As happens to any good privateer, no venture can be carried out without having to answer the basic question, “So when do we get paid?” Even the most patriotic nationalist among them would still keep an eye on the bottom line, looking to maximize their cut in any way they could. And of course, every out-and-out pirate would have a profit motive behind all of his (or her!) actions.
(This thought, it should be noted, could be the basis of a longer and more serious piece about pirates and how they thought and carried themselves, and how their world view came to define attitudes in the New World that ultimately shaped the American mind and culture… Now where’s that scratch pad? Hmmm…)
In any event, the reason for this rambling is to announce the Ship’s Stores at CafePress. I have to thank those folk who kept telling me they thought the logo I designed was cool. After thinking, “Gee, I must have done something good,” the next thought was, “Hey, there might be a buck in this…”
The white rose and skull on a red field can now be yours on a t-shirt, a hat, a coaster, a button, a mug, a clock, a tote bag, and worn proudly by a teddy bear. If there’s something you want to see available through the store, feel free to drop me a line her and I can add it for purchase. And no, none of these things are going to show up in the novel; I may have many sick and twisted ideas, but I draw the line at product placement!