This piece was my first ever feature. Nautilus was a brand new publication and they were willing to take chances on new writers. I had the thrill of having artwork commissioned to accompany this piece, and I still prefer to pitch publications that I know will complement my writing with quality images. I was happy to have this lede make it into "kick ass ledes" though my editor was adamant about cutting "shit" from their publication. I still think it's a better word. I also got a little worried from Google searches full of words like "bomb calorimeter" and "poop explosion" so occasionally I'd do searches for things like "happy kitties" just in case.
Published November 14, 2013
ILLUSTRATION BY LOU BEACH