Sea of Serenity

Possible travel between ancient American’s and Polynesian’s? Its more plausible then we realize.

For my last semester I’m taking archaeology of Mexico as a class. It is really fascinating, learning all these things about the ancient native people of Mexico and all the amazing monolith cities abandoned for thousands of years but then found again. Like Tenochtitlan wasn’t built by the Aztecs, it was there for centuries when they stumbled upon it. The Aztecs called it Tenochtitlan and no one knows who built, how and why. But what we were talking about last week and on and off all semester is the possibility of trade and travel between the ancient Mayan’s and other American native people and the people of islands from Polynesia. 

How mind blowing-ly awesome is that? Sailing from place like Hawaii or Easter Island and all the way to the Yucatan Peninsula? Many archaeologists, historians and anthropologists believe that there was trade between the different cultures. There is strong evidence to confirm trade between the people of southern Mexico with the native people’s of North America as far as the Mississippi. Whose to say that there wasn’t any trade?

  Traveling across thousands of miles of open ocean to these islands and new places? What must have that been like? Man I am just having a field day with all of this! 

Don’t think its possible? Watch this documentary and then tell me what you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jkWP3-K7Zk

The research Part I

Greetings good readers! Here’s another update! Sorry it took me so long to write again, at least it isn’t years over due! Hahahahahaa…….yeah……

*AHEM*, anyway…what am I doing? REASEARCH! Writing a story is only a piece of the work that needs to be done, a lot of is doing research. That is something I didn’t fully appreciate until I started it. Right now I’m starting research on Hawaii and its rich history and culture. Which is tricky because finding the right source material is hard. Sadly my local library is lacking in information except for travel guides from 2008. Regardless I did find some fascinating material to read. One is called Journey’s through dream time: Oceania myth and the other is Hawaiian Magic and Spirituality by Scott Cunningham. I checked them out just yesterday and I’ve begun reading magic and spirituality. It really is very fascinating. I know I’ve only just started but I haven’t been able to put it down! Since a good chunk of the first part of our story will be set in Hawaii and since that is where our heroine Keena hails from of course its necessary to learn everything possible.

I’ve been searching most of the day for good websites to find important information. Its hard because I’ve never been to Hawaii and I don’t know where to start. I figured Honolulu would be the best place to start since that is where Keena is supposed to live with her family. But while I am doing that I want to get familiar with the culture too. This is where I’d like to ask for some help. The internet is a fickle place and some places aren’t so realizable. I want to make absolutely certain I get the right information so I’d like to post what I’m looking at now and if anyone thinks that these are ok to use or would like to recommend me to anything, just put a suggestion in the ask box!

I’m sure your wondering what else I was doing before all this? Well, I was researching mermaids. Besides writing out the bare bones of our plot I needed to familiarize myself to the best of my abilities with mermaids and all other manner of magical ocean life. That took more time then I realized.

Anyway, my sources thus far:

Books -
Mermaids: The Myths, Legends and Lore by Skye Alexander
Hawaiian Magic and Spirituality by Scott Cunningham
Journeys Through Dreamtime: Oceanian Myth

Websites -
http://www.hawaii.edu/
http://www.honolulu.gov/

Any suggestions or recommendations would make me eternally grateful!

More updates as progress is made!

Very late overdue updates

Hello to the 27 wonderful, amazing, fantastic people who still follow our blog! This is a long overdue update of the status for our comic. It is still…in production. 

First, please allow me to explain a few things. My sister and I are co-authors and both of us are full time college students who live on opposite sides of the country. My sister is also working full time and I have a part-time job and the both of us will soon be graduating college so there is that. The good news is that yes, we have been working on SoS for the past year and in that time we have made a lot of necessary changes to the story. So much that I’ve written the first draft to the first part of our story. Won’t get into that just yet ‘cause of spoilers.

It is very difficult when creating a story and especially when your partner lives in a whole other state. BUT it is not impossible although I will admit I feel like we kind of underestimated a few things. Regardless, its not the end of the comic. We’ve both grown up, especially in regards to our writing and artwork which is something I’m proud of.

I have been planning on updating this place for a while and honestly the only reason why I haven’t is because school made me forget. Yeah….that’s why….

*Ahe-hem* Anyway, expect to see a few scattered updates here and there regarding the status of our story and a few other random updates. Since the semester is half way over I’ve been able to focus more on other projects which is something I am also very happy about. I’ll also be doing some belated cleaning in here every so often because, yeah, some of the stuff I’ve posted is pretty pointless so if a few posts suddenly vanish that is why.

I also want to say thank-you again to the people still following this blog. It really does mean a lot to us that you’ve stuck by and watched us when we kind of floated off for a while. We will not disappoint! I promise!

Lilyaquarius, out!

faitherinhicks:

I’m on the final leg of drawing a graphic novel (54 pages left to ink!!! aaaaaa!!) and am currently in the RRAAR GODZILLA stage of mental sanity. Which is to say, there isn’t much and everything hurts. Especially my shoulders.
I drew the above comic when I finished my second graphic novel, The War at Ellsmere, back in 2008. The mental process I go through drawing a graphic novel remains the same, despite the fact that I’m now a full-time cartoonist, instead of an occasional one. ;) Funny how the line between professional and amateur is … uh, pretty much non-existent. 
Oh yeah, and my most recent graphic novel, Friends With Boys, had 3 typos in it. Nnnoooooo.

faitherinhicks:

I’m on the final leg of drawing a graphic novel (54 pages left to ink!!! aaaaaa!!) and am currently in the RRAAR GODZILLA stage of mental sanity. Which is to say, there isn’t much and everything hurts. Especially my shoulders.

I drew the above comic when I finished my second graphic novel, The War at Ellsmere, back in 2008. The mental process I go through drawing a graphic novel remains the same, despite the fact that I’m now a full-time cartoonist, instead of an occasional one. ;) Funny how the line between professional and amateur is … uh, pretty much non-existent. 

Oh yeah, and my most recent graphic novel, Friends With Boys, had 3 typos in it. Nnnoooooo.

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This reminds me of a scene I once wrote up for our story.

This reminds me of a scene I once wrote up for our story.

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