Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Top Mermaid Blogs

I am proud to announce that this blog has been named one of 16 'Top Blogs of 2017' in a recent article. Molly of Everything Mermaid researched over 100 mermaid themed web sites to compile her list of the best.

"I have always loved Mermaids. It started off as a hobby, but the more interaction I get from my 'Mer-friends' the more I realize that there is a whole community out there waiting for connection!"

Check out Molly's entire list in her recent blog post. I am sure you will find plenty of fine reading material. Thank you, Molly!


Fish Girl

Due to come out on March 7th, Fish Girl is a mid-grade graphic novel by illustrator David Wiesner and writer Donna Jo Napoli.

In an article at Entertainment Weekly, columnist Nivea Serrao interviews Mr. Wiesner and Ms. Napoli.

"We both tried for the most realistic story possible. Yes, you have to buy into the idea that mermaids exist. But that’s all."

The article contains three example pages from the graphic novel, the artwork is first rate. Don't miss Fish Girl when it comes out in early March.


Best Mermaid Tails

Sean Fallon of Fashionably Geek recently featured an article entitled, 'The Best Mermaid Tails Money Can Buy'. Mr. Fallon has chosen Etsy seller MerNation as the best there is.

"These custom made tails are crafted from 100% dragon skin platinum cure silicone."

Looking for a top of the line mermaid tail? Been saving your pennies and shells? Be sure to check out Sean's article.


Light Up the Sea

Speaking of high end mermaid tails, how about one that lights up underwater? Sarah Vitak and Makezine bring us the story of a fin-tastic tail created by Erin St. Blaine of North Carolina.

"This project has been three years in the making and has gone through many major revisions to become the beautiful and robust piece that it is today."

Featuring an Arduino microprocessor and a custom smartphone app, this was a serious DIY project. Swim on over and check out the article before you are left in the dark!


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Secret Community

The mermaid/merman community in the UK is growing, and Hattie Gladwell at Metro UK would like to introduce everyone to this secret community.

Meet Caitlin Nielsen, better known as Mermaid Cyanea, and her friends Ed, Tessie, and Morgan. Each tells their story of the lure of the sea, and the awkwardness felt on land.

"When I take my tail off it almost feels like a piece of me has come off, that I am in a weird limbo. It’s very vulnerable feeling. It is an odd feeling for sure."

The article includes a number of great photos.


Mermaid Nina

Coastal Living would like you to meet Nina Leipold, otherwise known as The Mermaid of Hilton Head Island, off of South Carolina. Nina is currently educating visitors to Hilton Head on the proper treatment of its wildlife.

"You can see the mermaid in person on a tour with Dolphin Seafari, an area tour operator."

Mermaid Nina is also an author, with two books currently available, and another in the works. Her books echo her teachings of ocean and land conservation.

Nina's husband Rick is a photographer. He works along side her to provide a “Become a Mermaid” experience which includes a photo shoot. Both children and adults can take advantage of this, so dive right in!


Underwater Hotels

In a story by Alex Madison, Digital Trends brings us a review of the five best underwater hotels. While most of us aren't able to afford a night under the sea, the wealth of photos in the article is the next best thing.

"The rooms include 24 hour butler service as well as 24 carat gold infused bars of soap for some reason."

Hungry? The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is just the thing. A photo can be found at the top of the article, number three in that collection.


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Drowning in Plastic

Recently, Bored Panda featured an article on photographer Benjamin Von Wong. Quite a few other news outlets have also carried the story.

The photographer created a number of photos of mermaids drowning in an ocean of ten thousand plastic bottles. This was done to draw attention to the effects of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.

"Statistically, an average American uses about 167 plastic bottles each year, so by the time he’s 60 the total will be around 10,000."

The article features a number of Benjamin Von Wong's photographs. There is also background information on how the shots were created.


Mermaid Stuff

In a humorous article found at Slate, Heather Schwedel discusses the hottest new trend, Mermaid Stuff. She warns us not to allow mermaids to distract us from current events.

"It’s dark in the ocean, for one thing. There are sea witches lurking everywhere. Ocean monarchies might be even more patriarchal than above-ground ones — we just don't know."

I hope you enjoy the article, but do not be distracted by the gold mermaid in the photo.


Five Years

Today (December 20th) marks the fifth anniversary of this blog! A total of 249 Cynthia Mermaid articles have been posted so far.

Here are the most popular blog posts from the past five years:

Mako Mermaids - My post on the sequel to H2O: Just Add Water earns my most popular blog post award with over 3550 views.
http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/2013/03/mako-mermaids.html

Rare Whale - Second place goes to the Spade-Toothed Beaked Whales featured in this blog post.
http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/2012/11/rare-whale.html

Merman Patrick - My interview of Merman Patrick has been my most popular interview.
http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/2012/06/merman-patrick.html

Giant Squid - The giant squid has many fans.
http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/2012/12/giant-squid.html

Ocean Minds and More - This blog post covered the Ocean Minds web site as well as mermaid themed recipes.
http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/2012/02/ocean-minds-and-more.html

Mermish 101 - A number of mermaid language dialects have been created, but which ones are actually useful?
http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/2012/01/mermish-101.html

Tail Makers - Ready to discover your inner mermaid or merman? Here is where you can buy yourself a tail.
http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/2012/03/tail-makers.html

Thank you all for your readership these past five years. Send me an email at the address below to help spread the word about YOUR mer activities. You may also write to request that I interview you for a future blog post.


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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