past’s future the Space Noodle, so I do, too. Glad I’m not alone.
TONS & TONS
Whatever it is, there’s a whole lot of it and we are enthusiastic!
Your Son the Professor
Unclear whether the academic’s parent is meant to be proud or embarrassed. I hope they’re proud.
Shameless Self-promotion Department: 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 . The novella is available in ebook form and in weekly serialized episodes right here on my blog. Read Episode 1 here. Hit the follow button and never miss an episode!
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