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Nautical Research for Seafaring Authors

by Melissa A. Joy How often have you read a book that involves topics you’re passionate about? I am not referring to a genre, but rather the themes and subjects involved. You may have  a particular interest in ancient history and mythology, modern warfare, or, in this case, the age of sail. I have a […]

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Posted in 2015 June, Digest0 Comments

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Female Pirates – Did they really exist?

Melissa A. Joy  The short answer is yes, and some of them were even fiercer than their male counterparts. Many of them tended to dress as and pass themselves off as men. Two of the most notable female pirates were Anne Bonney (also Bonny, 1698-1782, Irish), and Mary Read (1690-1721). Both were feminists well before […]

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Posted in 2015 June, Digest0 Comments

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Featured guest – Neal Litherland

Without doubt scene setting and world building is an ancient craft, consider Shakespeare’ s Twelfth Night. Why do you think other worldliness is so important to a fiction writer? The easy answer is that world building is the cornerstone of suspension of disbelief. Say you were watching a Western, and the bottles behind the bar […]

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Posted in 2015 April, Featured Guest0 Comments