In celebration of the release of Book 2, Miri Attwater and All that Glitters, I thought it would be fitting to go a little into the science behind the magic of the Miri Attwater series.
When I first started the Miri books, my intention was to write pure fantasy, with magic and everything. Magic makes things easy. Yeah, I know you have to come up with rules but – need something? Make up a rule and bam, you have something. It’s magic!
The problem was, every time I got to the point in the story where Miri’s legs magically turned into tails, it just didn’t feel right to me. Even though other writers used it – in fact the original myths even used it – it still felt hollow and unbelievable. I mean, how could legs turn into tails?
I knew it wasn’t “real,” but still my brain wanted to understand exactly how that could happen.
And then I saw a video of octopus camouflage.
And I believed.
Watch. And believe. 🙂
Want to learn more about octopuses? Check out the links below.
Squid and Octopus Switch on Camouflage at bbc.co.uk
The video on the octopus camouflage is absolutely amazing! I knew octopuses could do that, but seeing something like that made me believe, too, that mermaids could turn their legs into tails.
ES Ivy says
I know. It’s almost hard to believe that it isn’t special effects. Can you imagine what it would be like to see in person?