This poem I wrote recently I imagine set to the same tune (though with a slightly modified structure) as Thank You by Led Zeppelin.
I stopped working on this a couple weeks ago because I've been distracted with life. I still need to put it against a mat to see where I should sign it and then add more fish around the edges. It's a whale with alien seaweed and polyps growing on its back and surrounded by alien fish. This is one I'd like to have prints made of and then hand-color some of them sometime.
Below is a doodle made on my "bad" paper that came out surprisingly well. The top creature is a finder fish. It uses the appendages on its third skull to detect electrical signals from hidden prey and then grab them. The mouth is between the first and second skulls, which are modified into jaws. The creature on the bottom is a grazing crab with seven mouths. These are all creatures from planet Snax.
I just want to draw and write about aliens, space warps, and weird technology, but the outside world keeps distracting me. If I don’t say something soon I will explode.
I haven't been writing the fourth episode in the Nathaniel Series and I've been thinking of doing something different. In addition to all the Nathaniel episode plot ideas I've had my whole life, I also have hundreds of alien biology ideas that if I included all of them in the series, would bog down the action too much. The Gorilla With Twenty-Four Heads has desert starfish and Secrets Of The Springs, when published, will have lizards, flying spiders, flyswatter scorpions, sea creatures, crazy plants, and more. In those two, it works. In most of the others, it will not. This is why for the moment I have started writing a very different type of book, one focused on biology. I had wanted to write something in the same vein as Wayne Barlowe's Expedition, but where things are going it looks like it will be more of a textbook instead of a story, though nothing is set in stone yet.
I know people exist that would love such a thing, but I'm not sure I can duplicate it. Some people like it for the art, but I'm not as good an artist as Barlowe and I know nothing about inserting pictures into a document. Still, it's going to have pictures anyways. The subject matter calls for it.
Some people like reading about all the creatures and the adventure of exploring a new world, but they might be turned off if it is too technical or if there is no story to wrap it all up. The problem is, many of my ideas have to do with cellular structure and things like that and it would be a shame to only release the ideas having to do with overall shape. I think I can keep most of the technical stuff to the introduction, but not entirely. Also, if I introduce the organisms in order according to their taxonomy, I will miss out on describing the different biomes of the planet. This is why I have decided not to dwell too heavily on classification - but some is still necessary. Also, I tend to keep changing my mind about which groups are related anyways. What I think I'm going to do is cover each biome in a different chapter, pick a creature at random to describe, and then segue into the next creature based on how it interacts with the first (i.e. it hunts/is hunted by it). It will resemble a television nature documentary.
On the other hand, many other people would love all the technical details, but a large subset of these people are snobs that would think something or another thing is too unrealistic or even impossible. I won't include anything I believe to be impossible, but if I were to only include what I thought likely, the book would be very boring. I know that very little in science is really considered impossible and even so, scientists discover they are wrong all the time. Just because we know of no way for a process to work doesn't mean there isn't some way for it to work.
Still, I have to try anyways. What else am I to do with my life? Everyone needs a dream to get them out of bed. I have already started outlining Planet Snax, a world 80% covered by a sea less than 200 meters deep (15% is deeper and 5% is lifeless dry land). I'm not sure about the name. That might have to change. Let me know what you think.
The store page is now open! I had to change the font in the product descriptions. You had to have a good eye to tell the difference between 2.5X3.5 inches and 25X35 inches. I also didn't like that under the new site design hyperlinks were the same color as text and hard to see. I have since set this to blue. Also, the blog will remain on the front page for now.
In other news, Bookswap sold two of my books, Haslam's sold two of my books, and Old Tampa Bookstore sold one of my books. Be sure to check out my new books page.
I have also started drawing again. This time, it's a seascape. I'll post it when I finish it.
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.