Aliens who resemble humans…huh.

I’m probably one of the oddest people I know. So, yesterday, while I was working on the retooling of my 25-year-old WIP, I realized I had a lot of aliens who resembled humans. And that felt weird.

In my ’Cosm series, I have people who don’t look like humans. Maybe Noola and Stewart are the closest, but Noola has something in her body that makes her purr and Stewart is a shapeshifter. Otherwise people have snouts, four arms, sometimes six arms, scales, head-tentacles and a variety of looks.

I guess I didn’t think to do that as much 25 years ago.

But I still really want to keep going with this WIP. There are several women in it, and their personalities are different (WHO KNEW, RIGHT?), so I think this could be kinda cool for character development.

I also like having a female protagonist and a female antagonist. (I might really have fun with both these gals, too. They’re snarky.)

Catt Rohan sketch. Caption provides the ID.
Catt Rohan: She’s drinky, sweary, gambly, and purple! (Tall woman with liliac skin and amethyst hair streaked with white. She’s wearing a black jacket and trousers, and a black and grey top. One hand is raised in either a “peace” sign or for ordering two more rounds.
Jiv Dall, supervillain, a sketch. ID is in the captain.
Jiv Dall: Blue and bald and beautiful. Supervillain extraordinaire. Wears a crimson headband with a gold symbol of her status. Dressed here a the crimson and navy-blue uniform, and tall navy-blue boots..

I know I’ll have to toss in my “creature” people as well, because it’s hard for me to live without them.

My brain will just have to learn to accept that it’s okay to write about humany-resembling aliens, too.

Even though it feels weird.

’Cause it feels a bit weird.

(Btw, I used the desktop version of Magic Poser to get the positions of these ladies. My hands don’t hand so good these days, and an app like that really helps me to visualize!)

Cait Gordon, in a black and white digital sketch
Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is a disability advocate and the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers (Fall of 2019). When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also teamed up with co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (Fall of 2019.)

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