Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 13, 2019

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!

St Rage 01The power of a good band name: A few years back, my blogging and fiction worlds converged when I saw a sign for a storage place with the O burned out. “St. Rage” seemed like a great name for a band, and I happened to have a fictional character on hand who wanted to start one. My first novel, a garage-rock fairy tale titled The Gospel According to St. Rage, released 3 years ago tomorrow and will be re-released in a slightly buffed-up 2nd edition in August. I have been writing and learning new St. Rage songs, which with any luck will be recorded and ready for performance in time for the  November launch of the sequel, Barbara and the Rage Brigade. While we wait, take a listen to the songs that are already out here. And give some love to these powerful band names:

Double Play

The Home Team

Root, root, root! I’m always happy to find multiple bands in the same week whose names have a common theme. This time I noted three with a baseball theme, and I had only picked one of them previously (Chance to Steal). Also happy to learn Double Play is a two-piece because that’s as perfect as a well-turned double play.

Hoity-Toity

This little rhyme is my favorite for humorously dismissing someone who is putting on airs without really insulting them. Also, this is a 4-piece all-girl band, just like St. Rage (at least before they added Travis on bass. It’s in the book.)

In the Drink

What a marvelous name for a bar band from watery Seattle, made even more perfect by the venue: The High Dive.

Porpoise Parade

A Seattle tradition, the next Seafair event after the Pirate’s Landing and the Milk Carton Derby.

 

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 6, 2019

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!

Itty Bitty cover imageA Thursday holiday confuses the whole week, so I’m thankful for my Saturday blog to get the routine back on track. I will be stepping out of the routine a little bit this afternoon to launch Itty Bitty Writing Space, a collection of over a hundred tiny stories in a variety of genres by as many authors. My contribution imagines a house haunted by pianos instead of ghosts. Two local authors, Helen Carothers and I, will be reading, signing, and talking about the project at 3:30 pm at The Neverending Bookshop in Edmonds. If you’re in the area, come say hi!

Speaking of tiny literary efforts, I present these five band names worthy of celebration:

Elvis Batchild

Almost-plausible character name ripped from the tabloids.

Nick Shoulders and the Okay Crawdad

This one appeals to my lifelong fondness for the word “crawdad” and I’m glad it is okay. Extra points for using classic X and the Y structure for an “occasional one-man band.”

The Odd Kids

My people! Does any other kind of kid end up in a band?

Then Bang

How appropriate for the days following July 4! Also an appropriately short, sharp way to indicate a sudden occurrence.

Token Girl

I’ve played enough shows where I was the only woman onstage that I celebrate when there’s two of us, and remember that one great show where we outnumbered the men.

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Review: Sparks

Sparks+Front+Cover+eBook+finalSparks by Maren Anderson (July 2019 Not A Pipe Publishing)

Romance, monsters, and magic … for grownups? Yes, please!

It’s a treat to find a good fantasy novel aimed at adult readers. Sparks is just such a book. Nothing against YA, which I love, but I like the idea of someone with life experience and responsibilities encountering magic in the midst of an otherwise ordinary life. I also enjoyed the setting: contemporary West Coast farm country, not the usual venue for tales of monsters and magic.

Rosie, a widow in her late 30s, owns a ranch where she boards horses and offers riding lessons. She loves her life but she’s deep in debt. She has plans to train five mustangs, which will help pay the bills. But first she needs to build a round pen, and the only good place for it is occupied by a century-old cowshed. A cowshed that does not want to be torn down. Things are complicated further by the arrival of Patrick, a handsome stranger with a beautiful horse and a mysterious past. Skeptical, unsuperstitious Rosie has a big adjustment to make as genuine magic enters her life, and not only from the cowshed.

The book has a nice balance of humor, romance, and suspense as Rosie and Patrick team up to figure out what is in the cowshed and how to get rid of it. Things get worse before they get better—much worse for some characters—until the surprising, satisfying conclusion. Recommended for fans of fantasy romance, mythical creatures, and horses.

Now on pre-order! Releases July 30, 2019

Hardcover HERE

Trade Paperback HERE

Kindle Edition HERE

Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 29, 2019

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!

A most Seattle morning: breakfast at Beth’s Cafe, a walk around Green Lake, then a visit to Reckless Video, the last independent video store in town. I highly recommend all these activities, as well as these fine band names:

Dirtnap

It’s death, isn’t it? A cozy, comfortable end.

Green Lake Basement

Real local flavor–that slightly musty smelling underground apartment/practice space, walking distance to Beth’s.

Polar Echo

There’s a kind of elaborate mirage that results from low sun reflecting off ice. This implies the same thing happens with sound.

The Silver SnailsKalakala

The Kalakala’s backing band.

 

Morels 3-30-2014Trebled Morels

Even one morel is a miracle, but three? Heaven. (These came from our yard 5 years ago: doubly trebled!)

One last thing before you go: 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, and other goodies. Click the link to check it out and subscribe here for future issues–the next one is out in July and will be full of exciting news.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 22, 2019

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!

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Me at 4:30 am on June 21, at wordcount zero of an eventual 5,213

Summer is here! I know, because it’s kind of warm and the sky is gray. Also because I spent yesterday, the summer solstice, participating in The Longest Day to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and support. I was part of a team, Writing Against the Darkness, that pledged to write from dawn till dusk. In Seattle, that’s like 17 hours; a long day, indeed. Even with a 6-hour break to go to work, I wrote 5,213 words (a lot for me; I am a slow writer) and raised over $1300. The team produced a total 55,469 words and raised over $5000. An exhausting day but well worth it! It is not too late to donate to this worthy cause if you feel so moved. My donation page is here.

During a couple of my breaks, I took time to pick a stellar crop of band names:

Minivan Morrison

Carpool parent singing along with classic rock.

Neither Bears nor Forest

Weirdly poetic turn of phrase for something that isn’t what it purports to be.

Sidewalks and Skeletons

More like trick-or-treat than end-of-school. Then again, no matter the time of year, everyone on the sidewalk has inside them a spooky, scary skeleton. (Happy coincidence: S and S is from Bradford, UK, the birthplace of my spouse’s grandfather.)

The Pietasters

My dream job. I’ll need another sample of the rhubarb, please.

Time Pieces

Clocks and watches, minutes and seconds, measures and beats.

 

One last thing before you go: 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, and other goodies. Click the link to check it out and subscribe here for future issues–the next one is out in July and will be full of exciting news.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 15, 2019

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!

Wizard Girl cover imageI’m in a bit of a tizzy because the cover of my next book was revealed this morning. Wizard Girl (Daughter of Magic Book 2) will release from Not A Pipe Publishing on July 23. E-book is on pre-order now with paperback and hardback to follow soon. Learn more here.

I hope these bands rock as much as this cover. As I went through the listings, nothing was speaking to me until the last page, where I encountered five great names on one bill. I think this is the first time that has happened.

Against the Raging Tide

Heroic brooding outsider drama.

Antlerbag

Murse for a moose (because he doesn’t have hands to hold a handbag).

Earth to Ashes

I’m reading this as a statement about climate change, like that Bill Nye video where he set a globe on fire.

Felony Flats

Old West town at the end of the line, entirely populated by criminals who have created a supportive community for themselves.

Stranded by Choice

In another break with tradition, I’m including a band I’ve featured before in order to cover the whole bill. On June 17, 2017, I wrote: “Love the double meaning. Are we stuck because of too many options, or intentionally moving to a deserted island?”

 

One last thing before you go: 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, and other goodies. Click the link to check it out and subscribe here for future issues–the next one is out in July and will be full of exciting news.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 8, 2019

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!

It was fun to get out of town last Saturday, but it’s nice to have a more normal weekend where the only thing I had to leave the house for was a trip to Fred Meyer to buy a shower curtain. On the way home, we decided Showerkraut would be a good name for a band. If I see it in the listings, I will give a shout-out here. Meanwhile, these real band names rose to the top:

Birdcop

After Bad Cop intimidates you and Good Cop softens you up with sympathy, this character craps on your head and flies off with your sandwich.

Dead by Wednesday

RIP Pugsley Addams. She finally succeeded.

Escape Train

While fast and durable, this vehicle makes it hard to elude pursuit.

Museum of Light

So beautiful, I almost missed the pun on our local aircraft exhibit. This is a church sanctuary at dusk, stained glass aglow.

ufo ufo

Whispered alert of alien invasion.

 

One last thing before you go: 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, and other goodies. Click the link to check it out and subscribe here for future issues–the next one is out in July and will be full of exciting news.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)