Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jack Sparrow vs. Blackbeard on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

I always thought the character Jack Sparrow resembled Blackbeard--ahh … That is to say in fashion sense. But even Blackbeard had a similar quirky sense of humor.

In one tale about Blackbeard it stated while he was in his cabin drinking, he blew out a candle and drew his pistols, firing them aimlessly beneath a table and shot Israel Hands his sailing master in the knee. If he didn't kill one of them now and then, he said, "They would forget who he was."

I pulled up an old image of Blackbeard from Wikipedia and even his stance has a similarity to Jack Sparrow… Indeed interesting… 

Yes it’s a fact, I can’t wait to see the new movie; Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I can’t wait to see these two flamboyant characters Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard go head to head.

I love pirate stories; love to read about it, write about it and to watch it in the movies! Johnny Depp brings to life Jack Sparrow; I can’t imagine any actor playing the role.

While writing for Wikinut the first article I chose to write about was Blackbeard Unfortunately, I couldn’t work it in about the shooting incident in his cabin or the fact that he never made any prisoner walk the plank, but the facts I found and wrote about thickened my interest to write more articles about pirates.

It would be cruel not to end this post without a trailer to the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Enjoy me maties!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Keeping Up Appearances

By that I mean “social networking” it may sound easy but as a writer you’re delving into limited resources such as time to accomplish the goal. There’s no easy way around it and unfortunately, it’s a must in today’s competitive market.

You want your name out there so people (your readers) can get to know what you are about. They followed your blogs, tweets on Twitter, they corresponded with you on forums such as RT Book Reviews or RWA Online chapter or any number of forums. Or read your articles on sites such as Hubpages or Wikinut Your name becomes familiar and easier to spot in bookstores or wherever they choose to get a book.

Beside the time and energy it takes to put into networking, you’re selling yourself as an author and the reader will get a feel for your writing through the posts you submit. In this tough economic time, it’s hard to part with money, so the reader wants to make certain they find the most satisfying read for them. I like to think of it like matchmaking a reader to an author. Perhaps it’s the romantic side in me.

So pace yourself and always put your manuscript first; but when you have the chance interact with others and get to know your viewers; you never know you may just find a match and be put on someone’s must read list.