Do you know why a Ravenclaw-minded person can't write quick, cracky novels about erotic lesbian mermaids?
Because they keep researching little, inconsequential things. (Like, oh, how these no-we're-not-magical merfolk breathe, but let's just ignore that for the moment because having a mammal with two respiratory systems is totally reasonable for evolution, *sigh*...)
Did I really need to learn about different techniques of shark respiration? About 'buccal breathers' that can rest and those with spiracle slits that help supplement buccal breathing or obligate ram ventilators who must keep swimming to respire and stay alive?
No, not really. It is not in the novel. I don't know why I remember it now. I just recall that I got sucked into research about shark gills and respiration techniques for far too long when the scene with the shark was not very long at all.
This could also read as 'I Am A Silly.'
My friend responded, "And that is what makes a Ravenclaw so fabulous." I sent back, "Fabulous and frustrated - the makings of a racy novel."
Or, at least we can hope.
At least now I get to introduce the Eccentric Old Lady Mermaid with a collection of human things and stories of the human women she's seduced and convinced it was a dream. I believe she will have a monocle, because they are cool and shiny, and because she will be inspecting the pipe my main character just found. Oh my brain at this time. Oh my brain after this day. Remind me to post about the actual day - cars are funny things.