Archive for August, 2007

Small sign of life and BIG THANK YOU!


I don’t know why patients are called patients, because if there’s one thing I’m not then it’s patient. It was only a week ago that I thought I’d kick the bucket, and here I am, tapping my fingers impatiently and cursing the universe for “slow” progress of healing.

Which is idiotic. Some things take their time, and getting your lungs to work again is one of them. For the first time in my life, my body refuses to obey my stubborness, and that’s a new experience for me – not being able to force myself to do something. I’m currently trying to find the right balance between “resting yet stay active” (thanks, doc, for being so specific) and “Wheee! I can breathe again! Woooork!” – those of you who know me for a while will be aware how hard that is for me.

This little trick my body played on me was definitely one of the most scary things I’ve ever experienced in my life. I don’t want to experience it again, uhhh no. But yes, I’m feeling better. I could stop with the injections and am now on blood-thinners for another couple of months. We’re not talking “doing the Berlin marathon” kind-of-better, but then I’ve never participated in the Berlin marathon, so it doesn’t really matter, I guess.

What I do want to do right now, though, is to thank all of you. For your well-wishes, for your prayers, for your blessings, kind words, support, mails, letters, cards, drawings, pictures, stories and many, many pictures of Jack Davenport. And other things featuring Jack Davenport. I didn’t feel silly at all when squeeing like a teenager every time one of you peeped up to say hello – the simple fact that somebody out there thought of me and cared was extremely touching and overwhelming.

When you’re alone at home, in pain and you get paranoid listening to your own body in the deep of the night, listening to some lovely git reading “Jack and the Beanstalk” can make a world of a difference. I don’t care if that sounds silly. Thanks so much to those who sent me that link. You have no idea how much this helped me.

My very special thanks go to who came to visit and look after me and the cats. I really have no words to say how much this meant to me. But I hope she knows. 🙂

I wish I could give each of you out there a hug. As I can’t, I’d just like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and generosity. You’ve proven once again that this is not “only the internet” – it’s part of our lives, and life, as I’ve just been reminded again, can be over far too quickly. We should appreciate it more; I, for one, will do so.

Thank you.

*violins playing*

Oh hell – I sound like a politician on an election tour. To sum it up: love you lots! Muchas smooches! And I’ll be back, sooner rather than later.


29 August, 2007 at 4:05 pm Leave a comment

Shore leave

It’s called pulmonary embolism and sounds just as unpleasant as it is to have, so unfortunately I won’t be able to participate in online life for quite a while, with exception of writing and a bit of reading. Please don’t consider my lack in replies to your entries and stories as disinterest, I will read, I just have to be a bit of an egoist at the moment.

Thanks for understanding; consider yourselves firmly hugged.

22 August, 2007 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Resource: costume idea!

I’m not much of a convention-goer (people in great numbers = eh…), but I know a lot of people who have a great time there. I remember seeing pirates at RingCon (Jack Sparrow was obviously a corsair. Why did Tolkien never mention it?), and I’ve seen pictures online of POTC pirates at other conventions.

So where does this leave the average navy girl? Yes, of course, we could sew uniforms and whatnot, but let’s face it: most of us are not Tilda Swinton, and I’m not so sure about a “Norrington” with 38DD boobs – but hey, whatever rocks your boat… 😉

While I was confined to my bed, I rewatched many movies, among them “That Hamilton Woman”. In the sequence where Nelson (ah, Larry… *points at icon. moment of silent admiration.*) returns to Naples, I noticed for the first time that Emma (Vivien Leigh) is actually wearing a costume – that of a sailor! It’s a typical Alexander Korda thing – I think if anybody else had had its fingers in that movie, she’d worn the replica of an admiral’s uniform.

I can’t sew very well, but for those of you who can, this might be an option. I took some screencaps – there’s a lot of love for details, from her simple straw hat to the necklace.

Emma HamiltonEmma HamiltonEmma HamiltonEmma HamiltonEmma Hamilton

I’d probably go for this outfit, though:

Miss Marple

It would better match my nature.

18 August, 2007 at 11:36 am Leave a comment


Emma link

Read the blurbs for my two upcoming books, and be among the first to admire the amazing cover art of !

17 August, 2007 at 12:15 am Leave a comment


No, you haven’t, sorry about that. But I’ve finally, finally (almost) finished the website for my original writing, and I need a test audience! If you want to make me one happy Molly, please surf on over to

and look around. I’d be extremely grateful if you could tell me what you like, what you don’t like, what’s working, what’s not, what’s missing…

As a little extra cookie you’ll be the first ones to see the cover of “Samuel Blackwood (deceased)”, created by the wonderful .

I’d like to thank all of you who’ve helped me so much with the blurbs of the books, I’d been lost without you lovely people. Consider yourselves hugged and squeezed and called whatever you like!

Much love

me xx

16 August, 2007 at 12:43 am Leave a comment

My book: Summaries, blasted summaries!

I hate writing summaries, and I’m so very, very bad at doing them. If it was up to me, I’d write “funny story, please read, have fun”, but that’s not enough if you want to sell a book.

Please find below the summaries for my two books, and tell me what you think about them. Would you buy them? What would you add? What would you toss, correct, juggle around? Do the summaries make any sense at all? Is anything missing? Are there typos? Grammar crimes? General nonsense and cringworthiness? Let me hear you! Please ignore the names for “Lieutenant Samuel Blackwood”, though – I just had to use something.

Lieutenant Samuel Blackwood (deceased)

HMS Privet has the reputation of being cursed, and there might be some truth to it: inexplicable accidents happen, and every first lieutenant serving aboard the frigate dies under very dubious circumstances. Quite naturally, Lieutenant Shaw is despaired when he learns about his promotion to first lieutenant. His friend Thomas, the son of Admiral Barnett, is determined to save Shaw’s life, ignoring his father’s warnings. Thomas finds an ally and lover in James Denningham, the Privet’s captain, a man whose reputation has been tarnished by accusations of immorality. By trying to solve the mystery, Thomas puts his own life and the lives of every man aboard the Privet at risk. Will Thomas’ stubbornness and bravery be enough to prevail?

Lieutenant Samuel Blackwood (deceased) – a Georgian ghost story featuring a cursed ship, a vengeful ghost, a haunted captain and an enamoured lieutenant.

Text: Emma Collingwood / Illustrations: Amandine de Villeneuve

The Purser, The Surgeon, The Captain And His Lieutenant

All is not well aboard HMS Selkie, a frigate of the Royal Navy in the late 18th century. Sebastian Quinn, the purser, would sell or murder his own grandmother at a fair price – and maybe his captain, too. Daniel Shaw, the surgeon, has been sent to serve aboard the Selkie by his father in an attempt at breaking up his son’s misalliance. Quinn and Shaw make no secret of their disdain for the Royal Navy, a source of permanent quarrelling with the Selkie’s first lieutenant, Thomas Barnett, a paradigm of an officer. His contempt for Shaw’s weakness and incompetence as well as Quinn’s complete lack of morals exasperate him; his only reasons to stay aboard the Selkie are his love and admiration for Captain James Denningham, a stern, seemingly bland man who has been transferred aboard the Selkie for disciplinary reasons.

Denningham’s death during a battle in the West Indies has an unexpected and eerie impact on the lives of his own descendant and the descendants of those who have served under his command. A love that would have ended on the gallows in the 18th century finally becomes possible, but Denningham, Barnett, Quinn and Shaw – the lazy snob, the roughcast shipwright, the charming spiv and the stuffy ambulance driver – also learn that every score has to be settled. Even 240 years later.

The Purser, The Surgeon, The Captain And His Lieutenant – a tricky tale about the Age of Sail, bravery, honour, love, the power of magic and overrated movie directors. Coming soon to a bookstore in your neighbourhood.

Text: Emma Collingwood / Illustrations: Amandine de Villeneuve

Desperately seeking help, thanks so much in advance!

14 August, 2007 at 1:17 am Leave a comment

Resource: Lady Washington / Interceptor

Today the mailman brought me a beautiful “get well soon” which made me go “wheee!” very loudly. It was sent by two really cool ladies: and Becky, which is, hands down, one of the coolest little girls you could imagine. *waves at Nienna and Becky* THANK YOU!

You can find the card (the front – I SO won’t share Hello Kitty with you, greedy lot! Hello Kitty is all for me, so nyah!) behind the cut. It’s – tataaaa –


Lady Washington / Interceptor

Beautiful isn’t she? 😀 You can find more about her history HERE (it’s a replica, the original Lady Washington was launched in 1750).

While doing a quick skip through the wiki-entry, I realised that I’ve seen that ship before. And I had to laugh, because I suddenly remembered the episode of “Star Trek: Next Generation” again in which Worf gets promoted and they celebrate on the Holodeck, wearing Royal Navy uniforms. The “Enterprise” is a real ship, a brig (Lady Washington), of a terrible baby blue and they make Worf walk the plank (yes, very common procedure due promotion ceremonies – come on, Gillette, tell us all about it!)


Lady Washington / Enterprise

I always loved ST: TNG, but I have to say it: guys and girls, you looked really, really – unfavourable in those uniforms. 😀

This leads us to my last encounter with the Lady Washington. I’m probably the only person on this planet thinking so, but I absolutely loved Disney’s “Treasure Planet”.

Especially Captain Amelia!


Captain Amelia for the win; why is nobody writing Treasure Planet/RNotC crossovers? Now THAT would be fun! Imagine her ordering Gillette and Groves around and argue with Norrington over competences! Miaow!


Interceptor / Jim Hawkins

“Treasure Planet” quite tanked, but I enjoyed it a lot – I think they really managed to transfer the story to the future and created some amazing characters and did a far better job than with other movies. It was original and not the usual mainstream animated movie, maybe that’s why the audience didn’t really accept it. I wish they’d re-release it, I could imagine it would do better nowadays.

And I just can’t help thinking “Will Turner!” when I look at Jim Hawkins!

People, research is FUN!

10 August, 2007 at 4:33 pm 4 comments

Art: "Serenata" – and you thought the chatting dicks were weird…

I don’t know if this drawing can beat the (in)famous chatting dicks (see icon or click on “naughty but nice” tag) in terms of weirdness, but artist Achille Deveria certainly tries his best here…!


I still haven’t figured out who or what the creepy-looking beings on the left are, but the dick playing the violin just kills me.

The artist, Achille Deveria, was French – see, it was not only the British! His father was working for “La Royale”, the French Navy, alas ashore. The “naughty” should be written in capitals in Deveria’s case, I just found out that he was the one who made the drawing with the feather and the candle and – well yes, that one.

And I have more of those… be afraid! 😉

What a century…!

10 August, 2007 at 12:28 am Leave a comment

(Online) books / resource links: Memoir of Admiral Sir Graham Moore

Very special thanks for this tip go out to , who really made my day with it. And I could imagine some of you will have a big smile on their faces as well!

We’re talking about Google Book Search – here you can find books whose copyright has ran out in the USA. With more modern works, this can be a bit tricky due to different laws, but as for the people we’re interested in, you can download without fear of persecution. Of course I always recommend to actually buy a book, but as with this one, it’s almost impossible to get your hands on it, because it was written in 1844…!

G.C.B G.C.M.G.
Sir Robert Gardiner, K.C.B.

The Following Memoir
Admiral Sir Graham Moore
is respectfully dedicated by
March, 1844.

For those of you who skipped all my Moore-posts (how could you!) I’d like to point at my icon and at

Graham Moore

You can even download the book as a PDF!

Then I’d like to recommend the website of ,


and the forum to go with it:


“Of special interest is the “Life at Sea and on Shore” section, which contains information about daily life.”

Many, many useful and interesting information to be found there!

8 August, 2007 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

Molly Joyful's List Of Useful Resources: Royal Navy History / General History 18th Century

The idea behind this link-collection – gathered during these last months all over the internet, in personal LJs and communities (so special thanks to all of you who have found a link and shared it!) – was to provide some help to writers who’d like to try their hand at Royal Navy of the Caribbean (or any other Age of Sail) fiction, but are scared away by the same question that kept me from writing in the beginning: “How on earth can I write about something I don’t know a damn thing about?!”

There are books, of course, but one can’t expect of every writer to go out and buy tons of books; not everybody has the time or the financial means to do so. So, while there is a book list (and I really recommend those books!), my main focus was a list of easily accessible online-links.

This is not supposed to be a list covering every tiny bit of naval history; I’m not a historian, I’m a writer. But I thought it would be helpful if a fellow writer sitting over a story and wondering “what was the job of a ship’s surgeon?”, “what was the punishment for theft?”, “what did the uniform of a lieutenant in 1769 look like?” or “what was the price of bread in 1790 compared to the wages?” wouldn’t have to spend hours trawling the net, but could find that information by simply clicking on one handy link.

This list is neither complete (nor will it never be) nor does it cover every single aspect concerning the Age of Sail or the daily life in 18th century Britain. But it will hopefully give you a little help with your writing. And that aside, it’s just fun surfing the past. 🙂


If you know of a great link, please share!

The “people” section could be expanded to a gazillion of people, but I stuck to the three which have influenced the way I’ve written my characters the most, that would be Collingwood, Moore and, to a small degree, Nelson. More might be added, but at the moment, that’s all the “dramatis personae” I’ll add.

I’m aware that the list is very much “Britain focussed”. No disrespect to other seafaring nations, but I limited my research to the facts that I use in my own stories. That’s also the reason why there is only very limited information on pirates. As I’m a slasher, there are quite a few links regarding homosexuality etc. I hope the list still might come in handy. I’ve been a bit of an egoist here. 😉

Also, I’ve tried to check every link – not only to see if it worked or not, but also to check out the content of the rest of the site. I didn’t include any links to websites with racist or overly nationalist content. Being a patriot is fine, being an idiot is not. Should you still find something on a website I’ve linked to that’s looking suspicious, please let me know. I won’t send any traffic to websites of people I’d like to kick with heavy boots on.

Usual disclaimer: I’m not responsible for the content of the websites I linked to, you visit them at your own risk.



2 August, 2007 at 8:22 pm 3 comments


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