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Pirates on Wattpad: A Little R & R (Rum and Rowdiness) in the Golden Age of Piracy

24 Sep

My first novel, Quintspinner, is set in the 1700’s and true-to-life pirates figure predominantly in the story. When I am asked to give author talks, one of the audiences’ favorite parts is when I speak of juicy little tidbits and gnarly bits of details concerning life back then. It certainly wasn’t for sissies! And today, I am a featured author on Wattpad with a blog post over there about “grog”, the infamous drink of pirates and sailors alike. Drop by there and have a read, why doncha? You’ll find plenty of top-notch stories to read there ( ahem, mine’s there too) and they’re all FREE!! Give it a look on this gorgeous autumn day. Right here:


Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19th

18 Sep

Well, in honor of the theme of Quintspinner and Deadly Misfortune I’m going to depart from my usual Chapter preview (Don’t worry! The next installment will be coming later this week – check back for that on Friday). TK McEachin, author and host of Blogtalk radio, ( ) brought it to my attention that September 19th is “Talk Like A Pirate” day.

Really. I kid you not. How cool is that? And a couple of fellows ( the originators) have a great site just bursting with pirate talk. Check it out here: .

My own library is bursting with reference books on pirates, ships,  and lifestyles in the 1700’s. And so, here’s a practical list of piratical terms and phrases for you to use all day long. Enjoy!

  1. “I’m all seized over with joy at seeing your friendly physiognomy again.” (Greeting as in “I’m happy to see you”.) (Wouldn’t you just love to sound this intelligent first thing in the morning?)
  2. “Stand by to go about.” (Wait just a minute.)
  3. “Get windward of it.” (Be careful.)
  4. “Scupper this.” (Get rid of this.)
  5. “Arrgh.” (“Yes.”  any affirmative.)
  6. “Fer the moment, ye be a pestiferous boil.” (You’re annoying me.)
  7. “What maggot be burying under your periwig” (What’s wrong?)
  8. “Fair wind and a quick eye to you.” (Good luck)
  9. “There’s one whats fond, feckless, and fishbait to boot.” (That one’s useless.)
  10. “May ye have soft repose and pleasant dreams.” (Good night.)

Now how easy is THAT to be bilingual for a day?

I just wanna be a Pirate!

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