|Posted by Marti Melville on November 29, 2013 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Indeed - keep a weathered eye on the horizon.
Come January 2014, Pirates will be returning to the entertainment industry. The advent of Black Sails heralds a new era in pirate-themed media. But Black Sails is nothing like Disney's POTC empire. No, this series due to air on STARZ brings a new flavor to the popular pirate genre. Dark, historical and edgy, Black Sails is sure to drive renewed interest in pirates.
My response? A hearty HUZZAH! Gone are the slap-stick and swashbuckling days of Errol Flynn and Disney. Enter the true feel of pirates - another testament to Kathryn and the Captain's days on board the Revenge. Dark history, nail-biting adventure and bloody survival stain the Caribbean in the 18th Century. Tall tales passed down from salty-dog to seafarer come to life in the Deja vu Chronicles.
Stay tuned, as Dark Sales darken the Caribbean and the Moon Omens illuminate shadowed deeds of pirates who sailed the Spanish Main with Captain Phillips, Kathryn and the crew of the Revenge.
Deja vu Chronicles: Midnight Omen, Silver Moon, Onyx Rising, Cutthroat's Omen: a Crimson Dawn.
|Posted by Marti Melville on November 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
For to have faith, is to have wings ~ Peter Pan
How many times do we fold up our wings with our lack of faith? Holding fast to the vision held deep within our hearts is not always an easy task. In fact, rarely do we even realize what that vision actually looks like for us. Finding stillness and moving deep within our souls is the only way to discover the path that leads to (as Mark calls it), the "Fire in the Gut" life course.
Whatever passion burns deep within - have the courage to believe in your own abilities and move ahead with that first terrifying step. I join you in your quest...
Whatever passion burns deep within - have the courage to believe in your own abilities and move ahead with that first terrifying step.
I join you in your quest...
|Posted by Marti Melville on October 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Is it true the Pirates of the Caribbean had RULES dictating just whose throat got slashed or which bleggard "danced the hempen jig?"
That was the discussion Kevin and I had this morning in Starbucks. We were writing the screenplay for Midnight Omen and came across a typical behavior found in most pirates on board the ship. (No discussion was had over their discussion once disembarked). Surprising as it may seem - and it was extremely surprising for Kevin - the pirates who sailed in the 18th century did, in fact follow a set of laws. These laws were drawn out and sanctioned by the entire crew.
The most notable pirate who first initiated these "rules", otherwise known as Articles, was no other than John Phillips (1721-1724). Designed to maintain an enforceable government process while on board the ship, the Articles were soon adopted and modified by many of the other pirates who sailed with their own ship and crew. These same articles are referenced verbatim in the Deja vu Chronicles (specifically, Midnight Omen Deja vu).
Thanks to Daniel Defoe who authored A General History of the Pyrates, these Articles drafted by Captain John Phillips have been preserved. Below is a copy of the same (http://www.online-literature.com/defoe/history-of-the-pyrates/18/)
The Articles on Board the Revenge.
1.Every Man shall obey civil Command; the Captain shall have one full Share and a half in all Prizes; the Master, Carpenter, Boatswain and Gunner shall have one Share and quarter.
2.If any Man shall offer to run away, or keep any Secret from the Company, he shall be marroon’d, with one Bottle of Powder, one Bottle of Water, one small Arm, and Shot.
3.If any Man shall steal any Thing in the Company, or game, to the Value of a Piece of Eight, he shall be marroon’d or shot.
4.If at any Time we should meet another Marrooner [that is, Pyrate,] that Man that shall sign his Articles without the Consent of our company, shall suffer such Punishment as the Captain and Company shall think fit.
5.That Man that shall strike another whilst these Articles are in force, shall receive Moses’s Law (that is, 40 Stripes lacking one) on the bare Back.
6.That Man that shall snap his Arms, or smoak Tobacco in the Hold, without a Cap to his Pipe, or carry a Candle lighted without a Lanthorn, shall suffer the same Punishment as in the former Article.
7.That Man that shall not keep his Arms clean, fit for an Engagement, or neglect his Business, shall be cut off from his Share, and suffer such other Punishment as the Captain and the Company shall think fit.
8.If any Man shall lose a Joint in time of an Engagement, shall have 400 Pieces of Eight; if a Limb, 800.
9.If at any time you meet with a prudent Woman, that Man that offers to meddle with her, without her Consent, shall suffer present Death.
|Posted by Marti Melville on January 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM||comments (1)|
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
(Irish Blessing given to me from William Traveller - January 2013)
|Posted by Marti Melville on March 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM||comments (1)|
"The Gods tied a red thread around every one of our ankles and attached it to all the people's whose lives we're destined to touch. This thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break" (Touch)
I really believe this is true. After 53 years of trying to figure it out, I recognize there is a plan for my life and people who are tied to it. What a tremendous sense of joy this brings, knowing those that cross the paths of our lifetime are meant to be there.
The realization that this same idea is the crux of the Deja vu series gave the "aha" moment to its author as she sat at her computer today putting together pieces of dialogue that would become the third novel in the series. Kathryn and the Captain are interwoven into each others' existence in many lifetimes. This simple truth brings such clarity to them each time they realize who one another is - the same is true when Kathryn recognizes Archer. The characters literally "see the light" - the light connecting them to each other (aka: the little red thread, as the Chinese proverb says).
I believe that the same clarity is available for all of us. If we just open our consciousness to what is, the small coincidences of life become meaningful. A wonderful study in Serendipity exists for us all...if we just allow ourself to be aware of that little red string...
|Posted by Marti Melville on March 11, 2012 at 3:40 AM||comments (0)|
It's nearly midnight and I cannot get my head out of the Caribbean - the 18th Century Caribbean. I recognize this "symptom" as the onset of another book waiting to be born. In fact, it already did...
Two weeks ago sitting in my favorite leather oversized chair, a fire burning brightly in the fireplace and my beagle lying at my feet I suddenly had the flood of words and sentances fill my head. The third book in the Deja vu series erupted in my mind. This happens every time I write. Almost, as if someone is dictating, the onslaught of text fills my mind and I have no option but to record it. Nearly as quickly as these sentances come into being, they are gone and I know the writing for that day is over. My mind, once racing with thoughts and ideas and phrases suddenly is blank.
This is a phenomenon not unusual for authors. I've heard (from a very good source) that Carol King's famous song, "You've Got a Friend" was given to her in the same way. The music and lyrics were provided to her and she wrote it down. What gifts her creations have been to so many of us raised in the '70's - thank heavens for her insight!
But really, the author is the tool - we listen, accept and regurgitate the images and thoughts (literally words and phrases in my case) sent to our heads. After a while of this, a novel is created. It's an amazing process - one that takes me back to a time long ago, a time of adventure and danger and piracy!
Oh history! What great gifts you give to those you beckon back into your grasp. A moment spent experiencing what must have been, to sail over the same crystal waters as the Revenge and wonder what traces lie deep beneath the surface - remnants of that mighty ship which passed along the same currents nearly four hundred years ago catches the breath of those who reminisce.
My hope is to bring a part of that "awe" that I feel as I sail over the Caribbean waters and ponder four hundred years earlier to you - the reader. My hope is also that you experience the same wonder and willingly share with me your love of history and Caribbean adventures over the high seas.
|Posted by Marti Melville on December 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
A paradigm shift and the Year of the Dragon blends as we move into the Age of Aquarius.
2011 was a rough year for me...and I'm not alone. So much anxiety with economy declines, loss, illness, traumatic events in the world, (I could go on). The earth itself groans under currents of change bringing about nature's calamities. Yes, 2011 was a tough one and I'm ready bid "adieu" to the last twelve months.
As the image of myself waving "good-bye" to 2011 flashes in my mind, I see the image pivot as the approaching year comes into view, ready to be greeted with celebration. Of course, that's what most will be doing on Saturday night, celebrating the arrival of 2012.
But what does that mean? What awaits us all in the 365 days of the approaching year? The answer lies with a dragon. It's the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac and true to its name, we can look forward to a year of ambition. Unafraid of challenges and ready to take risks, this year will be one displaying itself in grandeur. Success, passion and unbridled determination follow those who live under the sign of the Dragon and 2012 will be no exception.
Indeed, major changes are occurring even now all over the world, preparatory to moving into the progressive age ushered in by the Dragon, 2012. Vibrant and positive are the characteristics of this new age, a time sung about in the annals of the late 1960's - the Age of Aquarius.
Best described as a creative period, Eric Rankin defines the Age of Aquarius this way:
"...we are shifting away from old, fear based habits and imagining a whole new reality for ourselves - a reality based on hope rather than despair, of abundance rather than lack, of peace rather than war, of contentedness rather than yearning, and of connectedness rather than separation. We are awakening to the fact that a new era is upon us, and we have the ability to co-create the hopeful future we desire for ourselves and this planet."
Hope, creation, content, abundance and connections. These are the energies we will greet in 2012. Now is the time to begin. Now is the time to take up your creative genius and move ahead with that dream. Resources will present themselves to you as you open yourself up to the endless possibilities awaiting you in this new year. Let's face it with welcoming arms and move with grace into the powerful Year of the Dragon and the innovative Age of Aquarius!
|Posted by Marti Melville on December 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
"The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a pirate" (Bern Williams)
Truer words were never spoken and still remain so, "says I". Overwhelming interest continues to peak as discoveries are made of buried "treasure" undersea. Not all treasure is made of doubloons and jewels, as would divers and researchers agree. Recent discoveries of long-lost ships belonging to notorious pirates peak the curiosity of landlubbers such as myself.
With the excitement of a child, I find myself scanning articles and e-posts about archaeological finds that include Capt. Morgan's lost ship discovered in waters off of Panama (a fitting end to that pirate's plunder of the area and rather ironic really) and the Queen Anne's Revenge off the coast of North Carolina.
Just one month ago, I was contacted by the amazing researcher and underwater explorer, Mike Daniel who made that famous discovery in 1996. A brilliant historian, Mike engaged me with details and facts about finding the Q.A.R. and the project as it now stands. Our conversation drifted to other "finds" he has uncovered and those still waiting to be discovered. Images of the shipwreck flooded my mind as I listened to his account of seeing the majestic vessel for the first time, an image not seen in over three hundred years!
History lies waiting for us to stumble upon it, perhaps not so accidently. The magic of the discovery is ours to enjoy vicariously through the heroic efforts of men like Mike Daniel. It is this author's hope that we support efforts to research and discover artifacts, learning more about the rich history preceding this modern century by visiting websites such as Q.A.R. Found: http://www.qarfound.com/ and local maritime museums.
"Fair Winds in Yer Sails, Mate!" and thanks for bringing history to life, Mike Daniel and those who do the same.
|Posted by Marti Melville on May 11, 2011 at 12:31 PM||comments (0)|
Hoist th' colors, Matey! We be under full sail an' winds be fair as we make for th' Southr'n Coast!
This week begins my six month tour throughout the Southern US coast. I'm so excited to see new places, meet new people and share the magic of the Deja vu series as I visit Pirate Festivals and Book Signings from Texas through North Carolina.
Stay close to the site and watch for dates and locations. Of course, photos will follow which will be posted here in the Gallery and on Facebook. I hope to see some of you there! Feel free to "Contact Me" for details.
Fair Winds in yer sails mate ~
|Posted by Marti Melville on May 2, 2011 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
It's the first evening in May. News is broadcasting victory for the US and I am reposed on an oversized leather sofa watching Harry Potter. Without pause, my thoughts hover over the heros in life. So many individuals who move through our existence without thought of the sacrifice willingly given at a moment's call. I do not believe I possess that depth of courage. However, I do have sons who have been born warriors to fight both earthly and spiritual wars. I am proud of them, honor them and thank Father in Heaven daily for their safe return at the conclusion of their time of service.
Ron Weasly just pulled Harry Potter from an icy lake, rescuing his best friend. Perhaps that is the type of warrior I am...a rescuer. That has been my career as an ER nurse for more than a decade. But I believe it is those who surround me who have rescued me, supported and loved me through the years that are my heros. To those, loyal friends and family, I thank you and cherish our friendship today on this first day in May...a historic day. To the hero who stands beside me now, I thank you as well for having faith in who I am. To my warrior children, I am honored to be your mom.
And as I write of a heroine and her pirate, I embue upon your story a little of those traits that surround me in the heros in my life. How blessed you are Kathryn and your Captain.