July 16, 2021 - Pirates!

Friday, July 16, 2021

When I get stuck, it often helps to "fill the well" by reading or doing research. This morning I finished reading The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found. The Whydah was a pirate ship filled with merchant goods and treasure that sank off the coast of Cape Cod in 1710 during a storm. Many tried to find it—and the treasure, of course—but it was only in the 1980s that a modern-day treasure hunter was able to use a combination of historical research and technology to discover its location.

This book, which is technically YA, had some interesting information, both true and false, about pirates in general and this ship in particular. And, in comparing the history to my fictional scenario, I resolved a number of key points about the book. For one thing, I determined who the victim and the killer are in this mystery. I also remembered a character I introduced in an earlier book who can possibly play a large role in this one. And I noodled about other potential suspects.

After an auspicious start, I decided it was time to put some more work in on my map of Shipwreck Point. I'm still not nearly done, but I made good progress.

And finally, I spent an hour and a half searching for an image for the book cover. I'd like to have that done before I leave off this project and move on to "Return to Rainbow Ranch." But, as is quite usual, I couldn't find a photograph that matched the image I had in my head, so just flagged some that "might do."

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