Today is the International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so, first and foremost, arrrh!
This said, I was reflecting yesterday that I still haven’t written a story about pirates. Which is a damn shame.
On the other hand, then I think about William Hope Hodgson’s stories of ghostly pirates, or Tim Power’s wonderful On Stranger Tides1, or George MacDonald Fraser’s masterfully silly but historically sound The Pyrates, or Michael Scott Rohan’s Spiral of Worlds stories, and I realise I’d be facing some pretty harsh competition.
And I did not mention the sacred name of Rafael Sabatini.
By the way, is there any good recent pirate-based fantasy story you would suggest?
I need to update my reading list.
But I was saying…
I have this outline, sleeping here on my hard disk – a pirate story set in the sky of late 17th century Monferrato, while on the ground rages the first of the many wars that, for the following 100 years, used these hills where I live as the main venue.
A swashbuckling historical fantasy work featuring flying ships, Egyptian relics, monsters and yes, pirates.
And so I said to myself that right now I have too much on my plate, but through the winter, I might as well try and write it, and then see what happens.
I could plot it like your standard fantasy trilogy. I just need good covers…
Don’t hold your breath, but it might be coming in 2017.
In the meantime, talk like pirates! Arrrh!
- please forget about the wreck of a movie they supposedly based on it ↩