Alright, here we go. I read through the blurbs of what is probably quite a standard mermaid story series – main character is half-mermaid, discovers she turns into a mermaid when she’s in the water, mild chaos ensues, and then more chaos shows up in a sequel or it’s a happily-ever-after, story’s over.
Have I read the actual books that I think I’m describing? Nope! I’m just basing this off a few blurbs, but honestly that is what I gathered from what I skimmed through.
I mean, the point of book covers and blurbs is for people to judge them.
Given my inability to swim and possible thalassophobia, I am naturally the most qualified to write about anything water-related. Particularly mermaids, y’know?
But like, seriously, mermaid stories are interesting in the sort of ‘I’d hate to be a character in this story’ kind of way. At least to me.
Anyway, not really the point. I’m trying my hand at the base premise, and seeing where my vaguely warped mind will take me (likely twisting that whole ‘being in water turns child into mermaid’ into a scrap of body horror or something, like super super slightly… but I think that’d be horrifying, and I regularly imagine scenarios where my favourite characters I’ve created are pushed to their limits both physically and mentally – in the sense that I narrate said incidents to myself. I am slightly messed up, probably…) with that.
I already have a bit of an experimentation plot in mind, but not really with the main characters. [name_m]Just[/name_m] their older sister, really… and some other people, but the main one there is the older sister.
And there’s where my naming ‘skills’ left me.
‘Summer’ has three younger siblings, all of which are half-merperson, and the younger two – boy/girl twins – are the narrators and protagonists. The third sibling is a boy. There’s also their very human cousin, who I’d say is a couple months older than the twins. Is the cousin a boy? Are they a girl? Who knows? I’m thinking of just going with a unisex name for the cousin and just spinning a wheel afterwards, honestly.
Their surname is currently in question, but that’s something I can do on my own.
Twins and cousin are 10/11
Brother is 12/13
[name_f]Summer[/name_f] is 13/14
Anyway, this is a twofold thing. One, finishing the family off is… fairly key, you know? Two… slightly more unique mermaid/merman names for the cast of underwater friends and enemies is something I’d be best getting some help with.
With the latter thing… go wild, really! As long as the names I end up with don’t all link to water, I really couldn’t care what they are. Well, that point, and also that they’re not too difficult to say.
As for the family… I’ll add a quick summary of personalities and appearances and such in a reply (or I might have done so already by the time anyone looks at this), since that tends to be helpful.