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Crane’s Fire

My novel Daughter of Magic released on May 22, 2018 from Not a Pipe Publishing, which accepted Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to make 2018 The Year of Publishing Women and will publish nine books by seven women this year. They are also accepting submissions of short stories by women to be published weekly online.

This week’s story is “Crane’s Fire,” from deep in the backstory of Daughter of Magic.

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CRANE’S FIRE by Karen Eisenbrey

Crane was bursting to tell, but he couldn’t. Not while Soorhi watched. The teacher might have been old as dirt, but he didn’t miss much. Crane fidgeted. A breeze blew through the open windows. It smelled like apple blossoms. Like spring. Why were they inside on such a day? The eastern window framed a view of open country—grassland and rippling green wheat fields, broken here and there by splotches of purple or yellow where wildflowers bloomed. To the west lay the village of Deep River, though Crane could see only one house and part of another, built of gray river rock like the schoolhouse. Between them, he caught glimpses of a distant snow-capped mountain, and the dry gully that gave Deep River its name.

(Keep reading here.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 27, 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!

I’m a day late with the band names because I spent a good chunk of Saturday celebrating the launch of my latest novel with an online party that was heavy on live video (and boy, is my arm tired. If there is a next time, I’ll use a tripod). But I’m not the only one out there being creative. Give some love to these deserving winners:

Amish Robots

My first thought was hand-operated automatons, but maybe this is what happens when AI is advanced enough to choose a simpler life.

Children of Atom

Change two letters to move from mythology to science, but it’s still a creation story. In the beginning …

Gunpowder Stitches

They fight infection but may reopen the wound when they explosively remove themselves.

The Normalcy Bias

It’s understandable to believe how it’s been is how it will be, even in rock & roll. But “normal” is overrated, if it exists at all.

War Puppy

What happens when you loose the dogs of war and they decide to make love instead.

 

Shameless Self Promotion:

Karen at MoPop-croppedIn case you didn’t know, I write about a lot more than band names! My young adult fantasy novel Daughter of Magic released on May 22, 2018 from Not a Pipe Publishing! Ask for it at your favorite independent bookstore or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

As part of the Year of Publishing Women, in 2018 Not a Pipe is publishing nine books by seven women; I’m honored to be one of them.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 19, 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!

After spending a few hours at MoPOP signing and selling books as part of the Write Out of This World youth writing competition, I’m ready to get down to the serious business of celebrating band names, which have never yet let me down. Here are this week’s treasures:

Dust Bolt

Like a lightning bolt except when it strikes instead of frying you it makes you sneeze so hard your head explodes. Wielded by the deity of housework and allergies.

The Face of Loki

Meanwhile, the god of mischief is the leading candidate for deity of punk rock.

Poorsport

Run together this way, it can be something other than a sore loser. Perhaps a down-on-its-luck harbor town where everyone is equally impoverished.

Skeletonwitch

In case my new book (see below) does well enough to warrant them, I’m already planning sequels. One is likely to include as antagonist a skeletal hag called Old Mother Bones. This is her house band.

South Sound Tug & Barge

Although it might make it hard to google the band, some business names are hard to resist. This sound will tug you out of your seat and barge you into the mosh pit.

Shameless Self Promotion:

Karen at MoPop-croppedIn case you didn’t know, I write about a lot more than band names! My young adult fantasy novel Daughter of Magic releases next Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from Not a Pipe Publishing and is available for pre-order now! Ask for it at your favorite independent bookstore or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

As part of the Year of Publishing Women, in 2018 Not a Pipe is publishing nine books by seven women; I’m honored to be one of them. Join us for an online launch party on Saturday, May 26, 1-4 p.m. We will be live on Facebook for much of it, which will either be very cool or a total trainwreck. Either way, you’ll want to be there.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 12, 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!

On this Mother’s Day weekend, my spouse is visiting his nonagenarian parents and I’m getting to spend time with the one of our two offspring who still lives with us (all Marvel related: today was the Marvel exhibit at MoPop–highly recommended–and tomorrow, he’s taking me to see Avengers: Infinity War.) That doesn’t leave much space for rockin’ but if you want to take your mom to a show, consider one of these:

Dead Horse Trauma

In one of the unpublished novels in the backstory of my upcoming release, a pair of young people who don’t know they’re falling in love find a dead horse by the smell. It’s traumatic to be sure, but also a metaphor for the obvious attraction they’re both trying to ignore.

Dragged and Dropped

In which it is demonstrated that the past tense can turn a mundane editing tool into violent action.

Kulululu

Either a nonsense backing vocal or a sacred ululation. Possibly both.

The Trash Bags

Shine a spotlight on a common, even despised, object and it becomes glorious. (All their posts are in French, which only adds to the glory.)

Who Let Who Let the Dogs Out Out

This is not so much a band as a presentation but it’s still a great name: over-wordy nonsense that actually makes perfect sense.

Daughter+of+Magic+eBook+Cover+edit+1Shameless Self Promotion:

In case you didn’t know, I write about a lot more than band names! My young adult wizard fantasy novel Daughter of Magic releases May 22, 2018 from Not a Pipe Publishing and is available for pre-order now! Ask for it at your favorite independent bookstore or order from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. If you can’t wait till May 22, on Saturday, May 19, I and other Not a Pipe authors will be signing and selling books from 11 am to noon at Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) as part of the celebration of their Write Out of This World youth writing competition.

As part of the Year of Publishing Women, in 2018 Not a Pipe is publishing nine books by seven women; I’m honored to be one of them. Join us for an online launch party on Saturday, May 26, 1-4 p.m.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 6, 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!

20180505_125540.jpgI’m a day late because we spent Saturday on beautiful Whidbey Island, part of it on an actual farm. No pigs but lots of sheep and chickens, whose voices we recorded for future enjoyment. Meanwhile, the band names don’t stop even for cute little lambs.

The Beer Cozies

It amuses me that the prim, old-fashioned term “cozy” has come back, in association with beer. I’m even more amused that a Google search suggested longtime favorites and past honorees Tea Cozies.

Fifteen Stitches

This is why we don’t stage dive.

Froggy Fresh

Apt description of a May evening near a lake or pond.

Garage Heroes

I wrote a book about a girl who starts a garage band and gains superpowers, so this one is close to my heart.

Pink Talking Fish

If it offers you 3 wishes, say no thanks and toss it back. (Although it sounds like a fine product from Archie McPhee, this is actually a cleverly named hybrid tribute fusion act on the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish.)

Daughter+of+Magic+eBook+Cover+edit+1Shameless Self Promotion:

In case you didn’t know, I write about a lot more than band names! My young adult wizard fantasy novel Daughter of Magic releases May 22, 2018 from Not a Pipe Publishing and is available for pre-order now! If you can’t wait till May 22, on Saturday, May 19, I and other Not a Pipe authors will be signing and selling books from 11 am to noon at Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) as part of the celebration of their Write Out of This World youth writing competition.

As part of the Year of Publishing Women, in 2018 Not a Pipe is publishing nine books by seven women; I’m honored to be one of them.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-April 21, 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!

This morning was filled with errands and gardening. Happily, we seem to have transitioned to the warm-if-not-dry part of spring, so it was actually pleasant to work outside. But it’s been the sort of week where we went out Thursday night and now take that as permission to hole up in our cave the rest of the weekend. Give my regards to the bands.

Future Usses

Bill and Ted after they learned to play. Also, I love the spelling.

How Are You, Fine, Thank You

I’m making an exception to my 5-band limit to include this threefer because I was willing to believe it was one band. All on one bill, their names form an entire small-talk conversation. (The Times listed them slightly out of order as Thank you, How Are You, Fine, which adds to the humor.)

Martian Cult

As a writer of speculative fiction, I’m always partial to a band name with a sci-fi vibe. Is this Earthlings following a charismatic leader from Mars, or Martians following an Earthling?

ScienceFiction

Speaking of sci-fi vibes … Searching old posts revealed how often I’ve used the term (17) even when not referencing this specific band. Even better–they’re on the same bill with:

Secret Superpower

Almost like someone put this bill together with the Square Pig in mind! (Props to Substation for finding 4 bands/performers whose names begin with S, too.) The protagonist of my garage-rock fairy tale The Gospel According to St Rage develops superpowers, which she can’t keep secret from her bandmates, but “The first rule of superpowers is parents can’t know about superpowers.” They won’t find out till the sequel.

Shameless Self Promotion: In case you didn’t know, I write about a lot more than band names! My young adult wizard fantasy novel Daughter of Magic releases May 22, 2018 from Not a Pipe Publishing and will be available for pre-order soon. As part of the Year of Publishing Women, in 2018 Not a Pipe is publishing nine books by seven women; I’m honored to be one of them.