Mermaids, monsters, 50-ft. women, oh, my! Join us at 8 p.m. at the Ugly Mug in Orange for your favorite creature feature and Moon Tide’s publisher Eric Morago whom I blackmail into publishing me because I keep his darkest secret in an empty Kleenex box on my bedside table. I haven’t ever seen it—it is a dark secret and avoids the light, duh—but I feed it pumpkin seeds, so I know it is still there. Buy the book and free his secret or his soul—both probably cost the same.
And now for the first prompt: write a poem or story about taking a mermaid for a lover or an enemy. For inspiration, read Jan Stinchcomb’s “The Lorelei Project.” Just remember, not all hearts beat warm.
(This is the mermaid I created out of rocks, seaweed, and shells a few years ago.)
And here is a picture of me looking very intense (or my attempt at frightening at the Dark Ink anthology launch:
And here is my mermaid poem in the anthology...but you have to buy the book to read the ending of “Mermaid: The Ending.”
Thank you, Adrian Ernesto Cepeda, for the photo and for the plug on Twitter!