Wow! I almost missed this. Today is "Talk like a pirate" day. The year 2012 is the 10th anniversary of the worldwide celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. To learn more about the day and its creators check their site: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html
Also, to celebrate my forthcoming Tween novel A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat, from MuseItUp Publishing, here's a bit about the story:
Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being the king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.
Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner waiting for his father to return. There’s also a phantom cat seeking her descendants and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor in search of Blackbeard, the scurvy dog that stole his ship.
A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she‘ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.