From A to Z Blogging Challenge: P is for Pirates

Blogging from A to Z April 2017 Challenge

For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic  starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.


P bloggingP is for Pirates

What is our fascination with pirates? Kids love pirates, for sure. Pirate play sets, books, and costumes never go out of style. For my oldest son’s fourth birthday a decade ago, I hosted a pirate party in our back yard in which the kids dug for buried treasure, crafted parrots to perch on their shoulders, played Pin the X on the Treasure Map, and pummeled a papier-mâché pirate piñata. (Ask me if I had the will to host anything so elaborate for any of the children that followed. The answer is no.)

Pirates turn up at the door every Halloween, children and adults. Then there is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19). Not to mention, my favorite baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In Rightfully Ours, Rachel’s younger brother, James, loves to play pirates. He’s found placing X’s in undesirable places, walking makeshift planks, and brandishing a play sword. Of course, a real pirate, more or less, turns up later in the story, intent on thievery.

What do you think is the romanticized historical pirates’ appeal, despite their criminal history?


A is for Algebra.

B is for Baking.

C is for Chastity.

D is for Doodling.

E is for Ectopic Pregnancy.

F is for Fracking.

G is for Gold.

H is for Hot Chocolate.

I is for iPodPlaylist.

J is for Jekyll and Hyde.

K is for Karst.

L is for Lentils.

M is for Medals.

N is for NaNoWriMo.

O is for Orchard.


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14 thoughts on “From A to Z Blogging Challenge: P is for Pirates

  1. Johnny Depp has, of course, re-romanticized the pirate, but it is a fascination we’ve had for centuries. Maybe it’s the fact they do what they want? They live for adventure? They get to swab the poop deck!

  2. I agree with Geraint’s comment about Johnny Depp’s contribution to the pirate romanticism. However, I think there is lots that is built into the big picture: adventures, adventures on the high seas, treasure, mystery, outlaw, that bad boy image of rough, tough, fearless, and powerful, dark heroes, as well as the history that comes built into pirate. They are fascinating. Are pirates an archetype, do you think?

    Stopping by from A to Z: P for Princesses
    Shari

  3. The swash, the buckle, the heart of gold hidden in a treasure chest (or under a tough exterior take your pick). What’s not to like? And who doesn’t like brandishing a sword?

  4. I’ve never understood why the pirate thing is so romanticized. Perhaps old movies contributed to our modern take on them too. Errol Flynn, swashbuckling, long sleeved lacy and ruffled shirts, lol, are surely all contributing factors. 🙂

    My “theme” – A Thirty-Word Story, revealing one word of the story each day of the challenge.
    #AtoZChallenge The Letter S

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