Friday, April 30, 2021

planeta bur

scene from Planeta Bur, Soviet sci-fi from 1962, just a year after Yuri Gagarin went to space.

a robot's charming voice

I tried this new feature in word program so I could listen to the computer read my detective novel about witches aloud to me. Good grief, what a bizarre experience! Cancel my subscription!

the forest of the moon

Page 71 from the forthcoming Good Deed Rain book.

sea nymph

Walking the dog and found this mandala on the path

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Different Planet art

One of my favorite Good Deed Rain books, DIFFERENT PLANET (a collection of 4 science fiction novels: The Next President, The Schubert Story, Convenience, Moss Temple) was published in 2017. My new Yuri Gagarin novel (nearly complete!) will also feature a cover by the same amazing artist, Laura Vasyutynska. Stay tuned for more.

"That's a big chicken."

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

sneak peek #2

The Good Deed Rain factory releases another glimpse of page spread from soon to be published book. Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

1961 in America

Getting close to finishing writing novel about Yuri Gagarin landing spaceship in America. I'm picturing Federico Fellini filming it in black and white.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

JGenius reviews new Good Deed Rain book

"In this new collection, there is a light and ambling spirit at work, crafting fresh description and gentle insights that unexpectedly dash by like the soundless frolic of shooting stars. A quiet wisdom and comedy transport the reader to the glowing landscape between heaven, earth, and the imagination, where the closely observed details of daily life reaffirm our connections to beauty and play."

sneak peek

Here's a sneak look at a page spread from the next Good Deed Rain book. Stay tuned...

dog cosmonaut kennel

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

the fall of the museum of children

There used to be an amazing children’s museum downtown. Where did it go? I think I may know…The last time I took the kids there, a submarine was on display. You could crawl inside of it and look out a periscope at the waves overhead. It felt so real you expected Captain Nemo to appear. Instead, it was someone else. We smelled him before we saw him. When he burst through the hatch, he announced himself, “I’m Captain Jack!” and he was wearing a full diaper. We abandoned ship immediately. There was no escape though, that odor drifted everywhere and we heard shrieks by the orca as he appeared over there, “I’m Captain Jack!” It was too much for the museum. Like the House of Usher it broke apart and we ran for our lives. I turned around in time to see the remains tumble into the sea.

Monday, April 19, 2021



Saturday, April 17, 2021

blue moon

chapter VIII

Completed Chapter VIII of the new Yuri Gagarin novel. The Marcels are spinning Blue Moon.

Friday, April 16, 2021

springtime again

on the Good Deed Rain jukebox

Thursday, April 15, 2021


moon reading

Yikes, I remember this book! The blue-green pictures of cold space station halls, craters where you can't breath the air--I don't want to go the moon!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

famous fat boy

Just mentioned the infamous Fat Boy Drive-In of Brunswick, Maine, in the new novel I'm writing. Is it true that Yuri Gagarin dined there in a Cadillac?

new pharoah

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021


Yuri Gagarin, Earth's first person in space, and star of the new novel I'm writing.

Thursday, April 8, 2021


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

moving along

Making good progress on the Yuri Gagarin novel. Just finishing chapter 5. This is cosmonaut music for the movie soundtrack, Lee Konitz in Harvard Square


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

wild kingdom

Monday, April 5, 2021


Saturday, April 3, 2021

DRAW Mr. Ames!

Calling all artists! DRAW MR. AMES! You may receive a prize!

Mr. Ames!

Friday, April 2, 2021

bowling lessons

Thursday, April 1, 2021