Tag Archives: Fellow Tetrapod

November Newsletter: Facts are Bones

So there I was, done. I could feel it. The out-breath as I saved the file and shut down my laptop on Friday, yes, but more than that, the lack of the in-breath on the following Tuesday. Theoretically, there was … Continue reading

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Fellow Tetrapod alpha is done!

Fellow Tetrapod alpha draft is done! This was a funny one. After a few false starts, I successfully wrote the first draft by sitting down every day, writing what I was inspired to write, and stringing the resulting scenes into … Continue reading

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Film Analysis: A Fellow Tetrapod Story

The sun rose, and the sky separated from the Pacific Ocean. The water stayed dark, but the air above lightened and developed clouds. They shone pink and hazy, stitched by the gleaming contrails of jets. Golden Hour, thought Mike Loew, … Continue reading

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The Pursuit

The Pursuit of Common Goals is the political union/philosophical school that represents a species of papionine, related to baboons and geladas (and more distantly to crested mangabeys). Pursuers (as members of the Pursuit are called) are convergently similar to humans, … Continue reading

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Small, medium, large stories

I’m trying a new technique with planning Fellow Tetrapod: asking myself: “what are the small, medium, and large stories of this novel?” Here are the answers: A biologist tries to open a restaurant, get a girlfriend, and find meaning in … Continue reading

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Fellow Tetrapod: Character Philosophies

There once was a man who said “Damn! “It is borne upon me that I am “An engine that moves “In predestinate grooves; “I’m not even a bus, I’m a tram!” -Maurice Evan Hare So I’ve been asking around about … Continue reading

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Fellow Tetrapod interviews 1

Koenraad “Koen” Robbert Ruis (b. Rotterdam 1988) is an evolutionary biologist who enjoys taxidermy and cooking, sometimes at the same time. PhD Evolutionary Biology from University of Groningen, MA in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development. What do … Continue reading

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Fellow Tetrapod begins

Hello everyone! I’ve been silent for a while, but now real life is backing off a bit and I’m starting a new story. It’s called Fellow Tetrapod and I’m very excited about it. Fellow Tetrapod is a hard scifi talking … Continue reading

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Save us from the Whale

“People need a way to stave off the constant possibility that common understanding may break down.” — N.J. Enfield, How We Talk Royal tangs wobbled serenely between the softly undulating tentacles of sea anemones. Bubbles rose in a shimmering curtain. The … Continue reading

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Rotifers (1)

Behold! The Trochate Rotifers! Like all rotifers, trochates have three body segments: head, trunk, and foot. The head and trunk are supported internally by a calcified skeleton evolved from the mastax (used in basal rotifers to process food). The mastax’s … Continue reading

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