Friday, December 25, 2009
Several of my friends have wished for an actual book to hold in their hands as they are reading, and I can't blame them. I don't like reading online, either. So I have decided to go ahead and print it up through print-on-demand (POD) publishing. I've been able to purchase rights for a cover image and I've been laying out the book. Tentative price will be $16-17 for a royal version (slightly larger than a trade paperback). I am hoping to bring it out in January.
In other good news, I've been accepted for sail training aboard one of our local tall ships, and I'm very excited about it. I'll be working as a substitute teacher and in sail school on weekends. With luck I'll be spending the summer crewing the ship.
Looking back, I'm rather pleased that I never did sail one of the plastic boats they sell to individuals; I learned to sail aboard a traditional wooden sailboat and have sometimes given a hand on other wooden sailing vessels. I also once had a temp job as a reservation clerk for the same tall ship where I'll be crewing.
I'm immensely looking forward to it. I'm sure the things I learn will go along way towards enlivening future tales of the Pirates of the Narrow Seas.