“Robin McLean’s Reptile House introduces us to a debut author of audacious originality." -- Peter Connors, BOA Editions.

OLDER FISH OBITS

ALTER EGO ? WHO IS THAT FACELESS ONE?

THE DRUM /​ THE MUSE /​ THE CRIMINAL

LOOSE IN BOSTON

GRUB GONE DRAG /​ COLUM MCCANN

REPTILE HOUSE IN PLYMOUTH

I LOVE BURLINGTON

REPTILE HOUSE MEETS PARIS REVIEW

BACK ON THE TRAIL -- NYC

BRIDGE EIGHT

WHITE BRAS ONLY

THANKS MOUNT HOLYOKE (AGAIN)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #18: LAST STOP: BIG CARBON FOOTPRINT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.8: LONG LONG LONG LONG ROAD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.7: SERENDIPITY in JAYHAWK COUNTRY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.5: NEXT EXIT -- KANSAS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17: BEARTOOTH, WYOMING and OUT OF MIND

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.6: MONTANA FOR A HAT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.5: LOST HORSE in SANDPOINT, IDAHO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.4: A GOOD CAMPGROUND IS HARD TO FIND

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.3: REPTILE HOUSE KICKS HARPER LEE'S BUTT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.2: PIRATES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.1: DETOUR #1 -- DECATUR ISLAND, WA.

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16: SOUTHWARD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.9: CHICK RESCUE -- PALMER, ALASKA

REPTILE HOUSE MAKES THE FRONT PAGE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.7: DENALI FOR REAL THIS TIME

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.6: HOT WATER AND WIDE AWAKE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.5: THANK YOU FAA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.4: NORTH POLE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.3: GLORIOUS DENALI

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.2: FAIRBANKS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.1: ANCHORAGE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15: SHORT CUT: ALASKA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14..9999: CHIHULY and SPACE NEEDLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14..92: ON THE DECKS OF SHIPS (REDUX)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.9.5: ON THE DECKS OF SHIPS

MARY LYON WOULD BE PROUD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5.9.1: POETS AND SPACE NEEDLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5.9: SOLITARY PEAK

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5: SEATTLE BY WAY OF MT. HOOD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.2: LATE NIGHT LIBRARY: THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.1: INLAND AND NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14: AVENUE OF THE GIANTS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 9: LIGHT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 8: TO THE GREAT NORTHWEST

NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO! THANK YOU PETER BIELLO!

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 5: SAN FRANCISCO and NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13.1: DONKEY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13: CALIFORNIA CAN WAIT

BOOK REVIEW: “Unnatural, unprecedented, as far as we know.”

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9.6: SUMMITS AND CARAVANS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9.5: NAVADA HWY 50: THE LONELIEST ROAD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9: THE NEXT GENERATION TAKES THE WHEEL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.8: GRAND MESA = BUGS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.7: CAMPING #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.6: REPTILE HOUSE GOES TO 12,000 FEET

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.5: RH ROAD TEAM DOUBLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.4: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER WITH A COSMONAUT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.4: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER WITH A COSMONAUT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.3: MOOSE WELCOMES REPTILE HOUSE TO BOULDER

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.2: SANTA FE TRAIL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.1: ONWARD NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12: BREAKDOWN

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.9: PASSENGER #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.8.9: GRATITUDE BREAK

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.8: SUN, RAIN, EL PASO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.7: THE ALAMO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.6.5: TEXAS: BUDA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.6: TEXAS: CHISHOLM TRAIL #2

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.5: TEXAS: CHISHOLM TRAIL #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.4: TEXAS MODERN

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.3: WILD DETECTIVES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.2: MHC DALLAS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.1: TEXAS: THE GRASSY KNOLL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11: TEXAS /​ PART I

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #10.5: TRIP MAP #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #10: IOWA CITY /​ BOOK OASIS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #9.5: BACK EAST (ALMOST)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #9: SKYLIGHT /​ GET A DAMN TICKET

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #8.3: DERAILMENT & RERAILMENT: CANINE AGILITY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #8: SIRENLAND REUNION

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #7.999: REPTILE HOUSE TAKES TO THE AIR

TOUR BLOG POST 7.5: MHC HARTFORD

TWO NEW INTERVIEWS: Thanks BOA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #7: HARVARD BOOK STORE

CUT OFF THE COVER AND READ IT: an INTERVIEW

TOUR BLOG POST #6: THE EPICENTER

SIDEWINDER TOUR BLOG POST #5 /​ MYSTIC

TOUR BLOG POST #4 /​ SOUTH HADLEY WITH JIM SHEPARD

TOUR BLOG POST #3 /​ AMHERST LAUNCH

TOUR BLOG POST #2 /​ BOSTON

TOUR BLOG POST #1 /​MINNEAPOLIS

THIS WINTER IS MAKING ME CRANKY

NEWS FLASH: REPTILE HOUSE HAS ARRIVED





FISH OBITUARIES:an anti-bloggers's blog

BRIDGE EIGHT

August 17, 2015

Momentous Issue #2


Thank you Bridge Eight for publishing a most beloved story of mine "Blackberry Winter" in the latest issue.

Friend and Fish Obits guest blogger Kara Lindstrom also has a story in this issue -- "Tee Shirts for the Revolution." CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS BECAUSE KARA IS A GENIUS.

Please support this wonderful new lit mag that is finding and publishing emerging as well as established writers.

Order it HERE.



WHITE BRAS ONLY

August 16, 2015

WHITE BRA
In this long awaited Post from guest blogger, John McLean (retired doctor, ceramic artist and mid-western fashion leader) with internal commentary by Cindy McLean with some prodding by daughter Kim McLean exploring issues of Taking Action, Female Under-garments, Tensile Strength, Discomfort, Boredom, Isolation, Experience as well as The Power of Black and White.

JM: It all started because your mother had these motley bras. She didn't comment on it, the condition of the bras. I said, "That is a motley," and she said, "It's the only one I've got," and I said. "We need to so something about it."

It was early in the morning and it looked like the bra had no tensile strength at all and looked floppy, the whole thing. The straps were ok, but the whole other thing, the cups. They were really motley. Clean. I'm not saying they were not clean. And old. But it was, it was, it was.

CM: Dad has not seen too many bras. (more…)

THANKS MOUNT HOLYOKE (AGAIN)

August 11, 2015

Oh Emily, you drop out.

Hey Mount Holyoke College,

Thanks especially to Emily Harrison Weir who did a a fantastic job writing this profile on my changeful career-life -- all culminating (so far) in Reptile House . She caught me on I 70 in Missouri and struggled through an interview with a faulty phone line.

Read it here... HOW POTTERY AND LAW LED TO A WRITING CAREER

It will be on the MHC website for all eternity, I'm told.

It was so cool to meet MHC women in Concord, NH, Hartford, CT, Philadelphia, PA, Dallas TX, Austin TX, San Antonio, TX, Boulder CO, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and Palmer, Alaska.

Thanks for supporting the book and me! It was humbling and thrilling and inspiring.

Emily Dickinson, I'm gunning for you now.

xo

After the Storm

August 11, 2015

Photo by Kim McLean



Newfound Lake, New Hampshire.

Raining today but this is behind the clouds.

Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #18.0: LAST STOP: A BIG CARBON FOOTPRINT

August 9, 2015

Lots of Stops
Chicago: just a hop. Three hours / nothing.

Cooled down in nearly men's only coffee shop by Wrigley Field until reading in a nearly woman's only bookshop (thanks WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST BOOKSTORE) -- got a t-shirt. Hello Mad, Wendy, Paul from U of I, Lois and Tamara from Italy, the Windy City MHC gang, and Sarah from the WCF book club who I just bet but who HAD READ THE BOOK ALREADY, WOW.

5am is peaceful in the Windy City: Pink on the lake, boats bobbing like they own it. Tall gold buildings getting gold. A shimmering stadium, a silver Bean, a zoo with a new baby sloth.

Indiana yawning. Ohio just over there. (more…)

SINDWINDER BLOG POST #17.8: LONG LONG LONG LONG ROAD

August 5, 2015

1022 miles
2 days, 2 gallons of water, 2 phone calls to parents, 1 college roommate, 1 Alaskan co-conspirator, 2 sisters, 1 anarchist and PhD candidate, numerous novelists and several poets.

Crossed the Mississippi at Hannibal, Missouri. Mark Twain.

Arrived Land of Lincoln and angled north on some "short cuts".

Chicago Tonight, Aug 5th, WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST BOOKSTORE -- 7:30 pm.

SINDWINDER BLOG POST #17.7: SERENDIPITY in JAYHAWK COUNTRY

August 5, 2015

Manda in Lawrence
HELLO Manda at DUSTY BOOKSHELF in Lawrence, Kansas where it was rumored -- by reliable local informants -- that there was a lone (but pristine) copy of Reptile House among ALL THOSE STACKS OF BOOKS!!!

The tour detoured, paid a toll, sidewinded over to Laurence after breakfast. The copy was found and signed on the title page.

A Dusty Bookshelf T-shirt with the cat on it was acquired to added to the growing bookstore t-shirt collection...and it was all Missouri after that.

Next stop: Tonight, August 5th, WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST BOOKSTORE
-- best bookstore in the Windy City -- 7:30 pm.





Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #17.5: NEXT EXIT -- KANSAS

August 4, 2015

Paul Bunyon with Scythe
BILL BOARDS ON THE WAY TO MANHATTAN, KANSAS:

"Rent Your Combine! -- Next Exit"

"Prairie Dog town! -- Next Exit"

"Got Monsters? -- Next Exit"

"The World's Largest Czech Egg! -- Next Exit"

"Garden of Eden! -- Next Exit"

"Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum -- Next Exit"

"Free Land! -- Next Exit" (more…)

Sidewinder Tour Blog Post #17: BEARTOOTH, WYOMING, and OUT of MIND

August 2, 2015

words are useless. just go
From a favored campground the Custer Nat. Forest, take the gravel to 78, right to Red Lodge -- seems benign enough. Construction is heavy for such a tiny road. Writers should get a job like that. Stand in the sun, wave at cars, wonder at lives passing.

Beartooth Pass. It is south on 212, just a snaking red line in the atlas, nothing to fear -- such lines. Hurry. You don't have time for 11,000 ft passes.

10,947ft.

This is the second time, but the first from north to south, which is different, less knee-shaking, or maybe age brings courage for dizzy cliffs. (more…)