Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Disney Mermaid School

Lucia Peters and Bustle are here to tell us all about Disney World's Mermaid School. We've talked about other mermaid schools in the past, but this is Disney.

"Disney has been encouraging humans and mermaids alike to become part of each other’s worlds since Ariel first swam into our lives in 1989 — but now, they’re making it easier than ever."

Mermaid School is coming this spring, so prepare to get your tail wet by checking out this article at Bustle.


Author Jessica Wright is excited to announce that Tails, her first book in the Transformations trilogy, has been chosen as a finalist in LitNet's international "Small Towns, Big Stories" contest!

They will be flying Jessica out to Portland on March 28th for the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference where the first place winner will be announced. Wish her luck, and feel free to check out her story.

Find out more, and read the full story, at LitNet's web site.

Science and Mermaids

Unicorns, mermaids, and dragons are the stars of the Academy of Natural Sciences latest exhibit. In an article by Grace Dickinson at Philly.com, we learn how our favorite mythical creatures ended up in a science museum.

"These myths are the beginning of science in a lot of ways... Observing the natural world has evolved a lot over time and this was just the start of that."

Enjoy the article, but please don't tease the dragons.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Part Of Your World

Today, blogger Molly would like to share her review of the book, Part Of Your World by Liz Braswell and Disney Books. I hope you enjoy the review, and be sure to visit Molly's blog as well.

Part Of Your World
Book Review

Disney Books has recently come out with a line of “A Twisted Tale” series where classic Disney stories are written with an unexpected twist in our favorite fairy tales. In the book “Part Of Your World” we experience what would have happened if Ariel never defeated Ursula in “The Little Mermaid.” This book is engaging and brings back fond memories of the underwater world Atlantis.

The book still features our favorite characters with Scuttle who is still loyal and one of Ariel's best friends, Sebastian who still stresses out over everything, and Scuttle who has a very helpful and curious niece.

The main characters are still the center of the story but live very different lives. Ursula is married to Eric and ruling his kingdom in destructive ways which focus on destroying the sea. Eric is still under a spell but aware that he is very unhappy in his marriage and writes symphonies out on the beach to pass the time. Ariel is ruling Atlantis as she feels responsible for her Father sacrificing himself. This is very difficult as she still doesn’t have a voice. Ariel still thinks about Eric but hasn’t been up to the surface in over 5 years. She has matured a lot since then and knows her silly actions caused hurt and damage to her kingdom and family.

One day, Scuttles niece is flying around the kingdom and sees a symphony being performed about a mermaid, prince and evil sea witch. The word gets back to Atlantis and Ariel wonders if Eric remembers her, or is trying to send a message. She bravely goes back to the surface and realizes everything is much worse than she thought.

Get the book to find out how Ariel gets her voice back and if she can finally defeat the sea witch! 

Watch out! Spoilers ahead!

When Ariel finds out all the havoc Queen Vanessa (Ursula) is causing on land and how much the humans are suffering, she decides it’s time to help. Her stomach does a flip when she sees Eric for the first time. She is able to break the spell, get back her voice,  break Eric’s spell and is able to explain what happened to him. They decide to team up as Eric wants to help his Kingdom, and Ariel wants her father back.

As the story unfolds, Eric and Ariel become closer and love starts to blossom. However, there are so many important things happening, and lives at stake, it’s hard to focus on love.

I really liked this book and how it was written. It still has the same nostalgic characters you fell in love with so many years ago. You can still sense the same love Eric and Ariel feel for each other, but they are older, more mature, and have more responsibility over the land and sea. Can a human and mermaid find a happily ever after? You will have to read to find out!

Author Bio

Molly is the owner of the blog, Everything Mermaid and enjoys writing articles not only for her blog but for other mermaid and travel sites. She specializes in mermaid product reviews, discount codes, and loves to interview professional mermaids around the world!

Yoga Loving Mermaid

Be The Myth, the place for mermaid artwork, glassware, jewelry, and so much more, would like you to check out their recent addition of Yoga Mermaid Gear. While you are at their web site, check out their many fine products.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mermaids Are Real

Author Bo Wu would like to share news of his recently published young-adult novel, Mermaids are Real. Here is the synopsis:

“'Crabs talk?' asked Benji.
'Everything in nature speaks. Not everything in nature listens,' said Octavius nodding Topside."
Benji Fisher has spent the first twelve years of his life growing up in a small fishing town Topside. He’s gotten used to the gang of dolphins who follow him on his surfboard and the voices he hears under the water; odd things that have, in their repetition, become part of normal everyday life. 
However, none of that prepares him for the recruitment speech he gets from an octopus named Octavius and three of the dolphins the night before his thirteenth birthday.
What would you do if your ‘calling’ in life required you to take a leap/dive of faith? Would you take the plunge?

Mermaids are Real is currently available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. The book is a fun read, and mermaid/merman fans of any age will enjoy reading about Benji's adventures.

Underwater Scooter

When your fins grow weary, grab the Whiteshark Mix Underwater Scooter by Sublue.

"We love splishing and splashing around as much as the next person, but we're no Michael Phelps. Whether it's a slow-paced stroke or lack of superhuman strength that makes it impossible to swim two miles without tiring, we have our limitations."

An article at Mashable includes an up-close photo and a one-minute video. Mount a Go-Pro camera to the scooter to record the fun!

Fourth-Period Mermaiding

The Washington Post and writer Karen Heller bring us up to speed on Epic Nerd Camp, where mermaiding, Quidditch, board games, and roleplay are just a small sampling of the camp activities.

"Epic Nerd Camp is designed for grown-ups who have no intention of growing up, who want to feast on the fantastic — the less grounded in reality the better."

For more details, check out the Washington Post article or visit the camp web site. Dates for 2019 will be announced soon.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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