Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “If your going to write a book create the cover first, print it out on photo paper, and wrap it around someone else’s book. Then sit it on your desk or wherever you do your writing. Now you have a visual to keep you motivated.”
I love that idea and so I did just that. And here it is . . .
I completed a four week writing class last week and I’m excited with what I learned.
The class was called: Storytelling: How To Write Stories That Will Grab And Hold Your Audience
It was put on by WritersUniversity.net/ and my instructors name is . . . . drum roll please . . . . . you’re not going to believe this . . . . . .
Tom Sawyer Yes, you heard me right. His bio is pretty impressive and what a nice guy! It was a pleasure to be taught by him. He was always positive in his feedback even if it really wasn’t good feedback. Although I do think I did pretty well on the assignments except for one. I totally blew week three’s assignment. But he still gave me great feedback. He took a lot of time to explain things to me and in turn I think I’m much more prepared to write Bert’s Book.
I am setting aside three days per week for the book. I actually have two books I’m working on. The first one is not only Bert’s story it’s also Steve Kenyon’s story. Steve is what Bert called the skull he found on the RMS Rhone. So the first story is a Ghost story inspired by historical facts . . . Bert’s history that is
The title to Bert’s book is, My Husband, The Last Pirate of the Caribbean . . . Legends or Lies
Stay tuned. I’ll be posting updates as the book progresses.
He came to be known as “The Last pirate of the Caribbean”. To be exact he officially gained that title in the year 2000 when A. J. Berstein wrote an article for Sport Diver magazine. The title? You guessed it, “The Last Pirate of the Caribbean” and it featured a full-page face shot of my favorite SCUBA diver, Bert Kilbride.
I met him in the fall of 1982 on the Caribbean island of Virgin Gorda. I had been introduced to him before but it was in passing and I really didn’t pay much attention. After all he was sitting at a table having dinner with a lady friend. And the person who introduced us was obviously someone he didn’t recognize. It was embarrassing and intrusive.
But let’s start at the beginning. In October of 1982 I was acting as crew on a 46’
Morgan sailboat that was supposed to be heading down island. After 13 days of getting yelled at and reprimanded I jumped ship. It’s not that I was horrible at crewing. I’d like to think that it was more of him being a horrible captain. Unfortunately it was only the two of us on board and it was his yacht. So if one had to go of course it would to be me.
I found myself wondering the docks of Tortola asking everyone if they knew of a place I could sleep. It didn’t take long before I had a bunk. The first night of freedom I went to the local bar to ask around about jobs. In no time I had an offer to sail to North Sound Virgin Gorda to check out a position with a windsurfing company. It’s there that I met him again. I quickly became close friends with the infamous Bert Kilbride.
For the full Sport Diver magazine article click here!