“Before the Mast” is over six years and a half old - and counting! To many more together! Warm thanks to all the crew, to everybody who has made it possible for our writing community to flourish and for the story to get further.You are invited to join our next volume, Caribbean Dawn, and bring there the characters you want to survive the Doomsday (and all the land-based characters you want to keep). The only effort required from you is to make sure you update the character bios not only in form, but also in contents with everything which had happened in 1720 Before the Mast.
The circumstances of the move have been discussed here
as extensively as you wished. The discussion is still open for all of you to mention any concerns, suggestions or comments regarding the new volume, the new possible plots, the ways to strengthen our community and anything else related to our story and community. The floor is yours!
As per the 1-st of April 2017, statistics show that we have 36 male active characters and 24 female
. For the purpose of the statistics, only the writers who have posted in February are counted here
. However, if they have posted only with one character out of several they have, all their characters are counted as active.)
Active members: 11
Active characters: 60
, out of which:Pirates = 12English Navy = 4French Navy = 11Privateers = 5Civilians = 28
There are plenty of new things “Before the Mast”, looking forward to your participation, as they give opportunities for more characters than they actually seem to join. There are new and already ongoing threads which would welcome your participation. We are now in the process of exchanging prisoners
between the French Navy and the pirates. There is also a big battle
, which has also been opened for the pirates, the French and British Navy too, as shown here
. It will end apotheotically the month of July 1720, making way for a Caribbean Dawn
bright for the survivors.
As for thread/ quote spotlight
, the former pirate Sabelline Durand
, played by Sabe
, deserves highlighted for the most suspenseful quote from the thread Over you
: "Prison has no escape from your thoughts. There is no leaving that cell, no work to lose yourself in. What I would have given many nights for exhaustion so I didn't have to dream. That's the real torture. Moments stretch into eternities with nothing but...visits from the guards to break the long stretches of nothingness."
It is well written, reflecting well the spirit of a character who had spent three years in prison and catching the whole essence of the ordeal. Congratulations!
I would also want to highlight the Whale of a tale
section, where there are lots of interesting stories to read when you are waiting for your partners’ replies, as well as the Message in a bottle
, where some journals start to contour!
You know also that we need fresh blood of the history-loving, writing
and dedicated kind… I am making an appeal to all of you to bring other friends of yours who are into writing swashbuckling adventures, because the word of mouth is the most powerful way of advertising. In addition to this, the ones who have blogs, MySpace, LiveJournal or InsaneJournal accounts, please advertise “Before the Mast” and try to bring new members. Those who have Facebook accounts – please “Like” our page and spread the word! Those with Twitter and Tumblr, follow us and retweet/ reblog some of our messages! We have the site’s Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Deviant Art group links in the sidebar, just a click away – but how successful can they be if even some of the members ignore them?
Voting daily in the topsites also helps… You can find them below the affiliates, under the heading "Vote for us
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Help us be seen and grow with gaining new valuable members! You can give your contribution to our site’s growth, and you’ll have more people and characters to write with! Each person’s effort counts in making our writing community better, sounder or bigger! We wish you happy writing and a happy springtime!