Lots of incredible things are accomplished at Fresno Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers meetings. Critiques, writing tips, story and character ideas, do’s and don’ts; stories are crafted, chiseled, fat is trimmed, weak points are strengthened. And we get a real joy out of the process.

Then, sometimes, something so crazy and out-of-left-field is given birth. Like the spider-dolphin.

Our esteemed leader, töff, was wondering about a secret group conspiring over the fates of unborn children in the story of one of our newest members, Linda. Particularly, why the group had such a bad rep and was so feared. “It wasn’t as if those babies would come out as spider dolphins,” töff said, and as soon as I heard that, I knew I had to steal it! “Oh, I gotta have me one of those!” I said, and immediately jotted it down in my notebook.

At the break, Jim came over to me and said that he wanted to see that spider-dolphin before the next meeting. Not one to back down from a challenge, I whipped it up and produced it before the end of THAT meeting! (Although I added a little digital wash to what you see now.)

And now that you know that, I suppose if I don’t come up with another FS page soon, I’m gonna have pitchforks and torches showing up at my door. Otherwise, I’m sure somebody will be proclaiming that I’ve jumped the spider-dolphin.


UPDATE: Holy Crap, I take personal pride in giving credit where it’s due, and I must say, John gave me the idea to put little mandible like claws near the mouth of our spider-dolphin, which prompted me to also add the little touches like the extra eyes and hair fibers. So, really, this guy is a group effort, and may come to be the FSFW’s unofficial mascot.

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