I was watching an episode of Blue Planet on Saturday, the soothing voice of Sir David Attenborough streaming through the house as I made breakfast. Hubby says, “Honey, you gotta come see these!” I hurried into the living room and was met with one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. When most people think of lobsters and crabs they think “Weird and alien looking” or “Oh look, there’s dinner.” It’s not often you hear the same sounds normally attributed to babies and fluffy bunnies to the creatures that creep and crawl across the ocean floor.
And can peench your face off.
However, when they are wee tiny babies, then the “Awwwwwwww, how cute is THAT??!!??” becomes appropriate.
In my Portals of Destiny series, the portals take visitors to other worlds. But when you emerge you aren’t…well, yourself. Your body will change to that of the sentient life on that planet. Pretty cool, right? It opens a whole world of possibilities. If you go through a portal, like the Stargate, you had better hope the planet on the other side can sustain human life. With my portals, you can emerge on any planet that has sentient life and you’ll be able to survive just fine because your body will be just like theirs. It’s sort of like a transporter that rips your atoms apart and rebuilds you into a new form and deposits you on some alien world.
I’d totally go through. In a heart beat.
Anyway, one of my worlds, Gentra, has life that evolved deep beneath the oceans. The sentient life is a cross between an octopus and a jellyfish. Very gelatinous and squishy so they can survive the pressure. When the Chosen come to visit that world for the first time, it takes some getting used to. Breathing water, for a start. And then there’s the whole swimming thing and learning to control your body in the water. There’s some pretty hysterical moments as the Chosen try to adjust to this new watery environment. When I first saw those wee little lobsters falling to the side and having a terrible time trying to swim, it reminded me of the book and I had a good crack up moment.
I live for those