Fish Tales and Fish Tails and a Little French

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyHave you every met a fisherman who told the truth about his or her catch?

“The one that got away was T H I S B I G!”

Right. Fish tales about the size of the fish tails.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyI know the best real life fish tale ever, but it’s my husband’s story, so I’m not allowed to post about it. (Spoilsport.)

I’ve always had a thing for fish tails, too. I even made myself a mermaid in a college art class. The assignment was to create a life-size, not-boring self portrait. You can take a look at it in my very first post.

I’ve been drawing things with fish tails since forever. While I was digging around in my portfolios for a sea pony that I’d painted in high school, I found the lithographs I created in college. By the time I decided to change my major from Studio Art to Writing, I was just a few hours short of earning a minor in Art, so I continued with Lithography (I adored printmaking on stone, but metal plates were less labor intensive!).

And since I was also earning a Minor in French, I combined them both in one art project.

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There is a second one with a dragon in a forest with fairies and more of the poem. I found a few of the proofs, but I couldn’t find the final prints. Not sure where they are. I had fun in poetry class, too, and took every opportunity to work fantasy elements into everything. I’m still a goober. πŸ˜€ And, no, I’m not going to translate. LOL

One of my favorite fish tales of all time is Splash. Of course, there is always The Little Mermaid. Did you know that the original didn’t end as nicely as the Disney version?

What fish tales have you heard or told? What are your favorite fish tail books or movies?

10 comments on… “Fish Tales and Fish Tails and a Little French”

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Nicole! I studied French for 6 years. Never did get fluent, but I dreamed in French once or twice. Yeah, thisclose!

  1. Stephen Tremp

    Its fun to find things like this from your past. I’ve noticed many writers are also talented in art. I thought I would make my living as an artist when I was in school. But writing is the door that opened up.

    • Diana Beebe

      I realized that I’d never make a living as an artist. Writing was my first love anyway. I’m still not sure why I didn’t start with that in the first place. LOL

    • Diana Beebe

      Yikes, indeed! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ll check it out!

  2. Diana, I love the title of this post, and your lithograph is beautiful. So nice to be multi-talented. You can illustrate your own books and design your own covers!

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Linda! I’d love to be talented enough to illustrate my own books and covers. What a sweet thing to say! I think I’ll leave that to the professionals though. πŸ™‚

  3. Rebecca

    I remember the original Little Mermaid tale. It is sad, but I kinda liked it. Her soul was more important. I love your drawings too. I didn’t know you painted.

    • Diana Beebe

      I love that idea about the original Little Mermaid tale. Her soul was more important!

      My painting skills were always debatable. πŸ˜€

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