Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 20, 2023

Naming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Since 2010, Square Pig in a Round Hole has been rewarding 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 Everout nightlife listings for abundant source material!

If you’re in Seattle, come find me today and tomorrow at the U District Street Fair in the Author Event Network booth (near 47th Street), where I will be signing and selling books (including Ego & Endurance, just out this month!) alongside other local authors. It’s supposed to be a nice weekend–not raining, warm but not hot.

And if you’re just here for the band names, that’s OK, too! There are some real gems this week. If you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch. And … hit the follow button at the lower right to never miss a post!

crow kid
I hear they move back in with their parents (or never leave), just like the human kind! And their parents make sure they eat well. Oh, I can relate.

Dead Magic
What kind of batteries does it need? Or is this the kind of magic that lets you visit the dead, like my wizard girl Luskell?

Old Man of the Woods
Just imagine an orangutan drummer.

Snakebite Kiss
Dangerous romance on the hiking trail.

Splintered Throne
Implies in only two words an entire epic fantasy saga.

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.)

My new science fiction novel, Ego & Endurance is out now! Details here! If you’re intrigued by a hard sci-fi workplace rom-com/survival story in space, inspired by and patterned on the Shackleton expedition, please check it out!

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