Since 2011, David Michael Chandler has been creating his own original stories and illustrations on his popular Tumblr, "The Daily Doodles." If you'd like to appear in your very own Daily Doodle, please click here.
To dream of the stars,
Their promise so far away…
Mocking her each night.
(Starring the awesome Catherine Welsh!)
As lil’ Danny Gutierrez watches the red glow of his parent’s spaceship blast off into lightspeed, stranding him to die on this lifeless dwarf planet in the middle of nowhere, he realizes he really should’ve known better.
The months of hints, the subtle clues he overlooked… it all seems so obvious in hindsight but Danny guesses he just wasn’t paying attention. Even though they’ve done this to seven of his siblings, taking advantage of the little known Space Law that financially rewards distraught parents whose children perished in the service of privatized space-exploration missions, what were the odds they’d do this an 8th time?
It makes him more surprised than angry, to be honest.
Sure, mom would hiss, “You are the most disappointing son in the entire galaxy and I’m going to murder you in your sleep or strand you on a dwarf planet", and that sounds bad out of context but it was just her sense of humor… you might have to know her to get it. And while dad would openly discuss the pros and cons of different ways to murder him and the alibis required to get away with it, Danny just figured dad was being thorough and every space mission requires a contingency plan for ANY situation— it’s Space Travel 101.
Looking back on it with what he knows now… he feels upset, really, and while he doesn’t want to say something he’d later regret, he can’t help but feel there were better solutions than leaving him to die, and if they had such a problem with how he performed his sonly duties, they really could have all sat down and discussed it at length.
But… he’s sorry he was such bad child though, and bad kids get what they deserve :-/
His final thought, as he gulps down the last remaining bits of air in his spacesuit, is that he hopes his death at least brings a smile to his poor parents’ face… they’ve been through so much.
Wired since you were born
But, Happily Addicted.
No reason to quit.
(Starring Mr. Scradam! Please support his IndieGoGo campaign and help him create TBD: The Movie!)
The warning siren goes off as two nearby asteroids collide and rain a sea of debris upon the mining facility, interrupting Megan Lee’s attempt to watch the newest video her son sent her back from Earth.
She doesn’t know why they even bother with the warning lights and siren, since it’s not like they could do something about it either way. The facility is built into the largest and most stable asteroid in the asteroid belt and designed to withstand collisions like this, but it’ll either hold or it won’t. There’s no in-between. If the big one comes… the bells and whistles won’t matter.
And now she has to rewind the video back to the beginning, since the antique video player on this ancient computer won’t let her just skip back 30 seconds.
Still, she knows she’ll be watching this video countless times anyways, so rewinding it once more isn’t so bad.
With the time delay it takes to receive signals back from Earth, every video her son sends her is actually over 2 weeks old… she wishes she could see what he looks like today, and not always how he was…
When she left he was only a baby, and then after the hibernation and space travel, she woke up at the mining facility and he was 10. She wishes she could’ve been there for his entire childhood… but it’s for the best though, it’s for the best…
She can pull this 30 year shift working for the Company, mining the asteroids here for tripolodene, and her son gets automatic admittance into the Company’s schools and training programs. He won’t have to do this grunt work she’s forced to do… even if she dies out here, which is 73% likely, his spot is safe. And in another year he’ll outrank her already!
He looks so handsome in his lil’ Company Lieutenant suit… and seems happy. You can get used to so much out here— wearing a space suit for 36+ hours a shift, the constant bobbing of living on volatile asteroids, the concussions and deaths caused by debris, but the distance from home… she hopes she never forgets how that feels.
And when she gets back, with the hibernation and space travel, she’ll be about the same age as her boy. And she’ll be able to hug him, and he’ll have a great job and a family of his own, and he’ll never have to know how hard it was. He won’t have to.
And it’ll all be worth it.
(Starring Megan Lee of Meganleestudio.tumblr.com! Please visit her awesome Tumblr or her Facebook.
Henry climbed up on the roof, where everything feels right
He can sit and relax, enjoying the cool cloudy night
Mom and dad always said he’d crack his dumb head,
But Henry can see the roof is quite safe, and he’s certainly not dead.
What else have mom and dad been fibbing about?
Every year he gets older, there’s more lies to figure out
Babies don’t come from storks, and Columbus was a hack
The first version of history is always taken back.
Santa, the Easter Bunny, and what happens when we die
Everything he was told first is now an obvious lie
“You can be anything you want, you’re a special lil’ boy”
Henry can picture them all laughing, as he fell for their ploy.
But why do they all lie? Should he stop listening?
‘Cuz, either everyone is just evil… or no one knows anything.
Afflicted with the diseases of angst, loss, and pain
Noelle wished to wash them away from her over-thinking brain
So she swallows her pills like manna from heaven
It’s been her automatic solution since the age of eleven.
And each year becomes the same, just a smooth gentle ride
Cured of any problems to dwell upon, there’s no reason to hide
The curse of her emotions had always gotten in the way
Now she can wake up each morning, no longer afraid of the day.
With the chemical miracles keeping her on an even keel,
Noelle can live her life’s dream, and never have to feel :-)
(Starring Noelle Wonder from Ordinarywonder.net!)
It’s been almost five years since he left, and Josh Miller happily realizes everyone he ever knew is most likely dead. He can finally return home.
Having grown tired of his pathetic friends and family back on Earth, Josh decided to take advantage of the dilation of time created by traveling at (close to) the speed of light, enabling him to easily outlive anyone he had ever met.
For each year he experienced traveling on his ship, 22 years will have occurred for everyone living on Earth, so over a century has now passed for everyone else but him… and he’ll land back on Earth still a young man, unencumbered with any ties to the past, eager to start anew.
Once he gets home he’ll have a quick crash course to get up to speed on what happened in the past century, maybe make a snack, and then get right to work creating a new circle of family and friends that hopefully won’t be as disappointing as the last group he was saddled with.
And if they’re annoying too, it’s not a huge deal… he’ll just blast off for another five years and try again.
(Starring Josh Miller of computer-gaze.tumblr.com!)