The tar blob moves by throwing pseudopodia forward and retracting those behind it. Smoke billows from holes in its top. It defends itself by squirting out sticky, flaming tar. They are spooked by plaid.
The creature on the right, a native of planet Punlitorea, grinds seeds into flour with its grooved hands before licking it up. It has three eyes on the front and three clusters of chemoreceptive hairs on the back for communication. Each tuft detects a different set of chemicals.
The creature on the left, a native of planet Tizin-A, walks on stilt-like tube feet across the desert sands. Circulating air keeps the body from overheating.
This creature is the splitjaw. It's mouth snaps shut to kill or stun its prey before tossing it down the throat whole. The dots on its legs might be breathing spiracles, but I was too afraid to ask it.
Two recent discoveries I had to share: Wendy's Tuscan Chicken sandwiches and Taco Bell's Cinnabon Delights are both incredible!!!!! You will thank me. Unfortunately, they both ended up in my belly before I could get my camera out. :(
This is possibly a future vehicle of Nate's. It is a submarine complete with windows and one big gun. It moves primarily by wagging its long, jointed tail - and you do not want to be riding in the tail when that happens.
Something a bit different today: This is a heavily armored car accessible only from the top and covered with sensory blisters. It has no windows. Those aren't headlights on the front; those are missiles.
After drawing this, I thought the round thing might secrete addictive, psychoactive nectar to manipulate/communicate with the centipede-like animal on the right. It may even co-opt nearby insects to protect it from other nearby insects.
This is similar to an idea I had once about the origin of fire in human society. The first fires might have been stranded aliens that manipulated humans with their beauty to work together to feed them combustibles and spread their seed. Different fires would be adopted by different clans and would force the clans to act as their armies to fight each other. Over thousands of years, the fires devolved into mere physical phenomena and the humans developed the capacity to spread other forms of technology, including language and memes.
Bonus chapter! In The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship, the incident of hydrant-shaped robots raiding a village on planet Hoosh is mentioned but not described. I know some of you will be curious, so I started to write out this adventure. I was going to work it into The Fun Sponge, but it just doesn't seem to fit, so for now it is merely a bonus chapter. Click on the "read more" link to read it.
The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship features flashbacks from Nate’s early life which form the basis for The Nathaniel Series. It is not part of the series, but introduces the series as possibly merely a manifestation of Nate’s disturbed mind. The first episode in this series will be The Fun Sponge, which I just got the idea for about three weeks ago and have written the first three chapters. It’s about bullying. The second episode will be The Gorilla With Twenty-Four Heads. The Gorilla With Twenty-Four Heads is mostly written now, but still needs some polishing. It is also shorter than I like, at just over thirty thousand words. This may end up being the route I go, with every episode being between twenty-five thousand and forty thousand words. I don't know.
The Fun Sponge begins with Nathaniel’s partial memory loss after travelling through the Pookatel ion channel. Haticat starts to fill him in on what he has forgotten. The bulk of the episode is made up of Haticat’s flashbacks from the same period of time as Nate’s flashbacks in The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship. However, less than thirty percent will overlap, and this is included only to introduce the characters and catch the reader up to speed in case they have not read the other book. Seventy percent or more will be all-new material.
In the first chapter, Nathaniel and Haticat are bullied. Other boys teach them how to fight off bullies verbally by using clever comebacks.
In the second chapter, they meet some bullies that are either immune to verbal warfare or simply attack them physically. These bullies must be resisted with force.
In the third chapter, Nathaniel uses a new weapon used by bullies to launch a crusade against bullies everywhere. In the process, he becomes a bit of a bully himself. When he realizes this (and discovers holding the weapon is bad for his health), he destroys the weapon and gives up his zeal.
In the fourth chapter, Nathaniel and Haticat find they cannot break the stigma of being labeled bullies. Also, some people (especially clueless adults) cannot tell the difference between true bullying, mere playfulness, and emotional outbursts made in frustration or as a response to being the victim of bullying.
In the fifth chapter, the boys are bullied again and launch a new crusade to destroy these new weapons. Finding themselves vulnerable otherwise, they always keep one for themselves.
In the sixth chapter, they find that those selling and distributing these weapons are not aware of their potential as weapons and use them for non-violent purposes. The boys find themselves outmatched by these entrenched business interests.
I’m not entirely sure what happens after that… Feedback?
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.