Mermaid Chapter 8, End

Here’s the last part of Chapter Eight. We visit the Island for the last time as Tom and Chrissie go over what happened and Tom discovers a hot mer business opportunity.

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More Research Odds and ends.

Here’s some more link and related stuff. In this post I’m going to do things like link to books in my library as well. Do I think that everybody will be able to access naval academy textbooks from the 1930’s? Not really, but I never expected to find them either, but when I did I bought them. and the set of The History of Technology and that book on farm life in the Nineteenth Century.  The reason I have those references is that that I was open to buying them in the first place. As a writer the goal to be to write a book that Sarah Hoyt will not throw across the room. Your goal should be to not insult the reader’s intelligence, not go so far off the deep end that reader never wants to come back.  You should do enough world building that the reader will feel comfortable living in that  world.

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Mermaid Chapter 7, End

Here’s the end of Chapter 7. This is where the Manager learns Nathan Bedford Forrest’s maxim about the “fustust and mostus.” And everybody else starts to talk to Tom about the island.

For inspiration, here’s a John R Neil cover from L Frank Baum’s The Sea Faries.


More here;
https://alancook.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/john-r-neill-artwork-the-sea-fairies-part-i/
https://alancook.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/john-r-neill-artwork-the-sea-fairies-part-ii/
https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/art-of-the-week-john-r-neill-the-royal-illustrator-of-oz/
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea_Fairies
The book here;
http://www.archive.org/stream/seafairies00baum#page/n0/mode/2up

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Research Odds And Ends

A while back I wrote a post about doing research for fiction. since I’m actually writing something right now I thought that I would share some of the things I found. I didn’t choose the early 1930’s they sort of chose me. Still the period of the early Depression is sort of an early one.  A large chunk of the things  of the things I’m putting in the book are the result of a lifetime of talking to people who were alive back in the 1930’s and their experiences.

Here’s my earlier post:
https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/i-am-the-voice-that-cries-in-the-desert/

Any way here’s some of the stuff that I have run into while writing the mermaid story. while this is urban fantasy, being able to use the historical landscape as a template can make things easier when inserting my story into it. While I still have to do some world building I can use what already existed to give it verisimilitude. The idea is to add just enough atmosphere that you can have a reader relate.  The interesting thing is that to us the 1930’s could be as alien a world as the wildest science fiction universe. I’m enjoying finding stuff like this to fill in Tom and Chrissie’s world.

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/40321/Boston+Harbor+1930c+Bird+s+Eye+View+++Boston+to+Cape+Cod/Boston+Harbor+1930c+Bird%27s+Eye+View+-+Boston+to+Cape+Cod/Massachusetts/
I think that I will just update this post with new material as I go along.
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