Marmaduke is Marduk’s second cousin on his mother’s side, the one you don’t hear about much. He’s a vegetarian and a proponent of free love, and he likes Great Danes. At the top of his ziggurat (he only has one), they keep a fire burning, in inspiration from a solar eclipse. His followers climb to the top of the ziggurat on their knees. He likes apples, figs, and palm trees. (This all began as I tried to make my doodle not remind Kelly of Wedding Cake #215.)

Also, Kelly and I spent three hours at Panera bread planning a really fun novel. I’m quite excited to write about the Arkadian Queen of Bede and how she and the magician try to overthrow the Caspar invaders.