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Hello there my dear readers! After taking a break from my blog to focus on NaNoWriMo, I am back and ready to start posting again! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, let’s start this off with talking about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). What is it? NaNoWriMo (NaNo for short) is where you set out to write a novel, 50,000 words, within 30 days/the whole month of November. It’s a pretty crazy thing to do, but so worth it even if you don’t win!

Last year I finished about two days before the month was over. This time I finished at 2 AM on the 20th with 50,105 words. And for this year I did some very minor plotting (just the beginning), but most of it was a lot of “hey this sounds cool!” and a lot prayer. I mean like a lot of prayer.

Let’s just say Jesus kept me from going insane. ๐Ÿ˜€

Surprisingly the middle of this novel was pretty fun to write. In fact I had so much fun writing my middle that I didn’t want to stop. The end started to near and I was like a chicken with my head cut off!

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The most horrifying thing happened: At around 5K from finishing, I already sort of had an ending. After adding in a bunch of songs (I may or may not have been reading the Hobbit and listening to Celtic Music while writing this novel), I only added around 1.5K words to my word count.

That’s when I started to panic and freak out. I ended up bringing a character back from the dead and finished it with the main character having a dream and then coming out of that dream (and a really weird “thank you for reading this” poem at the end as well). Needless to say the ending was weird.

BUT, the ending had some answers to questions I hadn’t knew the answer for. Nice little bonus.

Like all first drafts, this little novel of mine will need some good old fashion TLC, but not as much work as my novel from last year.

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(Let’s all pretend this is me looking all clever like.)

Now, while I was doing NaNo a few of my writing buddies asked me if I was going to post any prompts on my blog and some even just asked for prompts (which is nice to know everyone likes them!)

Since it’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything, I’m going to share with you all three writing prompts. ๐Ÿ˜€

Hope these inspire you!

As night fell, the sun begin to rise and burn everything.

“Remember how you asked me to buy some groceries? Well I sort of bought a machine gun instead. But don’t freak! It was on sale!”

After all those years, she still thought I was the one sending her flowers.

Now my noble steeds, WRITE ON!!!

*You proceed to neigh righteously*

Be Prepared! NaNoWriMo 2015 is coming upon us.

NaNoWriMo 2015 is near and the time to prepare has come…well okay already started. Hey! Better late than never right?

While planners are plotting and outlining, and pansters are hoping for the best, I’m there somewhere in between.

I typically find myself coming up with a general plot, the characters, and then I start a private Pinterest board for the story. I’ll take the MBTI test for my characters, do a little research, and let it set. Like a word stew, I put it on simmer for the whole month of October and when it comes time to serve…hope that it’ll taste good, er uh, write good?

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I also do research on my character’s personality types and anything else I feel that needs my attention on (location, weapons, etc.).ย  But outside of that, I pretty much let the story flow.

That’s of course just prepping for the writing bit. ๐Ÿ˜€

I don’t have a job outside of the house *hisses at driver’s test, hisses at uniforms, hisses at schedules* and since I live with my family there, my job is…THE COOK!

cb7dde7854711eb5d17ebe28b169b09aThat means I have to plan the meals for the whole week, cook most of them, and come with desserts occasionally. That also means mother dearest has asked me to plan Thanksgiving and Christmas! I’m a little nervous, obviously excited, and well…honored.

Yes, it’s going to be a little stressful and a lot of hard work, but it’s going to be totally worth it. Of course my family isn’t the kind to just flop something in my lap and make me find for myself, so I will have help along the way.

99ffba45d531a71ea58ac18a7f9604a8What?! I couldn’t find a better gif to explain team work. Do you see those dance moves? Do you see how perfectly in time they are? Are you not amused at Captain Amazing, The Winter Sass, and The Fab!?

I am very amused mortals!

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Anyway, time to hop off and start planning for Thanksgiving Dinner (and all of November’s meals).

Other Folk of the Sea

cb72db7891b1ed9fddbc916262d2ce72It’s should be no surprise to you that I am a huge mermaid/sea myth fan, with the blog being called Freckled Mermaids all. So it should be no surprise that I am writing a post about the other folk of the sea.

Mermaids are probably the most popular of the mythical beings of the sea and are the most commonly used in stories. But I think it’s high tide (get it?) that we take a look at some of the other ocean dwellers.


Mermen: They’re basically male mermaids. They tend to be uglier and not as interested in humans as their lady counterparts are. Although some modern YA books make sure their mermen are hot stuff, so ugliness is optional.

Sirens: More popular than the others, but not as well known as mermaids, this seductive mermaid-like creature wasn’t always fishy. The whole myth of Sirens originated from Greek mythology. They were bird like women who would sit on rocks by the sea and sing, luring sailors to their death. Nowadays they still hold the power of voice, but are pretty much mermaids.

Selkies: A Scottish/Irish creature who is a human that lives in a seal skin in the sea. These creatures can shed their skin to come on land. Legend says if you’re able to find the selkie’s skin and hide it, it will be unable to go back to the sea. This is typically done more to the female selkies, since they’re said to make good wives. Something with longing for their home/sea makes them better then land women somehow. Not sure how that works.

Male selkies are described as being very handsome in their human form.

aaaeb2e71805a95d50f28cabfcb74ffbThey tend to seek women who are dissatisfied with their life. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she must shed a tear into the sea.

They’re kind of like sea werewolves who don’t kill anyone and transform into to cute seals.

Melusine: Similar to a mermaid, but is a woman with either two fish tails or the body of a serpent. The most famous tale about the Melusine is Le livre de Mรฉlusine by Jean d’Arras. In the story, Pressyne, a fey who marries a king on the one condition: he can never walk in on her bathing or her bathing her children. One day the king broke his promise, so Pressyne left and took her three daughters, Melusine, Melior, and Palatyne, to Avalon.

When Melusine learned what her father had done, she and her two sisters sought revenge. They caught him and locked him, with his riches, in a mountain. When Pressyne learned this, she was enraged and commanded Melusine to take the form of a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. In some versions of the story, it’s a two fish tails. Starbucks anyone?

I can just picture the test messages Melusine would be sending to her friends:

Rusalkas: They are nymph like creatures that are the souls of women who died in a violent way, either in or nearby water (mostly lakes). They are described as beautiful women who lure men to the water, where they drown them (those rascally rusalkas! Aren’t they just charming?)

They also enjoy dancing in moon light. Also, a rusalka can undo her fate by avenging her death.

Mami Wata: An African spirit or goddess, Mami Wata (Mother Water) is often said to be a mermaid and a snake charmer and can take a human form. She is described as beautiful, with long dark hair, wearing coiled snakes around her wrists, new clothing and jewelry. Due to her appearance, she is a sign of wealth and beauty.

Since she has goddess status, Mami Wata is said to control the ocean and is a very dangerous being-the “I CAN DESTROY EVERYTHING SUCKERS” kind. Because of this, she ends up getting a lot of the blame for the misfortunes that happen in the sea (Loki knows the feeling).

Mami watas and papi watas are the plurals of her and they comprise the vast and uncountable African water spirits.

Shorten Version of Mami Wata:

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Long story short if it’s in the water, it’s probably deadly, magical, dangerous, and beautiful…Unless you’re a merman. Then you ugly.

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