Oh my goodness, it’s 1:30 pm.  When did this happen?

Yes, folks, Summer Vacation has begun.  (This is why we suffer the difficulties of working in education.  Granted, it’s an unpaid vacation, but it is a large block of time in which to pursue other interests.  Litblogging, for example.)

I’d like to remind you of my Pirate Reading Challenge.

The original post is here, and the post where I introduce myself as Captain Anne Scarlett is here.

The rules are simple:
1. The challenge begins June 12, 2007 and lasts until September 19, 2007. There be significance to these dates: durin’ the week o’ June 10 in 1718 Blackbeard ran aground his ship Queen Anne’s Revenge.  September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

2. The goal be to read books about pirates. Set your own goal for how many pirate books you’d like to read. (I recommend 3 as a minimum; I meself will probably try for 14 or so.)

3. The books can be any level, fiction or nonfiction. The only requirement be that they be about pirates.

4. As you finish the books, review them.

5. Your final summary should be posted in Pirate Speak (thar’s an English to Pirate translator here) on September 19, and include links to your reviews o’ pirate books.

6. Sign your name to the ship’s articles in the comments to the original post.

I haven’t started reading my pirate books yet.  I’m currently working on the first of my books to review for The Edge of the Forest; I have some training for work Friday.  I will probably finish my current audiobook (Celia Rees’s Pirates!) on the drive to the training, and then hit the library on the way home to pick up Treasure Island.  After that, my next pirate selections will probably be Capt. Hook and Pirate Island, because I own both of them.  Then, I’ll probably start in on Bloody Jack, as it’s been recommended to me multiple times.  

My goal is 14 Pirate Books.  What about yours?

Welcome, me hearties!  I be Captain Anne Scarlett, also known as Mermaid Jane, and this be my ship, Melusine.  I’d like ya to be joinin’ me in the Pirate Reading Challenge.  Here be the rules:

1. The challenge begins June 12, 2007 and lasts until September 19, 2007. There be significance to these dates: durin’ the week o’ June 10 in 1718 Blackbeard ran aground his ship Queen Anne’s Revenge.  September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

2. The goal be to read books about pirates. Set your own goal for how many pirate books you’d like to read. (I recommend 3 as a minimum; I meself will probably try for 14 or so.)

3. The books can be any level, fiction or nonfiction. The only requirement be that they be about pirates.

4. As you finish the books, review them.

5. Your final summary should be posted in Pirate Speak (thar’s an English to Pirate translator here) on September 19, and include links to your reviews o’ pirate books.

6. Sign your name to the ship’s articles in the comments to the original post.

THE BASIC RULES:
1. The challenge begins June 12, 2007 and lasts until September 19, 2007. There be significance to these dates: durin’ the week o’ June 10 in 1718 Blackbeard ran aground his ship Queen Anne’s Revenge.  September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

2. The goal be to read books about pirates. Set your own goal for how many pirate books you’d like to read. (I recommend 3 as a minimum; I meself will probably try for 14 or so.)

3. The books can be any level, fiction or nonfiction. The only requirement be that they be about pirates.

4. As you finish the books, review them.

5. Your final summary should be posted in Pirate Speak (thar’s an English to Pirate translator here) on September 19, and include links to your reviews o’ pirate books.

6. Sign your name to the ship’s articles in the comments to this post.

MORE ADVANCED OPTIONS:

1. Give yourself a pirate name. If you can’t come up with your own, here’s a link to some name generators.

2. Name your pirate ship.

3. Hoist your colours! Create your own pirate flag.

4. Go around tellin’ people you’re a “Bookaneer.” (Many thanks to Pirates & Privateers for this word.)

5. Write all your reviews in Pirate Speak.

RESOURCES:
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
The Bookaneer
Pirate Flags
Pirate Books