Stories You Can Read

I thought about this: How many people really have time to sit on their computer and read for thirty minutes to an hour. As such, I’m making that easier for you. All of these are PDF files, so you can download them onto your e-device. I wrote these between 2007 to 2011.

–Turning Crow Calls into Music – PDF –  Web Page

The young daughter of a lord struggles to grow up.

–Samuel Brakborn – PDF – Web Page

A teacher at a colony school forces the headmaster to make the decision: buy books or she leaves.

–Just Trust Me – PDF – Web Page

A mermaid princess, Nessa, catches her half sister Avi trespassing, but lets Avi explain why this is necessary, and in the process, is forced to reevaluate she’s thought. 

–Time of the Dragon Slayer – PDF – Web Page

Justin, a dragon slayer, comes to Natlie’s town just as her townspeople are convinced the dragons are dying.

–Giant’s Wife – PDF  – Web page

A girl chooses to marry a commander in the giant army and must learn to live with them.

What to Write – PDF – Web Page

A loosely autobiographical story about where inspiration comes from.

Flashes of Inspiration – PDF – Web Page

An autobiographical story about my first venture into showing my writing to the world.

Nonfiction: 

Mermaids of the World (only available as a PDF)

This is three-chapter work compares mermaids from different cultures of the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa and America. It briefly looks at mermaids’ appearance and personality variances. It also includes my biography.

Hope you enjoy.

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2 responses to “Stories You Can Read”

  1. Sylvia says :

    Hi Abigail,
    I’m also an aspiring writer and I happened to stumble upon your blog during one of my sleepless nights researching for an upcoming novel I’m working on. I’ve read your Mermaids of the World work and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I followed up on most of the stories mentioned and had a couple of questions for you.

    Firstly, I’ve come to the conclusion that merfolk tend to be quite reasonable with humans , as long as they don’t mess with them, but what about the merfolk’s interactions within their own kind? I don’t mean fish and the like, but other merfolk. My understanding is that they tend to travel in pods , but crave human attention and interaction. They even tend to want to marry or have human lovers instead of other merfolk. However, my only basis on these assumptions, are stories surrounding the Merrows as well as the Rusalkis and Wodjanoj. Have you come across anything else that confirms this (or not)?

    Also have you come across or know any stories that surround wars, fights or banishment within the merfolk? I know you covered some stories with underwater palaces and rulers so there must have been some type of conflict involved at one time or another. On the other hand, if they were believed to live in a Utopian world are there any stories surrounding that?

    I am desperate for answers.

    Thank you so much in advance for your help and for taking the time to write the work.

    • Abigail says :

      Beyond “The LIttle Mermaid” (By Hans Christian Anderson, which makes it one of the later stories), I am actually struggling to come up with situations or stories that had mermaids interact with each other. The Merrows are the ones that come to mind especially, as I know the females will dance together, but I cannot think of actual conversations.

      Mermaids seek out human interaction because many of the mermaid legends have the idea that if a mermaid marries a human, she gains a soul. (Anderson brings this up in “The LIttle Mermaid.”) Many mermaids, especially merrows, long to return to the sea, even after they marry. I would think, that if this incentive was not there, they would not marry humans. (Keep in mind that, while mermaid legends were widespread and common, sailors were also not believed to have souls.) In fact, one of the earliest forms of the mermaids that I did not bring up comes from the Odyssey and the sirens therein. They would sing to lure sailors to crash on the rocks and die.

      As to wars and whatnot, I have not found anything about that. Yes, there are a few references to palaces, and queens, but I did not actually find any mention of conflicts (beyond The Amber Queen). In fact, there is very little mentioned about merfolk society on a whole. We just get the little bits and pieces and must draw our own conclusions. Overall, they keep to themselves a lot and avoid humans.

      If you haven’t found it, I did post all of my sources that I did (as well as did not) use in a blog post. Merfolk stories are difficult to find. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it and hopes that this helped. (Even though, yes, I realized I was vague.)

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