Over the weekend I spent 8-10 hours developing and plotting the migration route for another one of my colossi. Galatea is essentially a 1,300-foot hermit crab in a slit shell (pictured below) that stands upright. At that size, her city is built in a huge spiral walkway around the outside of her shell. She's attracted to a dozen or so of the North Atlantic's nicest beaches...plus Miami. I kid, I kid! So Galatea goes from beach to beach, spending 24 hours at each location. She swims along the ocean's surface at 20 knots, moving counterclockwise and stopping at 12 different beaches for a total distance of 11,080 miles. If you do the math on that, you'll find her entire circuit takes 32 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes and 21 seconds, beginning and ending at Praia de Santa Maria in Cape Verde.
I'm really excited to develop Galatea's corner of my universe. When I was working out the plot of this book, a city on an upright conical shell was one of the first things I really wanted to do. I can't wait for you to read what happens!
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