Monday, February 7, 2011

Seeking Narwal: First Sea

Seeking Narwal
a monthly saga
posted on the 7th of each month - until the narwal is found
details here


On board the Rusty Dagger, Captain Vix naps in the snuggery of the ship. Per usual Goliath is atop the captain's bunk.

The Rusty Dagger has been sailing for the last month and arrived in the Mediterranean Sea - the first of the seven seas (from Medieval European literature). They are in search of the narwal and stolen treasure.


The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Anatolia and Europe, on the south by North Africa, and on the east by the Levant. The sea is technically a part of the Atlantic Ocean, although it is usually identified as a completely separate body of water. - per wikipedia

The Mediterranean Sea was an important route for merchants and travelers of ancient times that allowed for trade and cultural exchange between emergent peoples of the region — the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Phoenician, Carthaginian, Iberian, Greek, Macedonian, Illyrian, Thracian, Levantine, Gallic, Roman, Albanian, Armenian, Arabic, Berber, Jewish, Slavic and Turkish cultures. The history of the Mediterranean region is crucial to understanding the origins and development of many modern societies. "For the three quarters of the globe, the Mediterranean Sea is similarly the uniting element and the centre of World History." - per wikipedia


The crew scurry on deck starboard side.

Freda has spotted unusual movement in water there - just there.

by Ashley L. Knight
win this at The Innocent Flower
offer ends: Feb 11

Freda passes the spyglass to Giada for a confirmation.

She sees this...

Sleeping with the Fishes
by Mary Janice Davidson
win my used copy (small tear on cover)
to do: comment below with your email (if i don't already have it)


Contest has ended - winner is here


Aye, there is something there, Giada exclaims with excitement.

Jo quickly goes below decks carrying her five aphrodisiacs to summon the captain with the news.

Kulsuma gets ahold of the spyglass and sees this...

Lost Voices
by Sarah Porter
get your free at net galley

And crew member, Sullivan, spots this...

Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks
- Pablo Neruda -read by Ethan Hawke (Il Postino soundtrack)

All these fellows were there inside when she entered utterly naked.
They΄d been drinking and began to spit at her,
recently come from the river, she understood nothing.
She was a mermaid who had lost her way,
the taunts flowed over her glistening flesh
Obscenities drenched her golden breasts.

A stranger to tears, she did not weep,
A stranger to clothes, she did not dress.
They pocked her with cigarette ends and with burnt corks
And rolled on the tavern floor in raucous laughter
She did not speak, since speech was unknown to her
Her eyes were the colour of far away love
Her arms were matching topazes
Her lips moved soundlessly in coral light
And ultimately she left by that door
Hardly had she entered the river than she was cleansed
Gleaming once more like a white stone in the rain
And without a backward look, she swam once more
Swam towards nothingness, swam to her dawn.


Captain Vix is topside with Goliath squaaaaaaaaawk perched on her shoulder. She doesn't need a spyglass as she sees this 100 feet away...

Tempest Rising
by Nicole Peeler
win my gently used copy
to do: comment below with your email (if i don't already have it)


Contest has ended - winner is here



Captain Vix leans over and beckons the mermaids closer.

Only one approaches with confidence and curiosity to converse with the captain.

Tears on a Tranquil Lake
by Marsha A. Moore
win this at Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick
offer ends: Feb 14


C R E W:
Freda of Freda's Voice
Jo of Fluidity of Time
Kulsuma of sunshine and stardust
Sullivan McPig of Pearls Cast Before a McPig

Crew duties:
Report in for duty: comment below with a link to a picture of something else you might see in the sea - could be other merfolk

Join the crew and earn points towards the Seeking Narwal prize during the tour of the seven seas.


Giada's sighting:

Sullivan's sighting:

Jo's sighting:

Kulsuma's sighting:

Freda's sighting: I found this when I looked under the sunken chest

Freda's sighting: Then this swam past me


* YES, there are 2 --> two giveaway offers on this post, so let me know which book you want when you comment; offer ends on February 27, 2011

* poem source

* image source Mediterranean Sea map

* first spotted snuggery at Suko's Notebook

* a mini-challenge for the Iron Seas Challenge

~~~ seeking narwal schedule ~~~

-o0o- love potion #4 schedule -o0o-


  1. What a fun post! I adore sea creatures and can't wait to try Lost Voices. Great post!


    Great post, Velvet! Some interesting books!*_*

  3. We might encounter Cthulhu!!!

    And count me in for the MJ Davidson book!

  4. I'd love to play for both books please. Thanks.


  5. lol, great post:)

    I spotted this couple:

    Count me in for Tempest Rising book.

  6. Ok.... how about something pretty ... and pretty deadly?

    Of course, I would much prefer to see one of these:

  7. Sorry ... forgot to say .... this is a beautifully done post. :)

  8. I found this when I looked under the sunken chest;
    Then this swam past me;

    Crazy right?!

    Please include me for both giveaways.

  9. I'd love to read Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  10. Please sign me up for your Tempest Rising giveaway assuming it's international (Canada).

  11. I'd love to play for both books thanks :)

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win Tempest Rising


  13. Great post!!! I am from GREECE and I will put a photo from GREEK mythology, the Sirens :
    I think the photo is very beautiful.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win Tempest Rising.( if it is international)

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  14. I'd like to win Tempest Rising. Count me in if it's international.

  15. Count me in on both books, please.
    If only one, TEMPEST RISING


  16. Any of the books is good for me.
    But I will go with Tempest Rising.

    39.5susy AT gmail DOT com

  17. I love the Sleeping with the Fishes or Lost Voices but.... I love to read, anything.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com
    Gosh, it feels good to be back.


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