Pirates Ahoy!

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This brief post is a warm salute to that anomaly among pirate captains, Jack Sparrow.  Wallie and I saw the new film and we simply do not know where all those bad reviews come from! This is, at any rate, a brief sketch with words to that rare fellow what makes pirating a vocation, vacation, and an explosion.

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He was not, perhaps, prepossessing: diminutive and small-boned: but there was something striking in his easy, careless posture as he leaned at the ship’s rail, and there was something of the captain in the way his dark eyes rested on the open sea. Continue reading

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How to Write Muggles Part 2

The final part of our two-part study:

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‘Miss Graves.’

Jenny hesitated. She turned.

Mr. Thrush met her curious gaze. There was strange warmth in his own.

‘I know you do not like me,’ he said, ‘and I don’t ask that you do—but I would be grateful if you could tell me why.’

‘For no reason,’ she said—and flushed. ‘It’s not that—not that I don’t like—’

‘I have no magic,’ he said. ‘Is that it?’

Her face burned.

‘May I show you something, Miss Graves?’

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