Moving, Cats, & the Podcast

September 24, 2018

I know it's been a little while since the last blog post, almost a month in fact, and I'm not going to make any excuses.  I'm not a daily or weekly blogger, but I'll write a couple times a month and that's enough for now.


Things have been super hectic around here.  My family is getting ready for a move - a big move halfway across the country, and it's a stressful time.  In the end, I'm sure it'll be worth it.

We're actually relocating to Olympia.  For those who paid attention in school, you know it's the capital city of Washington State.  (And I have to put "state" because whenever I write "Washington" by itself, people assume I'm talking about DC, which is f'ing annoying as hell.  The US capital - the crime ridden cesspool on the the East Coast - should be referred to as DC, but I digress.)


You might be wondering why Olympia of all places.  The short answer is that it's where I grew up.  I'm originally from South Tacoma, but my family moved to the South Sound region when I was eight or nine - somewhere in there.  As such, I always thought of the area as home.  And after my family moved to Colorado during my Junior year of high school, I always intended to move back someday.  In the meantime, I lived in Southern California for a lot of years - over a decade, and ended up moving out to Oklahoma for awhile.  Why?  I'm not going to dig that up right now.  Suffice to say, I'm finally coming home.  And this is really the best time to do it.  I have a daughter who's nearly of the age when she'll be starting school and Olympia will be a good place for her.  There's more of an emphasis on education there and she'll have more opportunities.  Of course, there's also the progressive culture of the area that makes Olympia a great place to grow up as well.  And while the area really has grown up over the years, it doesn't feel like it's overrun or supersaturated with people.

Cats.  What can I say?  About five years ago, I took an orange and white tabby kitten into my life, named Beez, and he's my furry buddy.  I've been though a lot over the last five years and it's been nice having him around.  Unfortunately, his temperament is exactly like mine, and we're not the most social creatures.  As such, while my daughter loves him, she can't really love on him all that much.  So, she has wanted another pet that she could play with.  We thought that it'd be a good idea for the Beez to have a buddy, and were planning on getting another cat after the move.  Well yesterday, we had just gotten home from a trip.  While I was carrying in bags, a kitten - a black and gray tabby with no collar - made his way into our house.  It seems he adopted us and we, in turn, adopted him.  His name is Donovan (Donny for short).  My girlfriend actually came up with his name, but happens to be the name of the protagonist of my current novel.


Looking at the title of this post, you might think that I'm starting a podcast.  Well, I'm not.  That being said, I do enjoy listening to some of the ones out there.  My favorite is WTF with comedian Marc Maron (  And naturally, I've wanted to be on a podcast for some time now.  Fortunately, I got the opportunity.  My short story Worse Than Death will be featured on Episode 16 of Not Ready for Rhyme Time with Taylor Woodland (  The episode will be available at 5pm Central on September 30th.


In the middle of everything else going on, I'm fighting to get out new print editions of Die Anne and Chain Reaction which will include a code for a free eBook download.  I'm not going to go into all the details, but my publisher has not made this easy.  Those of you who know me, know I won't stop until I get what I want.  These novels will come with free eBook editions, but it may take awhile to get everything ironed out.  On a side note, the new editions will also be lower in price.


Don't forget, I'll be giving out signed First Editions of Shattered Halo on October 6th at the Seattle Center.  For your free copy, just be there between noon and 1pm.  Of course, I'll only be handing them out for as long as supplies last, so you might want to get there early.


If you happen to own, or work at, a bookstore in the Pacific Northwest, hit me up.  I'm still booking dates for the Die Anne promotional tour.  Just click on the "contact" tab on the navigation bar to get ahold of me.


Well, that about does it.  Just remember, it's always a good day to read some f'ed up shit.



Alan Welker  

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