It is beautiful out there. Go take a hike and get acquainted with all the wonderful inspiration in nature.
What kind of infrastructure does your alien creature require? Do they live in houses or wander the wilderness? Do they use natural materials or have they moved away from such things? Do they have a gravity based culture with everything dependent on the force of gravity to hold them to the ground? Or do they have floating houses to get them from one point to another?
These are excellent questions to ask yourself when world-building for a story.
One of the most critical aspects of a story is the plot twist. In The Lord of the Rings Gandalf is brought back from the dead stronger and with his memories shifted about. In Treasure Island Jim's trusted friend turns out to be a pirate. Of course badly done this kind of plot twist can be awkward and harmful to the story itself. There has to be clues that point to what is going to happen. But, on the other hand, if the clues are too obvious they will ruin the surprise.
What is one of your favorite plot twists from classic literature?
Whatever world you are on an island makes for a wonderful location, The implication of isolation to a land bound species such as humans is both wonderful and terrifying according to the needs of the protagonist. An island holds secrets and keeps them.
When something this cute decided to interrupt a day of cooking and cleaning one really has to take the time to catch and release. After one has woken several friend trying to figure out what it is.
This is the Dusky-Footed Woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes). A common resident of the Pacific Coast of the United States.
So this is obviously a portal to another world. The question is, is it a magic or a scientific portal? Will there be robots or unicorns on the other side?
Also sorry for the lack of posts. I blame the fire steeling the oxygen from the air.
Forests are wonderful places. Has anyone else noticed that when science is done in a forest it turns magical? Imagine a botanist or an ornithologist stepping into the dim reaches of a great forest and simply beginning to record what they see. Is anything more magical?
Betty Adams is an up and coming author with a bent for science and Sci-fi.