Creative Life

We’re all pirate queens

Under-appreciated. Emotional. Irish. I’d like to think I’m two of those things, but the Pirate Queen musical gets all three ūüėČ

So while recommending this soundtrack that I just can’t be rid of, I thought I’d share how we all are basicly pirate queens. Us creative souls, us dreamers, we can relate to the ups and downs of this epic voyage ūüôā I’ll go through the story song by song, so yes,¬†major spoilers all spoilers basicly here. But I’ll be analyzing¬†the theme of dreaming and how it applies to our lives along the way ūüôā

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Listen along with the full playlist free on YouTube here.

Prologue (instrumental)

Bagpipes, just to make sure you remember this is an Irish musical.

The Pirate Queen

A new ship is christened The Pirate Queen. Grania (Grace) O’Malley, the daughter of the captain, sneaks aboard with her sailor love Tiernan.

Woman ‚̧

Shocker? Grania doesn’t get to stay on the ship. Because? She’s a woman.

All of us are at some point denied our dream. All of us have something that disqualifies us from our dream: gender, age, personality, family, income.

“I’m almost your age / I’m your match in size. / I’m your match with swords, / an equal in most eyes. / But when you have a dream, / and you’re caught in its grip, / you can climb aboard a ship, / you can, / you can, / for you’re a man. / You can reach toward that place / where the earth meets the sky, / fight a battle, ¬†be brave, be true, / if you can do it, why not I?”

So what does Grania do when she’s told to stay home and wait for the men to save the day and return? She disguises herself as a cabin boy and becomes a stowaway, of course! Then a storm hits and Grania saves the day, exposing herself.

My Grace

The captain, her father, is in a tight spot, punishing a stowaway or honoring a hero. He finally determines to let her stay through that voyage as a reward for her bravery.

“Who can even imagine the trials you will face / as you strive to live free?”

Keep fighting for that dream. Take whatever opportunities you have to prove your worth. Become a stowaway towards your dream and seize the opportunity!

Here on this Night

Grania and her love Tiernan are super excited (understatement) to get to be together. Their romance is a secret, but they’re together.

The Waking of the Queen

Two queens are revealed in this song.

First our Grania proves her worth yet again. England attacks and injures her father, so she takes charge and sinks the battling warship. Grania’s father recognizes her leadership, and begins to train her to be captain. She is dubbed the Pirate Queen.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth becomes Queen in England. Knowing women aren’t taken seriously as a leader, she decides to hide her femininity.

Noticing a pattern yet? The villainess has a similar storyline to Grania, not being taken seriously in her role because she’s a woman.

Everyone will have something to disqualify working towards a dream. If the Queen of England and the Queen of the Pirates were disqualified, what makes you think you won’t be?

Rah-Rah, Tip-Top

Queen Elizabeth’s court tries to assure her everything is in “tip-top” shape, patronizing her as if she’s a little princess so as not to “bother the royal head.” When she presses, they admit that an Irish pirate ship had attacked. Upon further inquiry, they admit that the ship had a female captain – Grace O’Malley. Queen Elizabeth must show her power and commissions Lord Bingham to “crush” Ireland.

 The Choice is Mine

With England warring against Ireland, the O’Malley clan must unite with rival O’Flaherty clan as one force, suggesting an arranged marriage between O’Malley’s daughter Grania and O’Flaherty’s son Donal.

Grania’s dream was to fight England, but this isn’t the way she planned. She would lose the love of her life, Tiernan, but also she would lose her freedom to be pirate at sea.¬†It’s a time where she has to choose between the means and the end of her dream, and sacrifice.

We all will come across a chance, where what was seen as a detriment to our dream is actually a stepping stone to the cause we fight for. And we may be asked to sacrifice accordingly.

The irony is she is asked to do what only a woman can do, when all this time she’s been fighting to do what only a man is permitted to do. The cause would be won in doing what only a woman can, marrying and bearing a son to create an alliance.

“I fought so hard, / to carve a life that’s mine. / I love my land. / Where do I draw the line? A man cannot, / a woman can. / It’s cruel, the path / we are now forced to choose.”

Boys’ll Be Boys

This song is a fun little ditty that shows just what hubbie Donal is like. Donal and clan are at a tavern the night before the wedding (bachelor party? ūüôā ) and he is being teased about marrying a pirate “queen”. Donal claims he’ll tame her, and the guys are all about that, but the ladies bet on Grania giving him trouble.

Girls: “After the drums, / wedding night comes / who will come out alive? / She’s been captain, leading a crew, / She’s killed people, ran ’em right through. / Sorry, Donal, lad, I’m betting on her.”

Donal: “I’ll be rough when she needs it, / rough as seas ever were. / Up to now she’s been steering. / Now it’s time to steer her. / She’s confused about gender. / She’s been too long at sea. / I may well have to beach her, take her inland and teach her, / what a woman should be.”

In the end, Donal promises “marriage won’t change a thing” and he’ll still party. What a guy :/

The Wedding

And yep, they get married. Celebrate, complete with Irish dancing of course ūüôā

I’ll Be There

“Go and marry a man you don’t love if that pleases you. / Throw away for a cause all the joys we have known. / Let his kiss keep you warm, I’ll be fine on my own.”

Tiernan is mad about Grania’s choice. However, his love for her remains, and he decides to stay with the O’Flaherty clan for when she needs him.


The dream does not start¬†easily for these ladies. Your dream won’t come easy for you either. Grania and Elizabeth took a chance, a risk, and made it into their dream “industry” per se.

After all that work to even be considered for their dream, Grania’s marrying a jerk, England is warring. You guys, working toward a dream isn’t pretty from the get-go. You’ll be asked to sacrifice. Steve Kamb¬†says in his book Level Up Your Life: “Great sacrifice is often required of the hero along his/her journey to achieve transformation and reach his or her full potential.”

My next blogposts (part 2 and part 3) show what happens to Grania and Elizabeth next. Until then, comment below how starting toward your dream is going for you.

  • What external obstacles are you facing? (hopefully not an irate queen!)
  • Who are your allies?
  • What’s your dream and what’s an¬†internal obstacle you face?
  • What are you sacrificing?

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Thoughts on “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Well this is not an official review per se, so much as I had some sporatic thoughts as I read the book “Gone Girl” that I wanted to share. First off, total kudos to Gillian Flynn, this story was phenomenal.
 
 
 

My Namesake

It was interesting reading a book where people kept saying “Amy” and I’m like “huh?” and then I remember. Like walking through a grocery store where someone has a kid with your name and they keep calling them out. You know it’s coming, but it still gets your attention every. single. time. If you haven’t found a book where a major character has your name, you should. Gone Girl

 
 
 

Our Play-Acting

Fav quote: “We were the first human beings who would never see anything for the first time. We stare at the wonders of the world, dull-eyed, underwhelmed. Mona Lisa, the Pyramids, the Empire State Building. Jungle animals on attack, ancient icebergs collapsing, volcanoes erupting. I can’t recall a single amazing thing I have seen firsthand that I didn’t immediately reference to a movie or TV show. A f***ing commercial. You know the awful singsong of the blas√©: Seeeen it. I’ve literally seen it all, and the worst thing, the thing that makes me want to blow my brains out, is: The secondhand experience is always better. The image is crisper, the view is keener, the camera angle and the soundtrack manipulate my emotions in a way reality can’t anymore. I don’t know that we are actually human at this point, those of us who are like most of us, who grew up with TV and movies and now the Internet. If we are betrayed, we know the words to say; when a loved one dies, we know the words to say. If we want to play the stud or the smart-ass or the fool, we know the words to say. We are all working from the same dog-eared script. It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection or personality traits selected from an endless Automat or characters.” – For those who have read “Gone Girl,” this quote is even better realizing that Nick is the narrator of this section….as if he subconsciously knew all along. Anyhow, this quote speaks to the modern human condition a bit, as well as give an interesting foreshadowing to the story.

 
 
 

Drabble’s Take

For those of you who didn’t see the shocker mid-story (no spoilers!), I hate to break the news but I totally called it. It was still a complete delight, but I knew it was coming. Because I’d read “The Seven Sisters” by Margaret Drabble in college. It’s like a literary version that uses a similar shocking twist. In case you’re looking for a more literary, less thiller, angle of this type of psychological exploration. Seven Sisters

 
 
 

Your Side (what I was dying to dialogue about)

I’d love a discussion as to who is the villain and who is the victim. Amy? Nick? Who’s the worst here, who’s the instigator? I’m not talking theological “They both chose their sin” sort of thing, I get that. But I’m interested to hear thoughts. Is Amy relatable? Is Nick? Were they meant for each other? Are they more destructive being together or separate? Answer some or all of these questions in the comments, I’d love your thoughts and I’ll share mine.
 
 
 

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Book Review: Rabbit – Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C Maze

What are the chances that Ellen would be feeling “givey” on the same day I’d be feeling “getty”? Well probably not that statistically improbable, but I am so glad that¬†Lil Roni Publishers¬†surprised me with the opportunity to receive this book.

 

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While I wouldn’t say I’ve read every Christian vampire novel out there, I’ve read a few and been disappointed by all – until now. I feel that “Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider” succeeded in what all the other Christian vampire novels attempted to do: create a Biblical backstory, throw in a redemptive plan, and of course entertain the masses ūüôā The worldbuilding was over-the-top, with the different creative types of vampire hunting/feeding. Love it!

When Beth Rider’s books gives vampires hope of redemption, she becomes a target and is marked to be a “Rabbit” – chased and caught for the fun of them all. The ancient war is played out as she battles evil alongside those in search of their humanity.

I was a bit disappointed in the characterization of Beth Rider – most of the time, she seemed too calm and took the crazy occurrences in stride like nobody should realistically. But that did not detract from the story enough for me to not enjoy it – I’d take this Christian vampire tale over any other¬†I’ve read to date.

Finally, the ending left me with many questions of – what now? Problem solved – and not. Which is of course how the best books should end!

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Book Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

I am thrilled to have received an ARC of “The Young World” by Chris Weitz¬†from¬†a Goodreads giveaway.

 

A plague sweeps the world, taking adults and children, leaving only¬†teenagers alive –¬†with the guarantee that somewhere around their 18th birthday, they will die off as well. The world is ending. And how would teenagers run the world with the promise of imminent death? With violence, partying, power hunger, slavery, and factions.

But there is legend of “The Old Man,” a man who survived the mass-death. A brave few leave the safety of their turf to seek him out, hoping for a chance to survive and restart the world again.

 

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I’m not sure what I think of this story. Well-told. Not just another YA post-apocalyptic dystopian. Original in the¬†voice as well as the ending.¬†Love the snarky teenagers and the world they’d created. I¬†enjoyed the story as a whole, so I think it’s worth the read. And the second in the series will be on my Ones to Watch list.

 

Without spoiling it (and I really really REALLY want to), the ending is what makes me uncertain. As in I’d have to read the second in the story to see if I’m okay with how the story ended. And I think I am, because I was basicly wondering about NOT INSERTING THE SPOILER HERE throughout the entire¬†book. But I still need some good explanation to be okay with it.

 

What About You?

Have you read “The Young World”?

Is it a cliched repeat of all the other YA dystopians out there? Or original?

And how about that ending?!

 

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The Weirdest Book I’ve Read: “Stiff” by Mary Roach

Ever read something that immediately gets a reaction when brought up? I’m not talking about “This book is illegal in ____ countries.” I’m talking about “This book is socially unacceptable in…well, everywhere.”

That’s how I felt while reading Stiff by Mary Roach. It was fascinating and disgusting and ¬†abject. I wanted to share all this new knowledge with everyone, and simultaneously wasn’t sure I wanted to see their reaction.

 

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You see, Stiff is about the “lives” of human cadavers. What happens after you die. Whether embalmed, cremated, organ donation, scientific research, or other options. (Did YOU know there’s other options? I sure didn’t.)

I learned about plastic surgery practice, criminology, cannibalism, crucifixion research, and plane crashes. I learned about jobs I can’t imagine being a part of small-talk – how do you socialize with that job description? I learned about all the stages of decay. Interesting stuff I probably should not bring up anywhere other than this post.

If it sounds interesting, you should check it out. If you feel like you might upchuck your lunch now, then this book isn’t for you. It just makes me so happy to know that this repulsive state was never in God’s original design, and it’s not gonna be for forever. Hallelujah!

But what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever read? Let me know the weird books you’ve come across.