Irish & Mermaids // My WIP in GIFs Tag // or me, Shouting about my Book

Has it been a while since I chatted about my WIP? Um, very much yes. Basically, because I’ve been querying and not editing, and it’s hard to think about the book. Other than as a typed 12-point-font letter I’m sending off to agents. 

Also, querying can take over your life. It’s brutal. And I’m barely started. Eeeekkkkk. 

So let’s think of something happy! My WIP! But in GIF form. Hopefully you will smile and laugh. And want to read my book even more, right?

Thank the person who tagged you.  Thanks to Savannah @ The Book Prophet for letting me steal this tag from her!

– Credit the creator of this tag (Michelle!) and link back to this post so she can find out allll about your WIPs!

 Try to limit the amount of gifs you use per question – I’d say maybe stick to five or less but I’m not the boss of you

Sum up your WIP in four gifs! 

Well, here goes…

Hearts of Clay and Tempest is an Irish Folk retelling of the original Hans Christian Anderson A Little Mermaid. With fighting and magic and lots of ocean. Also, redheads. Need I say more? 

Oh, and here’s a great article outlining some of the key differences between the Disney Mermaid story and the original. Personally, I think the original is a whole lot more fun to work with, but that’s just me. (And maybe my dark heart? Who knows?)

Time to introduce your main characters!

Darcy is my precious main character. And she doesn’t want to be the main character. She just wants to escape the ocean and live in a quiet cottage far away from the sea. 

But, muwhawahaha, that’s not what happens. 
Also, I love her name.  Because Darcy is a very traditional Irish girl’s name, and she deserves this beautiful, strong name. 

I AM SO THANKFUL for POLDARK and all the gifs I now have for Brendan. This show has been so helpful. 

So, now about Brendan. 

He’s a bit brooding. Fiercely loyal. Devoted to serving his country and Queen. 

Brendan loves his family’s country estate but he is forced to live at Court. He hates courts dances and balls and all things fancy, btw. And Brendan has no idea how to deal with flirting. At all. 

Also, Brendan gets in a lot of arguments with his dad, who happens to be a super important General. Not the best relationship. 


Do you know how hard it is to find gifs of blonde fae guys that aren’t Legolas? Next to impossible. So it’s a good thing that Legolas worked out sometimes.

Super extroverted. Younger brother. 
Quick on his feet. Hardly ever stops to think.

Flavian is incredibly fun to write. Probably because he’s not trying to be good like Brendan, or extra Gyrffindor like Darcy. 

And his family is exiled from the Fae Court, so Flavian is fighting to win his own place in the world. And of course, he is probably better than everyone else. The very basic Slytherin. 

So he is a prince. And a precious darling. it’s hard to describe Edric without giving away spoilers? But I’ll try. 

He’s an only child. And an introvert. And he’s supposed to be the king but ruling people is not his idea of happiness.

Loves to take long walks through the woods, alone. Is this a good idea? 

Has practiced music for as long as he can remember. He can sing quite well and play the bombard (a traditional Celtic instrument) 

Edric also whittles and has a collection of carvings. He’s my sweet little Hufflepuff, ok? Much love for Edric. 

How would your main character react in a crisis?

Darcy is willing to fight, to shout, to slap a few heads together. but she also has to think about it. Not too much. But she needs to know all her options. 

This is Brendan in every crisis. Won’t ever break the rules. Always obey the Queen. Save your friends. And he thinks everything should work out. Poor loyal soul. 

Why think about it when you can just stab, stab, stab and solve all the problems? 

This is how Edric sees himself. 

This is how Edric actually looks. The problems still might not be getting solved. 

If you were to meet your main characters, how would you react?



And if you were to meet your antagonist?


I would definitely be channeling my inner Molly Weasley to take down the evil douchebags in this story. 

Is there any romance in your WIP? How would you sum it up in gifs?

So, this book is not romance themed. There are characters in committed relationships, and that plays a major role in the characters lives. But it’s not about people falling in love and happiness. 

But trust me, the darling cinnamon roll relationships are very precious. 

When this book starts, there’s only one relationship? At the end, there might be a second one, but it’s only hinted at. Maybe, if there’s a sequel, we’ll see more! 

How do other characters feel about this ship?


It’s very much a mix of these two gifs.

How do you want people to react to reading your WIP?

Maybe I’m evil, but this is how I see things working out? Everything doesn’t work out completely nicely for ALL the characters in the end. but that’s how life works, right? And there might be a sequel, but I’m not absolutely 100% certain about that yet. 

Read more about my WIP and my writing…. 


Oh, and before I forget, let me tag some folks! Or you can be like me and just steal tags away. It works, right? 

I tag...(I think all of you guys have a WIP?)

Malanie @ Malanie Loves Fiction

Marrill @ Books and Ravens

Olivia @ Purely Olivia 

Emma @ Emma Reads Too Much 

lets chat

Isn’t this the best tag? Which character do you think you’ll relate to the most? Have you seen Poldark? 
Are you working on a WIP? What is it about? If you do this tag, be sure to send it to me, so I can check out your post! 



  1. May 26, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Ohhh your WIP sounds like so much fun! I love fairytale retellings, especially The Little Mermaid because, well, mermaids 😛 All of your characters sound so precious, but Flavian has already stolen my heart haha. Good luck querying!

    • May 27, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Mermaids are so fun to write! And I’m glad Flavian has already stolen your heart! He has mine wrapped around his fingers 😂

  2. May 26, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Oh, I live this, so much fun!!! I haven’t read a really good Little Mermaid retelling, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you did your research and got into the original tale, not just the Disney version. -.- Judging by your description of them, I think Edric would be my favorite. XD

    • May 27, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      YAY! I am so excited for this book! And Edric is so precious and I hope you’ll love him as much as I do!

  3. May 26, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    How is the querying going? I haven’t done any in a few years, but I think I’ll be back at that stage in a few months.

    • May 27, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Ok, so it’s an insane lot of work? I’ve barely started but I feel like it’s going to kill me 😂

      • May 27, 2018 / 6:58 pm

        If you haven’t already, look into (for tracking queries) and for examples of what to do and what not to do! Probably the two most helpful sites I found re: querying

        • May 27, 2018 / 7:05 pm

          Oh, thanks! I’ll have to check them out!

  4. May 26, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    I want to know more about Edric!! He sounds very intriguing! I hope querying goes well for you! Your story sounds really awesome! 🙂

    • May 27, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks! Edric is a darling and I can’t wait till I can let everyone meet him!

  5. May 27, 2018 / 5:29 am

    This post definitely made me want to read your book!!! *grabby hands*

    • June 2, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Ah, thanks! It’s weirdly funny how I even enjoy just reading through the draft? Even though I’m constantly critiquing and fixing little things. Though sometimes I get caught up in the story, and just read it, haha!

      • June 2, 2018 / 4:12 pm

        That is such a good place to be though! I strive to feel like this about my writing. But I’m just starting so I have time!

  6. CG @ Paper Fury
    May 27, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Okay I already adore Flavian with all my heart. What a cute sassy stabber! (And I love that you have like applicable gifs for all of them!!) also YAY YOU’RE QUERYING WOOO. Also stress!! *sends chocolate* I hope you have super good news super soon. 😉

    • May 27, 2018 / 6:40 pm

      Cait likes a Slytherin stabbing sweetheart? What a surprise! 😂 Ok, now I need to stock up on chocolate and work hard for good news!

  7. May 27, 2018 / 11:48 am

    i laughed so hard I coughed out water AT FLAVIAN’S GIFS SDKFMOSDKFJSL????????
    I love him so much it hurts
    AND CUTE SMOL EDRIC???????? *gestures at his face* i love how he deals with things and how flavian deals with things the CONTRAST i’m fangirling helllppppp
    “Everything doesn’t work out completely nicely for ALL the characters in the end.”
    WHHHAT PLEZ NO *sits and sadly cries*
    *rushes to protect Edric by shielding him with my body*
    also i’m so happy you tagged me I can’t wait to do this??? i’m going to work on this right nowwwwww c:

    • May 27, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      ummmm… now I am grinning madly. Flavian’s gifs are just perfection. And the contrast is fantastic! Honestly, putting this post together helped me see their contrast so perfectly. (because as you know the beginning doesn’t have a whole lot of page time with them together…so it’s more theory for later)
      So someone is going to protect Edric, literally….but I’ll let you read that all on your own.
      AND I can’t wait to read your own WIP post! Especially darling Violet!

  8. May 27, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    I love this tag so, SO much and your WIP sounds SO good, I love a good retelling and The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite stories! Your characters sound SO great, I love Edric a lot already, that little Hufflepuff, my kind of character for sure 😛 <3

    • May 27, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Ah, thanks so much! I hope this story can be published soon! And then everyone can fall in love with darling Edric 🙂

  9. May 28, 2018 / 8:43 am

    THIS SOUNDS SO COOL!!! Makes me want to read your book, your characters all sound awesome 😀 And also, love your blog it’s so cute!!

    • May 28, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Thanks so much! I definitely think my characters are pretty great! and I hope the world can meet and read my book someday soon!

  10. May 28, 2018 / 10:30 am

    OH MY gosh my accounts really isn’t cooperating (comment round 2) i hope this works!!

    1) this was hilarious.
    2) i need this book. LIKE yesterday.
    3) Edric in a crisis resembles me on a daily basis!!

    • May 28, 2018 / 11:32 am

      SO glad it’s funny! And I can not wait to see this book published!!! And Edric is like my inner shy person hiding from the entire world 😂 Such a precious darling

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