This is an excerpt from an episode summary I was recently working on.
Other boys (Zooks) rescue Nathaniel from some girls. He is very relieved and ends up joining the crew of the starship Lasercake (the name printed with “cake” in big letters and “laser” in small letters to trick people into thinking they aren’t dangerous) under Captain Fig, leaving his own spaceship behind with the girls.
Zooks are tall, thin aliens with urchin-like heads. Each spine is an antenna tuned to a different form of radiation. Their eyes and noses are in their chests, and long, bird-like necks and beaks sprout from their bellies. They have three legs and are covered in fur. Lasercake is shaped somewhat like a peanut with one end much bigger than the other. On the big end are three antigravity pulse pads oriented at ninety degrees to each other. Scattered over the rest of the ship are circular windows. Each can be used as an airlock or a laser port.
The above is the model I'm leaning towards, but I want to know what my readers think. Look at the four models and leave a comment whether you prefer the peanut, rocket belt, ball, or cake slice.
I am super-excited. I have finished 109 of the first 111 episode summaries. I know what happens in the remaining two, but they still feel ...incomplete to me. I eventually plan to write 7 volumes of 111 each. Volumes 1, 3, 4, and 6 are already full of titles. I just have to write them out. Volume 2 is half full. Volume 7 is three-quarters full. Volume 5 is nearly empty, but I'm feeling ambitious. I primarily added it so that I would not end up with 666 episodes. I wouldn't care, but people would assume it has some significance that it doesn't. I could of course make 6 volumes of 112, for 672 episodes, but where's the fun in that? I'm still a bit skeptical that people would want to read summaries, but there is no way I can turn all of them into novels in a natural lifespan, and at least two people have told me that there are indeed people out there that would read them. In other news, I've been doodling less and I pretty much gave up on writing Metamorphosis (episode 4). I hated the way it was coming out. I did draw a few pictures of things from The Nathaniel Series, such as the monster and spacecraft below.
I was recently at BookSwap for their grand re-opening and a book signing with two other local authors. I met a lot of people and had a lot of fun. Here are some pictures:
I forgot to take a picture of the outside of the store! Oh well, this is the inside. Below is my signing table in the science fiction section and next to the cookbooks. Bookswap also has books on travel, health, mysteries, romance, and a whole section just for the classics. You can see the plate of chips and cookies the employees brought me, one of which is also an artist and sculptor.
Carl Marsh interviews authors (as well as actors, business leaders, musicians, and others) and does his best to instill a love of reading in others. It's often interesting. He even reviews books sometimes. You can read his interviews at his website.
Hello, my name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small. I like bacon. I like pizza. I like bacon pizza. I enjoy long walks on the beach, but prefer the mountains. I am a huge fan of Jesus. When I grow up, I want to be just like him and create my own universes.