New Short Story! Liquid Melancholy

It’s time for a scaaaary story and–what? Halloween is over? Oh, so it is. Well, it’s not actually scary. Unless you count depression and loneliness to be scary. So… it’s scary.

Liquid Melancholy is a return to some old frenemies and wait that’s how you spell frenemy? I mean, it’s in spellchecker and that’s how you spell it?? But friend has an I before E except after C and oh never mind.

Liquid Melancholy heads back to Mintop to see how Conrad the Conqueror is doing. He has plans, but who cares about him we’re focusing on the magma monster here! Nobody ever visits the magma monster, and that has made Cagnorm lonely. They want a friend. Will they find it? To what lengths will they go to find one? That’s what this story looks at. Hope you like it!

Darmenzi Chapter 12 is up!

Whoops, completely slipped my mind yesterday. Didn’t help that my sleep schedule got a bit wonky. Here’s chapter 12 of Darmenzi, A Slight Change in Plans. Some explanations are given, some guys are checked up on, and, well, there’s a slight change in plans.

Those who pledge to my Patreon get to read the next chapter half a month early, plus they can get copies of my novels, something that can actually happen in about a week when Slubes finally rereleases on the 10th. That madness is soon coming!

Species Profile: Turtle and Spiest

Is it still November? I don’t even know how many of these I’ve done ahead of time. Anyway, today’s (first?) species is the turtle, one of the few species to appear in Slubes that is from a far-off continent instead of the islands, although only one appears in the novel. It’s also the second species after the ostrich to be based on one from Earth. Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Turtles on Mintop don’t look much different from Earth turtles, specifically the box turtle, except that they stand on two feet. They come from the nearest continent, as opposed to the islands the story takes place on. Their average lifespan is about 120 years.

Click to read more on the turtle and anything on the spiest

Character Profile: Terrent

Terrent is a real terror. At least, if you think bratty kids who complain if not everything goes their way (and then complain even if it does) are terrors, and who doesn’t, right?? Anyway, the second agent The Conqueror recruits is using his gene splicer, which takes a rather strange target—a kid, a child, a turtle only 8 years of age.

After being zapped by the gene splicer, Terrent gets a mean streak and technological adeptness: he finds a shard of the crystal, and then does the logical thing and starts shooting torpedoes at a harbor. He does what he wants, and he does it for fun (and sometimes nachos).

Terrent thinks of himself as cool and as better than most everyone else, is easily irritated and easily irritating, and tends to shout bad insults at people. His ability to rig up devices quickly can come in handy, but the fact he’s quick to anger and then quick to make a fuss like the universe revolves around him makes him just as annoying as he is useful.

Most of the characters we’ve seen so far have been kind of rooted in technology? Well, that’ll change next time…