Borders, Books, and Pirates

Yo Ho Heave Ho!  Posting’s been light this week because — wait for it — I’ve been in the land of mermaid and princesses. And survived to tell the tale.  (Ariel survived my eye-rolling, too.)

Before our arrival and departure, I spent some time in the airport bookstores searching for my “plane book” — a book so good it makes me forget I’m flying. Both times, I was seriously impressed by the staff at the stores.  The Orlando store, in particular, had a fabulous clerk who hand-sold me a book that got me through a three-hour delay and turbulence.  (Meaning I looked longingly at the book for the three hours that I played with the small fry.) It’s called The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield, and it’s the first book I’ve read in a very long time that I can’t put down but don’t want to have end. Check it out if you get the chance.

The vacation was a blast from start to finish (well, maybe not the three-hour flight delay) but one of the highlights was stumbling across The Magic Kingdom’s League of Pirates, where small children can be transformed into blood-thirsty scoundrels and parents can have their wallets plundered.  But it was just so much fun, we didn’t much care.


Bess Wavewrecker, pirate empress

A special shout-out to pirates Lonnie and James who transformed my reserved girl into a crazy, kick-butt pirate empress heroine all her own, complete with new name.  If you ever get to go, give them a pirate high-five for me.


And speaking of heroines, I’ve closed comments for the contest, and the winner is Elizabeth Loupas!  Congrats, and thanks to everyone for playing.

Liz Michalski


  1. Elizabeth Loupas on October 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I cannot wait to read THE HEROINE’S BOOKSHELF! Thank you so much!

    THE THIRTEENTH TALE is wonderful. I love huge atmospheric books and I wish there were more of them.

    • liz on November 1, 2010 at 10:09 am

      Hi Elizabeth! I’ve contacted Erin and she should send it right out to you! (And I’ve temporarily misplaced my copy of The Thirteenth Tale and am going crazy — I’m only halfway done!

  2. Pat on November 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Congrats on the new blog! I have wanted to write one as well but have not gotten up the guts. You have some cute stories, for sure. You lost me on the Mermaid one however. I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be comical or not? You do not honestly think that story was about mutilation do you? I do not recall the prince rejecting the mermaid? It’s been years since I saw the movie as I am an aged mom but I remember a happy ending?

    • liz on November 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

      Hey Pat! No, it started out being a commentary on how what poor models Disney princesses are for little girls, particularly the little mermaid, and went downhill from there. 🙂 Welcome to the blog!

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