Monday, March 30, 2020

crayon fable

working on another project
and rediscovered my old
little novel, Crayon Fable,
published in Ohio Trio book:

The avenue wore a river on it.
Trucks and cars piled through
waves. Buildings reflected
water in their windows and
some children floated in tires
down the sunken scene.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

elmore leonard

Well, the library is closed to public
and I just finished Elmore Leonard's
book, Up in Honey's Room. He is an
expert story teller and knows just how
to end a chapter perfectly.

bus across

One of the fun things I've been
working on for books is getting
the drawings to spread across
both pages. Like this bus picture
in Violet of the Silent Movies.

5 Violets

5 copies of the new GDR book,
Official publication day is April 2.
If you need books while you're
locked away in your room, away
from the world, Good Deed Rain
has lots of imagination to share
with you.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Tin Can Telephone Chapters

The TIN CAN TELEPHONE will be my 40th
published book. It was a fun experience to
write, traveling through time, returning with
these stories and many drawings.

Until it is printed in May, here is the list
of chapter titles to entice you:

Tin Can Signals
Dirt Garden
Overnight at Olsen's
On Space Patrol
A Call to Prayer
The Lost Dog
Dream Museum
20,000 Leagues
An Ordinary Song
Or a Dinosaur Egg
A House in the Rain Forest
The Renaissance TV
The Blue Curtain
The Creature
Son of Count Misfit
When I was an Astronaut
The Pilgrimage
Tiger Story
In the Air
The Tin Can Telephone Book
The Sunglasses
The Aqua Theatre
Operation Food Giant
The City Dump
The Ten Cent Mummy
Two Different Worlds
Bells & Bagpipes
The Birdhouse Bees
The Great American What
Fairplay Storage
Penny Candy
Drawn with Chalk
The Next Time
Tin Cans & String

Friday, March 20, 2020


Good Deed Rain has another new book due to
be published in May. The TIN CAN TELEPHONE
is coming to save the day! A couple of tin cans are
strung together and suddenly childhood memories
come pouring through, so real you are there again.
Each chapter arrives with a different sound from
1975 Seattle: a museum trolley bell, recess,
Halloween, movie theaters, lost dogs, best friends,
radio songs and climbing trees and more.
As usual, each new book I publish is my favorite.
Hope you get a chance to read this one!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

page 98

A sneak preview of page 98 from
the next Good Deed Rain book. Hot
on the heels of Imaginary Someone,
this is a childhood memory novel
set in 1975 Seattle, illustrated like
a coloring book. Stay tuned, more

Friday, March 13, 2020

sun moon star

Just read this book for first time.
Never knew about it! Sun, Moon, Star
by Kurt Vonnegut with illustrations by
Ivan Chermayeff. What a beautiful and
well felt book.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Violet of the Silent Movies Contents

The printer has approved Violet of the Silent Movies.
She will be published April 2.
Here is the book contents page to entice you:

Violent of the Silent Movies
The Fate of James Dean
The Creature Walks Among Us
The House on Haunted Hill
Champion the Wonder Horse
The Trampoline Apology
Job Security
The Witch in the Garage
Jack Spicer’s Martian Radio
Just Like a Ghost
The Guitar of the Great Whackencracker
A Word
The Blackbird
13th & Failing
Buster Crabbe
Princess Condor
The Pied Piper Ice Cream Truck
Andrew the Birdhouse
Related to Roscoe
The Reunion
Places to Hide
A Taxi Song
The Second Time I Met Lee Van Cleef
A Factory on 32nd Street
Elvis 42
Turning to Water
Another Win for Seabiscuit
The Anti-Gravity Gravity Belt
Herman Snock Steals the Sun
The Buffalo Road
The Used Beluga
The Famous Last Words of a Dinosaur Trainer
Hedda Hopper
Movie Idea
Confessions of an Inventor
The Man Who Married a Dream
A Field in Oregon
Here in Mississippi
The Witch’s House
Washed Ashore
Tribute to Red Skelton
Wearing a 1944 Movie
The Comedian
Something to Remember the Forest By
The Cattle Baron
Watching Esther Williams with my Daughter
Dante’s Grill
Fay Wray Island
The Witch’s Dog
The Magic Shop
Jesse James & Rimbaud
10 Feet off the Ground
Without Hamlet
The Wildlife on 32nd Street
Prince Charles
Watching the Whales
The Museum of Fluid Memory
The Dragonfly Junkyard
The Sweeper
The Caveman
It Helps to Know Someone
Haunting the House
Vincent Price and the Florist
In Defense of Mothra
The Five & Dime Robot
Under Your Spell
The Last Telegram

Monday, March 9, 2020

twilight stories

Read Charles Beaumont's collection
of short stories Perchance to Dream.
There are some good ones in here!

Friday, March 6, 2020


This is the cover spread for
the new Good Deed Rain book.
Another amazing cover by
Jen Armitage. This past summer
I met Violet Mersereau's relative
who lives here in town and that
inspired this book full of poetry
and drawings. You will be able
to order a copy soon. This is a
very fun beautiful book!


Here's the cover for the new Good Deed Rain book:
A collection of poetic short fiction illustrated by
the author. The book begins with a silent movie
actress and travels through time and neighborhoods,
ghosts and forests, to end with passenger pigeons.
Publishing date is April 2, Hans Christian Andersen's

Thursday, March 5, 2020


In these strange times, rereading Philip K. Dick.
Finished The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
and Valis. Now I'm reading Lies Inc. (aka The
Unteleported Man). I was reading it on the bus
to work this morning and laughed out loud
when I got to the section about the factory worker
who is doing "a job which a pigeon could do better;
fact was, a pigeon did do so, to check his work."

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


Here's page 40 from the next Good Deed Rain
book (due in April). Hope you're getting excited
to read it. It was fun to make.


Another page from the next Good Deed Rain book
(coming soon). It's a collection of illustrated poetry
stories, like the previous 2 collections, Florida (2019)
and The Welfare Office (2019). This one features a
silent movie star, witches, lots of animals, and Elvis

Monday, March 2, 2020


Another page spread from the next
Good Deed Rain book. This is a
collection of poem stories, with
many illustrations. More about it
soon, hope you will like it.