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One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Hello again! Are you excited for this week’s post? I sure am! If you read my previous post, then you’re already ahead of the game (thank you, by the way)!

My friend Kayla and I are hosting a book giveaway this month, in celebration of my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of starting my blog!!! It’s been a year almost to the day! November 18th, 2017 was the day I published my first blog post ever, how cool is that? Don’t answer that, it was rhetorical. Continue reading “One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!”

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What I’m Currently Writing — Mirage Mermaid

Hello everyone! I hope y’all had safe and happy holidays, as well as a safe, fun New Year’s! How is the new year treating you so far? Good? Bad? Eh?

Branching off of my last post before the giveaway posts (which you can read here if you haven’t already! Trust me, it’s relevant to this post), I want to talk about a new piece that I started in late March when it came to me one night as insomnia struck me hard. I’d been thinking about this Brazilian myth of the Iara mermaid since I had researched about it in late 2017, but didn’t do anything with the thoughts until the following spring. I decided to take these thoughts and twist them into a short story based on the original myth, but obviously changing it a little to fit my idea of the Iara and the story line.

Hopefully you’ve brushed up on that post by now so that you know all the cool historical details behind the myth, which may or may not have ties to the story I’m currently writing. The Iara mermaid had quite the journey in its formation, and I’d like my short story to kind of reflect the frustrations of her formation and of the history behind its development. I don’t often put research into small details like names for instance, but for this story, I wanted to make as many ties to Brazilian culture and mythology as I could, while maintaining my own style and voice, of course.

This story, which I’ve titled Mirage Mermaid, follows a young man by the name of Jando. Jando is from a small fishing village near the coast of Brazil; he lives in a small hut with his parents and two younger twin siblings, Odeta and Odon. The coastal villages had been suffering of food scarcity, as Jando explains in the beginning. Though the village was mostly self-sufficient with their fishing game, they also planted some crops, but their food source was heavily fish-based. The fish had been scarce and the waters were rougher than usual, preventing the villagers from going out too far in attempt to find more fish. The closest villages that were inland were too far to travel to in a timely manner, and the closest ones were also fishing villages, struggling like they were. People were starving and some were being killed, and rumors spread that the Ipupiara, a Brazilian mythological creature, had returned and placed a curse on the coastal villages.

In the original myth, the Iara mermaid was one being, a young woman, but in my retelling of the myth, I made the Iara a whole species. The “ladies of the water” are an entirely female species of mermaids; they have an inhuman beauty in both looks and voice, but they do not wish harm on humans. In fact, the Iaras were created to protect humans from their counterparts–the Ipupiaras, a hideous male species who bring chaos, food scarcity, and death to seaside dwellers. They feed on the villagers they terrorize–both on their fear and on their bodies, though the victims are mostly male.

Sound like a story you’d be interested in? Well maybe one day you’ll get to read it, and maybe I’ll even extend it into a novel! Only time will tell. Catch you next time in a fantasea!

The zoomed in picture used to represent this post was taken from Pinterest, and the original piece is from Deviant Art, by an artist named miss-hena. Please support her beautiful work!

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Second Star Giveaway Announcement!

Hola! Who else is as excited for this month’s blog post as I am? I sure hope you are! Because I have too much excitement bottled up right now, and I could really use someone to take some from me. Please. I’m jittery.

I know, I know. You’re anxiously waiting to know who won the giveaway for the books my friend Kayla and I picked out. Well, lucky for you, the wait is over! Thank you for all of the support you’ve given to both myself and my girl Kayla, we both really appreciate it!

Can I get a drumroll? Please?… No? Okay, cool, you wouldn’t be able to hear it anyway.

Continue reading “Second Star Giveaway Announcement!”

Writing Inspiration

The Iara Mermaid — Brazilian Mythology

Hello writerly friends and readers! Before I get to my regularly scheduled post, I’d like to give you a heads up about November’s post! I’m hosting a book giveaway with a fellow aspiring author, Kayla Guerrero! Rules and information about how to enter will be in my November post (scheduled for the 19th @ 5 P.M. CST), as well as a post by Kayla! Be on the lookout for that, and follow both my blog and Kayla’s blog to be notified!

ONE LAST THING! I’m giving away 4 different movie posters on my Twitter page! I have posters for The Hate U Give, The Meg, Little Women, and First Man up for grabs! Fun fact: all of these movies are adaptations from books! Head on over to my Twitter profile and view the pinned post for the giveaway thread! Now, onto my post! Continue reading “The Iara Mermaid — Brazilian Mythology”