Wednesday, November 30, 2022

new Neptune novel excerpt

Rain beaded on the dark kitchen window above the sink. Neptune was free to move about in human form, a very old man with a trident for a cane. He was calling me from a phonebooth on Pacific Street. In the background I could hear the car tires sizzling.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

custodial services

In my dream last night I fell asleep at a crowded lecture on mountain climbing in the Himalayas. Still within the dream, I woke up in a dark, empty auditorium—no not quite empty, a custodian was pushing a cart into the room. I apologized and flustered. It’s interesting to know there are custodians behind the scenes in dreams. I know over the years I’ve created plenty of havoc for them with gorillas and great white sharks, crashing planes, floods, wars, and other mayhems. Fortunately, they’re ready every night for more.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022


Next novel stars the Neptune Theatre, back when it used to show double features every night and I would park on Brooklyn Ave by the IHOP on the hill.


Enjoying the new reupholstered Beatles Revolver recording, with all the wondrous outtakes! It was the perfect companion for editing the draft of my next novel. You’ll have to stay tuned for this one—it’s got some familiar Good Deed Rain characters, plus some new faces too, including a six foot rabbit and a cameo by James Stewart. Bet you didn't think we had the budget for that. And of course, Neptune. 2023 will be GDR’s year of the novel, with 3 ready to go and another in the works! So stay tuned!

Monday, November 21, 2022

Friday, November 11, 2022


Thursday, November 10, 2022

11 stories

Title Page


Here's the front cover of the new Good Deed Rain book, to be published on this Thanksgiving. The title is: The WIRES and CIRCUITS of EARTH. 11 short stories, each one a fantastic other reality. I've been sharing some of the page spreads from it with you already. As mentioned in the book's introduction, it's the sort of paperback you'd find if you were in a 1962 train station and stopped at the newsstand for something to read on the journey to your next destination.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

new book cover

Good Deed Rain contributor Laura Vasyutynska provides her painting "Ukranian Yard" for the cover of our new short story collection. This is her 7th cover with GDR! Stay tuned, more on the new book soon!


Monday, November 7, 2022


You Are the Star

For the new novel, there might be some inspiration from those Choose Your Own Adventure books. I think it would be fun to write a book like that this time. "If you contact a detective, turn to page 142."

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Good Deed Rain update

Hope to get the new short story collection sent to publisher this week. Next up, there are 3 completed novel manuscripts to edit and get ready for you. Also another new novel is conjuring itself.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Chasing Telepathy bucket

Page spread from the 'Chasing Telepathy' short story. You will be able to read all of this later this month, stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The Return of the Dial Excerpt

Start of Chapter 11 page spread. The next Good Deed Rain book is almost ready for publication, stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Finding the Right Sky Excerpt

Page spread from beginning of Chapter 5

Sunday, October 30, 2022


From FOREST & FIELD book:

The Dial Excerpt

The page-spread beginning of Chapter 2 in the next Good Deed Rain book:

A Visitor in Illinois Excerpt

Working on finishing touches of Book #57. This is the page-spread start of the first story in the collection, set in one of those black and white Outer Limits versions of America.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

still life with ham

good deed rain traveling show

peddler's lament

Had a disappointing trip to the university bookstore. I was hoping to leave these 4 books for the Faculty/Staff shelf. The manager told me they are discontinuing that space. There doesn’t seem to be any home for my books—where are the interesting stores? Do I need to get a donkey cart and peddle them in another enlightened century? I couldn’t help but laugh a little, carrying the books back outdoors, I know these are great and there are so many more to share, and I know people will enjoy them one day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Bert's ZOO

Bert Haanstra made the great little film, ZOO, a must-see!

Bert Haanstra

We had a documentary crew from Holland in the office today. I made a sign welcoming them, featuring picture of Dutch director Bert Haanstra:

Sunday, October 23, 2022

chasing telepathy excerpt

Pages 74/75 from the next book, due Thanksgiving. Hopefully these sneak previews are hypnotizing you into needing to read more.

precognition excerpt

Here's another preview of a page spread from the next Good Deed Rain book. A collection of eleven short stories, in the tradition of America's golden age of pulp.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

0-120 excerpt

I'm working on getting the next book ready for publication, due Thanksgiving. This one will be an illustrated collection of short stories. Here's a sneak preview at a page spread for Chapter 9. This story came to me after I was walking downtown and saw a sign for a store that said they serve everyone ages 0-120.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022


Now that A Red Leaf Boat and Forest and Field are being published on Halloween, I’m busy with 4 more books on the way! I’m getting a new book of short stories ready for Thanksgiving. I’m also working on editing two new novels, and currently writing a third. Sneak preview: these novels feature Neptune, Mars and Paris, and a family of weasels. Who needs Paramount Pictures anymore when you’ve got these in your future!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022


Good Deed Rain will be publishing 2 BOOKS on Halloween Day! A Red Leaf Boat poems, and Forest and Field short stories. They will be available from Amazon, or by contacting our shortwave radio station on Lopez Island.

Friday, October 7, 2022

scarecrow advice

This morning, walking the dog in the wood, I met an old woman and old man who were stopped where the path branched into two. They told me they weren't sure which way to go. I said, "Well, you know what the scarecrow said in the Wizard of Oz?" I figured they'd seen it when this town had big beautiful movie theatres with curtain screens. I swung one arm, "You could go that way..." then swung my other arm, "Of course that way is nice too." That's when their dog barked at me.

Thursday, October 6, 2022


On my lunchbreak walk in the woods, I found this big feather. I reckoned it's from an owl, but a birdish-looking fellow who suddenly appeared on the path behind me said it's a hawk feather.


Thank you Mr. King! I guffawed out loud when I saw this illustration for Chapter 24 of Fairy Tale, of the demented monster threatening their land. A wee bit familiar?

Monday, October 3, 2022

Fairy Tale

Been enjoying the new Stephen King book Fairy Tale

Monday, September 26, 2022


Good Deed Rain is publishing 2 books in October. This will be the second one, FOREST and FIELD, a collection of summer short stories. Beautiful cover painting by Laura Smith has made this an old fashioned 1950s children's classic. Publishing date is Halloween!

Sunday, September 25, 2022


Saturday, September 24, 2022

another leaf

Friday, September 23, 2022






This morning been working on a new book, inspired by Roald Dahl, zooming right along, 4 chapter per hour.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

dollar tree


Monday, September 19, 2022