Latest Fanfic: Voyagers!: A Lighthouse army of two...and friends.

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Voyagers!: A Lighthouse army of two...and friends.

After an unusual pirate voyage, Jeffrey and a wounded Bogg land in 1814 Massachusetts and meet two young women who are on guard against a British invasion of their coastal town of Scituate. Bogg is unfit to voyage yet so they are forced to stay in a green zone and somehow help the situation without changing the real history.

I really enjoyed getting back to brass tacks with this Voyagers! story. It's only six-chapters – vs. my usual 9-20 chapter epics and it still manages to cram a little bit o' everything, as Voyagers rightly should. I'd 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" episode could've been! Then we'd 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? Or a Bogg and Susan kiss?

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. I did some re-writes here and there and just mentioned "Origins" as a cross-reference. Sometimes it's very hard to go back to a story or series after a few years, 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!"

That best portion of a good man's life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
I posted some pictures below of how I envisioned the main characters. It's something I can't help doing. I'd give this advice to any writer. It helps to see 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..pictures are more or less for original characters. With Voyagers! you can 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. These pics are particularly adorable. I usually get pictures that represent the emotions they'll come up against in the story.





Pirate Samuel Burgess:



Rebecca Bates



Abigail Bates



Captain Simeon Bates

Comments

  1. Ginger, I totally agree with you about the trial of Phineas Bogg, it easily could have been a two part episode,maybe even a cliff hanger since those were so poplar back then. I would have loved to know, what Bogg was like in school and who he might have been his buddies. This is a great story, and I really like who you picked for Captain Simeon Bates! Love the pic of Meeno he was so cute! EmilyW

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  2. Hi Emily! You're right, it would have been very cool to see Bogg and his friends, and all the different types of people that were chosen to be Voyagers. I like Donald Sutherland.:D I had no image of the real Captain Bates to work from but he immediately sprung to mind. He's not really big in the story but somehow adding Donald S. always gives it clout. haha. I'm happy you liked it. :)

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