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


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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Contest Update

December 11, 2014

On November 17th I mentioned that I was entering a travel writing contest with my entry Whirling Dervishes. My piece made it through the first round and is being considered for a prize. The originator of the contest is We Said Go Travel and my story was posted a few days ago. Unfortunately, it hasn’t received any comments and I’m hoping a few of you can provide some. I know this is asking a lot at this busy time of year, and most of you have already read my story, but any help you can give would be appreciated. Here’s the link. Thanks so much.




Please leave a comment at the link above. Thanks.
By: Chubby Chatterbox on December 11, 2014
I commented!!
By: fishducky on December 11, 2014
done! good luck!
By: TexWisGirl on December 11, 2014
I left a comment. Hope you win!
By: Catalyst on December 11, 2014
I commented but when I hit the post link it took me to a blank white page and the banner above said "spam content detected"!!! so....I guess I did not pass the sniff test.
By: Tabor on December 11, 2014
I commented. It's a great article. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 11, 2014
I left a comment but mine is the only one I see. Odd site. Must have been that spamming Tabor. ;)
By: Hilary on December 11, 2014
It "spammed" me too but when I tried again it said I had all ready posted the comment. We will see.
By: Akansas Patti on December 11, 2014
could have sworn I left a comment earlier...oh well I just left a comment for you-good luck!
By: Kathe W. on December 11, 2014
Glad to do it!
By: mimi on December 11, 2014
Went there. Did that. Saw everybody's comments. It DID say mine was awaiting moderation. Maybe that's what caused the earlier confusion.
By: Val on December 11, 2014
Same as Arkansas Patti.
By: Tom Sightings on December 11, 2014
Thank you for entering the contest on We Said Go Travel! The comments are all moderated so they do not go through instantly! I hope you will share more insights on my site! GOOD LUCK! Lisa
By: Lisa Niver on December 11, 2014
Done! Fingers crossed.
By: Pixel Peeper on December 11, 2014
My pleasure to add a comment. Good luck.
By: Tom Cochrun on December 11, 2014
I saw 17 or so comments... I left a reply... I hope I wasn't too late!! ~shoes~
By: Redshoes51 on December 12, 2014
Okay, I left a comment. You'd better make sure the check really does arrive in mail this time, or I'll leave another comment.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on December 13, 2014
I left a comment too. Will do so again:)
By: John on December 15, 2014

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