To start this post off right, here is a cute picture of some giraffes I doodled in preparation for a new children’s book:
I haven’t written the book yet, but giraffes are just so awesomely awkward that I had to draw them. P.S. – If you know any totally awesome and/or hilarious facts about giraffes, please post them in the comments!
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Last but not least, here is a snippet from my new novel, The Aeronauts, which is about halfway through production. The snippet features one of my all-time favorite characters: the half-human Prince Gueylon.
The stranger approached the dais, where the queen stood regal and waiting. As he came closer, the details of his face were illuminated in the rekindling light. His eyes were not the angled, featureless black orbs of the other water folk; he had familiar blue-green irises in a bed of veiny white. His face proclaimed rounder features—almost handsome in their strangeness—and only a single stubbed fin ran down along his back.
He emerged from the water, naked and grinning. Unlike the Aguien, his teeth were straight and white. He seemed to Maria to be, in fact, quite human.
“You must be the invaders!” His voice boomed, unexpected and unfamiliar in this waterlogged space. He charged past the queen toward the two humans, swept up Maria’s hand in his, and bent his head to kiss it. She saw no webbing, though his fingers were still long and delicate, with black fingernails at the end.
Then the stranger turned to Joshua, and regarded him with more careful scrutiny. “And you’re the water-blood?”
Joshua said nothing and scowled. The queen was watching with a tiny, motherly smile playing at the corner of her mouth.
“Ah, how rude of me,” said the stranger, “I’ve completely forgotten my manners.” He stepped away from them, curled one arm to his chest, and bowed. “I’m Prince Gueylon. Son of the queen.” His dark lips pulled back in a wolfish grin. “She doesn’t have a name, though. Naming is a human vanity. And yet, it is one that I greatly enjoy. Did you know that ‘gueylon’ means ‘conquest’ in the old Kartarkian tongue?” Before Maria could formulate a polite reply, he went on. “Anyway, I’m so glad you could join us. I really want to hear the whole story for myself. And I’m sure we can come to some kind of mutually beneficial agreement regarding the trading of goods and services. Don’t you think?”
“I hope so—”
“Oh, me too, me too,” said Gueylon, pushing past them. “Everything in good time.”