Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s time again for…
Earthian, one teen’s adventures in the weirdness of space. Hope everyone had a great weekend. My birthday was Sunday, and I have to say it was pretty cool… well, except that some jerk bunny left colored eggs hidden all over my backyard. Otherwise lovely, though.
Tonight’s episode of Earthian is called Here, and (like last week’s) it picks up directly where we left off. If you’ve missed anything, definitely check out the weekly Earthian Digest, which will point you toward all the previously released episodes.
Owijer walks stiffly across the room on tippy-tentacles, and then out through the archway where we entered. I’m watching him so closely that I don’t notice at first, but he’s just walked into a completely unfamiliar room… not the hangar we arrived in, but some other place. And now he’s wearing the most gleeful smile I’ve ever seen.
“Multi-dimensional space fold,” June says smugly.
Owijer nods. “Very good, Ms. Yun. How did you know?”
Welcome to the second weekly Earthian Digest! If you missed the first, you can find it right here.
It was a somewhat quiet week overall, but I do have a few chapters to share with you, so let’s get going!
Earthian — Chapters 6 & 7
After discovering he’s been selected by the Seelio, Jason and his little sister June are taken on an extraordinary ride.
Jason and the other candidates come face-to-face with Owijer, the mysterious alien who orchestrated all of this, and he gives them an unusual gift.
Coming Up Next Week…
On Tuesday, we’ll be diving into Chapter 08: Here, which reveals a little more about Seelio technology, and also gives our heroes an exclusive peek behind the scenes of Audition. I’m also hoping to produce another Mission: Centauri adventure sometime next week, but that’s going to depend on how much headway I make into Earthian.
Oh, it’s also my birthday tomorrow, so I hope you have a great time celebrating whichever of the major and minor holidays that’ll also be occurring!
Happy Thursday, everyone! Let’s have some more adventures in space…
Tonight’s episode is called Gloss and it picks up directly after Tuesday’s chapter, Farther.
And away we go…
Owijer. He’s unmistakable, and I’m amazed at just how easy it is to tell two of these aliens apart. If someone put two squid in a tank and asked me to recognize them by face, I couldn’t do it. But the Seelio… their features are as big and bright as a cartoon character’s. They’re human-like somehow, despite having heads like half-filled water balloons and mouths surrounded by tentacles.
So many tentacles.
Happy Tuesday everyone! And now, it’s time for more Earthian!
Sorry for the late update! Family took me out to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier (very slick super-hero techno-thriller, btw) as an early birthday celebration, so I got a late start editing tonight. But here we are.
If you’re just catching up, previous chapters can be found in the weekly Earthian Digest, released every Saturday.
Let’s do this thing.
Storm clouds are gathering like one of grandma’s shawls. Rain has come and gone and come again, but at least it’s warm out. Some kind of tropical storm, I guess, so I don’t mind too much.
June isn’t as happy about it. Water is dripping down her glasses, and she keeps wiping drops from the tip of her nose, all the while nervous about her camera, tablet, and science kit.
All I’ve got is a (thoroughly soaked) backpack with a change of clothes inside, and the phone in my pocket. What do I really need to bring on a trip to the Moon? Got a feeling my swim trunks and bug spray won’t be needed.
Welcome to the first weekly Earthian Digest!
Every Saturday from here on in, I’ll be looking back on the week’s releases in a handy, compact format. Let’s get started, shall we?
Earthian — The First Five Chapters
On a sunny day in May, Jason Yun sees something streaking through the sky. Aliens called the Seelio have arrived on Earth… and they’re adorable.
A year later, a new game called Audition begins to sweep the world, and Jason starts to play.
As Jason starts to climb Audition’s scoreboard, his best friend Wiley has some concerns.
In the race to first place, there’s only one person left in Jason’s way.
The truth about Audition comes out.
On a planet beyond sanity, two will sit at the Table of Concentricity when the flatulent truth comes to light.
Coming Up Next Week…
On Tuesday, I’ll be premiering Earthian, Chapter 05: Farther, which sees Jason taking a trip with a very special guest. See you then!
It’s time once again for…
Jason’s considering quitting Audition after his last (nigh-disastrous) challenge, but it seems fate has something else in store for him.
If you’re just joining us, you can find the previous chapters of Earthian right here at the Oktopod Blog.
Saturday morning. I’ve been lying in bed for an hour or two, begrudgingly awake with an arm draped over my face to guard against the light… to blot out this stupid day.
All I can think about is the sight of Helena Moore dangling from her fingertips, the street so far below that I could swear we were in orbit. How long would that fall have taken? Minutes? Hours? Would she have run out of breath before she hit?
I want to sleep but I just can’t manage to shut off. My body knows it’s time to get up, despite my brain’s furious disagreement.
That’s when I hear it. June is shouting something unintelligible and I can hear other voices murmuring. She isn’t angry. This is her excited voice.
I honestly prefer an angry June.
I participated in another writing prompt on Google+ last night, and decided to use the opportunity to fill out some of Earthian’s universe… Specifically, the sci-fi TV show that Jason’s friend, Wiley, is obsessed with. The show is Mission: Centauri, essentially Star Trek meets Apocalypse Now, following the exploits of intrepid explorers stuck on a slog through the galactic backcountry.
…and there’s a punchline.
The image prompt was this:
Art by the late Virgil Finlay
Here’s my story. Imagine it read in Adrian Pasdar’s voice.
Table at the Center of Forever (S106)
Space. It was once humanity’s dream, but the dream became a nightmare when the Spardians made landfall on Earth. They crossed unimaginable distances to wage war on our way of life, and now we must fight back.
These are the coded mission logs of the SB-550 Barracuda, a United Earth Navy gunboat tasked with patrolling deep behind enemy lines. We will probe the expansive wilderness of the Spardian Empire in search of a weakness, with one simple imperative to guide us: Win this war at all costs.
If we don’t, there won’t be any home to come back to.