Location Profile: Flaeneath and Species Profile: Phial

It’s been a while since one of these, huh? Over two months since a location profile. I was saving this one for last because, really, all the other profiles I’ve done so far are more important. Yes, even the wild animals one.

Flaeneath and Phial!

It’s Christmas! Is a Post ‘Bout My Holiday Cliché? It’s Clichemas time! Oh Boy! Hooray!

Today is Christmas, or as they say in my brain, Clichemas. What is Clichemas, you ask? The most cliché day of the whole year! But I’ll tell you about that later. Much later. For now, let’s take a quick look at the results of this day.

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Our tree fell over. Well, our house fell over. Well, actually, I just took the picture sideways and don’t feel like righting it. I took these pictures with the 3DS, so they’re all kind of horrible quality. But that’s what Clichemas is all about! Or… so I assume. I haven’t worked out all the details yet.

So what did I get on this day? I got a mug full of antidote.

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In more activity-related news, I got games and books. Books and games!

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And you may have noticed something in the corner of that picture. I got a Homestuck.

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Anyway, shirts. I got another shirt about being lazy. It’s like a theme with me?

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And finally, more Dinosaur Comics and Homestuck.

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The one on the left is a Hero of Time shirt… because I’m a Hero of Time. Probably?? But they were actually too small so my brother’s going to send ’em back to get bigger sizes. But, hey, you know what they say…

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“oh well”

And, of course, today we went off to meet with relatives and stuff. This. This is what Clichemas is truly all about: going out to meet with family whom you have no idea who they are.

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Seriously. I do not actually know who this guy was. My only guess is an uncle-in-law.

Hmm. Putting his picture on the internet without his permission or knowledge may not be the best idea.

But best ideas are not what Clichemas is all about.

Now if you excuse me, I think I just heard the Christmas tree fall down in the other room.

Species Profile: Wild Animals of Mintop

Today’s entry is a little different. Okay, it might be a lottle different. Whereas before we focused on each sentient species in turn, today we’ll be looking at the wild animals of Mintop that appear in Slubes.

Carpple

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Carpple are large freshwater fish with heads, fins, and scales akin to Earth carp, while their bodies are more akin to Earth cattle. They were domesticated some thousands of years ago as a source of meat. Their average lifespan is about 25 years.

Carpple come in a range of skin patterns and have horns on their heads similar to that of Earth cattle. Along with being a source of meat, carpple excrete a natural oil that can be used both as a fuel and as an additive to foods. They are found domesticated primarily on the islands Hackney and Interp.

Chicken

Wild chickens can be found on the island Hackney. They’re generally similar to wild chickens on Earth or Red Junglefowl.

Herf

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Herfs are large saltwater fish with heads, fins, and scales akin to Earth carp and strong, sturdy backs and manes akin to Earth horses. They were domesticated some thousands of years ago and ridden by people across the sea and used to ferry some boats. Their average lifespan is about 25 years.

Loogel

Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Loogels appear as a variant of Earth snow geese; their bodies are covered with white plumage, and they have thick, orange beaks. They are plump, and their short, orange legs are often blocked from view. Females have short, gray necks, whereas the males have incredibly long necks three times as long as their bodies and covered with rings of rainbow colors. Loogels’ average lifespan is about 20 years, up to 30 years in captivity.

Loogels are seen primarily around Interp; they aren’t the best fliers, despite a wingspan twice their body’s width, so they don’t usually fly too far from the island, but they can rest on the water if they need to.  Newborns tend to learn to fly around a few months and leave their parents a few weeks after. Males’ necks begin to grow extensively by their third year, and at age five they have a full neck of colorful loops and are ready to mate.

When mating season comes around, loogels usually gather around the north of Interp. Males will stretch out their necks to show off their neck loops to try and attract a mate, and can often be seen nuzzling females and holding their long necks around them. Loogels usually lay two or three eggs at a time.

Snake

Some types of snakes found on Mintop are similar to Earth snakes. One snake unique to Mintop is the cylacra, a type of snake similar to cobras on Earth but with the “hood” made up of the head and flattened horizontally, giving them a wide, flat head in the shape of a disc. They can spit out poison to wound their prey, but against bigger creatures it doesn’t do much beyond a burning sensation, and they tend to avoid things bigger than them.

Species Profile: Shiffle

Whoa, hey, I’m back! Like, really back. And almost late. Usually I like to write these early in the week, but right now it’s Friday night with less than two hours left to midnight. I mean, yeah, I still have a day left, except, no, I don’t, because I work most of Saturday. It wasn’t so bad until we got BUSY.

Anyway, today’s species is the shiffle, the last “normal” species to appear in Slubes. Fun fact, shiffles used to be split into two different species, but one was unnamed and I figured I could combine them into one with a little SEXUAL DIMORPHISM! Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Shiffles are pinkish-tan creatures with an acute sexual dimorphism wherein the males are completely covered in hair and the females have no hair at all, making the females the only ones to have visible features. Their pupils are in the shape of an arch, and their heads are shaped like a large strawberry. They have no legs; instead their torsos end with a flat bottom. They come from a far south continent close to the southern pole of Mintop. Their average lifespan is about 70 years.

Read more on the shiffle

December “woo I won NaNoWriMo” sale

No, really, it is just a coincidence that it’s also the same month as Shoppiday, the shoppingest day of the year.

So for December, I’ve reduced the price of Slubes. I wanted to reduce it by half, but Amazon wouldn’t really let me, so Smashwords will pick up the slack regarding that.

On Amazon.com, the book will be $5.99, a 40% reduction. £5.15 in GBP, a 21% reduction, and €5.00 in EUR, a 35% reduction. Once again, these prices are based on the lowest Amazon would let me make it. I wasn’t able to reduce it at all for the Kindle version.

It’s free on Smashwords this month, though. Usually I refer to the e-books as the cheap version because I can’t really get fancy with them, but in this case cheap means cheap as free!

This is only for December, so if you’ve considered reading my weird, little book after seeing this site, now would be the time, I guess. (Note that for Amazon, it may take 3-5 days for the price change to appear. It seems to have been instantaneous for Smashwords.)

Wait, I think I forgot something…

… Oh gourd, that’s right, I said I was going to reduce the price of Slubes if I won NaNo, which I clearly did.

I’ll get on that tonight if I don’t get it done this morning.

Species Profile: Chameleon

All right, if I’ve counted it up right, this should be posted on December 1st, and NaNoWriMo is over. How did I do? I have no idea, I wrote this before it started! Anyway, onto the profile; today is the chameleon, the second species (after last week’s turtle) to come from a continental land. Quoted from the species appendix in Slubes:

Chameleons on Mintop, like Earth chameleons, come in a range of colors. They also have colored patterns on their sides. They can also change their coloring to match their surroundings, becoming completely invisible to the naked eye, though the aptitude varies among them, with some requiring intense concentration to do it and others doing it accidentally. They come from the nearest continent, as opposed to the islands the story takes place on. Their average lifespan is about 90 years.

Read more on Mintop chameleons.