Yes, this is finally going to be a thing. It doesn’t have enough entries in it to make a story, but I’ll publish it long before I consider it finished, so people (i.e. my mom and maybe one fan) can watch it develop. Right now it has about a thousand words and a couple illustrations, many of which which have been floating around the internet for a while. Others, like the one below, are fresh from my sketchbook.
JUAN CASTILLO Public Log Day 1
One thing you can’t predict is what will feel mundane and what will feel extraordinary. Seeing a thoracostome at my feet? Utterly pedestrian. It looks no more alien to me than a sea slug and could even be mistaken for one to the untrained eye.
A slightly greasy tinge to the sky at the horizon? Rings completely wrong to me. Such a pristine wilderness should not be overlaid with smog. And to think that the smog here is entirely natural screams “alien” to me more than seeing an actual alien.
Ilion coloring book
Needs a better photo, but it’s finished.
Two red plants displayed alongside their fruits
Moon dust? Guess again…
Accessible only by sea, Charcoal Beach has nonetheless attracted the attention of Aeneid I’s scientists. A short boat trip took specialist Dixon Bronfeld and marine biologist Josef Veihmeyer from the research vessel Starrus to the blackened shores. There they collected several undocumented species of plant and animal along with several vials of algae for preservation and culturing alike.
“An abundance of black algae stains the rocks, sand, and even the water itself,” Bronfeld reported in a public log. “Where the waves crash the rocks and sand are inky but a little off in the distance, where water only reaches during storms, the algae has dried to a gunpowder gray. Our suits inevitably get coated in the stuff and we have to take extra precautions not to track it even into the boat’s wash-down room. And for good reasin: if you were to see me in my suit after a day at the beach you’d think I had walked on the moon. Alien algae could be even more hazardous than moon dust.”
Lunar regolith has been long known to cause respiratory problems in exposed individuals. Likewise, there is concern that algal dust might trigger mild to severe allergic reactions even if properly sterilized.
And then there’s this thing