SIDEBAR – Ahhhh …. My Name in Print

Or someone else’s name …   That’s fine too, I guess.  As long as they’re my words!  Which they are.  I’ll take a brief break (another one of our newly-coined “sidebars“) from our harrowing trek to the Keys to give you, hot off the press in Cruising Outpost’s Summer 2014 issue, my first published article — A New Salt’s First Sail, by Annie … Drake.

Full article HERE.

A big thanks to the self-proclaimed “Large Editor” at Cruising Outpost, Bob Bitchin, for appreciating my sense of humor and taking a chance on this silly little sailor.


Cut from the same cloth I tell ya … 


The same cloth … 

Bob built Cruising Outpost out of the rubble of the former Latitudes & Attitudes magazine and television show, and I’m thrilled to be included.  Hopefully, there will be many more articles to come.

And, an even bigger thanks to all of you faithful followers for promoting my antics.  If I (or Ms. Drake) ever make it big time, you only have yourselves to blame, but know that you were here, in the beginning, where it all began.

The little blogger who could … 


Becomes published author – the name Dike be should:






And, stay tuned for more from our Cruising to the Keys log next time.  We are making treacherous way from Tampa Bay to Ft. Myers with the Captain beginning his ninth hour at the helm.  Yes, ninth.  In the dark of night, with daylight poised to unleash forces of nature on us only Noah’s ark could survive.  More to come.  Stay tuned!

12 thoughts on “SIDEBAR – Ahhhh …. My Name in Print

  • Congrats, Ms. Drake on your publishment, and your new pen name. Quite serendipitous I think. You can work it in to be a long lost relative of Sir Francis Drake, the old sea dog himself. Not a bad maritime legend to be associated with, depending on your point of view (If your Spanish, well maybe not & the slaver thing is kind of a downer). But other than that, a pretty top rated sailor when men were whatever, and ships were wood. He was keep’n it real in the Victorian era yo! Here’s a little of “El Draque”‘s words of wisdom to share with those with a heart for the sea and adventure:

    “Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, 

    when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, 

    when we arrive safely because we sailed too close to the shore. 

    Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess,
    we have lost our thirst for the waters of life, 
having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity, 
and in our efforts to build a new earth, 

    we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim. 

    Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas, 
where storms will show your mastery, 
where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. 
We ask you to push back the horizon of our hopes, 
and to push us into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love. 
This we ask in the name of our Captain, who is Jesus Christ. ”

    Well said Francis!

    • Why thank you Sir Plagge! Good to see you here. Fantastically fitting quote from the Drake-ster himself. I LOVE this part: “when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little.” Too true. Another fellow blogger of mine said “If our dreams don’t scare us, they’re too small.” All good sentiments. I am certainly dreaming my way to the top (of the National Bestseller List!). All in due time. Thanks for the kind remarks!

  • Brief correction to my last. Drake was keep’n it real in the Elizabethan era, not the Victorian era. My bad!

  • W!hat????? No Dike or even a Dickey??? That sucks! Make them print a retraction! This Momma Bear is not happy. Tell Bob your step monster was bitching about Bob. Is that really his last name???

    • Ha ha. No. Like Drake ; ), Bitchin is his pseudonym. It’s okay, Momma Bear, it was just a mistake. Certainly no need for any retractions. I was just excited to see my story out there for the world to read and enjoy. How cool!

      • I know you do. I was just afraid you were going to unleash on the man. Ha! Even with the name Bitchin’, I don’t think he can handle a dose of some good ole’ country Momma Bear! : ) Lookout!

  • I agree, Annie Drake would make a sweet new pen name. And, thanks to Casey for that awesome, awesome quote. It was just the thing I needed. Annie, I really liked your story. It made a great magazine article and what a catchy title! Congratulations on your publication!

    • I know, it’s actually starting to grow on me. Miss Drake … It’s got a nice ring to it. Thanks for the kudos. It was a fun tale to tell. And, thanks for checking in. Always good to see you on here. Till the next windy day! : )

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