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May 28, 2018

I didn’t respond to that text.

And it felt like my biggest accomplishment of this year, to date. Yes, I also finished a Master’s Thesis this year. Yes, I’ve also navigated intense, personal tragedies, trekked knee-deep through the aftermaths traumas, yes, anxiety turned my heart (literally) into emergencies. But I think I FINALLY let go of whatever inside me would have formerly felt compelled, or hopeful, or maybe even bored enough to respond to that text. I didn’t do it.

Maybe you’re feeling simi...

September 4, 2017

Been thinking a lot lately about what it means to experience the full range of human emotion. How we can feel joy, grief, confusion, nostalgia, loneliness, ect. over the course of a single day.

I made this Full Moon playlist before I (late to the party) watched this music video by St. Vincent, which I later added to the mix. How she captures what it feels like to grieve in a city that refuses to slow down, refuses to dull, and how isolating that can feel, even when surrounded by millions of other...

August 13, 2017

Author’s note: I started writing this post before Charlottesville, and it was intended for publication later this week, but in light of recent events it felt important to offer strategies for healing/self-care for those who are hurting right now. The entire purpose of Mercury Mermaid is to provide a community of support and healing, so feel free to please reach out if you are feeling in need of those things at this time.

TW: sexual assault, rape

When I was 14, I went to an overnight party with my...

August 6, 2017

For a very long time as an adolescent/young adult, I was petrified of water. Part of this I attribute to the fact that growing up in upstate NY when I was in middle and high school, several kids I knew drowned in watering holes, or suffered head injuries due to falling off of cliffs. But I think it was bigger than that. A dark, murky lake, swimming with unseen creatures. Their teeth and their scales. The unknown depth of the local reservoir, under the bridge.

Change and newness and the unknown ar...

August 3, 2017

Hey mermaids and babes,

Last week I woke up on Monday feeling intensely ill. You know that summertime flu that hits you with a sore throat, sinus infection, nausea, and fever all at once? I always feel guilty taking off work (#capricornproblems), especially at a new job where I am trying to impress everyone by being the supercompetent newbie, but this whatevervirus knocked me on my ass for an entire week. I holed up in my apartment, sweat out my fevers, drank tea with lemon, drank gallons of wate...