The real world can be pretty weird and fantastic sometimes, but I think the common thread uniting all of geekdom is the desire to make it even weirder and more fantastic. As long as I can remember, I’ve found reality somewhat lacking in mystery and panache, so I’ve made my own.
That’s how an elderly dog with a lot of leg shag can inspire a 20-foot-tall walking mushroom/beard creature that lives in dry riverbeds and comes out during droughts to forage. Can you imagine its symbiotic relationship with birds that nest in its long hair? The minute ecosystems they both support? The ponderous sound of its padded feet in the dust? I’ve started thinking more about the environments in which my beasties live and I think they’ll be more interesting for it.