Because of all this when it came time to make a logo for Parlez-Moi Press, my own publishing business, I selected the little mermaid in the logo above. She was part of a huge design in an old book of printer's ornaments and I loved her. She has her hand cupped around her ear and I thought that was perfect because, of course, "parlez-moi" means "tell me" (a story) or "speak to me" (of love) so a mermaid prepared to listen seemed the ideal symbol of that.
Later, when I decided to set up a separate imprint for my knitting patterns, I decided to call it Knit Your Tail Off because of the cute little mermaid logo I had created of a mermaid winding yarn from her upturned tail. So mermaids have, quite accidentally, become a theme for my books. I never meant for them to be so bossy but I think that's how mermaids are -- they decide what they want and you just have to fit it into your plans.
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