Posted by: Phil Anderson | January 27, 2013

Pirates and Bullies

I have some very exciting news this week, but I’ll wait until the end of this week’s blog to reveal it. Before I get to that I’d like to share an excerpt from something I’ve been working on for a long time.

Pirate Journey is a novel I wrote several years ago. Pirates are fascinating characters, swashbuckling seafarers having daring adventures on the high seas. They’ve been romanticized. I’m a big fan of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie series starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Even Disney Junior has a preschool show called Jake and the Never Land Pirates, which shows pirates as fun and harmless. But that’s not what pirates were really like. A pirate, by definition, is a criminal. He’s a bully who takes advantage of others. The juxtaposition of a seventeenth-century pirate and a modern-day bully rolled around in my head for a while and became the basis of my first novel.

Dave Adams is the bully. He’s a young man in need of direction in his life. One day, while cleaning his grandma’s attic, he finds a mysterious bundle wrapped in brown paper and tied with a string.

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The package was done up very neatly and carefully. Dave forgot about his problems and tried to imagine what was in the brown paper wrapping. He carefully untied the string and pulled back the paper, trying not to tear it. Inside was a very, very old book.

Its covers were thick, and wrapped in real leather, and when Dave opened them, he saw that they were fastened with leather straps. The type was strange: sometimes the letter “s” was printed like an “f,” and every “u” looked like a “v.” Most of the words were spelled strangely, too. Dave read the first line:


“Good work, Davey. The sail’s fast, and our job’s done.”

Dave looked around in surprise at the man who had spoken. They were outdoors, surrounded by blue sky, about twenty feet above the wooden deck of a three-masted sailing ship. There were four other sailors with them, all standing on a horizontal rope and leaning against the yardarm on the tallest mast, the one in the middle. The wind blew, tousling Dave’s hair, and at their feet, the mainsail billowed. The ship was pulling away from a pier in a busy harbor where many other ships were moored. A seagull screeched as it soared past, and Dave could smell the salty air as they put to sea. Far below, on the deck, Dave saw other sailors walking about, pulling ropes and generally looking busy.

Where am I? How did I get here? Dave wondered, realizing he was no longer in Grandma’s attic. And more important, how do I get down?

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What follows is a journey of adventure and self-discovery. Dave alternates between two worlds, living one life on a sailing ship and another in high school.

And now comes the exciting news. If you’d like to read the rest of this story, Pirate Journey is available here on Amazon in both print and Kindle e-book editions. Let me know what you think of it, either by posting a comment here or leaving a review on Amazon. I hope you like it, and share it with friends who might enjoy it too.

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  1. I am enjoying your blog. I look forward to reading your book!

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