Please welcome guest author R.E. Butler to the Cafe!
Over the Christmas holiday, my family and I went to Puerto Rico. I have never left the states before, and although Puerto Rico is technically part of the US, I knew it was an experience that we shouldn’t pass up.
Puerto Rico is so beautiful. Every second that we were there, I envisioned bringing some of the beauty to life in a series. Someday I’d like to use what I saw and experienced in a series, and I think a perfect series to start with would be one with mermaids and mermen! I love the idea of people who can live underwater and swim like fish; it’s just so neat and what a fabulous setting it would be!
When we were visiting Puerto Rico, the resort we stayed in had a private island. We could take a big ferry across the water to the island, where we would be catered to by friendly, amazing staff while we enjoyed good food, warm water, and sandy beaches.
I had so many good foods with mango in them! Pork with mango salsa. Fresh, sweet mango slices. Delicious smoothies made with mango and vanilla. I have always enjoyed the scent of mango, but now I’m hooked on the flavor too.
One of the things that cracked me up was the lizards. They have lizards in Puerto Rico the way we have squirrels! We saw lizards climbing telephone poles, crossing the street, and hanging out in the shade under trees. Some were small but some were really big.
When we went snorkeling, I saw dolphins playing, colorful fish darting here and there, amazing coral, and even two rays swimming nearby.
In the private island world of my imagination, the lizards scurry around the island and get into all sorts of trouble, and the mermaids and mermen swim in the warm water, eat mangoes, and sunbathe on the beautiful beach. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a swim with a sexy merman and hang out on the beach? I know I would.
It was a beautiful wonderful world above and below the water and I’m so thankful I was able to share the experience with my family. I can’t wait to someday share a world built around everything I experienced in Puerto Rico with my readers, and hopefully I’ll get to go back there someday, and not just in my imagination!