The top image is from the SONO Switch Tower Museum. A treat little place to visit in South Norwalk CT. I occasionally volunteer there from time to time.
I think that I need to update the sticky post. And add some rules. First the rules.
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I think that one reason I’ve been depressed this Christmas season is that for a variety of reasons I haven’t been able to give presents. I’ve come to realize that for me, it isn’t what I got, but what I gave. Especially if I put a certain amount of effort into finding or making a unique gift. In this season, where far too much emphasis is placed on the getting rather than the giving.
Here’s some more odds and ends I found in searches related to the mermaid story. Some thing mad it into the story, some did not. Still all of these helped shape the story one way or another. Being able to read old period magazines and view old newsreels and pictures really helped to create the atmosphere. Now there are things I may change for story purposes, but that doesn’t matter in a fantasy. If I were writing a historical novel without mermaids, I would pay more attention to the real world.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre | The falcon cannot hear the falconer | Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold | Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world | The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere | The ceremony of innocence is drowned | The best lack all conviction, while the worst | Are full of passionate intensity. -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming