Location Profile: Hackney

There’s one thing you should know going into this: I am not going to explain where the name came from. I haven’t a single clue where I came up with that. Apparently there’s a London borough of the same name, though, but neither that nor horses have anything to do with the island Hackney.

So, Hackney is an island. I already said that. It’s where the majority of Slubes takes place, and is divided into a west and east half. The west half has the village of Nottle and a volcano called Mt. Dynamo, and the east half features Gelago City, Reptibia Rainforest, and an old manor that is unkempt and overgrown but with a manor house that is kept fairly clean by its residents, the ghostly spiest (hence its title of Spiest Manor). Oh yeah there’s this feature that cuts off the post on the main index page thingy, forgot about that.

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Some Renovations Forthcoming

Man, it seems like every time my friend Phil decides to do some blog rebuilding, I totally copy him. Well, actually, usually I think I have the idea of maybe trying out doing something, but then him actually going and doing it ends up being a motivator for me to do it. So hey, thanks! We continue to motivate each other.

Actually, it wasn’t that long ago that I made some changes to the pages, like the About page and whatnot. Was it? I forget how long that was. Well, it’s occurred to me that I could use pages more often, so that’s what I’m doing. Right now the Characters page links to blog posts where I introduced them–I’m going to change it to linking to pages that… will really have the same information, maybe worded differently to be less casual? Or basically less in the style of being a blog post. This should also be easier/make more sense to update if the character returns in a later novel (Such as, um, ALL OF THEM??).

I’ll also be making pages for the other sections under the CCC heading on the menu up there. I’m not yet sure if I’ll add a different home page and have the blog in a separate heading, but I PROBABLY will?? This would presumably be easy to notice, so if it changes, you’ll probably notice.

Whoa. Two blog posts in a week. I haven’t done that since I got that one book with the wild page-turning.

Creature Profile: Slube

I think it’s about time I get down to dedicating a blog post to explaining just what a slube is. So, just what a slube is? Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

“Slubes are a species related to the banana slug with bright yellow skin, two big eyes resting on their heads, and snouts like two stacked baguettes. They have long bodies that end in tails that are difficult to distinguish from the torso. They live almost exclusively on islands in the southern hemisphere of Mintop and are largely ignored by most of the planet. Their average lifespan is about 80 years.”

Physical Characteristics

Slubes are gastropods. Like how humans can see our relatives in chimpanzees and gorillas, slubes are relatives of the banana slug. Slubes are bigger and more athletic than slugs though, rather like how humans are with gorillas, except the opposite of that. Then again, it’s no contest with slugs, but gorillas? Oh geeze.

The outward appearance of the slube, as quoted from my personal encyclopedia: “Slubes have an oval head with two big eyes resting on top and a snout that extends outward like two baguettes. They have no teeth and no visible nose. Their bodies are rather long and end in a tail that’s about half as long as their torsos. They have two arms and no legs, and it is almost impossible to tell where the torso ends and tail begins when a slube is lying down, as the tail is more of an extension of the torso. Most slube clothing (consisting of a single item that looks like a shirt) ends just before the tail begins. Slube skin color is a bright yellow.”

Now let’s go into the inward characteristics. It may start getting gross, oh boy!! As mentioned, slubes have no teeth, but their throats have a layer of slime that slides most things ingested easily. Yes, that’s right, slubes don’t have to chew their food. And they have slimy throats. Yay! They have no bones, but instead a more cartilage-like substance throughout their body makes them flexible and squishy.

So far we’ve used the terms slimy and squishy* and established slubes don’t chew their food. WHO WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT SEXUAL CHARACTERISTICS!! Wow nobody?? I can wait ten years. This is the internet. In a decade someone will read this and then send me an email asking for intricate details.

Okay but seriously, I’ll just briefly go over the egg cycle or something. Slube eggs actually remain in the female’s tail for most of the cycle; this would be equivalent (wait, that’s how you spell equivalent?? really?? seriously, english, what is wrong with you. I hereby declare equivilant to be the new spelling. No wait, equivilent. No, equivelint. No, pineapple.) to human fetuses being in the legs/feet, so not surprisingly, during this time the slube has difficulty moving. In the final stage, the egg usually pops out and hatches within a few hours.

Fun fact: None of that appears in my novel, nor does it appear in my next novel. In fact, I currently have no plans for it to appear in any novel. It’s in my encyclopedia just in case I need it! Because you never know—maybe it will appear in a novel!

… Whoops. This was supposed to be a brief overview. Uhh. Next time I’ll try not to go so in-depth. I mean, next time I probably won’t really have as many details, since the slube is one of the more fleshed-out species in my encyclopedia. Well, it’s about in the middle, really. I know. There’s some with far, faaaaar more than you see here.

Slubes reach maturity around age 20 and have an average lifespan of about 80 years, with deterioration of the body beginning rapidly around 70.

History and Culture

As is mentioned in Slubes, slubes come from an island called Flaeneath that was ravaged in a war thousands of years ago. They left the island and arrived on Hackney, where they formed a settlement, Nottle, which remained small by many slubes going to live in nearby, more diverse settlements.

Regarding the planet Mintop as a whole, the slube is almost completely ignored. Outside of Hackney and the nearby Interp, slubes are not even a footnote in the history and culture of the planet. Even on Interp they are few and far between, and there they have a reputation for being simple and primitive.

So that’s the slube. Related to an animal we humans use to name insignificants, considered by some to be simple, and completely unnoticed by the rest. So who else was I gonna focus on? Anyway, I’ll try to keep doing one of these each week on Sundays; next week, the main area of Slubes.

*Oh, yeah, and slubes aren’t slimy on the outside like slugs. They’re really quite smooth! Look, I’m just trying to say that they’re not gross on the outside. They’re gross on the inside, sure, but so is every living creature. EVERY. LIVING. CREATURE.

Whoa. I’ve been out of my own loop. Let me update the universe.

So I really haven’t been saying much lately–not even on Twitter. Maybe I should fix that?? Maybe i should update everyone on where I went??

I mean, at first it was because I suddenly had an incredibly sharp drop in my time due to getting a job, my first job, a temp job. Well, I’m still in training. But last week and the week before I was off, so what’s my excuse there? I got a new game system and games. Yes, I’ve been distracted by video games. I’ve still been doing some work, but I’ve just been playing too much video game lately. Maybe I can get back to normalcy soon?? Like, today??

Here’s the point of this post, though. Sometime in the past month (I hope) I expanded the “About” page to include a page about the Cloudy Cuckoo Cosmos. A week or so ago I actually wrote up the about CCC page, although I definitely plan to expand it as time goes on and ideas for what to add come.

Looking ahead, I’m going to start making posts about creatures and locations of the CCC. You may have noticed a few categories: Characters, Creatures, and Locations. If you did notice, you probably forgot ’cause it’s been so dang long since I used ’em. Well, the first of the three have posts specifically about them, but the other two don’t. These posts won’t be going into any great detail, but will include an overview of the creatures and locations. I don’t want to overwhelm people with everything in my personal encyclopedia, but maybe I can introduce some stuff if people want to know more about it, before or after reading my books.

Last thing: Look for something special coming in about a month, during the first half of October. What is it? Special! Aside from special? Not really all that special! L…Look, it’s a short story, okay?