Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Here's a chapter from my 2010 book
The Mermaid Translation:


Before he went any further, Sanford thought of the mermaid. He stopped at a table set up on the sidewalk under an iron sunflower. A bead of water dripped onto him, off the wide petal above.

He smiled at the seller and she gave him a pen and a ribbon of blue paper. He thought for a little bit. Carts went by, people were talking, a couple laughed, a girl chased a dog past, then he wrote the words to fill the paper up.

“Could you have this sent to the Mermaid CafĂ©?” he asked. He put a couple old looking silver coins in her hand and she nodded.

He stood there, watched her scroll the paper into a roll to fit in the little tube tied to the carrier pigeon. The bird flapped itself importantly and lifted off her hands into the sky. There were so many lines flying laundry up above that Sanford lost sight of it behind a wet purple shirt.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

movie time

Watched Swing Time (1936) again.
I spent a lot of time watching Fred Astaire &
Ginger Rogers' movies, The Thin Man films,
The Marx Brothers, the uplifting musicals and
comedies of the 1930s and 1940s.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Homeless Sutra

I just sent the latest Good Deed Rain book
off to the printer. HOMELESS SUTRA is
4 adventures: featuring the return of Sylvan
Moore, a flying monk, a water salesman,
and a guardian rabbit. The book will be
published near end of this month. The cover
painting is by Laura Vasyutynska who also
illustrated DIFFERENT PLANET, my sci-fi
book. More soon.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

NY Review of Clyde's book

Larry Smith gave a great review of
Clyde Sanborn's book in the New York
Review of Books. Clyde would be over
the moon! Here's the link:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Rereading one of my favorite books,
Roald Dahl's Danny, The Champion of
the World. Used to read this to my kids
in Ohio. This is my favorite version of it
too, with illustrations by Jill Bennett.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

flying with pelicans

I don't know why, but out of the blue
I was thinking about The Flying Nun
TV show. For some reason I thought
Sally Field had magical powers to fly.
After doing some research, tracking
down the original paperback book,
The 15th Pelican, I'm surprised to find
that's not the case at all. It was all
scientific, based on weight, and lift
and aerodynamics. In other words,
anyone can fly given the right

raining birthdays

Well it's another January 30th
Richard Brautigan birthday raining day
in the Pacific Northwest. Here's a link
back to my essay on Brautigan: