In seventh grade English class we had 15 minutes of free reading each period. Since I read all the time on my own anyway I wanted to do something different. I asked if I could spend those 15 minutes writing a science fiction novel. I got down 167 pages before the end of the year. I’m sure I’ve got the manuscript in a box somewhere. I’m pretty sure that there’s little salvageable in it except for Dunak and his intelligent ship.

Dunak was a blue furred creature out exploring the galaxy. I’ve redesigned him a few times since seventh grade but he always looks basically cute.

The goofy looking thing on the left is not related to Dunak. He/she/it is an inhabitant of a world that looks like it was designed by Dr. Suess. As interpreted by me since no one draws like Dr. Suess.

2 thoughts on “Dunak

  1. I’d forgotten his name, but I remember the novel you were writing about the furry guy in the spaceship. I even remember your strategy for avoiding profanity, something like Dunak spitting out a few colored words. Lee Avera, my memory says, liked the way you put it. You wrote it all in cursive. Hating cursive, I was both impressed by & dubious about the choice.

  2. Once upon a time I really liked cursive. Now it’s been so long since I used it that I have a hard time making it look legible. So I don’t write in it and the next time is even harder.

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