In addition to finishing my first rough draft for my story, I have started world building. One of my first posts on this website discussed that the setting of my story will be in Virginia Beach, Virginia in the United States. Although I have lived near that area since 1993, there is still a lot to learn about the city’s beach, events, and even its history.
Through writing my first draft, I ended up adding a fantasy realm for my merpeople to in habit. The setting in my fantasy realm takes place at a village near a beach. Due to taking Marine Biology in 2006, I forgot a lot of information I learned about the ocean.
These are what I am using to regain that knowledge of the ocean.
This book is not just filled with pretty pictures but also a ton of information about the ocean. I plan on reading this book fully; front and back. My story has a ton of sea travel and I better know the ocean like the back of my hand.
Videos on Youtube and Animal Planet
There are a ton of playlists and channels dedicated to oceanography on youtube. One of the most interesting sources was Mermaids: The Body Found. This creative documentary has some people believing that merpeople exist with various stories of mermaid bodies found or encounters with mermaids. I never knew about the Aquatic Ape Theory until I saw this documentary.