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Mychael Black: Obsessions
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

When a romance author says the word ‘obsessions,’ there’s really no telling what they’re talking about. But today’s blog isn’t about the usual obsessions: hot men, sexy images, passionate kisses, hot men locked in passionate kisses in sexy images… Well, you get the idea.

Nope. Today I’m talking about completely unrelated obsessions. I’m a bit (okay, maybe more than a bit) of a research junkie. I regularly share news stories on archaeological finds throughout the world, goofy dog pics and vids, and stories about my other favorite animal: the shark.

I’m not entirely sure where, how, or when my love of sharks got started. Maybe it was my first viewing of Jaws years and years ago. Maybe it’s my love of the sea and its depths (even though I won’t swim in it—fear of drowning and all that). Whatever the reason(s), sharks are my second favorite animals on the planet—right behind canines.

I constantly watch (and rewatch) shows, movies, and documentaries about sharks–real and fictional. I’ve seen every shark horror movie made to date (unless I missed a foreign one or two), and all the gigantic shark B-movies. I avidly search for anything relating to my favorite shark of all time: Carcharodon megalodon.

Sharks are beautiful creatures, but Meg holds a special place in my heart. Just the sheer size and strength behind a fish that was about as big as a Greyhound bus is staggering. The teeth alone are colossal. The largest Meg tooth (untouched) is about seven inches. I have a small one that’s about three inches. (More pics are in a photo album on my Facebook page.)

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Maybe one of these days I’ll try my hand at writing a story like those delightfully cheesy B-rated creature features. Until then, I’ll just devour everything I can find online.

If you want to know more about Meg, you can find some good info here: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/fossils/megalodon.html

A Google image search brings up shots from documentaries and various artist renditions, as well.

If you’re interested in conservation, there’s also the Shark Trust, based in the UK: http://www.sharktrust.org/

-Mychael

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Bio:

Call me Katherine or Mychael–I’ll answer to both. I’m a mother, student, author by trade, and editor by compulsion. I’ve been in the publishing business for several years, namely as a writer but also as an editor on occasion. It never fails, though. I always end up editing eventually.

I’m a proud bibliophile, to which my poor sagging bookcases can attest. I read all the time, namely fantasy and romance.

When not writing or reading or editing, I…eat. Maybe sleep. Or watch Spongebob. Yes. I am a self-proclaimed, thirty-something year old Spongebob Squarepants addict. Much to my roommate’s dismay. It’s fun.

If you’re curious about what I write (and who wouldn’t be?!), then you can find me below:

http://www.mychaelblackbooks.com/
http://www.mychaelblackbooks.com/category/blog/
http://www.facebook.com/mychael.black
https://twitter.com/mychael_black

One comment to “Mychael Black: Obsessions”

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    · May 1st, 2014 at 8:11 pm · Link

    I collect “stuff” too. It’s a compulsive disorder, I think. I love Egyptian mythology so had to go out and find inexpensive-ish ancient artifacts. I love the thought of collecting extraterrestrial stuff, so had to buy slices of meteorites (and don’t you know the darn things are rusting away!). My dd loves collecting old Polly Pocket compacts, and again, while I purchased her some for gifts, I had to help myself to a few of my own. So, seeing this tooth, I had to hit eBay. Wow! New obsession. 🙄