Going on the Account: Give Him A Few Points for That!

I saw this morning the latest installment of Aaron Williams’ Full Frontal Nerdity.  Boy, did I really need a good joke right now, and the punchline really hit me in the right spot.

 

As you’ve probably surmised from reading the blogroll early on, yes, I spent a lot of time with RPGs when I was younger.  (Why not now?  With everyone moving to MMOs and most apartments in New York not big enough to host many groups, well…)  I still have my moments, finding my way down to my old gaming store the Complete Strategist now and then; much like the sea herself, gaming can get into the blood and never really leave it…

 

Still, if there’s anyone out there within a commutable distance that wants to run a session of the game Aaron’s characters are going to try, we’ll talk…

Going on the Account: Stranger Tides, Indeed!

Today, the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides went online.

 

I gotta say, I’m less wary of the film than I was hearing about it during production.  Ian McShane’s Blackbeard looks a lot better than I imagined he would look, Penelope Cruz’s character fits the bill as far as expectations for a swashbuckling woman go, and Keith Richards is back, which is kind of a plus…

 

And yeah, they kept that actor from the first few in it too, Johnny-whatzit…

 

Joke, I kid!  Depp looks like he’s vamping it up royally.  Yes, I said “vamping,” as he himself did…

 

My one big-ish issue is in the end credits, where they state the film is “Suggested by the Novel by Tim Powers.”  Frankly, I think Power’s book is in danger of getting short shrift here.  I’d be less inclined to gripe if the movie makes the folks at Disney or another studio more likely to bring The Anubis Gates to the screen;  hopefully that process won’t be like checking into the Hotel Earle to write for Capitol Pictures…

 

Still, come May 20th, we’ll see how the tide goes then!

Going on the Account: All Hail Capitan [YOURNAMEHERE]!

I got word of this work, called Pirates of Desire, a pirate tale that is co-authored by… you!

 

Made available through a outfit called Romance By You, part of a line offered by Books By You Publishing, this looks to be the continuation of the whole “insert name in text in books on demand” trend I remember as a kid that’s turned into the personalized books business.  A quick Google search found lots of references, good and otherwise, to this field and how wide it’s gotten.

 

And while the vast majority of opportunities are still geared towards kids, the fact that there’s a whole line of books along the lines of Pirates of Desire means that some of the first readers have definitely grown up…

 

What’s interesting about the Romance by You line is how they have all these options to draw in what must be a large enough audience to justify having enough text for you to insert place your name into the tome.  They have offerings for people who want to imagine themselves with vampires, werewolves, doctors, race car drivers…

…and pirates.  Which means there’s still interest in the Sweet Trade, I guess…

 

So there’s now a chance for there to be a story of a tough woman on the high seas with your name getting romantically involved with a dashing buccaneer with a name of your choosing.

 

Well, there goes my career…

 

 

I mean sure, if you have wishes of projecting yourself into another realm through words, and not a lot of time to plot, research or write, then this quick and dirty expedient method may be for you.  And I suppose if you didn’t want to get into the whole craft-versus-production debate, then this wouldn’t be an issue.

 

Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to offer this as a gift to my beloved.  I could just see me handing the tome to Susan, her eyes going over the title…

…and saying, “I gotta read more f’n’ pirates?” without a single twinge of irony…

Going on the Account: Speaking of Upcoming Endings…

I got word of this article concerning the end of the run of Brenda Starr, Reporter.  Her last strip will be run on January 2nd, shortly after this novel closes.

 

What makes this piece of news of interest is this fact about Dale Messick’s first effort at breaking into comic strips:

 

“A first submission [to the comic syndicates], centered on a female pirate, was rejected.  But Messick rallied with star reporter Brenda, the definition of a career-woman even before that term came into vogue.”

 

So in other words, Messick could have had a red-headed she pirate sailing the seas as of 1940, and Tribune Media could have slapped me down silly for infringing on their work!

 

I am so glad I dropped that character with the eye patch before I got under sail…

Going on the Account: Still With Us?

Yes, the novel is coming to a close, even as piracy out of Somalia is still as strong as ever, their attacks raging as far as a few hundred miles off the coast of India and forcing Puntland to form an anti-piracy force despite the UN’s disapproval.

Despite Will Roger’s contention that some days all you need to do is just read the paper, I will be showing up to write some more.  As promised, there will be pirates; beyond that, check your expectations…