Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste

Prologue

Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Gray Lady Down

December 6, 2012

Many of you who are regular readers of this blog are familiar with my mother, who I write about frequently. Unfortunately, Mom has been in the hospital with a bowel obstruction the past few days and Mrs. Chatterbox and I have been busy keeping her company and tending to her affairs. I don’t think Mom is in any real danger, but today her doctor decided to operate. The procedure will take place Friday morning. With surgery there are always risks, especially when dealing with a patient who’s eighty-seven years old.

     

Since I’ve been away from my computer this week, and could be for a while, I haven’t had time to respond to many of your posts or write new ones. For the next few days I’ll be rerunning a few of my favorites. These were written back in the day when I only had a handful of followers so they should be new to most of you. I’ll be back with new posts soon.

    

There’s one story I can’t wait to tell: Mom has a crush on her handsome surgeon, Dr. Fernando. Lying in a hospital bed for a week isn’t good for anyone’s appearance but today Mom requested a highly personal item to improve her appearance and increase her…allure, proving that even an eighty-seven year old woman with very few teeth can still respond to an attractive guy. You won’t believe what personal item my mother requested before going under the knife.

 



Comments

17 Comments
Hey Stephen, Will have your Mom in our prayers for a speedy recovery, can't wait to find out the answer to what personal item she requested :) I hope Dr. Fernando appreciates her attention to detail.
By: Jimmy on December 6, 2012
I will be sending positive vibes your way, hoping everything goes as planned with your mom's surgery. I'm not even going to guess about the personal item. Not after my guess about that recliner-guy painting...
By: Val on December 6, 2012
Keeping all good thoughts for you mother... and wishing that her beauty shines through when she wakes up to see Dr. Fernando!
By: mtchell is moving on December 7, 2012
Your mother, and your family, are in my special prayers today.
By: messymimi on December 7, 2012
I love your mom. She's feisty and I like that. She will be in my prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. Have a great day. :)
By: Comedy Plus on December 7, 2012
certainly hoping for the best for your mom. hugs
By: lime on December 7, 2012
Hope all is going well - I'll be praying for you guys (& for Dr. Fernando to survive your mom's crush).
By: The Bug on December 7, 2012
Saying a prayer for Your Mom. Keep us updated, please.
By: Suldog on December 7, 2012
Oh, I hope your mother feels better soon. She's in my thoughts. I wish my mom was as healthy as yours. My mom lost her mind about eight years ago at 72. Losing your mind is very similar to "death." I mean...my mom is still alive, but she doesn't do any of the things that I remember. That mother is long gone.
By: Michael Offutt on December 7, 2012
Stephen, best of wishes for your mother . . . and for you!
By: Bruce/Catalyst on December 7, 2012
Stephen- I am looking at our powerful Mt Shasta and am thinking about your Mom- may she recover quickly and painlessly so she can smile at her Dr Fernando- now of course I have that tune "Fernando's Hideaway" rattling in my brain....ole!
By: Kathe W. on December 7, 2012
Hey, Chatterbox, sorry to hear your mother is having health issues. Hope her surgery goes smoothly and she recoups quickly. I will catch up with your posts whenever you have the time to start up again. Take care!!!
By: Cheryl P. on December 7, 2012
Not sure you should tell us, bad enough embarrasing Mom with the story so far.
By: joeinvegas on December 7, 2012
Did you have to bring her dentures to the hospital??? Hope all goes well with the surgery!
By: Pixel Peeper on December 7, 2012
I hope everything went well and that she is on the mend! That is adorable that she has a crush on her surgeon. What did she want? A push-up bra? Falsh eyelashes? :) Can't wait to find out.
By: Kianwi on December 8, 2012
We're thinking of you and hoping for the best outcome.
By: Uncle Skip on December 8, 2012
I hope all went well for your mom. Best thoughts for her recovery.
By: Hilary on December 10, 2012

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