A Monstrous Christmas at Pittock Mansion (aka ‘The Solonian Palace’)

That's right, Finn McSpool is back and he's not only ready to show off some local holiday cheer, but also the building that inspired my favorite location from my fantasy world of Osteria: Portland's Pittock Mansion (aka "the Solonian Palace"). I went hunting through my old blog posts, certain that I had covered Pittock Mansion … Continue reading A Monstrous Christmas at Pittock Mansion (aka ‘The Solonian Palace’)

Beasties, Books & Burgers…and Super Zapper Ray Guns

This week we're taking a little break from Finn McSpool's tour of his homeland. Well, not really a break, because this post is all about a Beastie workin' hard (sort of) for the money...and for the benefit of library lovers everywhere. Like his human counterpart, David Beastie works at the local library where he toils … Continue reading Beasties, Books & Burgers…and Super Zapper Ray Guns

A Monster Wander Through the Not-So Wintry Garden

After going on a lot recently about monsters - Doubt Monsters, Amazonian Monsters - I've been looking forward to a post featuring that far-friendlier monster, Finn McSpool! This year, the Pacific Northwest has thumbed its nose at the seasons and declared that winter is definitely NOT coming. While I was putting away all the dragon … Continue reading A Monster Wander Through the Not-So Wintry Garden

Finn McSpool’s Book-Shopping-Rabble-Rousing Outing

What happens when you try to take a monster on a nice outing to shop for some new reading material at Portland's Powells Books? It turns into him being declared leader of a very, VERY strange mob. It all started out innocently enough. Through my library's summer reading program I'd won a gift card for … Continue reading Finn McSpool’s Book-Shopping-Rabble-Rousing Outing

Finn McSpool: Paddle Boarding Beastie

Yes, Finn has donned a new identity as a Paddle Boarding Beastie and has been walking around the house humming tunes from the Surfaris and using phrases like "Hang Ten, Dude." Even though Finn has clearly mistaken stand-up paddle boarding for surfing (a big no-no), he still wanted to show off his recent watery adventure … Continue reading Finn McSpool: Paddle Boarding Beastie