This is actually part of a larger story, but I think it works well enough on its own to put up separately as well. Continue reading
Well, it’s been three months since the first chapter of Eleven Days in the Valley went up. I wish I could say I’d spent that whole time, or at least a decent portion of it, working on the story, but alas I did not. Most of the time has been spent distracted by working on other projects (which I suppose I should write up a post about at some point), working at my job, taking a trip to Washington, or trying to get ready to move out of South Dakota (to Washington). Sorry to say, Eleven Days hasn’t gotten much attention these last three months at all. But I did get some work done on it, some parts of which I’m actually halfway pleased with, so finally, at long last, here is chapter two.
One common technique used to establish that an otherwise Earthlike setting is not in fact Earth (or at least, not a version we’re familiar with) is to give it features seen rarely or not at all here. One popular approach, especially in steampunk-influenced works, is to fill the skies with zeppelins. Clearly this cannot be the same Earth you and I are familiar with, if the zeppelin has not largely faded into obscurity but has instead remained a viable mode of airborne transportation!
Hello, Tyrant King. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m afraid I don’t have any new fiction for you quite yet (working on several projects simultaneously is not a good idea, it seems), but I can at least talk about some world-building stuff.
On a future Mars, two visitors take in a historical museum exhibit that is in no way a transparent excuse to clumsily shoehorn background exposition into an otherwise pointless little story.
[UPDATE 05/09/13] I’ve since revised this story, making minor changes and adding/expanding bits where I wanted to go into a little more detail on things.
[UPDATE 07/29/13] I’ve since revised it even further, adding details and adjusting the timeline to reflect changes to the setting’s backstory. I know, I’m the worst.
So earlier today I posted the following work in progress of my next “field guide”-type Gondolendian dinosaur illustration, Cryonyx borealis (AKA the Wooly Rinic) on my DeviantArt page:
This chapter is short (even moreso than the previous two), but when I decided to expand this into a multi-part story I also decided I wanted to end each chapter on a hook, so I figured I may as well stop at the obvious one instead of manufacturing one later on just so I could post a longer chapter.
The story was supposed to end with the first part, but then I had ideas.
Taking a short break from Gondolend, here’s a story set in our own universe, albeit many thousands of years in the future.
Theropod dinosaurs are not the only predatory animals on Gondolend, and in fact below a certain size they aren’t even the dominant ones. While small- to medium-sized predatory dinosaurs do exist and seem to be getting more widespread in many areas, the role has traditionally been dominated by the panzercrocs, crocodiles adapted for life on land.