The Storypunk Report, Issue #2
Author Karen Eisenbrey's Quarterly Newsletter
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Spring is Here!

We got an inordinate amount of snow in February (for Seattle), followed by a few absurdly warm days in March that got spring back on schedule. I have planted peas, the rhubarb is up, and the lilacs look like they plan to bloom before Easter. My elbow still hurts from shoveling snow, but I think we can forget about winter for a few months. At the end of March, I spent a few days in Portland, OR for the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference. I attended a number of interesting panels, but the best part was hanging out with my fellow Not A Pipe Publishing authors and getting to know them better in real life.

And thanks to reader input, this newsletter now has a name! It's not even close to any of the suggestions, but they sent me off in the right direction. This is often how ideas work so I accept it gratefully.

Writing News

In the early months of 2019, I have been doing more editing than writing as I work with my Not A Pipe editors to prepare three (count 'em, 3!) books for publication this year. Wizard Girl, the sequel to 2018's Daughter of Magic, has a scheduled release date of July 23. We're planning a launch event on Saturday, July 27, 7:00 p.m. at Third Place Books-Ravenna. This will be my first solo bookstore event, so kind of a big deal. I am thrilled to read and sign at my neighborhood bookshop! Looking further out, we're also working on a magic-themed multi-author Halloween party at The Neverending Bookshop on October 26.

In August, we will re-release my garage-rock fairy tale, The Gospel According to St Rage. I hope to do some kind of musical event to go with that, similar to the original 2016 launch event. This all leads up to the November launch of Book 2, Barbara and the Rage Brigade. I'm already working with an artist on the cover, as well as working up new St. Rage songs.

Earlier this year, I sent out a special alert about a flash fiction anthology project, Itty Bitty Writing Space. The Kickstarter funded in 2 hours and eventually wound up something like 400% funded, which allowed for additional authors and other goodies. The book comes out June 1 and includes my story "Aunt Clara's House," the story of a house haunted by pianos. Get a sneak peek here!

What I'm Reading

I don't read a lot of bestsellers, but my Kindle is always full of interesting new books that I've collected from other independent authors. Right now, though, I am enjoying a big printed tome: The Books of Earthsea - Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. LeGuin, illustrated by Charles Vess. I have loved Earthsea since I was 12 and these books influenced my own writing in more ways than I can even remember. It has been a joy to read them all again.

While in Portland, I stayed up late one night reading Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock, a Seattle-set YA novel about a girl born and raised in a utopian commune who impulsively moves to Seattle even though she has never handled money or spoken to Outsiders. I had a 15-minute one-on-one with the author in early 2016 that helped me unstick a stalled project (still in progress), so I was pleased to read her engaging book.

Witches' Gambit by Charles Freedom Long had been on my Kindle for several months before I finally got to it.
I greatly enjoyed the author’s previous books, Dancing with the Dead and Alvar’s Spear, so I was excited to check out this prequel, which introduces important characters from those books to the reader and to each other. Space aliens, philosophy, and chess in about equal measure.

I can't get out of here without plugging a book from Not A Pipe Publishing. While in Portland, we celebrated the release of Don't Read This Book by Benjamin Gorman.
At once hilarious and heartbreaking, this novel uses fantasy monsters and rollicking comedy to make sophisticated philosophical and political points about identity and meaning. A tall order that Don’t Read This Book fulfills, and then some.

Blog Highlights

Since November 2010, I have written Square Pig in a Round Hole, a weekly blog about band names. I comb through the nightlife listings in the Seattle Times, choose five band names, and briefly respond to each one. Highlights from the past 3 months:

March 2019

Pragmatic Chaos

Evokes Keith Moon: strategic deployment of musical forces in service to the illusion of wildness.

February 2019

Flesh Produce

St. Paul might say this is another word for “sin” but I can’t help imagining a meatball tree.

January 2019


Now we know why it gets cold in winter: clever thieves swipe the degrees.


Other news

I returned from vacation and the next day, my interview on the Authors of the Pacific Northwest podcast was live! I'm getting used to my recorded voice and enjoyed talking about writing with host Vickie Carter, as well as reading from Daughter of Magic.

On Tuesday, April 23 4-5 pm PDT, I will be participating in an online "takeover" event on Facebook ... or rather, my main character Luskell will be! Although I've done one character interview (to be published April 12, I think), I haven't had a character do an event before. It will be fun to see how she interacts with the other authors and characters! If that sounds interesting, you can join in at

Saturday, April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day! I will be at The Neverending Bookshop from 2-4 pm with Mikko Azul, handselling our own books as well as our favorites by other authors. If you're in the area, please come say hi and support an independent bookstore! Or if you're in the Portland area, drop by Books Around the Corner in Gresham, where several Strongly Worded Women authors will be reading and signing that book.
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