M is for…

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasy, young adultI have to admit that the M list was long, but there was only ever one M hybrid creature for this challenge.


Ha! Just kidding!


Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasyDid I scare you there for a second?

Mermaid lore can be found in just about every culture and era. With a human torso and a fish tail, she’s usually beautiful and fast. Some are sirens who sing mesmerized sailors to their deaths. Some rescue drowning men. The mermaid mythology and history are as varied as the kinds of fish in the oceans.

See mermaid history and references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid

Modern Mermaids

You can search online and find several companies that make custom tails in any color so you can be a mermaid or merman. The entertainment industry for merpeople varies from kids’ parties to Renaissance Festivals to oceanic conservation and education.

In a thousand years, archeologists might uncover some photographs of mermaids and think they are some extinct species of humanoid fish. (LOL. I can’t be the only person who wonders if we got some things wrong about ancient civilizations’ belief systems. πŸ˜€ )

Remember when Animal Planet caused a War of the Worlds type of ruckus with the first airing of their mermaid show? Some viewers thought that the show was a documentary. Then they aired the science fiction show again. Sigh. That first airing is the subject of my very first (and favorite) post: “Mermaids aren’t real?” (the one that started Mermaids Don’t Do Windows).

Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid was really a tragedy? If you were a merperson, what colors would you be? Would you have special powers? Tell me your story if you were mer!

19 comments on… “M is for…”

  1. Mary Jo Beebe

    I am a definite teal mermaid. I can’t imagine being purple, red or yellow. That’s some other mer’s specialty.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Pauline! You were there when my purple mermaid first became real–can you believe it’s been nearly three years since WANA612?

      I’m cracking up that you’ve seen a stuffed jackalope in person. I probably have, too, but maybe in Texas they are too commonplace to pay attention. LOL. Maybe I don’t pay close enough attention to my surroundings.

      Sending you tons of hugs to get through taxes!

  2. Manticores are another favorite of mine! But we all know this post had to be about mermaids <3 and I think you know exactly what kind of Mermaid I would be πŸ˜‰ This post is Erie-approved!

    • Diana Beebe

      Yes, I do know! The oceans would be a very different place. I think I would be terrified of the water. πŸ˜‰

      I’m glad Erie approves. LOL

        • Diana Beebe

          *rubs hands together* Cool. πŸ˜‰ When do you start writing book 2?

          • Uhhh….after I figure out what happens in it πŸ˜›

            I don’t know why, but Book Three’s storyline came to me first.

          • Diana Beebe

            LOL Doesn’t that figure? Book 2 will show up eventually.

  3. Any true mermaid would have to blend with the water, use the element as a camouflage. That should give you your answer. He or she should be slick like a fish to better cut through the current. Breathe through gills, as well.

    Of course, if my daughter has her way, the mermaids in our (possibly someday) coming stories will not look that way. πŸ˜€

    • Diana Beebe

      Your mermaids sound amazing and deadly! Love that!

      I’m guessing your daughter likes the cute mermaids? πŸ˜‰

  4. Hi, Diana.

    Found my way here through the A to Z challenge and I can feel the vibes of a fellow artist and dreamer.

    I, too, have an interest in mermaids. They are on my list to paint in the future (I’m currently painting dragons).

    As for what colour I’d be…well, I like Debra’s explanation as I’m a nature geek and her logic is sound :D, but if I had a tint to my silver scales, it would be green or turquoise or my favourite paint colour,Southern Ocean Blue (technically phthalo turquoise).

    I look forward to following your posts πŸ˜€

    Best wishes,

    • Diana Beebe

      So glad to meet you, Liz! I love the name of the color you chose–it’s perfect. Dragons are amazing. I could’ve have named my blog “Must Love Dragons.” πŸ˜‰ I’ll come by your site to see your work!

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