I have been writing. In the last four months I have written fully formed drafts of four stories. These are all part of my Women of the Wind series. The first of these is on Ether books. If you have an iphone or an ipad, sign up with that wonderful new publisher, and download The Ocean is My Lover to read the astonishing story of Polynesian navigator Paintapu.
Now I’m working on the story of William Brown, black woman and captain of the foretop on His Majesty’s first rater, the Queen Charlotte during the first fifteen years of the nineteenth century. Bubbling nicely are the saga of Freydis, murderous Viking and Vinland pioneer and Jean Baret, first woman documented to have sailed right around the world. I have nearly finished the long tale of Mary Anne Patten, who at only 19 took command of her husband’s clipper ship when he fell ill just as they approached Cape Horn.
We are not going cruising this year, which is a sad decision to take. 2011 is our recession year, just as for so many others. In the meantime, here is a picture of our boat, Roaring Girl to remind us of what we are missing. This week, we’re having a lovely week with friends in France, but I ain’t blogging in French.