So much for researching mermen. There are merman and mermaid folklore and legends galore. There are paranormal societies who study their potential existence. There’s merman/mermaid art , movies , and even a music group called the Mermen . There are strange people who dress up as mer-people.

But none of it will do me any good. My merman wasn’t born of mer-parents. He isn’t a *natural* merman. He is *engineered*. I can’t rely on centuries of legends about mermen to create my hero and inform my story, which is good because there are no doubt many cliches in there, but argh! Must. Make. It. All. Up. Which will be fun…..and scary!

I even checked for merman/mermaid romances, of which there are apparently few. Silhouette Romance did a sub-series called A Tale of the Sea in 2002 with mermen/mermaids. Big complaint in reviews was that the merman/mermaid aspect was brushed by in some of the books, so the reader was disappointed, didn’t get the merman/mermaid “fix” out of the books that they were looking for. (Note to Suzanne: no brushing by the merman thing.)

(Psst, the final surprise giveaway will be sometime today. I’ll be announcing a Valentine’s contest sometime next week.)

February 4, 2005 - lunch

I am a time-waster extraordinaire, so today I blew the day having lunch with writer buds Emilie and Cynthia. I, of course, got lost on the way to the restaurant. I can get lost going anywhere. I’m a PRO. I called Cynthia and told her to order me a drink, whatever she was having. (By...
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February 3, 2005 - sob!

I came across a blog entry this morning that made me cry. I was clicking around on the directory at Romancing the Blog, wasting time, procrastinating, being generally lazy, when I clicked on Kara Lennox’s blog. Kara Lennox (or Karen, as I still think of her, because she was writing as Karen Leabo when I...
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February 3, 2005 - in between week

Life in between PAX 2 and PAX 3. Post-PAX 2 includes, of course, the ritual Cleaning Of The Office. Throwing out the piles and piles of printed chapters, marked-up and dog-eared, that have nearly overtaken my house. Putting away all the research material pertaining to that book. Filing away everything I need to keep in...
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February 2, 2005 - look, cows!

My daughter is HORSE CRAZY. I don’t know where she gets this because I have ridden a horse exactly one time in my life and I was scared of it. My daughter keeps asking me when =I= am going to take horseback riding lessons. Uh, never? She thinks it’s amusing that I’m afraid of horses....
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