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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Enough is Enough

April 20, 2016

I can’t stand it any more. Everyone has a limit and I’ve reached mine. The human brain can only handle so much before gray matter starts squirting out your ears. You’re probably wondering, at least I hope you are) what has brought me to this fever pitch of annoyance? The current state of our politics? No. The idiocy of those who can’t read the writing on the wall and accept that humans are affecting climate change so we can finally begin doing what we can to save our planet? No. Is it that Blogger keeps eliminating people from my blogroll and I’m never going to reach three hundred followers? No. My panties are in a bunch because I’m sick and tired of hearing about…Jon Snow.

           

After an interminable hiatus, Game of Thrones is about to resume. I resisted watching when it premiered; in fact, Mrs. Chatterbox and I didn’t jump on the GOT bandwagon until Season III was underway. I figured I’d had enough dungeons and dragons nonsense, but this story turned out to be character driven with terrific acting, awesome production values—and cool dragons whose appearances were kept at a minimum. Unfortunately, George R.R. Martin, the fat bastard writing this epic, seems to have gotten addicted to the celebrity lifestyle and will probably keel over from a heart attack before finishing the story.

           

If you haven’t gotten into this show but are planning to, consider this a spoiler alert and take warning. This program has a habit of killing off main characters. I hadn’t read any of the books and my mouth dropped open at the “Red Wedding,” and when Jon Snow died. Which brings me to the subject of my annoyance. Is Jon Snow alive? Is he dead? ENOUGH ALREADY!

 

Every day the Internet is crowded with stories such as the following, taken from today’s Yahoo News:

 

 

This Is What Happens When Creators reveal Jon Snow’s Fate

 

Did HBO Just Spoil Jon Snow’s Fate on Game of Thrones?

 

Who Are Jon Snow’s Real Parents on Game of Thrones?

 

Game of Thrones’ Cast and Creators Talk Jon Snow’s Death and

Potential Return

 

 

Online speculation whether or not Jon Snow will rise from the dead now challenges the resurrection of a carpenter from the Middle East. I suspect millions of you women want to run your fingers through Jon’s unruly hair and plant kisses on his troubled brow, but it’s time to focus attention on loved ones who are real and capable of returning your affection. C’mon, people; this is a fictional character, and an over-hyped one at that.

 

I don’t know if Jon Snow is coming back after being brutally stabbed, and frankly I don’t care. I’m hanging in there for sizzling Daenerys, that oh-so-sexy Khaleesi. And of course those dragons. But from what I hear this story might never be completed. Like I said, author George R. R. Martin is a slow writer, and I have a nagging feeling he wants to plant his own ample behind on that Iron Throne.

 

What about you? Do you watch Game of Thrones? Is Jon Snow still alive? Do you care?  

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

24 Comments
Sorry Steve, I haven't bitten the forbidden fruit that is the "Game of Thrones"... yet.
By: Daniel LaFrance on April 20, 2016
I watched a couple of first episodes, but couldn't get into it. So, no, I don't care about Jon Snow.
By: Linda on April 20, 2016
I received "Game of Thrones" as a Christmas present a few years ago. I resisted reading it because I feared a "dungeons and dragons" vibe. But, once I did, I couldn't stop and went through all the books which followed. I eagerly look forward to "Winds of Winter" (providing the fat bastard finishes it). I also very much like the HBO series (and no, not just because of boobies...okay, partly). I actually knew Jon Snow was stabbed to death from reading the books. Gotta admit, I was surprised. For what it's worth, I think he'll be back. Finally, ditto on Daenerys.
By: Al Penwasser on April 20, 2016
I am pleased to inform you that Jon Snow is alive and well and anchoring the Channel 4 News here in the UK -- every night at 7.00 p.m.!
By: The Broad on April 20, 2016
Fans of some HBO fare, GOT just didn't hit the right tone. Plus we are on a "campaign" to watch less and read more. Sorry, I guess we don't care.
By: Tom Cochrun on April 20, 2016
do not watch it, sorry
By: Denise on April 20, 2016
I have no idea what any of this means, but I'm sorry you're upset. I sometimes reach the end of my rope. I have no choice but to tie another knot. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on April 20, 2016
We don't watch it, but I have heard a little about the big mystery. I hope it doesn't turn out to be a "dream." #dallas #oldendays
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on April 20, 2016
My sone watches it and thinks it is good. I hate shows that develop characters and then will not let the arc of the story reach its appropriate end. Everything is in 3 to 5 acts and then it is time to move on.
By: Tabor on April 20, 2016
I never watch TV so I'm not concerned about these characters. Now if my son read this comment I'd be in deep trouble.
By: red Kline on April 20, 2016
The girls watch it online, i do not watch. Wars of the Roses set to a slightly alien world with dragons -- i've had enough study of war in my day, thank you.
By: messymimi on April 20, 2016
I don't get HBO so this is all Greek to me. Even though I know nothing about the show, oddly after all the fuss, I am now mildly curious if this guy lives or dies.
By: Arkansas Patti on April 20, 2016
No HBO here. Showtime instead. I'm hooked on Shameless. The seasons are too darn short. I don't know anything about Jon Snow, but Frank Gallagher seems to have nine lives and a cast-iron liver (his second one).
By: Val on April 20, 2016
I have not watched this show yet but I heard a spoiler that he wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette and realizes it was all a dream.
By: Birgit on April 20, 2016
I must be one of those rare people who don't obsessively watch this programme. I've seen the occasional episode - and, if I'm honest, enjoyed the sex & violence - but have yet to become a regular viewer.
By: Bryan Jones on April 21, 2016
Never watched it so I have no opinion but I do understand when you get invested in a program and they kill off a character, it's maddening. Worse yet,,,when you get invested in a show and it gets cancelled before the story ends.
By: Cheryl P. on April 21, 2016
I read all the books before the TV production started. We watched season one on disc a couple of years after it was out but have not watched any of the others, don't have access and don't care really. personally, I don't think Jon Snow is dead, I don't want him to be dead. but I agree, I don't think Martin is ever going to finish the last book although they are already filming it so he must at least have an outline. just finish the damn book George! I want to find out about that little assassin sister (whose name I can't even remember it's been so long) who seemed to disappear from the story.
By: Ellen Abbott on April 21, 2016
Oh no!!!! We have NOt yet succumbed to GOT- but we have succumbed to many series- Downton Abbey for one annoyed the hell out of me when certain characters would be killed off because the actors had the temerity to quit the show to do something else! The noive of dem rascals!
By: Kathe W. on April 21, 2016
Yea, I haven't jumped on that one yet either. :)
By: Hey Monkey Butt on April 21, 2016
Would you believe, I am still thinking about getting the book series before checking out the show? Meh. But yes, why, I do not know, but the media has a way of running something exciting into the ground with such force it should hit oil... I remember when the Harry Potter movies came out. I like Harry Potter, a LOT, but I was even getting tired of the hype... Cat
By: Cat on April 21, 2016
laughing! i watched all the seasons thus far and really enjoyed all of them. finally cancelled hbo earlier this year to save some $ as this was the ONLY show i kept them for. so you'll have to tell me if he comes back as a soulless zombie or not...
By: TexWisGirl on April 21, 2016
I read the first book and then waited too long to start the second one ... figured I'd never get the names straight again, so I gave up without a fight! I prefer books to TV so the TV series never stood a chance with me anyhow. I do love the first picture up top, though. That's how I feel about OTHER things sometimes :)
By: jenny_o on April 21, 2016
I confess to having given GoT a miss first time around. It's not my sort of programme. I have, however, heard of all the internet speculation. Greetings from London.
By: A Cuban In London on April 23, 2016
I've read the books but have not watched the first episode on TV. I'm with you about Martin. It will be a miracle if he lives to finish the story :( R
By: Rick Watson on May 2, 2016

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