Tall Ship: Brigantine

Brigantines are one of my favorite tall ships! They have two-masts with square rigging on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigging on the mainmast. And its gaff-rigged mainsail distinguishes it from the completely square-rigged brig. A typical brigantine in the 18th century displaced 100 tons, were 65-80 feet long, held 8-10 guns, and carried a crew … Continue reading Tall Ship: Brigantine

Ah Puch, God of Death, Darkness, and Disaster

Mayan Name: Ah Puch; Ahal Puh; God A; Cizin; Yum Cimil Aztec Equivalent: Michlantecuhtli Associated Animal: Owl or dog Role: Death, Disease, Disasters, War, Childbirth, and Beginnings Ah Puch is one of many names associated with the god of death in Mayan religion. He is the ruler of Metnal (Xibalba), the Mayan underworld. To the … Continue reading Ah Puch, God of Death, Darkness, and Disaster

{Happy New Year} A 2018 Sum Up and Goals for 2019

Happy New Year to All My Readers!   Hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year. 2018 had been rough (both physically and mentally), especially toward the end of the year. But several good things have come of it as well. Completed in 2018: Read 24 Books: Between all the non-fiction reference books, fiction novels, … Continue reading {Happy New Year} A 2018 Sum Up and Goals for 2019

This Year’s NaNoWriMo Project

It’s the start of the National Novel Writing Month. This is my 3rd year participating, but it is the first year I’m actually writing a first draft. Usually, I’m either revising or editing. The WIP I’ll be working on is titled Bly. It’s about an American witch who moves to England to get away from … Continue reading This Year’s NaNoWriMo Project

Celebrating 5 Years of Publishing

I’m one for celebrating milestones—even the little milestones. I celebrated the day I signed with an agent (as brief as a time that was), the end of each project or novel, the number of blog posts I’ve written, and the number of followers I reach on different social media. But this milestone snuck up on … Continue reading Celebrating 5 Years of Publishing

Writing Update: Dark Reflections

I’m happy to announce that I have finally finished the rough draft of Dark Reflections! There are still several stages to complete before saying it is ready for publishing, but the first and most important step has been completed. The rough draft is 224 pages, 103,671 works. The screen prints below show the statistics from … Continue reading Writing Update: Dark Reflections

Pirate Profile: Anne Bonny

Name: Anne Bonny (Anne Cormac) Birth Year: 1698 Birth Location: Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland Year of Death: 1782? Location of Death: Charles Towne, S.C. *Note: Much of what we know about several pirates’ lives, including Anne Bonny’s, come from the 1724 text General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates by … Continue reading Pirate Profile: Anne Bonny