18th century ship

“but you’re the one who WANTED to go to college”

no i never once wanted to go to college, i hate school, what i want is to lay in bed all day and watch nature shows or be a pirate captain of an 18th century galleon ship or turn into an oak tree but i can’t do any of those things so my options are go to college and be miserable every day of my life or starve and be dead. reality sucks

Diana on FB 😀 First a Full Day In Cape Town

Interesting days, limited time to write about them… Cell-phone roaming charges being what they are, I mostly don’t get to post stuff until I get up to work in the middle of the night. And I do actually need to work (no, really…<g>. I’m answering the copy-edit of the BESIEGED novella, so the whole SEVEN STONES book can go to press). A quick bit, though, of Our Adventures to Date:

Friday was our first full day in Cape Town, and the major activity was going to the Outlander Studio, to meet Maril and everybody, and tour the amazing new sets!

Wonderful to see Maril, Sam and Caitriona again, as well as Nick Heckstall-Smith (AD) and a few other of the Scottish crew that have come down. Also Luke Schelhaas, one of the new writers, who’s covering this block (meaning he’s the writer on set every day, responsible for the billions of on-the-spot changes and adjustments to the script that are needed; all scripts flex a _lot_ during the actual filming, no matter how many revisions they’ve been through beforehand).

We were just in time to catch David Brown, the Executive Producer for the whole show (meaning he’s the person without whom none of this could happen–he knows where to find anything and anybody, and how it all works) before he caught his flight back to Scotland (where the flock is gathering to begin prep for Season 4–this stuff takes a _LOT_ of work and thought and planning). David drove us off at high speed in his golf-cart, and we zipped out to tour the ships (I figure I’m not giving away any state secrets by telling you there are ships in this part of the show…), which are fabulous, and I don’t only mean cosmetically (my baseline for 18th century sailing ships is Disneyland’s “Columbia” and these are even better); they’re equipped with all kinds of hydraulics, gimbals, and water cannons (!!!) that make the ships nearly as expressive as the actors.

We also roared through several newly-built (and in-progress) outdoor sets, some adapted from the existing Black Sails sets (but you’ll never recognize them) and some newly built. Most striking aspects were the landscape plantings and the sand (I won’t tell you why; you’ll just have to wait and see…). Ditto several enormous tanks of water (well, we didn’t roar _through_ those; just up to the edge to have a look).

Then David had to rush to catch a plane, so Maril took over and we had a look at the indoor sets inside the (HUGE!!) studio buildings. The last one we came to was in use, and we waited a moment for the take to finish. Then Maril led us up a short flight of stairs to the door. It opened before she could reach for the door-handle, and out popped Sam and then Caitriona, both in costume and perspiring as though it was in fact July in Jamaica (film lights are Way Hot, especially in a small, confined space). Lovely to see them both again.

Short break, then back to filming. We were kindly accommodated with seats in the DOP (Director of Photography)’s tent, with headphones, so we could watch the filming. Usual mixture of fascination and boredom, with incidental entertainment (as someone said to me afterward, “How can they be giggling and poking each other, then in half a second, they’re somebody else completely and doing their lines?” To which the only reply is, “They’re actors.”)

Shared the late lunch/tea-break (they were shooting until 11 PM, so “lunch” was at 6:00 PM) with the crew, watched a bit more filming, and then bade the hard-working cast and crew a cheery farewell, and rolled back to our hotel to eat medium-rare springbok and mango sorbet. And the morning and the evening were the First Day…


HMS Victory, Flagship of the First Sea Lord at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

104-gun first-rate ship of the line made famous for being Vice Admiral Nelsons flagship at the battle of Trafalgar. After the battle it was so badly damaged it was no longer used in warfare.

anonymous asked:

I'm having trouble sticking to one story. I'll be halfway through plotting or developing one and then I'll get a new idea and then start developing that one. I just can't write anything.


I actually experience the same problem: one set of characters is currently stuck at sea on an 18th century English ship; another is in mysterious woods where a murderous, uh, something runs rampant; another group, made up of a computer hacker, a socker star, and a foul-mouthed volleyball player (kind of my self-insert, really) are trying to discover the corruption in their school (which is a reformatory); yet another is stuck in the rebellion of their post-apocalyptic nation. So believe me when I say I completely understand where you’re coming from, because I do it too. And my advice is this: sit back, don’t stress and just let it come to you. It will hit you when you least expect it.

Take me, for example: I’m currently working on a favorite project of mine, and I’ve been doing steady work on it for two years and running. Did I start it with the idea that it would get this far and grow to the lengths it has? No – I actually started it because I was reading The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub, and I was really into it, but I had to return it to the library. I started writing that project to distract me from how badly I wanted to continue The Talisman, and now look where it’s at – still running two years later, and only getting better.

That said, just relax and write what comes to you and what keeps your interest. If it takes you a while to find it, that’s okay – just keep writing, practicing, improving. Your story idea will come to you, but the more you stress about it, the longer it will take.

And if you absolutely can’t write no matter what (that is, you don’t want to keep abandoning projects, so you stop writing for a while)? Read. Not only will reading also help you as a writer (it will show you what you like and what you hate in a book, and will help you develop your writing style), it will take your mind off your troubles for a while, and it may even inspire you (as it did in my case).

I hope this helps! If you need anything else, please feel free to ask! - @authors-haven

March 22, 2017 | South Africa

Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) arrives on the set of “Voyager”

@Lynetterice Where the magic happens! There are two productions here: #Outlander and new Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander.

@Lynetterice cool weather for filming today. Added benefit: vineyards right nearby! #Outlander

@Lynetterice If 18th Century ships had Lido decks, this is what it would look like. #Outlander

@Lynetterice Post set-visit meal. Don’t want to be iron deficient for Sam tomorrow. #Outlander

J.M.W. Turner
“The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838”
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery London, England

HMS Temeraire was one of the last second-rate (18th century ships mounted with 90 to 98 guns on three gun decks) ships of the line (type of naval warship constructed from the 17th through to the mid-19th century) to have played a distinguished role in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting depicts the 98-gun ship HMS Temeraire, being towed by a paddle-wheel steam tug towards its final berth in Rotherhithe in south-east London in 1838 to be broken up for scrap.

In 2005 it was voted the nation’s favourite painting in a poll organised by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.


@vanilla-frosted and I are back from our super amazing roadtrip through the netherlands!

(Like half of these pictures are from the maritime museum in Amsterdam but if you know me then you can imagine that I’d give anything to go on board of an actual 18th century sailing ship replica, I was so hyped ;u; So here have some picturesss)

wait a second

“this blasted frigate”

he used the word blasted as a swear

he knew that the ship was a frigate

don’t tell me jason isn’t a fan of british and regency era literature DON’T i won’t believe you