My Current Project – The Pirate Story

With the holidays just about over, I am on to my next project, which I have mentioned here before. I am currently working on a short story that I hope to submit to Shimmer magazine for their Pirate themed issue. Well, I finally have a pretty strong idea (in my mind) for my story and some decent notes about certain scenes I can see happening in the story. I even have a rough idea how I want it to end, which is more than I usually have before beginning a story. I’m even doing research on this one, though in my defense it is kinda tough to do much serious research on Santa’s elves. I’ve also been reading Treasure Island, which has been excellent so far and sparked a few ideas in my mind.

I will try to detail my struggles and hopefully successes on this blog as I come across them. If the story doesn’t get accepted by Shimmer, I will be sure to post it here. This one again will probably fall in the humor category, though I initially wanted to write a more serious piece. After reviewing their What we want page, I decided to stick with my strengths and make this one funny, but rest assured it won’t be as silly as We Are Santa’s Elves.

So, any resources you all can think of about Pirates would be appreciated (online resources preferable). Anyone else have an interesting work in progress?

5 thoughts on “My Current Project – The Pirate Story

  1. I read that part about you having scenes in your head and thought, “Scenes?”

    So, I went and read the guidelines again and noticed that there is a 5000 word limit. I had thought the word limit is 1500.

    That means I can write a very different story. Thank goodness.

    Good luck.

  2. Since the story you are writing is humorous, I’s suggest a visit to the McSweeney’s site called 826 Valencia. It is the original McSweeneys writing program for kids in San Francisco and its street appearance is as a Pirate Supply house. So they sell hooks and eye patches and such. But their website has some hilarious stuff. Check out the Pirate Code and the Journey of the Fishes Overland, for example.

    If you’re looking for more serious research materials, I can heartily recommend David Cordingly’s brilliant “Under the Black Flag,” as well as the classic “Pirates and Buccaneers of the Atlantic Coast,” by Edward Rowe Snow.” Also good, and much more interesting, are the pirate scenes in Neal Stephenson’s most recent trilogy that I always forget the name of but which begins with “Quicksilver” and ends with “The System of the World.” I learned a lot from that one, actually, and I think he lists his sources, but it is too cold for me to go into the basement and check, at the moment.

    I’m hoping to enter the contest, too, me hearties. Avast, ye!

  3. Good Luck.

    The only pirate resources I really know of of are the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I don’t know if that qualifies as serious research, but they are fun to watch, and who knows, they might provide some inspiration.

    Of course you could go the other way and talk about digital pirates sitting around in their damp basements bootlegging copies of yet to be released movies, but I’m sure that’s not what they’re after.

  4. Caveblogem, thanks for the information. I hope you get selected, too. If only I could go into The Matrix and read all those books and return before Jan 31.

    Lee, thanks for the well wishes. I am debating on whether of not to use the Pirates movies as “material”.

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