Welcome to Raging Gail, a sea tale in serial form. From time to time, in addition to the main tale, I may throw a comment or two here as needed or warranted. The main purpose of this blog is going to be comments that should tie in with the telling of this tale. If you need discussion of larger topics, there are better folk than I for that.As for Gail setting sail, I had an idea for a sea tale that just would not shove off until it was spun. It’s one of those stories you sometimes start with and just can’t walk away from. The more you consider it the more you get involved with it. This is the kind of writing that you hope for when you put words together, what writing is supposed to be, doing it for the love of the craft itself.
As for the format for the tale… well, that required more brains than heart. When it came time to figure out how to share the story, I looked at how best to provide an old-fashioned sea tale to a modern audience. Say what you will about our society, good or bad, we don’t always have time to read new stuff, especially older-sounding new stuff.
It hit me when I was surfing the Web reading some regular webcomics how to present it: serialization. In the old days, some writers would sell bits of their novels on a weekly basis to magazines, with such works as Varney the Vampire and Great Expectations pulling eyeballs to the stands regularly. And all the while I was trying to figure out how to proceed, I found inspiration in the webcomic business model; like Rymer and Dickens, here were creators going directly to their audience on a regular schedule with ongoing stories. What’s not to be inspired by here?
As I start, I want to give credit where it’s due to a Special Person, my wife Susan. In addition to her love and support, I also have to thank her giving my work a look before I make a damned fool of myself. So when what’s published there is brilliant, I have her to thank; when it’s guano, I deserve all the broadsides for that alone.
I hope that you will all enjoy this effort at an old-time tale via a newer means of delivery, and invite you all to read further the tale of Captain Sanders, her hostage Hope and the rest of the crew of the ship the Raging Gale as they raid the Spanish Main and come to face challenges from within greater than anything the Spanish can set to sea against them.
And yes, there is a reason why the tale is spelled “Raging Gail.” I ask only your patience on this…
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