Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Orphanage of Abandoned Teenagers looks great!

I got the proof copy of my latest book
The Orphanage of Abandoned Teenagers.
It looks beautiful! Hope you will get a
chance to read it and pass it on to others.
You can order it from


I watched a crazed Columbia serial called
The Monster and the Ape (1945). I'm so
inspired by those clunky old robots that I've
been writing a new novel featuring one.
I don't want to give away too much yet, but
it also features a one-legged magician and
a vampire who teaches ragtime piano lessons.
The robot in this movie does a lot of sitting,
walking back and forth, or pushing a wheelbarrow.
There's also a bad-minded gang who keep stealing
the gorilla from the zoo to do their evil work.
I didn't know you could borrow zoo animals.
Must have been okay in the 1940s.

Friday, July 28, 2017

science fiction book forthcoming

Many projects in the works for this summer.
This will be the cover for a big collection of 
4 science fiction novels I wrote. The book is
illustrated throughout by Laura Vasyutynska.
This book has it all: reincarnation, Sylvan Moore,
clones, talking furniture, Mars, a talking dog,
a space station with fireflies, a robot ghost,
and much more...Look for this book in September
from Good Deed Rain.

new book back cover

Here's the back cover and spine for my new book
The Orphanage of Abandoned Teenagers. It will
be published August 14. Thanks to Fred for help.
The featured creature is our noble dog, Zoe, a star
in the adventure.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

new book for august

Cover for new book, coming this August
from Good Deed Rain:

Monday, July 24, 2017

tv time

I've been enjoying the British TV show,
Two Fat Ladies. I'm sure that Roald Dahl
would have been a fan of this program.

movie time

 I watched the old Cat People movie (1942) again
because I had "nothing else to do....nothing else to do"

Friday, July 21, 2017


I was out walking in the woods for my lunch break.
I like to have a few huckleberries on my walk.
Today I had 12 (sorry birds) and they reminded me
of good old Huckleberry Hound.

calling orson...

I'm well into writing a new novel. Aaron Gunderson,
the artist for The Book of Ticks, has signed on to do
the illustrations for it. This new adventure features a
one-legged magician and a clunky robot. One of the
recent chapters is called "Orson Welles" so in honor
of him I've been watching The Third Man movie again.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

busy as a bee

Hello again. Good Deed Rain has a busy summer schedule,
working on getting 4 books ready to publish.
More on that soon.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Radical King

I've been enjoying this timely book
The Radical King. Words of wisdom.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Frolix 8

Just reread one of my favorite PKD books,
Our Friends from Frolix 8. Always amazing
and once again timely fiction beyond belief.
Also I can't believe he named the dark-haired
girl in this book, Charley Boyer, (as in Charles
Boyer). Nice one.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ticking cover

From the vault, here's The Book of Ticks cover in progress.
Thanks again to Aaron Gunderson and Fred Sodt for your
help bringing this long awaited book to life.

Monday, July 10, 2017

movie time

I watched Blast of Silence (1961) and
Rebecca (1940)



Still rereading books by the great Philip K. Dick.
Finished Confessions of a Crap Artist and
the wild Ubik. He always inspires me.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

movie time

 I finally got to see San Diego I Love You a 1944 movie
where Buster Keaton is a bus driver. After ten years back
and forth on the same route, he decides to take the bus on
a detour. There's a great scene of the bus driving along
the moonlit beach, while a passenger in the back plays
violin. Also, a gag I'm sure Buster wrote involving a
barbershop specializing in black eyes.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

rail yard

I'm working on a new novel right now.
Down at the rail yard, there's a big robot
in a boxcar. I've always liked these 2
train logos from our area.

Friday, June 23, 2017

the man who japed

Decided to reread some Philip K. Dick books.
He's one of my big inspirations, but it's been a
long time since I read him. (25 years ago I was
searching all the bookstores of Seattle for his
paperbacks.) At random, I picked up The Man
Who Japed (1956) and lo and behold, I forgot my
name is telegraphed all throughout this book:

Speaking of Mrs. Frost, Allen said...

The next day Allen had still not given Mrs. Frost an answer

"Mrs. Frost," Allen said...

Beyond that mystery, it was great to reread
this amazing prophetic novel. More timely than ever.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

somewhere in the night

Watched one of my favorites again, from 1946
'Somewhere in the Night.' It's got all the inspired
touches from that time, the torch songs, the cellar
stairs, falling through doors, the waterfront mystery,
hidden treasure, fortune telling. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Listening to the new music from Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.

Friday, May 26, 2017


I reread Brautigan's An Unfortunate Woman book
every summer. Another unique masterpiece of
writing. Also, I'm at work getting ready to publish
a big collection of my science fiction novels soon.
Philip K Dick was another author who was a huge
discovery for me. I remember looking all over
Seattle for his paperbacks. He's a big inspiration.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

best sellers

Here are the top sellers for Good Deed Rain,
A Flutter of Birds Passing Through Heaven,
The Book of Ticks, I Can Only Imagine.

Friday, May 12, 2017


Reread Red Pine's amazing translation
of Stonehouse's timeless poems.
Also been rereading Brautigan's
Revenge of the Lawn book over and
over. Both these books have made an
impression on the new book I'm writing.
Aiming to publish it in Fall with
Good Deed Rain. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2 by Ted Kooser

I sure enjoy poet Ted Kooser's books for
Beautiful illustrations in them too.
Would be so fun to get a painting book
like this published.


Watched 2 great documentaries about Joe Hutto,
living with deer and wild turkeys. Very wise and
inspirational to the new book I'm writing.

Friday, April 28, 2017

back cover, new book

This is from the back cover of my new book

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


My next new book I CAN ONLY IMAGINE
will be available for you to order from
on May 14. It's a collection of 5 of my novels,
beautifully illustrated.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


I'm enjoying Jakob Wegelius'
Thanks to Book of Ticks illustrator
Aaron for recommending this book.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

next book coming soon

Here's an illustration by Annabelle Barrett from the next
Good Deed Rain publication. It is a book of 5 novels,
hope to be printed in May, stay tuned!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book on sale April 8

By the way, the new Book of Ticks goes on sale April 8.
I got the proof copy and it looks beautiful. Lots of great
illustrations by Aaron throughout. And it's gigantic, like
a Stephen King book, nearly 600 pages! Hope you get a
chance to read it.

Saturday, March 18, 2017