(Yeah, I know, the title kind of gleans off the Marco Polo title...but it fits. :)
After an unusual pirate voyage, Jeffrey & a wounded Bogg land in 1814 Massachusetts and meet two young women who are on guard against a British invasion of their coastal town, Scituate. Bogg is unfit to voyage yet and they are forced to stay in a green zone and help the situation.
I really enjoyed getting back to brass tacks with this Voyagers! story. I originally posted it over a week ago, so it's still fairly newish. It's only six-chapters (Vs. my usual 9-20 chapter 'epics!') and still manages to cram a little bit o' everything, as Voyagers rightly should. And I like to think it plays out like a full episode of the series...perhaps...gasp! A two-parter. That's something I think The Trial of Phineas Bogg could have been! Then we could have seen more of Voyagers Headquarters and the relationship between Bogg and Susan...wouldn't a flashback of Bogg's antics in school have been terrific?
The first half—(as I explain in Chapter 1)—was originally set to be part of a sequel to 'The Origins of Phineas Bogg' but that story just refused to take shape. So I did some re-writes here and there and just mentioned 'Origins' a bit as a cross-reference. Sometimes it's very hard to go back to a story or series once you leave it, but in my case I have a few flapping in the wind that I would very much love to finish and continue with.
I've actually been amassing a bunch of historical research and characters for little stories these last few months, but it's finding the time and drama free frame-of-mind to actually write them that's a kill joy.
As Katherine Hepburn once said—"Life is hard...after all it kills you!"
Anyway, as per my usual modus operandi, I posted some pictures below of how I envisioned the main characters. It's something I just can't help doing. I would give this advice to any writer. It really assists in conjuring the descriptions and seeing the characters in the mind's eye—the way they walk and talk, their body language, quirks...etc—It's a great aid for creating 3-dimensional characters, rather than non-descript people without a face!
I should add..that this is more or less for ORIGINAL characters. With Voyagers! you are often able to research and find a photograph or a painting that can give you some semblance of the historical figure. In the case of this story, I couldn't find anyone except Sam Burgess. So using an old drawing from my reference book and my imagination, I picked my faces.
Bogg and Jeff! (As if you'd need a reference...well here it is anyway. These screencaptures of them are particularly adorable. :D
Pirate Samuel Burgess:
Captain Simeon Bates