Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 2, 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!

Karen and Mikko at Wilsonville Festival of Arts

Blogging a day late again. I spent yesterday at the Wilsonville Festival of Arts in Wilsonville, OR, helping out at the Not A Pipe Publishing table with my friend and fellow author Mikko Azul. We each sold a copy of our own book, so it was a good day. The event continued today (without me) and I hope many of our books found their way into the hands of eager readers.

It was a beautiful day for a drive and an art fair in a nice park, but I can’t forget about band names! Here are this week’s treasures:

Bad Camper

Broken-down RV? Or a careless human who failed to bear-proof their food?

Bent Self

A human, being a vertebrate, is already a bent fish. So is this doubly bent, or straightened out?

Mechanical Plague

The invasion has begun. I welcome our robot overlords.

Rachaels Children

I like finding Biblical references in the club listings, though this is not a cheerful one. She is weeping and refuses to be comforted, for they are no more. (Coincidentally, this passage came up in this week’s study/conversation with my dad and brother, so I couldn’t not pick it.)

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Here’s something cute and colorful to lift our spirits! Just be careful of the little sharp teeth and needle claws–that’s the surprise.

 

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 29, 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!

It looks like I’m heading into a very busy October, filled with book and music events (and a vacation, thank goodness). I’ll try not to let any of that stem the flow of band names. Let’s close out September with these fine examples:

Glass Souls

Strong yet fragile. Transparent yet hidden. Solid yet recyclable.

Moonlight Remedy

Moonlight as part of some mystical healing ritual. Or: the remedy for moonlight is curtains.

Mortemart

For all your discount funeral supply needs.

SeepeopleS

Other people are real! Maybe if they’re extra plural we’ll finally behold them as they are.

Strange Moon

Otherworldly by definition yet right there.

Shameless Self-Promotion: On Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m., I will be reading and signing my new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic at The Neverending Bookshop. Joining me will be Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone. Come say hi!

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 22, 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!

Happy Fall! Soon leaves on the ground will be as thick as band names in the club listings. I raked up this pile of fine examples:

Half the Animal

Part of a two-person Halloween costume, or a share of some 4H kid’s prize steer after the county fair is over.

Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs

Classic X and the Y structure in perfect rural guise. And it is now or soon will be hunting season for various game birds in our state.

Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show

Something older and a little more magical than science. (Not technically a band but goes well with several music genres.)

Motel 7

When I was a young adult living in Tacoma, my parents would visit and stay at the Motel 6 in Fife. After I was married, they declared they were upgrading…to the Super 8. This would have been a nice intermediate step.

Sunset Rollercoaster

Nostalgic end-of-summer vibe.

 

Shameless Self-Promotion: On Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m., I will be reading and signing my new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic at The Neverending Bookshop. Joining me will be Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone. Come say hi!

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 15, 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!

Just back from the annual trip to drop off one of the resident young people at Eastern Washington University for what should be his last quarter of undergrad! Woke up in Spokane and hurried home because these band names can’t wait!

Dust Mice

Smaller than dust bunnies; what you find under the bed in a tiny house.

Pinto Wagonfire

If you get the reference, you may be too old to stay up for a show. Take a nap tomorrow.

Rhyming v. Alliteration

They needn’t be at odds. Poetry is big enough for all the tools and techniques.

Slothrust

I knew they could get mossy. I had no idea they oxidized!

The Subjunctives

Were I less of a grammar nerd, this would not have held as much appeal.

 

Shameless Self-Promotion: On Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m., I will be reading and signing my new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic at The Neverending Bookshop. Joining me will be Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone. Come say hi!

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 8, 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!

RCCC 2018My publisher, Not A Pipe Publishing, has a booth at Rose City ComicCon this weekend and did a well-attended panel yesterday on Women Authors in Science Fiction and Fantasy featuring several of my sibling authors. I was unable to attend but my book is ably representing me. (Read to the end for an event where I will be present.) Meanwhile, nothing stands in the way of band names:

Afterlife Giftshop

Best idea in ages: after the tour and lunch with your departed loved ones in the celestial cafe, pick up a souvenir magnet or snowglobe to remember your visit.

Animals in the Attic

Might be mice. Could be squirrels. Possums are possible. Really, raccoons? Llamas unlikely but don’t underestimate them.

Into the Cold

Summer’s finally over. Here we go! (Countdown to complaints about rain: 3, 2, 1…)

Tough Times

I like to think it’s a particularly courageous and unflinching newspaper.

Turbo Snooze

Power nap turned up to 11.

 

Shameless Self-Promotion: On Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m., I will be reading and signing my new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic at The Neverending Bookshop. Joining me will be Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone. Come say hi!

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 1, 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!

Right on schedule, it’s cool and overcast. But not raining, ironically good news for those attending Bumbershoot. I remember when tickets were $3.50 or $4; my spouse remembers when the event was free. If like us you can’t afford $100ish per day or $200ish for the whole weekend, there are still plenty of cheap shows out there. You might even encounter one of these bands:

Ceramic Animal

20180901_135852Nostalgia hit! As a child I had what we called my “breakable collection”–kitschy decorative ceramic animals (and some people). The only one with a practical use was a piggy bank (not square). When they inevitably fell on the floor and broke, I would glue them back together and restore them to their place of dusty honor. I still have a few.

Grizzly Business

By happy accident of English spelling, this has an ear rhyme with no eye rhyme, as well as a gorier sonic connotation. I prefer to picture bears in suits, doing what they do.

Maximum Mad

The Road Warrior’s full legal name.

Squarecrow

More fun with spelling! Us square critters gotta stick together, but crows are never anything but cool.

What’s Wrong

Where to start? Alternatively, if what is wrong, maybe you meant who. (And they were on a bill with Square Pig faves Mud on My Bra!)

 

Shameless Self-Promotion: On Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m., I will be reading and signing my new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic at The Neverending Bookshop. Joining me will be Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone. Come say hi!

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 25, 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!

It’s been a quiet week of avoiding smoke and reading other people’s books before I dive back into my own work-in-progress. But after several weeks off, Your Mother Should Know is on schedule to begin recording our next two tracks, now that our practice space/studio is tolerably cool. Watch for “’68 Chevelle” and “Jerseyville,” coming soon!

Band names never rest, and these five caught my eye:

Bad Bad Hats

Would these be good hats? Because there are no bad hats, only bad hat owners.

Dead On Cue

Accuracy, or a specialized theatrical talent.

The Done Ones

Points for rhyming and being definite. They’re done. Don’t even start.

Gadgetor

Robot monster! Monster robot! It’s been awhile since I picked up that great B movie vibe.

Infinite Neck

A giraffe the size of the universe. It would still have seven cervical vertebrae, but would each one of them also be infinite?

 

Shameless Self-Promotion: On Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m., I will be reading and signing my new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic at The Neverending Bookshop. Joining me will be Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone. Come say hi!

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