Friday, October 13, 2017

robot novel sketch

This is Aaron's sketch for the little novel
I wrote this summer about the magician
and the robot. Stay tuned for more on
this book. It's going to be a winner!



Saturday, October 7, 2017

robot vs. mummy


I turned over the manuscript of
the novel I wrote during this summer
to Aaron who will be doing illustrations.
The book features one of those clunky
robots we all love. Back when being a
robot meant something. And this morning
I gave The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy
a look. A commendable movie, but I had
to skip to 53 minutes in when the robot
finally stirs to life. Too bad he fell into
bad company and walked into that cemetery.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Event on October 27th!



The first event for our book In the Valley
of Mystic Light will be at the Skagit
Historical Museum on October 27th.




Looking forward to seeing you there and
thank you to everyone who helped put this
together.







Tuesday, October 3, 2017

monstober

My friend Aaron (illustrator of The Book
of Ticks) gave me this great old Scholastic
Book. These monster books were my
favorites back when I was in grade school.



Monday, October 2, 2017

movie time

I watched a movie I haven't seen in 29 years,
the amazing Stalker, by director Andrei Tarkovsky.
It's an inspiration for the new book I've been
writing, which is influenced by all those European
classic movies I grew up watching.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

mystic light

IN THE VALLEY OF MYSTIC LIGHT
proof copy just arrived. It looks and feels
amazing. This book will be starring all
around town in October, so stay tuned.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

movie time






















Watched two good movies:
Desire (1936) and The Dark Corner (1946).
I especially liked the part with William Bendix
on the payphone while the girl in the hallway
annoys him with a slide whistle.



Ignatius


Yesterday we went to Eclipse,
the local bookstore that features in
The Orphanage of Abandoned Teenagers,
and got our son one of my favorite books
of all time: A Confederacy of Dunces.
Long Live Ignatius!




Thursday, September 21, 2017

strangers at the door


One of the books I read this summer was
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's Strangers
At My Door, which surprisingly starts
the same way as my book, The Orphanage
of Abandoned Teenagers.






Le Petit Prince


I'm halfway through a notebook writing a
new novel. It's set at a lake and features
The Little Prince.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

book trilogy




















Good Deed Rain will soon be publishing a tribute
to La Conner poet artist Clyde Sanborn. This book
will complete a trilogy devoted to the Skagit arts
which includes: A Flutter of Birds Passing Through
Heaven: A Tribute to Robert Sund and In the Valley
of Mystic Light. 3 Beautiful Inspiring books.

 



Friday, September 15, 2017

movie time






















Just watched Woman on the Run (1950).
It's interesting to see the film noir movies
made on East vs. West coasts. This one
takes place in San Francisco. Wonder if
old Kerouac was in one of those alleys
or docks.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

movie time






















I watched a Philip Marlowe movie
The Brasher Doubloon (1947).
It's a tough call casting Marlowe,
I don't think Montgomery really works
for a detective that's constantly getting
blackjacked and dumped out doors.
It would be interesting to know who is
Raymond Chandler's favorite Marlowe.


Friday, September 8, 2017

In the Valley of Mystic Light


Just sent off the latest Good Deed Rain book 
to the printer, IN THE VALLEY OF MYSTIC 
LIGHT. This is Claire Swedberg's history of the 
art scene in the Skagit River Valley, featuring 
interviews with Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, 
Tom Robbins and many more. It's an amazing 
inspiring read. The publication date is set for early 
October. Claire has already set up readings in 
La Conner and Seattle. We've all worked very 
hard to create a really wonderful book for you. 
More on this soon.





Wednesday, August 30, 2017

watcher

I finished writing draft for novel about
the magician and his robot companion.
I'm very pleased with that and will be
typing that up soon and passing it along
to friend Aaron to do drawings for it.
Look forward to publishing that. Now
I'm starting to think about the next book
to write. Something is stirring and look
who appeared just now in the backyard:


















I feel a strong connection to these deer
who can appear in our city midst still.
Yes, inspiration.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

tv time




I'm enjoying very much watching
the TV program Detectorists.









star in a dream


I just woke up from seeing
Jerry Lewis in a dream.


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 Amazon.com.


robots...

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

huckleberries
















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)