I’m finally done with the fallout from last year’s Hurricane Matthew and am back to writing again.  After the new roof was (finally) finished on the house earlier this year we started work on the inside. Ceilings re-done, walls fixed, and the whole house interior painted.  Of course, things couldn’t stop there so we re-did the kitchen with new appliances and replaced the windows with hurricane-proof ones (the balcony doors are hurricane-proof french doors).  While on a roll, I then went and rearranged and painted the studio.  In this time frame we also replaced the water heaters in both places (the one at the house failed on Easter Sunday, the one in the studio was preemptively replaced since it was old).  Whew!

Anyhow, I’m all set up again at the studio and am organizing the scribbles and notes I made over these past months and now have several books outlined, so I imagine there will be one or two finished before year end.  I’ve also set up the recording equipment I purchased at the end of last year and plan to try my hand (or voice) at recording my first audio-book shortly.

My focus going forward is continuing to write about the pirates who inhabited these islands almost 300 years ago.   Fascinating details have emerged from my research which puts several of the characters in a new light.  For instance, some of them were organizing a Jacobite fleet to join with other supporters of the Stuart line to attack England in an attempt overthrow King George.   This was probably the real reason behind Blackbeard (Edward Thatch) being considered such a threat and so quickly targeted and eliminated by naval forces.

It is also clear that it wasn’t the tea tax that ticked off the American colonists, it was the attempted British tax on rum; so much so that the pirates of the Bahamas were hired to smuggle it.  Then, when rum manufacturing began in the American colonies, these same pirates ran molasses, the raw ingredient in rum, from French Martinique.  This was a dangerous occupation because Britain and France were at war, meaning that the American colonists were trading with the enemy.  If either the British or the French navy intercepted these ships, all aboard would be immediately hanged.  And on top of that they also had the Spanish navy to deal with.  In spite of these hazards, however, the molasses continued to flow and rum ended up becoming a critical part of the colonial economy.

Lots more to come.