Since I'm the night-owl here, I guess I'll try this and see if it works. I've never posted to a community before, so this might not work, but fuck it. (Yeah, folks, I am pretty much NSFW all the time). I would have posted sooner, but I was finishing a chapter. The one downside to being a professional writer is that you have to write every day - tired, sick, not in the mood, whatever. Today I have been kind of tired, but that's because starting a new gaming campaign has put my creative energies into serious debt, and I have been tired for weeks now.
Anyway, I am excited to be a part of this anthology. I've never been in an 'erotic' anothology before (I tend to use the word 'porn' more often), but when I heard 'pirates" I was all over that shit. I mean - what is sexier than pirates? (Naked girl pirates I suppose.) I once found a scrap of paper on which I had apparently written "Teenaged Super-Pirates" at some point - I had no memory of doing it. I showed it to my wife and said "I have no idea what this means" and her response was "Well, make it mean something RIGHT NOW!"
What is sexy about pirates? I think it's the idea of freedom, of people living beyond any and all rules, going where they want, dressing however they like, and of course doing whatever they want with their helpless captives. The essence of sexy is, after all, the interplay of power and powerlessness, the shifting balances and allegiances and connections that make sex more than just friction. A pirate is free but often has nothing, wields the powers of life and death but lives under a sentence of death if they are caught - they are predators and victims, masters and prisoners, rich one day and poor the next. They are never dull.
Plus they dress *really* sharp.
I agree entirely with Paul about the outlaw appeal of pirates, with one quibble--for me, the only things sexier than pirates in general are girl pirates, whether naked or clothed (and really, chain mail bikinis don't go well with the pirate life.)
I did go for a variation on the outlaw theme, though, making my East Asian woman pirates take sides with China in the days leading up to WWII (and not just because their captain had a crush on Madame Chiang kai-Shek.) Pirates taking sides in wars has not been unusual throughout history, and sometimes the difference between pirates and privateers was largely in the eye of the beholder.
My research for "The Pirate from the Sky" was deeply interesting, and I'll come back later to expound on it. Right now, I have to get back to cleaning up my NH cabin that was flooded during Hurricane Irene. Makes the life of a pirate seem appealing by contrast. Oh, wait, pirates probably had more trouble with hurricanes than most folks on land, so there's that.
See you in a bit.
Scoundrels and rogues have such appeal, don't they? I know I can't resist a good one. Err. A well drawn character of this sort. The pirate ranks often hold the best scoundrels--fictional and otherwise.
My Like a Treasure Found story tackles PIRATES IN SPAAAACE (spaaace spaace space). "A Shelter From All Storms" finds a journalist joining the crew of the infamous pirate vessel Gethsemane, to understand why her captain went from being a decorated war hero (and veritable poster child for the military) to the scourge of the space lanes. While this premise offered the potential for space opera adventure, the story is less interested in the business of actual piracy than in the making of a pirate. Like many of my stories, the characters stole my attention for a time. I hope they will do the same for you!
Now, who are some of your favorite pirates, rogues and scoundrels? I'm always on the look out for some entertaining characters to geek out over and nonfiction folks to read about. Feel free to offer some up!
To get the ball rolling, I'll turn to manga and anime. I am an unabashed manga lover. Anime is also one of my many, many (sometimes guilty) pleasures, so I thought I would suggest both the books and many series surrounding Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Harlock is pretty much a romantic hero type--complete with an eyepatch, a nasty facial scar and quite a bit of heart--but this is truly epic storytelling! Yes, epic! How else can I describe a storyline where even something as small as a stolen satchel of gold can rouse ancient gods to threaten the universe? Each Harlock incarnation offers treats that continue to haunt me . . .
A personal favorite from this vast cycle of books and series is the anime spin-off series about Pirate Queen Emeraldas. Note: I make no claims that it's actually the best; it's just something I enjoy the most (an important distinction). This short lived series offers a weird blend of westerns and pirate stories set across a delightful interstellar backdrop. I still have a wall scroll of Emeraldas herself, which I proudly refuse to ever consider getting rid of. I heart that character!
How about you, readers?
Note to self: write a more interesting bio, wow, was mine dull compared to everyone else's!
Moving on... Daniel, my story in this anthology was originally written for a girl-pretending-to-be-a-boy anthology that rejected it, so when I saw the call for a pirate anthology with Circlet, I dusted it off, tidied it up, and sent it in. Very excited to have been accepted by Circlet - I don't know if other authors do this, but I have a list of places I want to get published, and crossing Circlet off was very exciting.
Anyway, Daniel is your classic girl dresses as boy to escape tale... excpet that she's escaping because she was caught doing magic, and she ends up sleeping with a girl, not marrying a rich man, so maybe not that classic! Whatever, girls in boys clothes, especially pirate girls, totally do it for me.
So, question: favourite pirate book? Favourite pirate movie?
I'll start by confessing to loving the Pirates of the Caribbean films - what can I say, Keira Knightley as a pirate, and Johnny Depp as a very camp pirate, I'm easy!