The Three of Wands, at Sea

renna shesso / spirit-smithing

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Thou know’st that all my fortunes are at sea…
(Antonio, Act 1, scene 1, The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare)

“At sea” turns out to be a vital point in The Merchant of Venice.  To help finance his friend Bassanio’s courtship of Portia, the merchant Antonio borrows money, gambling on the potential gains from his various ventures.  In fact,

…he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis, another to the Indies; … a third at Mexico, a fourth for England… But ships are but boards, sailors but men…”
(Shylock, Act 1, scene 3)

Shylock loans Antonio the money.  Then, in subsequent scenes, we learn Antonio’s ships have all  been lost at sea.  Antonio is ruined and Shylock seeks to claim the macabre bond that Antonio agreed to, if the loan couldn’t be repaid: a pound of Antonio’s own flesh.

Antonio and Shylock ultimately land in court, with the latter ready to cut…

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Book Trailer Three: Among the Mermaids Splash Edition

Varla Ventura

Arrrrr! Avast ye landlubbers, pirating types and mermaidians alike,

Here is the THIRD of THREE book trailer videos. The object here is to let me know which one you like the best. If you vote, you enter to win my book plus swag!

What’s that you say? you haven’t seen the other TWO? Best be getting yourself on over to those posts and watch. Comment on whichever one you like the best, or comment about whichever one you prefer. Huh? Yeah, quit quibbling about my grammar and get thee to youtube!!

Mermaid Trailer One: Among the Mermaids Wave Edition

Mermaid Trailer Two: Among the Mermaids Tentacle Edition

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Book Trailer Two: Among the Mermaids Tentacle Edition

Varla Ventura

Kraken-cravers and split-tailed lovers, take heed!

Here is the SECOND of THREE book trailers. Remember to comment on the one you like the most (or wherever you want to comment, really…) and one lucky sucker will get a copy of my book, Among the Mermaids:  Facts, Myths, and Enchantments from the Sirens of the Seaalong with some mermaid swag and the actual tentacle used in this trailer.

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Book Trailer One: Among the Mermaids Waves Edition

Varla Ventura

Alright freaks, geeks, and revelers of aquatic feats,

Here it is. This is the FIRST of THREE short book trailers for my recent book, Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths, and Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea. This week I’m going to release one a day over the next three days. View each one and then VOTE by commenting on the video that you like the best. The winning video will become the “official” book trailer and will appear on the publisher’s website. To motivate you a little further, I will randomly select a winner from all of those of you who vote and that winner will get a signed copy of my book, some mermaid swag, and the ACTUAL TENTACLE used in the making of Book Trailer Two: Among the Mermaids Tentacle Edition. That’s right, the very one.

Below you will see the first of the three. Prepare to…

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