Posts Tagged ‘mermaids’

Sunfish Mermaid

May 9, 2015

I was sitting here after everyone went to bed fully realizing I have to be up as early as they are tomorrow for karate and Jenny’s watercolor class, but I was trying to watch Silent Hill on cable television. Without my glasses I couldn’t see it at all from across the room. So, I put on my glasses and watched for a couple of minutes and it became fully apparent it didn’t matter if I could it or not, it didn’t make a lick of sense visually or narratively. Now I’m just going to watch SportsCenter for the first time in several years and write about this Sunfish mermaid from Jenny’s Freshwater Mermaids of North America series.

Sunfish Mermaid

The Orangespotted Sunfish is widely distributed among the central and Eastern states, from the Colorado River to Hudson Bay, the Orangespotted Sunfish thrives in shallow, vegetated systems, and thus has few predators.

This mermaid is drawn in watercolor by my creative partner Jenny Mathews. You can see all the mermaids from her series Freshwater Mermaids of North America.


If You Had To Write In Your Own Blood, Would You?

September 24, 2014

Or you could just be happy for something small like feeling in your pocket and discovering your keys are there after you hear the door to the building lock behind you.

I’ve had a strange day. In my thoughts, at least. I have to be honest and admit I curate about a dozen blogs. Mostly because I like to write about various things like horror movies, poetry, fantasy football, politics, culture etc. I even have a blog about news stories in my hometown. I want to put some links to some of the various works I do here in case you’d like to take a look at it. Not sure why you’d be interested in Rockford, Illinois, other than the fact that it’s considered the 3rd fattest, dumbest, most violent, miserable city in America, and that where I sit and write this among the most dangerous neighborhoods in America. None of that really crossed my mind when I took the garbage out. Dummies Dummies

About 2,500 people read what I wrote today. Some bloggists might look at that number and scoff, others might think it’s a high number. The fact of that matter is the majority of those reads were a blog about piss. The rest were mostly about fantasy football.

Now if I were to write about something close my heart, like poetry, 27 people might show up on any particular day, but if I wrote some schlock about Elvira, Mistress of the Dark‘s boobs, I’d have steady traffic for months.

If I pretended to be an attractive woman writing erotica, I might get several thousand people to look at my writing on Amazon, but if I wrote a decent, heartfelt book about rhinos, crickets.

Trying to figure out what an audience wants in this life is fruitless, and it’s not something I’ve ever spent much time doing. What I do instead is I just write what I want, post it at one of my niche blogs, then go tinker with my fantasy football team.

I had a thought just before i took the garbage out that I wondered how many people would still write if they had to do it in their own blood. Not sure I would anymore. There was a time I would have.

Here’s some things me and my creative partner have made that you can buy.



Mississippi Queen, Casey Kasem, and Mermaids

August 22, 2014

When we were driving down to Gulf Shore, Alabama, for our family vacation this year, Casey Kasem died. Since we had Sirius radio in the car we listened to a few of his countdowns on the drive. The shows were a reminder that through the late sixties and early seventies the radio was really diverse. A song by The 5th Dimension would be followed by one by The Rolling Stones, then The Singing Nun, Three Dog Night, The Jackson Five, The Temptations. In a lot of ways it seemed like we were a much more diverse culture then. I know that’s not the case, but it seemed that way listening to those countdowns. I forget which state we crossed the Mississippi in. On the way down we were lucky enough to stumble upon the annual Superman Fest in Metropolis, Illinois, then an amazing art festival in Paducah, Kentucky. 

The most jolting moment in all of the countdown we listened to was when we heard the opening riffs of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” ripping out of the speaker. I know Black Sabbath and Iron Butterfly are both credited with pioneering heavy metal, but nothing sounded heavier than “Mississippi” queen after hearing Pat Boone. 

This drawing is Jenny’s Mississippi Queen Catfish. It’s one of 18 from her series Freshwater Mermaids of North America

Mississippi Queen Mermaid

Mississippi Queen Mermaid