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 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-August 18, 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!

My big accomplishments this week were to do a reading and book talk about my young adult fantasy novel Daughter of Magic at a local retirement home (because there is no maximum age for YA lit); schedule an author event at The Neverending Bookshop for October 6; request a review from a book blogger (who actually responded!); and submit to Not A Pipe Publishing the sequel to my garage-rock fairy tale The Gospel According to St Rage in hopes that they’ll want to take up both books. It still feels a bit like playing author but it’s getting more real. I hope it never stands in the way of celebrating band names because there are so many good ones out there deserving attention. For example:

Bug Seance

If the medium starts buzzing, the spirits of insects past have gotten through and they are not happy about that can of Raid under the sink.

Never Knows Best

That one friend with the terrible ideas that everybody goes along with anyway and always regrets.

On Drugs

“Hey, thanks guys! We are…” Almost too easy and that’s why I like it.

Pout House

More juvenile but less malicious than a spite house.

Super Whatevr

Indifference raised to the highest level. They couldn’t even be bothered to provide the last vowel.

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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